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USS Vandegrift (FFG 48)


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 2 stars - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal
Third Row: National Defense Service Ribbon w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star - Southwest Asia Service Medal
Fourth Row: GWOT Expeditionary Service Medal - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 10 stars - Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon w/ 5 stars


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
Vandegrift (FFG 48) Building and Operational Data:
  • 28 April 1980: Building contract awarded to Todd-Pacific Shipbuilding Corp.
  • 13 October 1981: Keel laid by the Todd-Pacific Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, Wash.
  • 15 October 1982: Launched and christened, sponsored by
  • 24 November 1984: Commissioned at Seattle, Wash., Cmdr. Clinton J. Coneway in command, assigned to Surface Squadron 1 at Long Beach, Cal.
  • February 1993: Homeport changed to San Diego, Cal.
  • 13 March 1998: Homeport changed to Yokosuka, Japan as a unit of Destroyer Squadron 15, the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF)
  • 14 August 2006: Homeport changed to San Diego, Cal. as a unit of Destroyer Squadron 23
  • 01 February 2007: Reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 1
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    Vandegrift 75k Artist's conception of Vandegrift 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
    Vandegrift 25k Alexander Archer Vandegrift was born on 13 March 1887 in Charlottesville, Va. and was commissioned into the Marine Corps on 22 January 1909 after graduating from the University of Virginia. After attending the Marine Officer‘s School at Port Royal, S.C. he served in a number of stateside and overseas assignments while advancing in rank. In March 1942 he was promoted to major general and assumed command of the First Marine Division. For outstanding services as Commanding General of the First Marine Division, Reinforced, during the attack on Guadalcanal, Tulagi, and Gavutu in the Solomon Islands on 7 August 1942, he was awarded the Navy Cross, and for the subsequent occupation and defense from 7 August to 9 December 1942, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. On 1 January 1944, as a lieutenant general, he was sworn in as the 18th Commandant of the Marine Corps. On 4 April 1945, he was appointed general, the first Marine officer on active duty to attain four-star rank. He left active service 31 December 1947 and passed away 8 May 1973. His body is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

    USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) is named in his honor.

    (Photo and summarization from the Arlington National Cemetery Website)
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    Vandegrift 95k 13 October 1981: Seattle, Wash. - Radm Robert R. Fountain Jr., assistant deputy commander, Anti-submarine Warfare and Underwater Systems, cuts the ribbon as Todd Pacific Shipyards Vice President John T. Gilbride Jr., center, and Capt. Philip F. Carothers Jr., supervisor of shipbuilding, look on during keel laying ceremonies for the guided missile frigate Vandegrift (FFG48). The ship will be built by Todd Pacific Shipyards. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-02253 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Vandegrift 106k 13 October 1981: Seattle, Wash. - Todd Pacific Shipyards Vice President John T. Gilbride Jr., left, Capt. Philip F. Carothers Jr., supervisor of shipbuilding; and Radm Robert R. Fountain Jr., assistant deputy commander, Anti-submarine Warfare and Underwater Systems, stand with their backs to the camera as they watch workers lay the keel of Vandegrift. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-02252 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 107k 8 October 1982: Seattle, Wash. - Starboard bow view of Vandegrift, prior to launching. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-83-06074 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 133k 8 October 1982: Seattle, Wash. - The sponsor breaks the traditional bottle of champagne during the launching ceremony for Vandegrift. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-83-06077 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 144k 8 October 1982: Seattle, Wash. - Stern view of Vandegrift sliding down the ways. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-83-06075 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 131k 8 October 1982: Seattle, Wash. - Port quarter view of Vandegrift, in the water, during the launching ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-83-06076 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 186k 25 September 1984: Puget Sound, Wash. - An aerial starboard bow view of Vandegrift underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-03656 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 159k 25 September 1984: Puget Sound, Wash. - An aerial port bow view of Vandegrift underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-03659 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 136k 25 September 1984: Puget Sound, Wash. - An aerial starboard beam view of Vandegrift underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-03657 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 000k 25 September 1984: Puget Sound, Wash. - An aerial port quarter view of Vandegrift underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-03658 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 152k 24 November 1984: Seattle, Wash. - The crew of Vandegrift mans the rails during the ship's commissioning. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-12996 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 131k 24 November 1984: Seattle, Wash. - The 1st Marine Division color guard and the 1st Marine Division Band from Camp Pendleton, Cal., march during the commissioning of Vandegrift. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-12993 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 135k 24 November 1984: Seattle, Wash. - Officers and crewmen of Vandegrift, led by Lcdr Edward J. Marquez, ship control officer, salute during the ship's commissioning. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-12994 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 151k 24 November 1984: Seattle, Wash. - Distinguished guests attend the commissioning of the guided missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48). From left to right they are: Cmdr Clinton James Coneway, ship's commanding officer; Mgen. Earnest C. Cheatham Jr., commanding general, 1st Marine Division; Radm. L.S. Severance, commander, Naval Base Seattle; Capt. Howard Venezia, commander, Surface Squadron One; John T. Gilbride Jr., general manager, Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp.; and Chaplain Capt. Joseph Brennan. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-12997 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 126k 14 December 1984: San Diego, Cal. - A port bow view of Vandegrift underway in the harbor. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-09092 by PH3 Davidson from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 198k 21 November 1985: San Pedro, Cal. - A view of the bow of Vandegrift during an inclining test. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-11036 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 303k 21 November 1985: San Pedro, Cal. - A starboard amidships view of the bow of Vandegrift during an inclining test. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-11032 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 104k 21 November 1985: San Pedro, Cal. - A plaque at the waterline of Vandegrift during an inclining test. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-11035 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 210k 21 November 1985: San Pedro, Cal. - A starboard amidships view of the bow of Vandegrift during an inclining test. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-11033 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 185k 21 November 1985: San Pedro, Cal. - A view of the stern of Vandegrift during an inclining test. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-11034 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 189k Photo taken a year or so after commissioning. Dale Smith, FCC(SW) US Navy
    Vandegrift 177k 14 February 1986: Pacific Ocean - An elevated bow view of Vandegrift underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-04276 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC) Navsource
    Vandegrift 174k 14 February 1986: Pacific Ocean - An elevated port bow view of Vandegrift underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-04274 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 122k 14 February 1986: Pacific Ocean - A port quarter view of Vandegrift underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-04275 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 126k 14 February 1986: Pacific Ocean - An elevated stern view of Vandegrift underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-04277 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 107k 14 February 1986: Pacific Ocean - A starboard beam view of Vandegrift underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-86-04279 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 143k 14 February 1986: Pacific Ocean - An elevated bow view of Vandegrift underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-86-04281 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 148k 2 March 1987: An aerial port bow view of Vandegrift underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-10312 by PH2 T. Hensley from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 165k 20 March 1987: A port bow view of Vandegrift underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-10937 by PH3 C. Whorton from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 114k 20 March 1987: A port bow view of Vandegrift underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-10942 by PH3 C. Whorton from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 121k 25 January 1990: Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Cal. - Sailors man the rail aboard Vandegrift during a ceremony at which the vessel is being dedicated to Gen. Alexander A. Vandegrift, Medal of Honor recipient and 18th Commandant of the Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DM-SC-91-09079 by Ssgt H. Waner from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 102k 25 January 1990: Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Cal. - Col. Mitchell Paige, USMC (Ret.), Medal of Honor recipient, presents a commemorative plaque to Cdr. Johnson aboard Vandegrift during a ceremony at which the vessel is being dedicated to Gen. Alexander A. Vandegrift, Medal of Honor recipient and 18th Commandant of the Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DM-SC-91-09080 by Ssgt H. Waner from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 113k 25 January 1990: Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Cal. - Mgen. Royal N. Moore Jr., Commanding General, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing/Deputy Commander, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, presents a commemorative plaque aboard Vandegrift during the ceremony to dedicate the ship to Gen. Alexander A. Vandegrift. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DM-SC-91-09084 by Ssgt H. Waner from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 112k 25 January 1990: Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Cal. - Sailors man the rail aboard Vandegrift during the dedication ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DM-SC-91-09082 by Ssgt H. Waner from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 178k 1 November 1993: Pacific Ocean - A port bow view of Vandegrift underway off the coast of southern California. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-94-01466 by PH2 McKaskle from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 188k 1 November 1993: Pacific Ocean - A port quarter view of Vandegrift underway off the coast of southern California. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-94-01465 by PH2 McKaskle from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 183k 1 December 1994: Vandegrift arrives in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a port visit. While there, the more than 200 crewmembers will had a chance to meet local citizens, experience the local customs and traditions, sightsee, shop and enjoy recreational activities. Vandegrift had been operating in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean regions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The ship operates from the forward-deployed base at Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by PH1 Chuck Cavanaugh from the Navy News Stand) Bill Gonyo
    ***Jarrett / Vandergrift*** 159k 1 April 1995: Manila, R.P. - Sailors man the rail of the guided missile frigate Vandegrift as the ship prepares to dock for a port visit. USS Jarrett (FFG 33) is accompanying Vandegrift and is already tied up in the background. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-96-00161 by Lt(jg) Harold A. Payne, from the DVIC) Navsource
    ***Jarrett / Vandergrift*** 139k 1 April 1995: Manila, R.P. - The guided missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) and USS Jarrett (FFG 33) are tied up at pier side during a good will port visit. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-96-00162 by Lt(jg) Harold A. Payne, from the DVIC)
    Vandegrift 269k 15 March 1996: Vandegrift launches a missile during a live fire exercise. (U.S. Navy Photo) Bill Gonyo
    Vandegrift 191k 15 March 1996: Vandegrift launches a missile during a live fire exercise off the Northwest coast of the United States. (U.S. Navy photo #960315-N-4704G-001) from the Navy News Stand)
    Vandegrift 151k 3 August 1998: Aboard the Kitty Hawk - Vandegrift prepares to come alongside USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) in order to receive fuel during an underway replenishment. Kitty Hawk and Vandegrift were in transit from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo #980803-N-0226M-003 by PHC Mahlon K. Miller from the Navy News Stand)
    Vandegrift 147k 3 August 1998: Aboard the Kitty Hawk - Framed by the number 1 elevator of the carrier Kitty Hawk, Vandegrift prepares to receive fuel (U.S. Navy Photo #980803-N-0226M-001 from the Navy News Stand)
    Vandegrift 175k 3 August 1998: Aboard the Kitty Hawk - Vandegrift receives fuel during an underway replenishment with the carrier Kitty Hawk. Kitty Hawk and Vandegrift were in transit from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo #980803-N-0226M-002 by PHC Mahlon K. Miller from the Navy News Stand)
    Vandegrift 87k 7 February 2002: At sea - A standard missile leaves a trail of smoke off Vandegrift’s starboard side, on an intercept course with an incoming "hostile" drone. Nine U.S. Navy ships took part in Missile Exercise 02-1, an anti-ship missile defense training evolution, as part of a Commander Task Force Seven Five (CTF-75) Multi-Sail battle group interoperability exercise. All participating ships are part of forward deployed Naval Forces based in Yokosuka and Sasebo, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo #020207-N-0000R-001 by IS1 Mathew C. Ruble, from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Vandegrift 105k 4 June 2003: The Red Sea - The guided missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) steams in the Gulf of Aqaba while providing support for the President’s visit to Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt and Aqaba, Jordan for summits with Arab leaders. Vandegrift was on station to provide added security. (U.S. Navy photo #030604-N-2819P-211 by PH3 Jose M. Ponce, from the Navy News Stand)
    Vandegrift 152k 4 June 2003: The Red Sea - The guided missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) steams in the Gulf of Aqaba while providing support for the President’s visit to Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt and Aqaba, Jordan for summits with Arab leaders. Vandegrift was on station to provide added security. (U.S. Navy photo #030604-N-2819P-174 by PH3 Jose M. Ponce, from the Navy News Stand)
    Vandegrift 126k 6 November 2003: Aboard USS Vandegrift - Master helmsman Seaman Colt Amborn guides USS Vandegrift safely through the ocean under the support of the guided missile frigate's helm safety officer Mike Sauedra. Vandegrift and her crew are steaming along side the Military Sealift Command ship USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) during Vandegrift's 35th underway replenishment at sea this year. (U.S. Navy photo #031106-N-8590G-003 by PH3 (AW) Gary B. Granger, from the Navy News Stand) Bill Gonyo
    Vandegrift 148k 19 November 2003: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) arrives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for a scheduled port visit. The port call provided the crew with an opportunity for sightseeing and cultural exchanges. This visit marked the first U.S. Navy ship visit to Vietnam in 30 years, since 1973. It symbolized the normalization of relations between the two nations. (U.S. Navy photo #031119-N-8590G-002 by PH3 (AW) Gary B. Granger, from the Navy News Stand)
    Vandegrift 64k 19 November 2003: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) arrives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for a scheduled port visit. The port call will provide the crew with an opportunity for sightseeing and cultural exchanges. This visit marks the first U.S. Navy ship visit to Vietnam in 30 years, since 1973. It symbolizes the normalization of relations between the two nations. Vandegrift is an Oliver Hazard Perry Class guided missile frigate and is a part of the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Carrier Strike Group, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo #031119-N-8590G-001 by PH3 Gary B. Granger, from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Vandegrift 78k 19 November 2003: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) arrives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for a scheduled port visit. The port call will provide the crew with an opportunity for sightseeing and cultural exchanges. This visit marks the first U.S. Navy ship visit to Vietnam in 30 years, since 1973. It symbolizes the normalization of relations between the two nations. Vandegrift is an Oliver Hazard Perry Class guided missile frigate and is a part of the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Carrier Strike Group, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo #031119-N-8590G-003 by PH3 Gary B. Granger, from the Navy News Stand)
    Vandegrift 83k 28 November 2003: Himeji, Japan - Local school children play on the flight deck of USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) during a scheduled port visit to Himeji, Japan. The guided missile frigate just arrived from a historic port visit to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to become the first U.S. Navy ship to visit Vietnam in 30 years, since 1973. (U.S. Navy photo #031128-N-8590G-002 by PH3 Gary B. Granger, from the Navy News Stand)
    Vandegrift 102k 29 March 2005: Yokosuka, Japan - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) returns to her forward deployed operating base, Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, after completing a regularly scheduled underway period. (U.S. Navy photo #050329-N-9851B-002 by PH2 John L. Beeman, from the Navy News Stand)
    Vandegrift 68k 19 April 2006: Yokosuka, Japan - Guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) prepares to depart Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, for a regularly scheduled underway period. (U.S. Navy photo #060419-N-2385R-005 by PH3 Yexenia Rosas, from the Navy News Stand)
    Vandegrift 85k 10 August 2006: Yokosuka, Japan - Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan, Rear Adm. James Kelly, left, shakes hands with Cmdr. John F. Rinko, commanding officer of frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48), during the ship's departure ceremony , held on board Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka. As part of Destroyer Squadron Fifteen for nearly ten years, Vandegrift will depart Japan to its new home port in San Diego, Cal. (U.S. Navy photo #060810-N-4649C-003 by MC2 Chantel M. Clayton, from the Navy News Stand)
    Vandegrift 84k 14 August 2006: Yokosuka, Japan - The guided missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) departs the pier for the last time as a homeported vessel of Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. After being part of Destroyer Squadron Fifteen for nearly 10 years, the Vandegrift is moving to its new homeport of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo #060814-N-2716P-018 by MC1 Paul J. Phelps, from the Navy News Stand) Fred Weiss
    Vandegrift 120k 14 August 2006: Yokosuka, Japan - The tugboat Massapequa (YTB 807), right, breaks away from the guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) as the frigate departs Yokosuka Bay for the last time as a home-ported vessel of Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 14, 2006. Vandegrift is moving to its new homeport of San Diego, Calif., after being part of Destroyer Squadron Fifteen for nearly ten years. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #060814-N2716P-032 by MC1(AW) Paul J. Phelps, from the DVIC) Navsource
    Vandegrift 160k 14 August 2006: Yokosuka, Japan - Sailors aboard the guided missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) man the rails as the ship departs the pier for the last time as a homeported vessel of Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. After being part of Destroyer Squadron Fifteen for nearly 10 years, Vandegrift is moving to its new homeport of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo #060814-N-4649C-003 by MC2 Chantel M. Clayton, from the Navy News Stand) Fred Weiss
    Vandegrift 78k 1 September 2006: San Diego, Cal. - Damage Controlman Fireman David A. Salinas receives a kiss with wife upon his return to San Diego, aboard the frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48). Vandegrift completed its scheduled change of homeport on Sept. 1, transiting from Naval Station Yokosuka, Japan, to Naval Base San Diego after ten years of service in the Western Pacific within the Seventh Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo #060901-N-6410J-053 by MCSA Matthew Jackson, from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Vandegrift 150k 7 June 2007: Portland, Ore. - A Portland fireboat greets USS Vandegrift with red white and blue water streams as she passes under the Willamette River's Steel Bridge. Vandegrift is one of four U.S. Navy ships visiting Portland for the weeklong 100th Annual Rose Festival celebration. (U.S. Navy photo #070607-N-7783B-004 by MC1 Thomas Brennan, from the Navy Newstand)
    Vandegrift 134k 7 June 2007: Portland, Ore. - Vandegrift arrives to help celebrate Portland's Fleet Week festivities during the city's 100th Annual Rose Festival. Vandegrift is one of four U.S. Navy ships visiting Portland for the weeklong celebration. (U.S. Navy photo #070607-N-2143T-006 by MC2 Maebel Tinoko, from the Navy Newstand)
    Vandegrift 187k 6 October 2007: San Francisco Bay, Cal. - USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) enters the San Francisco bay as the lead ship for the Parade of Ships during the 27th annual San Francisco Fleet Week celebration. Vandegrift is one of two Navy ships visiting San Francisco for the weeklong event honoring the armed services. (U.S. Navy photo #071006-N-0649J-004 by MC1 Krishna Jackson, from the Navy Newstand)
    Vandegrift 136k 6 October 2007: San Francisco Bay, Cal. - Vandegrift enters the San Francisco bay as the lead ship for the Parade of Ships during the 27th annual San Francisco Fleet Week celebration. Vandegrift is one of two Navy ships visiting San Francisco for the weeklong event honoring the armed services. (U.S. Navy photo #071006-N-3570S-023 by MC2 Jeremy M. Starr, from the Navy Newstand)
    Vandegrift 150k 6 October 2007: San Francisco Bay, Cal. - Vandegrift passes by Alcatraz during the "Parade of Ships" for San Francisco Fleet Week 2007. Vandegrift is one of two U.S. Navy ships visiting San Francisco for the weeklong annual event. (U.S. Navy photo #071006-N-3570S-060 by MC2 Jeremy M. Starr, from the Navy Newstand)
    Vandegrift 108k 2 September 2008: the Pacific Ocean - The guided-missile frigate Vandegrift transits alongside the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) at dusk. Washington is sailing off the coast of Southern California where the crew is conducting training evolutions with Carrier Air Wing (CVN) 5. Washington departed San Diego 21 August en route to Yokosuka, Japan, where the ship will replace USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo #080902-N-1644H-230 by MC1 John Hageman from the Navy News Stand) Robert M. Cieri
    ***Curts / Vandegrift*** 195k 17 May 2011: Chula Vista, Cal. - Photos of Vandegrift and USS Curts (FFG 38) in a floating drydock at San Diego. (Photos by Jon Iverson) Jon Iverson
    Curts 324k
    Vandegrift 293k December 2012: San Diego, Cal. - Vandegrift moored at the San Diego Naval Station. (Photo by Richard Miller) Richard Miller
    BMCS, USNR (Ret.)

    Vandegrift Memorabilia
    Cruise Patch
    Vandegrift
    Courtesy of Mike Smolinski

    USS Vandegrift FFG 48 History
    Note: History is unavailable at this time
    This class of ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

    Vandegrift's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  24 Nov. 1984 - 09 Feb. 1987Cmdr. Clinton James Coneway
    2.)  09 Feb. 1987 - 07 Apr. 1989Cmdr. Thomas E. Utegaard ('69) (Long Beach, Cal.)
    3.)  07 Apr. 1989 - 01 Jun. 1991Cmdr. Christopher H. Johnson
    4.)  01 Jun. 1991 - 02 Apr. 1993Cmdr. Theodore Lawrence Kaye
    5.)  02 Apr. 1993 - 07 Jan. 1995Cmdr. David Campbell Harrison
    6.)  07 Jan. 1995 - 05 Nov. 1996Cmdr. Joseph Albert Corsi, Jr.
    7.)  05 Nov. 1996 - 16 Jan. 1998Cmdr. David Spencer Armstrong
    8.)  16 Jan. 1998 - 30 Nov. 1999Cmdr. Neal Joseph Kusumoto
    9.)  30 Nov. 1999 - 26 May 2001Cmdr. Eric Brian Moss
    10.) 26 May 2001 - 29 Jan. 2003Cmdr. Robert Alexander Bonner
    11.) 29 Jan. 2003 - 17 Sep. 2004Cmdr. Richard Anderson Rogers
    12.) 17 Sep. 2004 - 17 Jul. 2006Cmdr. David Allan Chase (South Weymouth, Mass.)
    13.) 17 Jul. 2006 - 15 Jan. 2008Cmdr. John Francis Rinko
    14.) 15 Jan. 2008 - 24 Jul. 2009Cmdr. Dean Thomas Rawls
    15.) 24 Jul. 2009 - 31 Jan. 2011Cmdr. Steven A. Prescott
    16.) 31 Jan. 2011 - 27 Jul. 2012Cmdr. Brandon S. Bryan
    17.) 27 Jul. 2012 - 02 Nov. 2012Cmdr. Joseph Ronald Darlak* (North Tonawanda, N.Y.)
    18.) 02 Nov. 2012 - .. Dec. 2012Capt. Harold Thomas Workman
    19.) .. Dec. 2012 - 31 May 2013Cmdr. Kristin Lindley Stengel (Redding, Cal.)
    20.) 31 May 2013 - Cmdr. Luis Alva ('96) (Chicago, Ill.)

    * Relieved for cause: Loss of confidence after demonstrating poor leadership, failure to ensure proper conduct of officers.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    None
    Note About Contacts

    Contact information is compiled from various sources over a period of time and may, or may not, be correct. Every effort has been
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    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Vandegrift
    USS Vandegrift Page on Military.Com
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