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USS Thach (FFG 43)


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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 Commendation - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 3 stars
Second Row: CG Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star
Third Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 2 stars - Southwest Asia Service Medal - GWOT Expeditionary Service Medal
Fourth Row: Global War on Terror Service Medal - Humanitarian Service Ribbon - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon


"Ready and Able"
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
Thach (FFG 43) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 April 1979: Building contract awarded to Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp
  • 06 March 1981: Keel laid by the Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp. (Los Angeles Division), San Pedro, Cal.
  • 18 December 1982: Launched and christened
  • 17 March 1984: Commissioned at Naval Station Pier 7, Long Beach, Cal., Cmdr. Dale H. Moses in command; assigned to Surface Squadron 1 at Long Beach
  • 19 July 1985: Homeport changed to San Diego, reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 21
  • 25 January 1991: Homeport changed to Yokosuka, Japan, reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 as a forward deployed member of the Overseas Family Residency Program
  • 01 September 1999: Homeport changed to San Diego, reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 23
  • 01 January 2001: Reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 7
  • 01 November 2013: Decommissioned at Naval Station San Diego after 29.6 years of service
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    Thach 98k Artist's conception of Thach 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 Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigates are available as built, in short or long hull configuration. 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
    Thach 81k John Smith Thach was born in Pine Bluff, Ark. on 19 April 1905 and graduated the U.S. Naval Academy in 1927. Designated a Naval Aviator early in 1930, he received several flight assignments over the next decade and gained a reputation as an expert in aerial gunnery. During the early 1940s, while commanding Fighting Squadron Three, Thach developed the fighter combat technique that came to be known as the "Thach Weave", a tactic that enabled the generally mediocre performing U.S. fighters to hold their own against the Japanese "Zero".

    Lcdr Thach led "Fighting Three" from USS Lexington (CV 2), and from USS Yorktown (CV 5) during the June 1942 Battle of Midway. After a period of instructing other pilots in combat tactics, Commander Thach became Operations Officer to Vice Admiral John S. McCain's fast carrier task forces, and was present at the Japanese Surrrender on 2 September 1945.

    Thach served in several air training staff assignments during the later 1940s. He commanded USS Sicily (CVE 118) in action during the Korean War and USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) in 1953-54. Attaining flag rank in 1955, he held a number of important assignments, including command of the antisubmarine development unit Task Group Alpha in 1958-59. Rising to full Admiral over the next decade, Admiral Thach was Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe, from March 1965 until shortly before his retirement in May 1967. He died on 15 April 1981.

    USS Thach (FFG 43) is the first ship named in his honor. (U.S. Navy photos #80-G-K-14025 and #NH 96873 from the US Naval Historical Center)
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    Thach 219k 12 November 1983: San Pedro, Cal. - An elevated port bow view of Thach under construction at Todd Pacific Shipyards. The ship is 90 percent complete. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-03082 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Thach 182k 12 November 1983: San Pedro, Cal. - An elevated port quarter view of Thach under construction at Todd Pacific Shipyards. The ship is 90 percent complete. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-03083 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Thach 163k 10 January 1984: The Pacific Ocean - A port beam view of Thach underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-04977 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Thach 150k 10 January 1984: The Pacific Ocean - An elevated starboard bow view of Thach underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-04978 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Thach 118k 10 January 1984: The Pacific Ocean - An aerial starboard bow view of Thach underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-07900 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Thach 200k 10 January 1984: The Pacific Ocean - A port bow view of Thach underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-04979 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Thach 143k 10 January 1984: The Pacific Ocean - An aerial starboard beam view of Thach underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-07907 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Thach 213k 10 January 1984: The Pacific Ocean - An aerial starboard view of Thach underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-07903 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Thach 170k 10 January 1984: The Pacific Ocean - An aerial port bow view of Thach underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-07904 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Thach 149k 10 January 1984: The Pacific Ocean - An aerial starboard quarter view of Thach underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-07905 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Thach 136k 10 January 1984: The Pacific Ocean - An aerial port quarter view of Thach underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-07906 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Thach 204k 17 March 1985: San Pedro, Cal. - A view of the bow of Thach during an inclining test. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-86-10031 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Thach 271k 17 March 1985: San Pedro, Cal. - A starboard amidships view forward of Thach during an inclining test. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-86-10032 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Thach 274k 17 March 1985: San Pedro, Cal. - A starboard amidships view aft of Thach during an inclining test. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-86-10033 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Thach 269k 17 March 1985: San Pedro, Cal. - A view of the stern of Thach during an inclining test. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-86-10034 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Thach 97k 1 May 1987: The Persian Gulf - Crew members stand by at the refueling station of Thach during an underway replenishment with the replenishment oiler USS Kansas City (AOR 3). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-88-02720 by PH1 Chuck Mussi from the DVIC)
    Thach 199k Thach underway, with an SH-60B helicopter on her landing platform, circa late 1980s or early 1990's. (U.S. Navy photo #96874 from the US Naval Historical Center) Fred Weiss
    Thach 113k 24 May 1991: Yokosuka, Japan - The amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) is moored to a pier following arrival in port. Thach and other U.S. Navy ships are moored directly across from Blue Ridge which has just returned from deployment in the Persian Gulf area during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DNST9200408 by Ens. Jeff Hill from the DVIC) Navsource
    Thach 105k March to May 1995: Yokosuka, Japan - Thach on SRA Peter Cole OS3
    July 1994 - November 1997
    Thach 46k late 1995: Sagami-Wan, Japan - This photo was taken in front of Mount Fuji, off the Miura Peninsula, while the ship was conducting local operations. I don't remember the exact date, but I was the Junior Officer of the Deck and had the conn for the picture. We had a two-helo detachment onboard, which was unusual. One helo took the picture while the other was hovering over the flight deck. The same group of folks also set up the missile shot picture. I was OOD at the time and was serving as ordinance officer. The picture posted is of our shot at the low-flying sub-sonic drone, which we hit. ---Patrick M. McDermott Tom Kermen
    Thach 128k 9 January 1996: A Standard Missile roars off the forward launcher of Thach heading toward an incoming target drone during a missile test exercise in the South China Sea. (U.S. Navy photo) Fred Weiss
    Thach 83k January 1996: Hong Kong - Thach makes liberty at the Crown Colony Peter Cole OS3
    July 1994 - November 1997
    Thach 77k July 1996: Taken from Thach liberty boat while at Penang, Malaysia
    Thach 96k 1996: Bahrain - Thach and Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) tied up together.
    Thach 85k September 1997: Thach at White Beach, Okinawa
    Thach 81k 1997: Thach on a port visit in Korea
    Thach 90k 1997: Thach in port at Yokosuka, Japan
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    Thach 96k November 1997: Yokosuka Japan - Thach getting underway
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    Thach 136k 1997: missile offload
    Thach 231k 26 March 2001: the Pacific Ocean - Port bow view of Thach underway in the South Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SD-03-11160 by PH1 Anthony C. Casullo from the DVIC) Navsource
    Thach 236k 8 June 2001: Arabian Gulf - USS Thach comes alongside the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV 64) for an underway refueling exercise. Constellation and Thach were on deployment in the Arabian Gulf supporting Operation Southern Watch. (U.S. Navy photo #010608-N-0295M-002 by PH2 Daniel J. McLain from the Navy News Stand) Bill Gonyo
    Thach 203k 8 June 2001: As in above photo (U.S. Navy photo #010608-N-0295M-001 by PH2 Daniel J. McLain from the Navy News Stand)
    Thach 123k 5 September 2001: The Pacific Ocean - An HH-60H Seahawk from the "Golden Falcons" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine/Combat Search and Rescue Squadron Two (HS-2) flies past USS Thach. (U.S. Navy photo #010905-N-7949W-004 by PH2 Daniel N. Woods from the Navy News Stand)
    Thach 152k 2 November 2002: San Diego, Cal. - The guided missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) passes by the San Diego skyline, with her crew "manning the rail," as she departs on a regularly scheduled six-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Thach is part of the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV 64) Battle Group. (U.S. Navy photo #021102-N-0226M-001 by PHCS Mahlon K. Miller from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Thach 175k 2 November 2002: USS Thach stands by off a San Diego pier as it is ready to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo from ComNavSurfPac Public Affairs) JO2(SW) Jason Heavner
    Thach 142k 29 November 2002: At sea aboard USS Constellation (CV 64) - The Military Sealift Command Ship USNS Pecos (T-AO 197) provides fuel and supplies to the USS Thach (FFG 43) while conducting an underway replenishment in the Pacific Ocean. Thach is part of the Constellation Battle Group which is currently on a regularly scheduled six-month deployment conducting combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo #021129-N-4142G-043 by PH2 Felix Garza, Jr. from the Navy News Stand) Bill Gonyo
    Thach 54k 19 December 2002: Central Command Area of Responsibility - The U.S. Navy guided missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) as she cruises in the Arabian Gulf. Thach is in the Central Command Area of Responsibility on a regularly scheduled six-month deployment in support of UN Sanctions against Iraq. (U.S. Navy photo #021219-N-5319A-001 by PH1 Brian Aho from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Thach 152k 23 March 2003: The Arabian Gulf - The guided missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) steams along as a helicopter lands on its flight deck is support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. (U.S. Navy photo #030325-N-4142G-013 by PH2 Felix Garza, Jr. from the Navy News Stand)
    Thach 109k 23 March 2003: The Arabian Gulf - The U.S. Navy frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) comes alongside the USS Constellation (CV 64). Thach is conducting missions with the Constellation battle group in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multinational coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. (U.S. Navy photo #030325-N-4142G-017 by PH2 Felix Garza, Jr. from the Navy News Stand)
    Thach 104k 2 June 2003: Naval Station San Diego, Calif. - The guided missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) returns to her homeport of Naval Station San Diego, Calif., following an extended deployment in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Family and friends await the Thach’s return on the pier. (U.S. Navy photo #030602-N-9214D-042 by PH3 Juan E. Diaz from the Navy News Stand)
    Thach 193k 11 October 2003: San Francisco, Cal. - Ships in formation parade across San Francisco Bay to commence Navy Fleet Week 2003 festivities. This marks the 22nd year of the Navy Fleet Week of the city by the bay. Pictured fore and aft, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), Thach and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70). (U.S. Navy photo #031011-N-9214D-018 by PH2 Juan E. Diaz from the Navy Newstand) Robert M. Cieri
    Thach 91k 7 May 2004: Pacific Ocean - Ships assigned to "The Golden Arrows" of Commander Destroyer Squadron Seven, assemble in a formation off the coast of San Diego, Cal. Pictured are the guided missile destroyers USS Benfold (DDG 65), left, USS Milius (DDG 69), center bottom, USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), center top, and the guided missile frigate, USS Thach (FFG 43), right. (U.S. Navy photo #040507-N-5362A-394 by PH1 Arlo K. Abrahamson from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Thach 150k 13 August 2004: San Diego Harbor - A photo of USS Thach (FFG 43) as she passes San Diego and Coronado (Naval Air Station, North island), viewed from Cabrillo National Monument. (Photo source unknown) Robert Hurst
    Thach 139k 20 February 2005: Persian Gulf - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43), patrols the Persian Gulf during a regularly scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo #050220-N-1444C-050 by PH2 Peter J. Carney from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Thach 135k 20 February 2005: Persian Gulf - Crew members assigned to the guided missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43), stand ready for their line handling duties as the ship makes her approach to the fast combat support ship USS Camden (AOE 2) and the amphibious transport dock ship USS Duluth (LPD 6). The three ships will be conducting simultaneous under-way replenishment operations. Thach and Duluth are currently participating in exercise Arabian Gauntlet 2005. Arabian Gauntlet is a multi-lateral surface, air and mine countermeasure exercise designed to practice maritime security operations with our coalition partners and allies in the region. (U.S. Navy photo #050324-N-6932B-022 by PH1 Richard J. Brunson from the Navy News Stand)
    Thach 102k 23 March 2005: Persian Gulf - The guided missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) conducts operations in the Persian Gulf while participating in Exercise Arabian Gauntlet. Arabian Gauntlet is a multi-lateral surface, air and mine countermeasure exercise designed to practice maritime security operations with our coalition partners and allies in the region. (U.S. Navy photo #050323-N-6932B-043 by PH1 Richard J. Brunson from the Navy News Stand)
    Thach 107k 23 March 2005: Persian Gulf - The guided missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) conducts operations in the Persian Gulf while participating in Exercise Arabian Gauntlet. Arabian Gauntlet is a multi-lateral surface, air and mine countermeasure exercise designed to practice maritime security operations with our coalition partners and allies in the region. (U.S. Navy photo #050323-N-6932B-059 by PH1 Richard J. Brunson from the Navy News Stand)
    Thach 94k 30 June 2008: the Sulu Sea - The guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) steams near the Philippine Islands during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen. Thach is at the ready to refuel helicopters which have been air-lifting food and water to remote locations on Panay Island. (U.S. Navy photo #080630-N-5961C-015 by MCCS Spike Call from the Navy Newstand) Robert M. Cieri
    Thach 124k 23 August 2008: the Indian Ocean - Thach steams through the Indian Ocean waiting to participate in a replenishment at sea with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10). Thach is on a routine deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility with the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group. (U.S. Navy photo #080823-N-3659B-060 by MC2 Joseph M. Buliavac from the Navy Newstand)
    Thach 227k 16 August 2009: the Persian Gulf - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) transits the Persian Gulf. Thach is part of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo #090816-N-3659B-038 by MC2 Joseph M. Buliavac from the Navy Newstand) Bill Gonyo

    Thach Memorabilia
    Commissioning Book
    Cover
    Thach
    Courtesy of
    Bill Gonyo
    Welcome Aboard
    Pamphlet
    Thach
    Courtesy of
    Robert M. Cieri


    USS Thach FFG 43 History
    Note: History is unavailable at this time
    This class of ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

    Thach's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  27 Mar. 1984 - 29 Jun. 1986Cmdr. Dale Hopkins Moses
    2.)  29 Jun. 1986 - 09 Jun. 1988Cmdr. Gerald James O'Donnell
    3.)  09 Jun. 1988 - 18 May 1990Cmdr. Keith Tennant Moore
    4.)  18 May 1990 - 20 Mar. 1992Cmdr. Thomas Allan Baker
    5.)  20 Mar. 1992 - 15 Nov. 1993Cmdr. Robert John Gibson
    6.)  15 Nov. 1993 - 28 Sep. 1995Cmdr. William Flemming Barns
    7.)  28 Sep. 1995 - 16 Jun. 1997Cmdr. Scott M. Smith
    8.)  16 Jun. 1997 - 26 Mar. 1999Cmdr. Thomas David Goodall
    9.)  26 Mar. 1999 - 31 Aug. 1999Cmdr. Steven James Camacho
    10.) 31 Aug. 1999 - 15 Oct. 1999Cmdr. Joseph Christopher Harriss *
    11.) 15 Oct. 1999 - 22 Jun. 2001Cmdr. Richard Wayne Daniel
    12.) 22 Jun. 2001 - 11 Apr. 2003Cmdr. William Augustine Sheehan
    13.) 11 Apr. 2003 - 12 Apr. 2005Cmdr. James True Loeblein
    14.) 12 Apr. 2005 - 06 Oct. 2006Cmdr. Rinda Kay Ranch
    15.) 06 Oct. 2006 - 28 Feb. 2008Cmdr. Steven Ross Rasmussen**
    16.) 28 Feb. 2008 - -- May 2009Cmdr. David Williams Haas
    17.) .. May 2009 - 05 Apr. 2011Cmdr. Anthony John Lesperance
    18.) 05 Apr. 2011 - .. .... 2012Cmdr. Jeffrey L. Scudder
    19.) .. .... 2012 - 01 Nov. 2013Cmdr. Hans E. Lynch
    * Assumed command upon crew swap with FFG-51
    ** Relieved for cause; loss of confidence to command

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