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USS McClusky (FFG 41)


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Second Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 1 star - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (5) - National Defense Service Ribbon w/ 1 star -
Third Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Global War on Terror Service Medal
Fourth Row: Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Navy /Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon w/ 1 star - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon

"Persistent, Courageous, and Victorious"
Specifications:
Class: Oliver Hazard Perry (Long Hull, LAMPS III modified, As Built)
Type: SCB No. 261 / 1979 - 1984
Number in Class: 26 (8, 36-61)
Displacement: 3174 tons (std), 4082 tons (full)
Length: 408' (wl), 453' (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-Mk 75 3"/62 cal. OTO Melara gun, 1-Vulcan Phalanx CIS, 4-.50 cal. MG's
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: 2-SH-60 LAMPS III Helicopters, RAST (Recovery, Assistance, Securing and Traversing System) helicopter hauldown system
McClusky (FFG 41) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 April 1979: Building contract awarded to the Todd Shipyard Corp.
  • 21 October 1981: Keel laid by the Todd Shipyard Corp., Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, Cal.
  • 18 September 1982: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Ruth Mundy McClusky, the widow of Rear Admiral Clarence Wade McClusky
  • 10 December 1984: Commissioned at Long Beach, Cal., Cmdr. Robert R. Lynch in command, assigned to Surface Squadron 1 at Long Beach
  • late 1985: Homeport changed to San Diego, Cal., reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 23
  • 01 February 1991: Homeport changed to Yokosuka, Japan, reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 as a member of the Overseas Family Residency Program
  • 30 September 1996: Homeport changed to San Diego, Cal., reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 7
  • 01 January 2001: Reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 1
  • 01 October 2002: Assigned to Naval Reserve Force at San Diego, Cal.,
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    Jarrett 75k Artist's conception of McClusky 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 long hulled 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
    McClusky 70k Clarence Wade McClusky, Jr. was born in Buffalo, N.Y. on 1 June 1902 and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1926, becoming a Naval Aviator three years later. Over the next decade, he served in air units and on command staffs, and as an instructor at the Naval Academy. In 1940 he was assigned to Fighting Squadron Six (VF-6) based on USS Enterprise (CV 6), assuming command of the squadron in April 1941. Lcdr McClusky became Enterprise air group commander in April 1942. During the Battle of Midway, while leading his air group's scout bombers on 4 June 1942, he made the critical tactical decision that led to the destruction of the Japanese aircraft carriers Kaga and Akagi, thus making a vital contribution to the outcome of that pivotal battle. Later in World War II, he commanded the escort carrier USS Corregidor (CVE 58). Later in the 1940’s Capt. McClusky served in a variety of staff and shore positions . During the Korean War, he was Chief of Staff to the Commanders of the First and Seventh Fleets. He commanded NAS Glenview IL in 1952-53, and the Boston Group of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet in 1954-56. He retired from active duty in July 1956. At that time, in recognition of his vital contributions to the outcome of World War II, he was advanced to Flag rank. Rear Admiral McClusky died on 27 June 1976 and was laid to rest in the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetary at Annapolis, Md.

    USS McClusky (FFG 41) is the first ship named in his honor. (U.S. Navy photo #NH93189, circa 1943, from the U.S. Naval Historical Center)
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    McClusky 133k 27 September 1983: The Pacific Ocean - An aerial bow view of McClusky underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-02356 by Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    McClusky 187k 27 September 1983: The Pacific Ocean - A starboard beam view of McClusky underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-02360 by Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    McClusky 104k 27 September 1983: The Pacific Ocean - An aerial port quarter view of McClusky underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-02359 by Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    McClusky 101k 27 September 1983: The Pacific Ocean - An aerial stern view of McClusky underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-02357 by Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    McClusky 146k 10 December 1983: Naval Station Long Beach, Cal. - A starboard beam view of McClusky moored at the pier during the ship's Commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-08411 by PH1 Harold J. Gerwien from the DVIC)
    McClusky 105k 10 December 1983: Naval Station Long Beach, Cal. - A Navy and Marine Corps color guard stands at attention during the commissioning ceremony for McClusky. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-05997 by PH1 Harold J. Gerwien from the DVIC)
    McClusky 95k 10 December 1983: Naval Station Long Beach, Cal. - Commander Robert R. Lynch accepts command of the Guided Missile Frigate USS McClusky (FFG 41) during the ship's commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-08398 by PH1 Harold J. Gerwien from the DVIC)
    McClusky 98k 10 December 1983: Naval Station Long Beach, Cal. - Crewmen move quickly up an accommodation ladder to go aboard McClusky during the "coming alive" portion of its commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-06002 by PH1 Harold J. Gerwien from the DVIC)
    McClusky 69k 10 December 1983: Naval Station Long Beach, Cal. - Mrs. Ruth Mundy McClusky, left, and her family observe the "coming alive" portion of the commissioning ceremony for McClusky. Mrs. McClusky is the widow of the ship's namesake, Rear Admiral Clarence Wade McClusky. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-06004 by PH1 Harold J. Gerwien from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    McClusky 110k 10 December 1983: Naval Station Long Beach, Cal. - Guests look on as sailors man the rail aboard McClusky at the conclusion of the ship's commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-06005 by PH1 Harold J. Gerwien from the DVIC)
    McClusky 99k 10 December 1983: Naval Station Long Beach, Cal. - Cdr Robert B. Lynch greets one of Radm. McClusky’s WWII contemporaries at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony for McClusky. Maxwell F. Leslie commanded Bombing Three aboard USS Enterprise (CV 6) and later replaced Radm. McClusky as Enterprise’s Air Group Commander. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-06010 by PH1 Harold J. Gerwien from the DVIC)
    McClusky 145k 2 December 1984: San Pedro, Cal. - Elevated port forward view of McClusky during inclining experiments. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-07060 by Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    McClusky 248k 2 December 1984: San Pedro, Cal. - Elevated port amidship, forward view of McClusky during inclining experiments. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-07059 by Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    McClusky 225k 2 December 1984: San Pedrov - Elevated port amidship, aft view of McClusky during inclining experiments. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-07057 by Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    McClusky 240k 2 December 1984: San Pedro, Cal. - Elevated port aft view of McClusky during inclining experiments. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-07058 by Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    McClusky 93k 1 March 1986: The Pacific Ocean - A starboard bow view of McClusky at sea. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-11420 by PHC Chet King from the DVIC)
    McClusky 119k 1 March 1986: The Pacific Ocean - A port quarter view of McClusky at sea. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-11419 by PHC Chet King from the DVIC)
    McClusky 82k 1 March 1986: The Pacific Ocean - An SH-60B Seahawk helicopter rests on the helicopter pad of McClusky. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-11423 by PHC Chet King from the DVIC)
    McClusky 216k 15 October 1986: The Pacific Ocean - Aerial port view of McClusky, the "Mighty Mac," stationed at San Diego, Cal.. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-04-09044 by PH3 Petty from the DVIC)
    McClusky 111k 1 July 1988: The Pacific Ocean - McClusky approaches the battleship USS Missouri (BB 63) during Exercise RIMPAC '88 off the coast of Hawaii. A portion of a Mark 7 16-inch/50-caliber gun barrel aboard Missouri is in the foreground. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-12045 from the DVIC)
    McClusky 70k 31 July 1990: San Diego, Cal. - A Soviet sailor looks down at McClusky from the bow of the Soviet Udaloy class destroyer Admiral Vinogradov. Vinogradov, along with the Sovremenny class destroyer Boyevoy and the Kaliningradneft class support tanker Argun, are at Naval Station, San Diego for a four-day, goodwill visit. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-10872 by PHC Chet King from the DVIC)
    McClusky 96k 22 September 1992: Vladivostok, Siberia, Russia - American and Russian sailors exchange mementos during a three-day goodwill port visit by McClusky and the high endurance cutter USCGC Chase (WHEC-718). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-04-00565 by PHC(AW) Jeff Wood from the DVIC)

    *** Feature Page for McClusky's Vladivostok Visit ***

    McClusky 140k 23 September 1992: Vladivostok, Siberia, Russia - Crew members watch from the stern of McClusky as a harbor tug approaches Chase to assist the vessel as it prepares to depart from port. Crew members aboard the Russian Maritime Border Guard Krivak III class frigate Orel (149) and the Udaloy class guided missile destroyer Admiral Tributs (552) are manning the rails in preparation for the departure of both Chase and McClusky following a three-day goodwill visit by the U.S. vessels. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-01245 by PH3 Gary Denman from the DVIC)
    ***Wadsworth*** 96k 24 October 1997: San Diego, Cal.: USS Wadsworth (FFG 9) and McClusky, side by side in a floating dry dock facility at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), San Diego, Ca. NASSCO placed two ships simultaneously in the same dry dock for the first time, the double docking was part of a $4.7 million scheduled maintenance contract. (U.S. Navy photo #971024-N-1746P-003 by PH2 Jeff Portish from Navy Newstand) Bill Gonyo
    McClusky 109k 21 July 1998: the Pacific Ocean - The San Diego, Cal. based guided missile frigate USS McClusky conducts a tight navigational drill. Frigates fulfill a Protection of Shipping (POS) mission as Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) combatants for amphibious expeditionary forces, underway replenishment groups and merchant convoys. (U.S. Navy photo #980721-N-5961C-002 by PH1 Spike Call from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    McClusky 210k 2 August 1998: The Pacific Ocean - Starboard bow view of McClusky as she returns to Hawaii at the end of exercise RIMPAC '98. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SD-00-01210 by PH1 (NAC) James G. McCarter from the DVIC)
    McClusky 73k 2 October 2002: San Diego, Cal., with her crew manning the rails, the McClusky pulls into her berth at Naval Station San Diego after completing a regularly scheduled deployment. McClusky's deployment took her to South America and included the rescue of a mariner who was adrift at sea for nearly four months. (U.S. Navy photo #021002-N-6132R-002 by PH3 Luis Rojas from Navy Newstand) Bill Gonyo
    McClusky 225k 29 April 2003: Pacific Ocean - McClusky maneuvers at slow speeds while training near San Diego, Calif. (U.S. Navy photo #030429-N-5067K-003 by PH2 Michael D. Kennedy from Navy Newstand)
    McClusky 182k 29 April 2003: Pacific Ocean - as above (U.S. Navy photo #030429-N-5067K-001 by PH2 Michael D. Kennedy from Navy Newstand)
    McClusky 79k 29 April 2003: San Diego, Cal. - USS McClusky (FFG 41) maneouvers at slow speeds while training near San Diego, Calif. (U.S. Navy photo #030429-N-5067K-001 by PH2 Michael D. Kennedy from Navy Newstand) Bob Hurst
    McClusky 305k 3 June 2004: San Diego, Cal. - McClusky returns to Naval Station San Diego, Cal. after completing a six-month counter drug deployment operating with the Joint Interagency Task Force. (U.S. Navy photo #040603-N-7615S-034 by PHAN Danielle Sosa from Navy Newstand) Bill Gonyo
    McClusky 65k 3 June 2004: San Diego, Cal. - Cryptologic Technician 1st Class Everett West holds his four-week old baby boy for the first time with his wife by his side after retuning from a six-month deployment aboard the guided missile frigate USS McClusky. McClusky returned to Naval Station San Diego after completing a six-month counter drug deployment operating with the Joint Interagency Task Force. (U.S. Navy photo #040603-N-9421C-094 by PH3 Kerry Cacho, from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    McClusky 70k 3 June 2004: San Diego, Cal. - Fire Controlman 2nd Class Jeremy Conrad reunites with his daughter after the guided missile frigate USS McClusky returns to Naval Station San Diego, Calif. McClusky is returning to Naval Station San Diego after completing a six-month counter drug deployment operating with the Joint Interagency Task Force. (U.S. Navy photo #040603-N-7615S-115 by PHAN Danielle Sosa, from the Navy News Stand)
    McClusky 106k 20 December 2005: San Diego, Cal. - Sailors assigned to the guided missile frigate USS McClusky man the rails as the ships returns to Naval Station San Diego. McClusky is returning from a five-month Southern Pacific deployment. While deployed McClusky seized more than 3.5 tons of cocaine, rescued 299 Ecuadorian nationals and completed a Continuous Maintenance Availability (CMAV). (U.S. Navy photo #051220-N-3925A-001 by PH2 Grant P. Ammon, from the Navy News Stand)
    McClusky 72k 26 April 2007: San Diego, Cal. - Seaman Andrew Gomez kisses his wife goodbye before boarding the guided-missile frigate USS McClusky (FFG 41) at Naval Station San Diego, California, to depart for a six-month deployment. (U.S. Navy photo #070426-N-4047W-007 by MC2 Shannon R. Warner from the Navy News Stand) Robert M. Cieri
    McClusky 255k 24 June 2010: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - McClusky arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The ship is visiting Hawaii to participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010, a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multinational interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo #100624-N-4281P-018 by MC1 Woody Paschall from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    McClusky 255k 6 July 2010: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - McClusky departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercises. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multinational interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo #100706-N-6674H-013 by MC2 Paul D. Honnick from the Navy News Stand)
    McClusky 255k 7 July 2010: off Pearl Harbor, Hi. - McClusky transits to a formation of U.S. and coalition forces during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercises. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multinational interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo #100707-N-7200S-020 by MC2 Benjamin Stevens from the Navy News Stand)
    McClusky 255k 7 July 2010: the Pacific Ocean - The Republic of Singapore Navy Formidable-class multi-role stealth frigate RSS Supreme (73), the guided-missile frigate McClusky and the Republic of Korea guided missile destroyer ROKS Sejong the Great (DDG 991) maneuver into formation during the at-sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercises. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multinational interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo #100707-N-7058E-318 by Lt. Ed Early from the Navy News Stand)
    McClusky 255k 30 July 2010: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - McClusky returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercises. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multinational interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo #100730-N-8539M-164 by MC2 N. Brett Morton from the Navy News Stand)
    McClusky 255k 1 September 2010: the Pacific Ocean - The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) performs tactical maneuvering exercises with the guided-missile frigates USS Rentz (FFG 46) and McClusky; the guided-missile destroyers USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and USS Gridley (DDG 101); and the guided-missile cruisers USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and USS Bunker Hill (CG 52). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway conducting local operations off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo #100901-N-0808V-191 by MC2 Ashley Van Dien from the Navy News Stand)
    McClusky 422k 9 June 2011: Portland, Ore. - McClusky sits pierside as USS Ingraham arrives to participate in Portland Fleet Week festivities during the city's 104th annual Rose Festival. Navy ships have been coming to the City of Roses since USS Charleston visited in 1907, and are considered a highlight of the festival. (U.S. Navy photo #110609-N-AE328-076 by MC2 Nathan Lockwood from the Navy News Stand) Robert Hurst
    McClusky 479k 11 June 2011: Portland, Ore. - Visitors tour the guided-missile frigates USS McClusky, USS Ingraham (FFG 61), and the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) during Portland Fleet Week and the city's 104th annual Rose Festival. About 4,900 people toured the ships. (U.S. Navy photo #110611-N-NS216-346 by MC2 Jennifer Gold from the Navy News Stand) Navsource

    McClusky Memorabilia
    Division Patch
    McClusky
    Courtesy of Mike Smolinski

    USS McClusky FFG 41 History
    Note: History is unavailable at this time
    This class of ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

    Supplemental History Page: McClusky Visits Vladivostok USSR, 21 September 1992

    McClusky's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  10 Dec. 1983 - 09 Jan. 1986Cmdr. Robert Burgess Lynch
    2.)  09 Jan. 1986 - 19 Feb. 1988Cmdr. John Joseph Felloney
    3.)  19 Feb. 1988 - 10 Apr. 1990Cmdr. Gregory Lee Hansen (San Antonio, Tex.)
    4.)  10 Apr. 1990 - 25 Apr. 1992Cmdr. David W. (Sam) Prather (Buckner, Ky.)
    5.)  25 Apr. 1992 - 24 Jun. 1994Cmdr. Ronald Lee Chapman
    6.)  24 Jun. 1994 - 05 Jan. 1996Cmdr. Danny Lee Waterman
    7.)  05 Jan. 1996 - 11 Sep. 1997Cmdr. Peter J. Frothingham
    8.)  11 Sep. 1997 - 16 Mar. 1999Cmdr. Michael John Turner
    9.)  16 Mar. 1999 - 18 Nov. 2000Cmdr. John Nels Christenson (retired as Radm.)
    10.) 18 Nov. 2000 - 28 Jul. 2002Cmdr. William Bruce Haflich
    11.) 28 Jul. 2002 - 12 May 2004Cmdr. Gary Raymond Parriott
    12.) 12 May 2004 - 07 Apr. 2006Cmdr. Herman Tokuo Kealaula Awai
    13.) 07 Apr. 2006 - 24 Aug. 2007Cmdr. Johnny Lawrence Schultz
    14.) 24 Aug. 2007 - 17 Dec. 2008Cmdr. Daniel Wayne Bryan II
    15.) 17 Dec. 2008 - 08 Oct. 2010Cmdr. Mark A. Lakamp
    16.) 08 Oct. 2010 - 22 May 2012Cmdr. Darren W. Glaser
    17.) 22 May 2012 - Cmdr. Murzban Fred Morris (Spotswood, N.J.)

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