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USS De Wert (FFG 45)


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons






Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Joint Service Commendation Medal
Second Row: Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 2 stars
Third Row: CG Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ CG "O" - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (4) - Navy Expeditionary Medal
Fourth Row: National Defense Service Ribbon w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 3 stars
Fifth Row: GWOT Expeditionary Service Medal - GWOT Service Medal - Armed Forces Service Ribbon w/ 4 stars
Sixth Row: Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 20 stars - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)


"Daring - Dauntless - Defiant"
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
DeWert (FFG 45) Building and Operational Data:
  • 28 April 1980: Building contract awarded to the Bath Iron Works Corp.
  • 14 June 1982: Keel laid by the Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Me.
  • 18 December 1982: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Rita C. Kennedy, cousin of HN DeWert
  • April 1983: Precommissioning Unit DeWert established at Fleet Training Center, Norfolk, Va.
  • 31 October 1983: Precommissioning Unit DeWert disestablished, reported to PCO DeWert and embarked aboard the ship at Bath
  • 19 November 1983: Commissioned at Bath, Me., Cmdr. Douglas Armstrong in command, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 6 at Charleston, S.C.
  • 02 October 1985: Underway for Indian Ocean 1-86, DeWert's first deployment
  • 24 October 1985 - 19 May 1986: Switched (with Scott DDG-996) deployment to Med 3-85 which continued into Med 1-86
  • 20 July - 10 December 1987: Deployed on UNITAS XXVIII to the Caribbean and South America
  • 19 March 1988: Ran aground off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (CO relieved, 18 days in drydock at Pascagoula, Miss.),
  • 05 December 1988 - 5 June 1989: Deployed to the Middle East Force
  • 30 May 1991 - 21 December 1991: Med 3-91 deployment with USS Forrestal Battle Group
  • 09 February - 6 August 1993: MEF 2-93 deployment
  • 01 June 1994: Homeport changed to Mayport, Fla.; reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 8
  • 28 August 1995 - 24 February 1996: Deployed to the North Atlantic / Baltic Sea / Mediterranean with USS America Battle Group
  • 04 November 1996 - 19 December 1996: Counter drug operations in the Craibbean
  • 02 July - 25 November 1997: Deployed on UNITAS 38-97
  • 11 January - 9 July 1999: Departed Mayport to join NATO Standing Naval Forces Atlantic (visits to NE USA, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, and Spain)
  • November 1999: Reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 14, Surface Group 2
  • 19 May - 21 December 2000: Departed Mayport for GroupSail 00-2 (Caribbean exercises and counter drug operations)
  • 23 July - 20 December 2002: Deployed on Standing Naval Forces Atlantic 2002 to the Mediterranean
  • 04 April 2014: Decommissioned at Naval Station Mayport after 30.4 years of service
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    De Wert 98k Artist's conception of De Wert 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 of 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
    De Wert 64k Richard David De Wert was born on 17 November 1931 in Taunton, Mass. and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 1948. Following "boot camp" and Hospital Corps training at Great Lakes, Ill., he was assigned to the Naval Hospital at Portsmouth, Va. In July 1950, he joined the Fleet Marine Force and soon sailed for the Far East to take part in the Korean War. Landing with the First Marine Division at Inchon in September 1950, Hospitalman De Wert participated in operations to liberate the city of Seoul. During the rest of 1950, he was involved in the landings at Wonsan, the Chosin Reservoir Campaign and the Hungnam Evacuation.

    In 1951 Hospitalman De Wert served with the Marines as they cleared North Korean guerrillas from rural areas of South Korea and as they helped drive the enemy beyond the Thirty-eighth Parallel. On 5 April 1951, while with "D" Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines during an attack on Chinese Communist forces, De Wert persistently, and in spite of his own wounds, moved through fire-swept ground to aid fallen Marines. He was killed in action while administering first aid to an injured comrade. For his great heroism on this occasion, Hospitalman Richard De Wert was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. He was laid to rest at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, Mass.

    USS De Wert (FFG 45) is the first ship named in his honor, as was the Naval Hospital Branch Medical Clinic, Bridgeport, Cal., a unit of the Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital.

    (U.S. Navy photo #80-G-442505, from the Naval Historical Center)
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    De Wert 83k 14 June 1982: Bath, Me. - Shipyard and U.S. Navy personnel pose for a photograph during the keel laying of the guided missile frigate USS De Wert (FFG 45). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-86-10813 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    De Wert 236k 1 September 1982: Bath, Me. - A stern view of De Wert. The ship is at 40 percent completion. The guided missile frigate Klakring (FFG 42) is on the right. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-86-10814 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    De Wert 129k 29 August 1983: at sea off Bath, Me. - An elevated port bow view of De Wert underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05439 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    De Wert 93k 29 August 1983: at sea off Bath, Me. - A standard bow view of De Wert underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05427 by Bath Iron Works Corp., from the DVIC)
    De Wert 97k 29 August 1983: at sea off Bath, Me. - A starboard quarter view of De Wert underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05444 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    De Wert 86k 29 August 1983: at sea off Bath, Me. - A port bow view of De Wert underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05428 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    De Wert 000k 29 August 1983: at sea off Bath, Me. - An elevated port quarter view of De Wert underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05431 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    De Wert 152k 29 August 1983: at sea off Bath, Me. - An elevated port view of De Wert underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05443 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    De Wert 115k 29 August 1983: at sea off Bath, Me. - An elevated starboard quarter view of De Wert underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05446 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    De Wert 97k 29 August 1983: at sea off Bath, Me. - A port quarter closeup view of De Wert underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05440 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    De Wert 171k 1 November 1983: Bath, Me. - An elevated bow view of the guided missile frigates Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49), Nicholas (FFG 47), and De Wert while under construction. The Robert G. Bradley is at 80 percent completion. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-86-10159 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    De Wert 169k 1 November 1983: Bath, Me. - The bow view of the guided missile frigates De Wert, Klakring (FFG 42) and Doyle (FFG 39). The Klakring is at 90 percent completion. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-86-10529 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    De Wert 105k 18 November 1983: Bath, Me. - View of the deck of De Wert. In the foreground is a Mk 13 missile launcher, armed with an RIM-66 Standard SM-1 medium range surface-to-air missile. Left, top deck is the Mk 92 Fire Control System and SPS-49 Air Search Radar. De Wert is scheduled to be commissioned November 19th. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00287 by PH3 Judkins from the DVIC)
    De Wert 114k 18 November 1983: Bath, Me. - View of the Mk 13 missile launcher, armed with an RIM-66 Standard SM-1 medium range surface-to-air missile, aboard De Wert. Above the missile is the Mk 92 Fire Control System. De Wert is scheduled to be commissioned November 19th. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00286 by PH3 Judkins from the DVIC)
    De Wert 87k 19 November 1983: Bath, Me. - Starboard bow view of the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigates (left to right) USS De Wert (FFG 45), USS Taylor (FFG 50), USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) and USS Nicholas (FFG 47), docked at Bath Iron Works. De Wert is being commissioned today. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-86-00250 by PH3 Judkins from the DVIC)
    De Wert 145k 19 November 1983: Bath, Me. - Elevated starboard bow view of De Wert prior to the beginning of the commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00271 by PH3 Judkins from the DVIC)
    De Wert 132k 19 November 1983: Bath, Me. - Sponsor Rita C. Kennedy is escorted aboard prior to the commissioning ceremony for De Wert. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05455 by PH3 Judkins from the DVIC)
    De Wert 83k 19 November 1983: Bath, Me. - Vadm. James A. Lyons Jr., Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Plans, Policy and Operations, speaks during the commissioning ceremony for De Wert. Standing behind him is Lcdr Ronald C. Bogle, executive officer. Seated behind him is Cdr Douglas Armstrong, commanding officer. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00260 by PH3 Judkins from the DVIC)
    De Wert 138k 19 November 1983: Bath, Me. - The crew of De Wert stand in formation on the dock during the commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00277 by PH3 Judkins from the DVIC)
    De Wert 55k 19 November 1983: Bath, Me. - The U.S. flag and the commissioning pennant fly from the stern of De Wert at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00262 by PH3 Judkins from the DVIC)
    De Wert 117k 19 November 1983: Bath, Me. - Guests go aboard De Wert for a tour following the commissioning. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00269 by PH3 Judkins from the DVIC)
    De Wert 79k 19 November 1983: Bath, Me. - View of the cake commemorating the commissioning of De Wert. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00266 by PH3 Judkins from the DVIC)
    De Wert 47k date / location unknown Robert Hurst
    De Wert 373k 19 February 1984: Charleston, S.C. - Port view of the moored De Wert. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-07611 by PH1 (AC) David MacLean from the DVIC) Navsource
    De Wert 199k 22 November 1995: LaSpezia, Italy - DeWert shown departing LaSpezia harbor at the end of a port visit. Carlo Martinelli
    De Wert 101k 13 April 1996: Mayport, Fla. - DeWert with USS Aubrey Fitch (FFG 34) tied up inboard of her at Naval Station Mayport. (Photo by Doug Bremenkamp, Gulfport MS) Robert M. Cieri
    De Wert 148k 4 November 2002: Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - De Wert passes the newly installed anti-boat barrier system as it approaches the pier, during its arrival for a brief port visit. De Wert was on a six-month deployment from its homeport of Mayport, Fla., and was assigned to Standing Naval Forces, Atlantic in support of Operation Active Endeavor. (U.S. Navy photo #021104-N-0780F-002 by Paul Farley from the Navy News Stand) Bill Gonyo
    De Wert 88k 20 December 2002: Mayport, Fla. - De Wert arrives home after completing a six month deployment with the USS George Washington (CVN 73) Battle Group. De Wert conducted missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The battle group also participated in numerous exercises with allies in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean and visited a number of countries. (U.S. Navy photo #021220-N-0012S-002 by PH2 Travis L. Simmons from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    De Wert 65k 1 October 2004: Bridgeport, Cal. - Artist Todd Krasovetz unveils a painting of U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Richard D. De Wert at the Bridgeport Medical Clinic dedication ceremony. De Wert was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his life-saving actions that caused him to be wounded and killed during World War II. The painting will hang in the clinic’s patient waiting area. (U.S. Navy photo #041001-N-0000A-001 by Douglas W. Allen from the Navy News Stand)
    De Wert 68k 6 November 2004: Montevideo, Uruguay - The American flag is lowered aboard De Wert as she prepares to depart the naval port in Montevideo, Uruguay, to join a multinational naval force conducting UNITAS 46-05. UNITAS 46-05 is a multinational joint exercise involving naval, coast guard and air forces from the United States, Spain, Uruguay, Argentina. (US Air Force photo #041106-F-0697K-070 by Msgt Bill Kimble from the Navy News Stand)
    De Wert 88k 14 March 2008: Boston, Mass. - A bagpiper performs pierside as the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS De Wert (FFG 45) arrives at Boston Harbor to begin a four-day port visit. The welcome has become a tradition for visiting Navy ships to Boston for the St. Patrick's Day weekend celebration. DeWert sailors will participate in a variety of activities during the festivities, culminating in a marching in the nation's second largest St. Patrick's Day parade. (U.S. Navy photo #080314-N-1928O-073 by MC1 Mark O'Donald from the Navy News Stand) Robert M. Cieri
    De Wert 275k 16 March 2008: Boston, Mass. - Sailors assigned to the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS De Wert (FFG 45) march in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in South Boston. The parade is part of a variety of activities for De Wert sailors during a four-day port visit in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. (U.S. Navy photo #080316-N-1928O-007 by MC1 Mark O'Donald from the Navy News Stand)
    De Wert 148k 18 August 2011: Ponta Delgada, Azores Islands - De Wert visits Ponta Delgada enroute to the Mediterannean. Carlos Manuel Estrela
    De Wert 479k 24 August 2011: Souda Bay, Greece - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS De Wert (FFG 45) arrives at U.S. Naval Support Activity Souda Bay for a routine port visit. (U.S. Navy photo #110824-N-QL533-001 by MC2 Cayman Santoro from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    De Wert 661k 24 August 2011: Souda Bay, Greece - De Wert arrives for a port visit to Greece's largest island, Crete. De Wert is homeported in Mayport and is operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo #110824-N-MO201-038 by Paul Farley from the Navy News Stand)
    De Wert 158k 11 October 2011: the Indian Ocean - Two views of De Wert monitoring the Italian bulk carrier Montecristo. Montecristo was highjacked by pirates approximately 620 miles east of the Somali coast on Monday, 10 October. De Wert was the first ship to arrive on the scene, and monitored the hijacked vessel until the British ship HMS Fort Victoria arrived with a boarding team. The pirates surrendered on Tuesday, 11 October. (Photos from the NATO - Allied Maritime Command web site)
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    De Wert 331k 10 December 2011: the Indian Ocean - De Wert steaming in the Indian Ocean. De Wert prevented a suspected pirate dhow from engaging in acts of piracy and forced it back to the Somali coast making further acts of piracy impossible at this time. While engaged in a replenishment at sea, De Wert received intelligence reports that a dhow acting suspiciously was in the vicinity and looked to be preparing to conduct acts of piracy. De Wert was tasked with locating and tracking the dhow while being prepared to conduct a boarding the following morning. At first light, De Wert closed the range to the dhow in preparation to board the vessel, but a high sea state was not conducive for a safe boarding. (Photo from the NATO - Allied Maritime Command web site)

    De Wert Memorabilia
    Ship's
    Plaque
    De Wert
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Window
    Decal
    De Wert
    Courtesy of
    Wolfgang Hechler
    1989 Persian
    Gulf Patch
    De Wert
    Courtesy of
    Gerd Matthes
    1991 Med
    Cruise Patch
    De Wert
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    2004 UNITAS
    Cruise Patch
    De Wert
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    USS De Wert FFG 45 History
    Note: History is unavailable at this time
    This class of ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

    DeWert's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  19 Nov. 1983 - 16 Feb. 1986Cmdr. Douglas M. Armstrong
    2.)  16 Feb. 1986 - 11 Feb. 1988Cmdr. Walter Francis Doran (retired Adm.)
    3.)  11 Feb. 1988 - 04 Apr. 1988Cmdr. Lawrence Heyworth III *
    4.)  04 Apr. 1988 - 18 Apr. 1990Cmdr. Albert Thomas Church III (retired Vadm.)
    5.)  18 Apr. 1990 - 27 Mar. 1992Cmdr. John Earl Meyers
    6.)  27 Mar. 1992 - 08 Jan. 1993Cmdr. John Michael Kenny
    7.)  08 Jan. 1993 - 28 Oct. 1994Cmdr. Richard Gurney Hoffman, Jr.
    8.)  28 Oct. 1994 - 13 Jun. 1996Cmdr. Richard David Uyak
    9.)  13 Jun. 1996- 20 Feb. 1998Cmdr. Matthew James Streeter
    10.) 20 Feb. 1998 - 03 Sep. 1999Cmdr. Steven Douglas Grant
    11.) 03 Sep. 1999 - 25 Apr. 2001Cmdr. Thomas Kenneth Shannon (retired Radm.)
    12.) 25 Apr. 2001 - 03 Jan. 2003Cmdr. James Robert Boorujy
    13.) 03 Jan. 2003 - 13 Sep. 2004Cmdr. Matthew Edward Loughlin
    14.) 13 Sep. 2004 - 03 Aug. 2006Cmdr. Mark Joseph DeClue
    15.) 03 Aug. 2006 - 15 Feb. 2008Cmdr. William Roland Campbell
    16.) 15 Feb. 2008 - 01 May 2009Cmdr. James Adam (Jim) Kirk
    17.) 01 May 2009 - 07 Apr. 2011Cmdr. Sean Gordon McLaren
    18.) 07 Apr. 2011 - 08 Jun. 2012Cmdr. Vince William Baker (Mackinaw, Mich.)
    19.) 08 Jun. 2012 - 04 Apr. 2014Cmdr. Joseph C. Thomas (Atlanta, Ga.)
    * Relieved for Cause (ran aground, Guantanamo Bay, 19 Mar 1988)
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