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USS Nicholas (FFG 47)


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons






Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row: Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - CG Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ CG "O"
Third Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (5) - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 3 stars
Fourth Row: Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 2 stars - GWOT Expeditionary Service Medal w/ 1 star - GWOT Service Medal
Fifth Row: Armed Forces Service Ribbon w/ 2 stars - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 8 stars - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon
Sixth Row: NATO Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


"Carrying On A Proud Tradition"
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
Nicholas (FFG 47) Building and Operational Data:
  • 28 April 1980: Building contract awarded to Bath Iron Works Corp.
  • 27 September 1982: Keel laid by the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Me.
  • 23 April 1983: Launched and christened, sponsored by Elizabeth M. Tryon, a descendant of Major Samuel Nicholas
  • 10 March 1984: Commissioned, Cmdr. James F. Amerault in command, assigned to Charleston, S.C. as a unit of Destroyer Squadron 6
  • 1996: Homeport assignment changed to Norfolk, Va. as a unit of Destroyer Squadron 2
  • 10 March 2014: Decommissioned at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on the 30th anniversary of her commissioning
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    Nicholas 75k Artist's conception of Nicholas 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
    Nicholas 8k Samuel Nicholas was born in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1744 and received his commission as Captain of Marines from the Continental Congress 28 November 1775, the earliest existing commission issued in the Continental Naval Service. He joined Continental Ship Alfred as Marine Officer at her commissioning 3 December. On 3 March 1776 he commanded the first amphibious landing of American Marines when the Continental Fleet under Esek Hopkins attacked New Providence in the Bahamas. Leading a party of 200 marines and 50 sailors, Nicholas won Fort Montague, Government House, and Nassau. The capture of New Providence brought badly needed cannon and ammunition to the hard-pressed Continental Army. Promoted to Major 6 June 1776, Nicholas trained Marines for duty at sea and in the field with Washington, virtually becoming Commandant of Marines, although such a title did not then exist. He died in Philadelphia 27 August 1790 and was laid to rest at Fairhill Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Pa.

    USS Nicholas (FFG 47) is the third ship to be named for Samuel Nicholas, DD 311 (1919 - 1923), and DD 449 (1942 - 1970) having preceded her.
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    Nicholas 122k 27 September 1982: Bath, Me. - Naval personnel and employees of Bath Iron Works pose for a group photo during the keel laying of the guided missile frigate Nicholas (FFG 47). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-86-08167 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Nicholas 132k 27 September 1982: Bath, Me. - The keel of the guided missile frigate Nicholas. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-86-08168 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 167k 8 November 1982: Bath, Me. - An elevated stern view of Nicholas, right, at 40 percent completion at the Bath Iron Works shipyard. Another frigate is under construction alongside. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-86-08182 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 99k 23 April 1983: Bath, Me. - Sponsor Elizabeth Tryon, right, and the maid of honor pose for a photo during the launching of Nicholas. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05612 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 95k 23 April 1983: Bath, Me. - A Marine Corps general speaks at the launching of Nicholas. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05614 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 84k 23 April 1983: Bath, Me. - Sponsor Elizabeth M. Tryon, a descendant of Major Samuel Nicholas, christens the Nicholas. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05616 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 101k 23 April 1983: Bath, Me. - A bow view of Nicholas sliding down the ways during itsí launching. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05615 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 80k 23 April 1983: Bath, Me. - A starboard bow view of Nicholas in the water after just after launching. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05617 by Bath Iron Works Corp. 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)
    Nicholas 155k January 1984: Bath, Me. - A port view of Nicholas underway heading out for her sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05604 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 158k January 1984: Bath, Me. - A port view of Nicholas underway heading to sea for her trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05598 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 124k January 1984: Bath, Me. - A port quarter view of Nicholas underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05595 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 192k January 1984: Bath, Me. - An elevated port bow view of Nicholas underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05596 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 215k January 1984: Bath, Me. - An elevated port bow view of Nicholas underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05597 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 212k January 1984: Bath, Me. - An elevated starboard bow view of Nicholas underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05599 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 136k January 1984: Bath, Me. - A port bow view of Nicholas underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05603 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 229k January 1984: Bath, Me. - An elevated port quarter view of Nicholas underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05565 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 112k January 1984: Bath, Me. - A starboard quarter view of Nicholas underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05572 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 169k 10 March 1984: Bath, Me. - A view of the shipyard and guests assembled for the commissioning of Nicholas. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05606 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 128k 10 March 1984: Bath, Me. - Crew members line the starboard rail of Nicholas during the ship's commission ceremony at the Bath Iron Works shipyard. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-06057 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 81k 10 March 1984: Bath, Me. - Elizabeth M. Tryon, sponsor, is escorted to her seat for the commissioning of Nicholas. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-05609 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 89k 10 March 1984: Bath, Me. - Crew members stand at attention during the commissioning ceremony for Nicholas at the Bath Iron Works shipyard. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-06051 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 54k 10 March 1984: Bath, Me. - Commander James F. Amerault, commanding officer of Nicholas, addresses guests attending the ship's commissioning ceremony at Bath Iron Works shipyard. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-06047 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 109k 10 March 1984: Bath, Me. - Crewman line the starboard rail of Nicholas as the ship is commissioned. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-06049 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 141k date / location unknown Wendell R. McLaughlin, Jr.
    Nicholas 148k date / location unknown, (photo retouched by Tom Kermen) Demetrius J. C. Carter
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    Nicholas 131k 1 August 1985: at sea - A starboard quarter view of Nicholas underway during MIDRON cruise. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-04641 by HM2 Robert E. Wilson from the DVIC) Navsource
    Nicholas 84k 1 July 1988: The Persian Gulf - MS2 William Hendrickson scans for mines from the bow of Nicholas during an Earnest Will convoy mission in which tankers are led through the waters of the Gulf by U.S. naval ships. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-88-10150 by PHCS Mitchell from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 70k 1 July 1988: The Persian Gulf - Close-up view of a test missile in the launcher aboard Nicholas. The missile, which is loaded with electronics, provides data to fire control systems technicians by reporting on the missile launching system. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-88-09837 by PHCS Mitchell from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 79k 1 July 1988: The Persian Gulf - An SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter from Nicholas approaches the reflagged Kuwaiti tanker Chesapeake City. The helicopter is transporting Navy Liaison Officers, who will act as naval representatives aboard the tanker, during Operation Earnest Will, a convoy mission in which reflagged Kuwaiti tankers are escorted through waters of the Gulf by U.S. naval ships. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-88-09836 by PHCS Mitchell from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 190k 1 October 1990: at sea - A starboard quarter view of Nicholas underway in support of Operation Desert Shield. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-06592 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 74k 21 March 1991: Bermuda - Crew members manning the rails aboard Nicholas watch as the large harbor tug Palatka (YTB-801) approaches the guided missile destroyer USS MacDonough (DDG 39). Nicholas and MacDonough are departing Bermuda to begin the final part of their journey to Naval Station, Charleston SC. The ships are returning to Charleston following their deployment to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-08387 by JO2 Oscar Sosa from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 92k 22 March 1991: Charleston, S.C. - A sailor aboard Nicholas hands out roses ordered by his fellow crew members as the ship heads up the Cooper River toward Naval Station, Charleston SC. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-08392 by JO2 Oscar Sosa from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 136k 22 March 1991: Charleston, S.C. - The large harbor tug Natchitoches (YTB-799) and other tugs spray streams of water into the air as they lead Nicholas up the Cooper River toward Naval Station, Charleston SC. Nicholas is returning to Charleston following its deployment to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-08391 by JO2 Oscar Sosa from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 130k 22 March 1991: Charleston, S.C. - Crew members man the rails aboard Nicholas as the vessel passes the destroyer tender USS Sierra (AD 18), the destroyer USS John Rodgers (DD 983) and the guided missile destroyer USS Semmes (DDG 18) tied up at the pier. Nicholas is arriving at the station after being deployed in the Persian Gulf area during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-91-08776 by JO2 Oscar Sosa from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 156k 22 March 1991: Charleston, S.C. - Family members and friends hold up signs and flags as Nicholas, background, and MacDonough arrive at the pier. The ships are returning to Charleston following their deployment to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-08696 by PH2 Johnny Bivera from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 92k 22 March 1991: Charleston, S.C. - A sailor embraces his wife as they stand near the stern of Nicholas following the ship's return from its deployment to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-08388 by JO2 Oscar Sosa from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 115k 22 March 1991: Charleston, S.C. - A sailor sits with his wife and children near the bow of Nicholas following the ship's return from its deployment to the Persian Gulf region. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-08389 by JO2 Oscar Sosa from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 179k 5 March 1999: at sea - Shot of Nicholas underway in the Aegean Sea. Nicholas is part of the Enterprise Battle Group operating in the central Mediterranean Sea. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SD-02-03134 by PH1 Benjamin D. Olvey from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 137k 5 March 1999: at sea - USS Enterprise (CVN 65) (right) and USS Detroit (AOE 4) (center) conduct a replenishment-at-sea, as Nicholas (top left) begins her approach. Enterprise Battle Group is operating in the central Mediterranean Sea. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SD-02-03135 by PH3 Jason D. Malcolm from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Nicholas 154k 5 March 1999: at sea - During a replenishment-at-sea, Enterprise, Detroit and Nicholas steam along. Enterprise is forward deployed to the Mediterranean Sea. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SD-02-03124 by PHAN Karl L. Peters from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 91k 6 October 2000: at sea - Nicholas underway in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SD-03-12502 by PH3 Charlie Thompson from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 86k 3 July 2003: St. Petersburg, Russia - The guided missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) arrives pier side in St. Petersburg as a Russian Naval Band plays on the pier. The port visit included a Fourth of July observance and a birthday commemoration of U.S. and Russian naval hero Adm. John Paul Jones, solidifying ties between the two navies. It was the first visit of a U.S. naval ship to the city since 1996. Embarked aboard Nicholas was Commander Sixth Fleet Vice Adm. Scott A. Fry. John Paul Jones served as an Admiral for the Russian Navy after fighting in the Revolutionary War. (U.S. Navy photo #030703-N-0000D-001 by Lt. Leonardo Day from the Navy News Stand)
    Nicholas 91k 26 September 2003: Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Crewmembers aboard the U.S. Navy guided missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) "man the rails" during ships arrival honors to the port city of Neum. Nicholas is the first U.S. Navy ship to ever make a port visit to this city. Navy frigates carry a crew of 17 officers and 198 enlisted and provide anti-air warfare (AAW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions, supporting expeditionary forces, replenishment groups, and merchant convoys. (U.S. Navy photo #030926-N-2716P-031 by PH1 Paul J. Phelps from the Navy News Stand)
    Nicholas 142k 26 September 2003: Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Cdr. Chan Swallow, commanding officer of the U.S. Navy guided missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47), and other selected crewmembers, take part in an arrival ceremony shortly after anchoring in the port of Neum. The ceremony included introductions, gift giving, and playing of the national anthems. Nicholas is the first U.S. Navy ship ever to make a port visit to this city. Navy frigates carry a crew of 17 officers and 198 enlisted and provide anti-air warfare (AAW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions, supporting expeditionary forces, replenishment groups, and merchant convoys. (U.S. Navy photo #030926-N-2716P-113 by PH1 Paul J. Phelps from the Navy News Stand)
    Nicholas 120k 27 September 2003: Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina - The guided missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) takes a barge alongside for miscellaneous services, as it is anchored in the harbor of Neum, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nicholas is the first U.S. Navy ship ever to make a port visit to this city. (U.S. Navy photo #030927-N-2716P-123 by PH1 Paul J. Phelps from the Navy News Stand)
    Nicholas 81k 14 October 2003: Rota, Spain - Torpedoman Robert Allen mans a .50 cal. gun mount aboard the guided missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) as the ship departs Naval Station Rota, Spain. Nicholas is participating in the Spanish-led SANSO 2003 phase of the Proliferation Security Exercise with armed forces from eleven countries. The ten-phase exercise is a maritime interdiction operations training exercise, which targets vessels simulating merchant vessels suspected of carrying weapons of mass destruction and their related delivery devices. (U.S. Navy photo #031014-N-1056B-001 by Lt. Corey Barker from the Navy News Stand)
    Nicholas 61k 17 October 2003: Mediterranean Sea - The guided missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) and a helicopter from the Spanish frigate SPS Navarra (F-85) track a simulated cargo vessel, thought to be transporting weapons of mass destruction during a training exercise in the Mediterranean Sea. The four day Spanish led phase is the third of ten phases in which armed forces from eleven nations participate in multinational Maritime Interdiction Operation (MIO) training exercises tracking, boarding and seizing suspect vessels transporting weapons of mass destruction on the high seas. U.S. Navy photo #031017-N-1056B-003 by Lt. Corey Barker from the Navy News Stand)
    Nicholas 81k 25 May 2005: Norfolk, Va. - Line handlers assist the guided missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) and her crew of than 250 Sailors in getting underway from Naval Station Norfolk in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Nicholas is one of five East Coast ships surging for an approximately three-month deployment to work with allies to detect, disrupt, and deny international terrorist organizations the use of the maritime environment. (U.S. Navy photo #050525-N-4010S-001 by JO1 Ty Swartz from the Navy News Stand)
    Nicholas 166k 25 August 2005: Norfolk, Va. - The crew of USS Nicholas (FFG 47) man the rails as the ship prepares to moor at Naval Station Norfolk. Nicholas, along with USS Saipan (LHA 2) and USS Nashville (LPD 13) returned to Naval Station Norfolk after completing a three-month surge deployment in support of the global war on terror. (U.S. Navy photo #050825-N-6639M-001 by PH3 Laura A. Moore from the Navy News Stand)
    Nicholas 179k 2 May 2006: Norfolk, Va. - Sailors man the rail as line handlers wait to get the guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) underway. Nicholas is deploying as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike group in support of the global war on terrorism. (U.S. Navy photo #060502-N-5055G-005 by JO2 Joshua Glassburn from the Navy News Stand)
    Nicholas 84k 2 May 2006: Norfolk, Va. - The proud family of Chief Master-at-Arms Fredrick Masten, stationed aboard Nicholas, waves goodbye from the pier as the ship gets underway at Norfolk. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SD-06-13172 by PHAN Mandy McLaurin from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 62k 2 May 2006: Norfolk, Va. - Sailors onboard Nicholas, prepare for departure at pier four of Naval Station Norfolk. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SD-06-13173 by PHAN Mandy McLaurin from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 117k 2 May 2006: Norfolk, Va. - A starboard bow view of Nicholas, prior to getting underway at Norfolk, Va. for a scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SD-06-13166 by Lisa Derek M. Pool (USN) from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 109k 2 May 2006: Norfolk, Va. - A starboard view of Nicholas, underway exiting the harbor at Norfolk, for a scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. A commercial tugboat is underway in the foreground. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SD-06-13168 by Lisa Derek M. Pool (USN) from the DVIC)
    Nicholas 204k 7 May 2006: Atlantic Ocean - The guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) sails through the Atlantic Ocean in formation with the Enterprise Carrier Strike group. The Enterprise CSG and embarked Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) are currently underway on a scheduled six-month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. (U.S. Navy photo #060507-N-7748K-013 by PH3 Joshua Kinter from the Navy News Stand)
    Nicholas 193k 14 November 2006: Naval Station Norfolk, Va. - The frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) pulls into port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. following a six-month deployment with USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Carrier Strike Group. (U.S. Navy photo #061109-N-4515N-119 by MCSA Joshua A. Nuzzo from the Navy News Stand)
    Nicholas 135k 14 November 2006: Norfolk, Va. - Sailors of the guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) man the rails, as the ship prepares to pull into her homeport. Nicholas returned home after a successful six-month deployment with Enterprise Carrier Strike Group in support of the global war on terrorism. (U.S. Navy photo #061114-N-1713L-003 by MC2 Lolita Lewis from the Navy News Stand)
    Nicholas 121k 20 April 2007: Norfolk, Va. - Nicholas underway off the Naval Station. (U.S. Navy photo #DSC-00007-FFG-47) Wendell McLaughlin
    Nicholas 162k August 2007: Norfolk, Va. - Nicholas returning to the Naval Station. Bruce Boylan
    Nicholas 158k 26 April 2007: New Orleans, La. - Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Donnie Grissom fraps the lines on USS Nicholas (FFG 47) at the Governor Nicholls Wharf in New Orleans. Nicholas stopped in New Orleans for a four-day port call. During the port call the ship was open for public tours and sailors had a chance to enjoy the unique culture of New Orleans. (U.S. Navy photo #070426-N-0857S-001 by Mr. Sam Shore from the Navy Newstand) Navsource
    Nicholas 185k 27 April 2007: New Orleans, La. - USS Nicholas departs from the Governor Nicholls Wharf in New Orleans. Nicholas is returning to her homeport of Norfolk, Va. after stopping in New Orleans for a four-day port call. During the port call the ship was open for public tours and Sailors had a chance to enjoy the unique culture of New Orleans. (U.S. Navy photo #070427-N-0857S-009 by Mr. Sam Shore from the Navy Newstand)
    Nicholas 161k 5 August 2008: Naval Station Rota, Spain - The guided missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) is moored at Naval Station Rota, Spain, during a port visit. (U.S. Navy photo #080805-N-3289C-003 by MC3 Paul Cage from the Navy News Stand)
    Nicholas 95k 3 December 2009: Naval Station, Norfolk, Va. - Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) Fireman Christian Harvey holds his nine-month old daughter aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) as the ship prepares to depart Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment supporting Africa Partnership Station (APS). APS is an international security cooperation initiative led by U.S. Naval Forces Africa with the goal of improving maritime safety and security in West and Central Africa. (U.S. Navy photo #091203-N-2456S-054 by MC3 John Suits from the Navy News Stand)
    Nicholas 277k 21 February 2010: Port Louis, Mauritius - The guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) arrives in Port Louis, Mauritius during an Africa Partnership Station East port visit. Africa Partnership Station is an international initiative developed by Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa to improve maritime safety and security in West and Central Africa. (U.S. Navy photo #100221-N-8463W-096 by MC3 Tracey L. Whitley from the Navy News Stand)
    Nicholas 175k 5 April 2010: Djibouti - A rigid-hull inflatable boat assigned to the port security department at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, and a fast boat assigned to French special forces deployed to Djibouti split off as they conduct circular patrols around the guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) while moored at Port de Djibouti. Nicholas is on a six-month deployment supporting Africa Partnership Station and counter-piracy operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo #100505-N-7526R-030 by MC2 Marc Rockwell-Pate from the Navy News Stand)
    Nicholas 101k 26 May 2010: Ponta Delgada, Azores Islands - USS Nicholas (FFG 47) making her way into the harbor for a port visit to the Azore Islands. Carlos Manuel Estrela
    Ponta Delgada, Azores Islands
    Nicholas 109k 26 May 2010: Ponta Delgada, Azores Islands - Nicholas passing USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) as she makes her way into the harbor and heads for her berth.
    Nicholas 254k 10 March 2014: Norfolk, Va. - A series of photos taken at the decommissioning ceremony for USS Nicholas (FFG 47). Nicholas at the pier prior to the ceremony. S. Dale Hargrave
    Newport News, Va.

    (Photos by Dale Hargrave)
    Nicholas 139k 10 March 2014: Norfolk, Va. - Commanding Officer, Commander Cory J. Blaser speaks at the ceremony.
    Nicholas 89k 10 March 2014: Norfolk, Va. - The Commissioning Pennant is hauled down for the last time.
    Nicholas 275k 10 March 2014: Norfolk, Va. - The crew departs the ship.
    Nicholas 163k 10 March 2014: Norfolk, Va. - The first and last. Commander Blaser, Nicholas's last CO chats with retired Vice Admiral James F. Amerault, Nicholas's first commanding officer and decommissioning guest speaker.

    USS Nicholas FFG 47 History
    Note: History is unavailable at this time
    This class of ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

    Nicholas' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  10 Mar. 1984 - 10 Jun. 1986Cmdr. James Frederick Amerault (Somerville, Mass.) (retired as Vadm.)
    2.)  10 Jun. 1986 - 15 May 1988Cmdr. Richard Walter Mayo (retired as Vadm.)
    3.)  15 May 1988 - 14 Jun. 1990Cmdr. Edward Richard Hebert
    4.)  14 Jun. 1990 - 30 Mar. 1992Cmdr. Dennis Gilbert Morral (retired as Radm.)
    5.)  30 Mar. 1992 - 26 Jan. 1994Cmdr. Paul Theodore Serfass, Jr. (King of Prussia, Pa.)
    6.)  26 Jan. 1994 - 27 Sep. 1995Cmdr. Neil C. Burlingame
    7.)  27 Sep. 1995 - 10 Jun. 1996Cmdr. James H. McKinney, Jr.*
    8.)  10 Jun. 1996 - 31 Jan. 1998Cmdr. Timothy Patrick Sprague
    9.)  31 Jan. 1998 - 06 Aug. 1999Cmdr. John R. Reichl
    10.) 06 Aug. 1999 - 10 Jul. 2001Cmdr. Tilghman Douglas Payne (retired as Radm.)
    11.) 10 Jul. 2001 - 28 Feb. 2003Cmdr. Joseph Daniel Creed
    12.) 28 Mar. 2003 - 02 Sep. 2004Cmdr. Robert Chandler Swallow
    13.) 02 Sep. 2004 - 18 Oct. 2006Cmdr. William Robert Silkman
    14.) 18 Oct. 2006 - 01 Feb. 2008Cmdr. Robert Curtis Sparrock (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
    15.) 01 Feb. 2008 - 19 Aug. 2009Cmdr. Matthew G. Fleming
    16.) 19 Aug. 2009 - 29 Jun. 2011Cmdr. Mark Douglas Kesselring (St. Louis, Mo.)
    17.) 29 Jun. 2011 - 02 Aug. 2012Cmdr. Stephen Francis Fuller
    18.) 02 Aug. 2012 - 10 Mar. 2014Cmdr. Cory J. Blaser (Greenville, S.C.)

    * Relieved for cause: Loss of confidence due to a fraternization incident on liberty in Nova Scotia.
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