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USS Aubrey Fitch (FFG 34)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - A - W - F
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Joint Meritorious Unit Award - CG Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star
Third Row: Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 1 star - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


"A Breed Apart"
Specifications:
Class: Oliver Hazard Perry (Short Hull, As Built)
Type: SCB No. 201 / 1973 - 1978
Number in Class: 25 (7, 9 - 34) / 26
Displacement: 3109 tons (std), 3993 tons (full)
Length: 408' (wl), 445' (oa)
Beam: 45.4' (extreme)
Draft: 24' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 GE LM 2500 gas turbine engines; 41,000 shp; 1 shaft, cp propeller, 325 hp retractable propeller pods
Speed: 29 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots, 5400 nm @ 16 knots
Complement: 13 / 206 (includes 19 man air detachment)
Missiles: 1-Mk 13 Mod 4 launcher, 4-SSM McDonnell-Douglas Harpoon missiles, 36-GDC-Pomona Standard SM-1MR missiles
Guns: 1 OTO Melara Mk 75 3"/62 cal., 1 Vulcan Phalanx CIS, 4-.50 cal. MGs
ASW Weapons: 6-324mm Mk 32 (2 triple) tubes / Mk 46 torpedoes
Radars: AN/SPS-55 (surface), AN/SPS-49(V)214 (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-56, AN/SQR-19 TACTAS (Towed Array)
Elec. Warfare: SLQ-25 Nixie System, SLQ-32(V)2 Electronic Countermeasures System
Fire Control Systems: 1 Mk13 Weapon-Direction System, 1 Mk92 weapons FCS, 1 modified SPG-60 STIR radar (Separate Target Illumination Radar)
Helicopter: 1-SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Aubrey Fitch (FFG 34) Building and Operational Data:
  • 23 January 1978: Building contract awarded to Bath Iron Works Corp.
  • 10 April 1981: Keel laid by the Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Me.
  • 17 October 1981: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Francesca Fitch Ferguson, a grand-daughter of Adm. Fitch
  • 09 October 1982: Commissioned at Bath, Me., Cmdr. Floyd A. Weeks in command, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 8 at Mayport, Fla.
  • 12 December 1997: Decommissioned at Mayport, Fla. after 15.2 years of service
  • 03 May 1999: Struck from the NVR
  • 11 March 2004: First Oliver Hazard Perry Class ship to be scrapped. Contract for scrapping ($1.8 million) awarded to Metro Machine Ltd. of Philadelphia, Pa. .
  • 19 May 2005: Scrapping completed
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    Aubrey Fitch 86k Artist's conception of Aubrey Fitch by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company, Navy Yard Associates, offers prints of most destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL the guided missile frigates ARE available. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource. Navy Yard Associates
    Aubrey Fitch 96k Namesake of USS Aubrey Fitch (FFG 34). Vice Admiral Aubrey W. Fitch, USN, Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, shown with his wife, Gwyneth, in the Superintendent's House, Annapolis, Maryland, in October 1945. (U.S. Navy photo #NH92753, from the U.S. Naval Historical Center) Navsource
    Aubrey Fitch 111k 10 April 1981 - Bath, Me. - Guest participants in the keel laying of the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS Aubrey Fitch (FFG 34) stand in front of a section of the keel. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04745 by Bath Iron Works from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Aubrey Fitch 132k 1 July 1981 - Bath, Me. - An elevated bow view of two Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigates under construction at Bath Iron Works Corp. Shipyard. The USS John L. Hall (FFG 32), approximately 60 percent complete, is to the left, and Aubrey Fitch, 40 percent complete, is to the right. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04746 by Bath Iron Works from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 149k 1 July 1981 - Bath, Me. - An elevated stern view of two Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigates under construction at Bath Iron Works Corp. Shipyard. The USS John L. Hall (FFG 32), approximately 60 percent complete, is to the right, and Aubrey Fitch, 40 percent complete, is to the left. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04747 by Bath Iron Works from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 92k 10 October 1981 - Bath, Me. - The bow of Aubrey Fitch towers over the guests attending its launch ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04390 by Bath Iron Works from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 115k 10 October 1981 - Bath, Me. - Mrs. Francesca Ferguson (Adm. Fitchs granddaughter), sponsor, right, stands in front of Aubrey Fitch prior to the launch ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04387 by Bath Iron Works from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 118k 10 October 1981 - Bath, Me. - Mrs. Francesca Ferguson , sponsor, breaks a bottle of champagne across the bow of Aubrey Fitch at the conclusion of its launch ceremony. John Sullivan Jr., president of Bath Iron Works, is standing behind her. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04391 by Bath Iron Works from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 146k 10 October 1981 - Bath, Me. - Aubrey Fitch slides down the ways at the conclusion of its launch ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04392 by Bath Iron Works from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 117k 10 October 1981 - Bath, Me. - Starboard quarter view of Aubrey Fitch immediately after sliding down the ways into the water at the conclusion of its launch ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04393 by Bath Iron Works from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 150k 10 October 1981 - Bath, Me. - An elevated stern view of two Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigates under construction at Bath Iron Works Corp. Shipyard. The USS Underwood (FFG 36) is to the right and Aubrey Fitch, 90 percent complete, is to the left. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04793 by Bath Iron Works from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 144k 20 July 1982 - Kennebec River, Me. - Aerial port bow view of Aubrey Fitch enroute to the coast for sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04403 by Bath Iron Works from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 190k 20 July 1982 - Kennebec River Bath, Me. - Aerial starboard bow view of Aubrey Fitch enroute to the coast for sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04395 by Bath Iron Works,from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 125k 20 July 1982 - Kennebec River ME - Aerial port bow view of Aubrey Fitch enroute to the coast for sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04397 by Bath Iron Works from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 114k 20 July 1982 - at sea off Bath, Me. - Aerial starboard bow view of Aubrey Fitch underway off the coast of Maine during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04394 by Bath Iron Works from DVIC) Tom Langford
    Aubrey Fitch 233k 20 July 1982 - at sea off Bath, Me. - Aerial port bow view of Aubrey Fitch underway. (UU.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04407 by Bath Iron Works from DVIC) Navsource
    Aubrey Fitch 184k 20 July 1982 - at sea off Bath, Me. - Aerial starboard quarter view of Aubrey Fitch underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04410 by Bath Iron Works from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 178k 20 July 1982 - at sea off Bath, Me. - Aerial port quarter view of Aubrey Fitch underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-04419 by Bath Iron Works from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 116k 9 October 1982 - Bath, Me. - A starboard bow view of Aubrey Fitch during her commissioning ceremony. To the right are two other guided missile frigates under construction. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-07297 by Bath Iron Works from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 159k 9 October 1982 - Bath, Me. - An aerial view of the commissioning ceremony for Aubrey Fitch. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-83-02429 by Rose from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 110k 9 October 1982 - Bath, Me. - A color guard consisting of five Maine State Troopers stand at parade rest on the pier, during the commissioning ceremony for Aubrey Fitch. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-83-02432 by Rose from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 124k 9 October 1982 - Bath, Me. - Crewmen from Aubrey Fitch stand at attention on the pier, prior to the ship's commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-83-02434 by Rose from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 178k 9 October 1982 - Bath, Me. - Vice President George Bush speaks to guests attending the commissioning ceremony for Aubrey Fitch. To the left of the Vice President is Cdr Floyd A. Weeks, the ship's commanding officer. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-83-02457 by PH2 Jeffrey A. Salter from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 89k 9 October 1982 - Bath, Me. - Crewmen go aboard Aubrey Fitch during the ship's commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-83-02468 by PH2 Jeffrey A. Salter from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 70k 9 October 1982 - Bath, Me. - Crewmen go aboard Aubrey Fitch during the ship's commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-83-02467 by PH2 Jeffrey A. Salter from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 107k 9 October 1982 - Bath, Me. - Vice President George H.W. Bush tours the bridge on Aubrey Fitch with Cdr Floyston A. Weeks, commanding officer, at the conclusion of the ship's commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-83-02449 by PH2 Jeffrey A. Salter from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 108k 5 May 1983: the Atlantic Ocean - A starboard bow view of USS Aubrey Fitch (FFG 34) underway during post-shakedown yard period sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-07298 by Bath Iron Works Corp. DVIC) Robert Hurst
    Aubrey Fitch 84k date / location unknown Wendell R. McLaughlin, Jr.
    Aubrey Fitch 115k 1 March 1984 - Bath, Me. - An elevated bow view of the guided missile frigates Underwood (FFG 36) left, Aubrey Fitch, center and Doyle (FFG 39) right, at the Bath Iron Works shipyard. The Underwood is 100 percent complete. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-86-08783 by Bath Iron Works from DVIC) Navsource
    ***Stark*** 128k 1 July 1992: Mayport, Fla. - A starboard bow view of USS Stark (FFG 31) and Aubrey Fitch moored together in port. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-08792 by OS2 John Bouvia from DVIC)
    Aubrey Fitch 27k undated: entering the port of Palma de Mallorca, paint indicates late career Jesus Oliver
    Aubrey Fitch 292k 20 August 1993: Mayport, Fla. - A starboard bow view of the destroyer tender USS Yosemite (AD 19) in port. Moored behind Yosemite is the guided missile frigate USS Doyle (FFG 39). Off Yosemite's port side is the guided missile frigate USS Aubrey Fitch (FFG 34). (U.S. Navy photo VIRIN #DN-SC-93-06095 by OS2 John Bouvia, from the DVIC) Navsource

    Aubrey Fitch Memorabilia
    Zippo Plankowner
    Belt Buckle
    A. Fitch
    Courtesy of
    John A. Altfeltis

    Ship's
    Coffee Mug
    A. Fitch
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    View the USS Aubrey Fitch (FFG 34) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website.
    Aubrey Fitch's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 09 Oct. 1982 - 03 Jun. 1985Cmdr. Floyston Allan Weeks
    2.) 03 Jun. 1985 - 26 Jul. 1987Cmdr. John Marshall Langknecht
    3.) 26 Jul. 1987 - 06 Jul. 1989Cmdr. Gary Alan Storm
    4.) 06 Jul. 1989 - 31 May 1991Cmdr. Raoul Buryle Reese
    5.) 31 May 1991 - 12 Feb. 1993Cmdr. Raymond C. Pilcher, Jr.
    6.) 12 Feb. 1993 - 09 Dec. 1994Cmdr. Robert Louis Sweeney III
    7.) 09 Dec. 1994 - 10 Aug. 1995Cmdr. Craig Richard Knouse
    8.) 10 Aug. 1995 - 12 Jan. 1996Cmdr. James Terrence Stewart
    9.) 12 Jan. 1996 - 12 Dec. 1997Cmdr. Stephen Starr King

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    None
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    Additional Resources

    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Aubrey Fitch
    USS Aubrey Fitch Page on Military.Com
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