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USS Gary (FFG 51)


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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
Second Row: Navy Unit Commendation Medal w/ 1 star - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (4)
Third Row: National Defense Service Ribbon w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 5 stars - Southwest Asia Service Medal
Fourth Row: Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal - Global War on Terror Service Medal - Korea Defense Service Medal
Fifth Row: Humanitarian Service Medal w/ 1 star - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 13 stars - Navy / Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon w/ 6 stars


"Freedom's Foremost Guardian"
Specifications:
Class: Oliver Hazard Perry (Long Hull, LAMPS III modified, As Built)
Type: SCB No. 261 / 1979 - 1984
Number in Class: 26 (8, 36-43, 45-61)
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
Gary (FFG 51) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 May 1981: Building contract awarded to the Todd Shipyard Corp.
  • 18 December 1982: Keel laid by the Todd Shipyard Corp., LA Div., San Pedro, Cal.
  • 19 November 1983: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Donald A. Gary, widow of Cmdr. Gary, and Mrs. George D. Leamer
  • 17 November 1984: Commissioned at Long Beach, Cal., Cmdr. Harlan R. Bankert, Jr. in command, assigned to Surface Squadron 1 at Long Beach, Cal.
  • 01 March 1986: Reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 9, CruDesGru 5
  • June 1989: Provided filming support for the movie "The Hunt for Red October"
  • June 1991: Evacuated 602 civilian dependents from Subic Bay to Cebu due to the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo
  • May 1993: Homeport changed to San Diego, Cal., reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 33
  • 01 October 1995: Reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 23
  • 31 August 1999: Forward deployed; homeport changed to Yokosuka, Japan; reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 (hull swap with FFG 43, Thach)
  • 09 February 2007: Visited the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville, the first time since the Vietnam War that an American warship has made a port visit to Cambodia
  • July 2007: Homeport changed to San Diego as a unit of DesRon 7 (hull swap with DDG 85, McCampbell)
  • 18 December 2014: Slated for sale to Taiwan by the Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2013, signed this date
  • 23 July 2015: Decommissioned at Naval Base San Diego after 30.6 years of service
  • 09 March 2017: Transferred to the Republic of China (Taiwan) at Charleston, S.C.; renamed ROCS Feng Jia (PFG 1115)

    "Gary, The Ship"    -    "Gary, The People"

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    Gary 75k Artist's conception of Gary 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
    Gary 132k Donald Arthur Gary (23 July 1903 - 09 April 1977) was born in Findlay, Ohio and enlisted in the Navy in December 1919, serving continuously in the enlisted ranks until November 1943, when he received a commission to Lieutenant (Junior Grade). In 1943, Lt(jg) Gary was assigned to the Third Naval District as an inspector of machinery at the Babcock and Wilcox Company. In December 1944, he was sent to the aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV 13) as an engineering officer. When that ship was severely damaged by Japanese air attack on 19 March 1945, Lt(jg) Gary distinguished himself as he helped hundreds of trapped men to escape from below decks, organized and led fire-fighting parties and directed the restoration of power in one boiler room. For his heroism on that occasion, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

    Subsequently promoted to the ranks of Lieutenant and Lieutenant Commander, Gary remained with Franklin until she was decommissioned in February 1947. He was then assigned to the Naval Disciplinary Barracks at Terminal Island, California, where he served until relieved from active duty pending retirement in June 1950. On the basis of his combat awards, he was advanced to the rank of Commander upon retirement. Commander Gary died in 1977 and was buried at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego.

    USS Gary (FFG 51) is named in his honor.
    (U.S. Navy photo #NH94631 from the U.S. Naval Historical Center)
    Robert M. Cieri
    Gary 115k 19 November 1983: San Pedro, Cal. - Attending the launching ceremony for the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) are (from left to right); Mrs. Gayle Wilson, Senator Peter Wilson (R-CA), and Mrs. George D. Leamer, co-sponsor.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-04988 by Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the Defense Visual Information Center)
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    Gary 123k 19 November 1983: San Pedro, Cal. - Mrs. George D. Leamer, co-sponsor, is assisted by Len M. Thorell, vice-president and general manager of Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp., as she christens Gary during the ship's launching ceremony.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-04990 by Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Gary 187k 19 November 1983: San Pedro, Cal. - Gary slides down the ways during its launching ceremony at Todd Pacific Shipyards.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-04987 by Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Gary 98k 19 November 1983: San Pedro, Cal. - Mrs. Donald A. Gary, sponsor, relaxes during the launching ceremony for Gary.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-04989 by Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Gary 202k 03 December 1983: San Pedro, Cal. - An elevated starboard bow view of Gary under construction at Todd Pacific Shipyards. The ship is 60 percent complete.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-04986 by Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Gary 203k 31 March 1984: San Pedro, Cal. - A stern view of Gary at 80 percent completion.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-07936 by Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Gary 221k 31 March 1984: San Pedro, Cal. - An port bow view of Gary at 80 percent completion.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-07935 by Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Gary 146k 11 September 1984: the Pacific Ocean - An aerial starboard view of Gary underway during sea trials.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-07088 by Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Gary 126k 11 September 1984: the Pavific Ocean - Aerial port bow view of Gary underway during sea trials.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-07089 by Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Gary 75k October 1984: Taken during second sea trials off the coast of Long Beach, Cal. Dallas Bethea
    Captain, USN (ret.)
    Gary's 2nd Commanding Officer
    Gary 212k October 1984: Taken during second sea trials off the coast of Long Beach, Cal.
    Gary 132k 17 November 1984: Long Beach, Cal. - Guests are seated and an honor guard stand on the pier at parade rest as the commissioning ceremony for Gary, background, gets underway.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-03846 by PH2 Jesus Diaz from the DVIC)
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    Gary 126k 17 November 1984: Long Beach, Cal. - The Tournament of Roses queen and her court during the Pledge of Allegiance at the commissioning ceremony of Gary.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-03872 by PH2 Jesus Diaz from the DVIC)
    Gary 69k 17 November 1984: Long Beach, Cal. - Commander Harlan R. Bankert Jr., Gary's first commanding officer, speaks during the commissioning ceremony.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-03859 by PH2 Jesus Diaz from the DVIC)
    Gary 113k 17 November 1984: Long Beach, Cal. - The crew of Gary runs up the brow to man the ship at the end of its commissioning ceremony.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-03873 by PH2 Jesus Diaz from the DVIC)
    Gary 112k 17 November 1984: Long Beach, Cal. - The crew of Gary mans the rail at the end of its commissioning ceremony.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-03874 by PH2 Jesus Diaz from the DVIC)
    Gary 588k 1985: The Pacific Ocean - A bow on photo of USS Gary (FFG -51) by John Graham taken during a Tiger Cruise from Pearl Harbor, Hi. to Long Beach, Cal. Charles E. Wilkins
    FC1, USN (ret.)
    Plankowner FFG 51
    Gary 83k August 1987: off the coast of San Diego Dallas Bethea
    Captain USN (ret.)
    Gary 369k 08 June 1988: Vancouver, B.C. - Gary inbound for a port visit to Vancouver. (Photo by Rick Garcia, from the collection of  Chris Howell) Chris Howell
    Southland Ship Stores Ltd
    Port of Bluff, New Zealand
    Gary 171k 07 May 1991: the Pacific Ocean - A port bow view of Gary underway near Hawaii.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-10863 by PH3 Roy Franco from the DVIC)
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    Gary 203k 07 May 1991: the Pacific Ocean - A starboard bow view of Gary underway near Hawaii.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-10864 by PH3 Roy Franco from the DVIC)
    Gary 172k 07 May 1991: the Pacific Ocean - A port bow view of Gary underway near Hawaii.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-10862 by PH3 Roy Franco from the DVIC)
    Gary 79k October 1991: at Subic Bay Rick Rowan
    Gary 105k 31 January 1996: San Diego, Cal. - A port bow view of Gary returning to her home port from a six-month deployment in the Western Pacific. Gary is being assisted to the dock by a commercial tugboat.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-96-00595 by PH3 Jeff Viano from the DVIC)
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    Gary 97k 31 January 1996: San Diego, Cal. - A port bow view of Gary as the ship ties up to the pier upon arrival after a six-month deployment in the Western Pacific.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-96-00596 by PH3 Jeff Viano from the DVIC)
    Gary 50k from the January 2001 "All Hands" magazine Bill Gonyo
    Gary 260k date / location unknown
    Gary 159k 05 November 2002: At sea with USS Gary (FFG 51) - The guided missile frigate makes an approach on the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) while preparing for a scheduled replenishment at sea. Replenishment operations are conducted while underway between ship in order to transfer fuel and supplies during extended periods at sea. Kitty Hawk and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) is currently underway providing a forward presence in the Asian Pacific area of operation, while conducting scheduled training and exercises with regional allies. Kitty Hawk is the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier and is home ported in Yokosuka, Japan.
    (U.S. Navy photo #021105-N-1810F-003 by PH3 Todd Frantom from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 173k 16 November 2002: At sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - USS Gary (FFG 51) cruises along side Kitty Hawk during a photo exercise. Japanese ships integrated into Kitty Hawk's battle group during Exercise Keen Sword 2003 off the coast of Southern Japan. Keen Sword 2003 is the seventh in a series of regularly scheduled joint/bilateral field training exercise since 1986 involving the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and United States military. The purpose of Keen Sword is to train and evaluate wartime functions and bilateral cooperation procedures against the backdrop of a regional contingency scenario that has direct and immediate consequences to the U.S. and Japan.
    (U.S. Navy photo #021116-N-1810F-028 by PH3 Todd Frantom from the Navy Newstand)
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    Gary 124k 07 March 2003: Gulf of Aden - A rigid hull inflatable boat makes a return trip from the frigate USS Gary (FFG 51), to the amphibious command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC-20) after transferring two new crewmembers who were reporting for duty aboard the frigate. Mount Whitney and embarked U.S. Marines are deployed to the Horn of Africa region to conduct missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the continuing war on terrorism.
    (U.S. Navy photo #030306-N-7672K-001 by PH2 Kurtis Korwan from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 114k 03 March 2004: Yokosuka, Japan - The guided missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) prepares to undock from Dry Dock Four at the Ship Repair Facility at Naval Station Yokosuka, Japan. The dock is being flooded while Gary is kept steady with mooring lines. The ship's missile launcher was replaced with a different weapons system and general maintenance was performed during the seven-week dry dock period.
    (U.S. Navy photo #040303-N-2101W-003 by PH1 Alan Warner from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 127k 24 March 2004: Yokosuka, Japan - Assisted by harbor tug Muskegon (YTB-763), the guided missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) leaves the Port of Yokosuka, Japan. Gary is forward deployed to Japan, as part of the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet.
    (U.S. Navy photo #040324-N-2101W-004 by PH1 Alan Warner from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 127k 05 October 2004: Off the coast of India - A refueling probe from the Indian Navy replenishment and repair ship INS Aditya (A 59), is guided into a fueling receiver aboard the guided missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) during Exercise Malabar 04. Malabar is designed to increase interoperability between the two navies while enhancing the cooperative security relationship between India and the United States. The at-sea exercise includes maritime interdiction, surface events, sub-surface, air events and personnel exchanges.
    (U.S. Navy photo #041005-N-0021M-014 by JO1 Todd MacDonald from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 77k 08 February 2005: Yokosuka, Japan - The guided missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) gets underway from pier 10 on board Commander Fleet Activities, Japan, for routine operations.
    (US Navy photo #050208-N-9851B-014 by PH2 John L. Beeman from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 306k 13 April 2005: Yokosuka, Japan - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) is being pulled into U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility Yokosuka, Japan, Dry Dock Four, on board Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka. While in dry dock, Gary will conduct a Selected Restricted Availability. This is a digital composite of three images to produce a panoramic view of Gary.
    (U.S. Navy photo #050413-N-9851B-002 by PH2 John L. Beeman from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 444k 24 January 2006: Japan - The guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) and Japanese Maritime Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer JDS Ikazuchi (DD-107) sails in formation, while conducting a multilateral passing exercises off Japan's Eastern Coast. The U.S. Navy and the JMSDF initiative between Destroyer Squadron One Five and Escort Division One are aimed at increasing interoperability and friendship.
    (U.S. Navy photo #060124-N-0794J-001 by AW3 Joseph Jirdina from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 298k 23 October 2006: Hong Kong - The guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51), is silhouetted by the colorful night skyline, during the Symphony of Lights show displaying Hong Kong Island. Gary, which visited Hong Kong in conjunction with its participation in the Hong Kong Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) 2006, is moored in Hong Kong harbor for a port visit. Gary is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan and is currently conducting routine operations in the U.S. Seventh Fleet area of responsibility.
    (U.S. Navy photo #061023-N-8273J-142 by MC2 Tiffini M. Jones from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 379k 24 October 2006: Hong Kong - The guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) prepares to depart Hong Kong harbor in preparation for the Hong Kong Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) 2006. Gary, along with aircraft from the Air Force and Coast Guard, is participating in the Hong Kong Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) 2006. The Hong Kong Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX), sponsored by Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Civil Aviation Department, is an annual exercise that focuses on understanding the procedures necessary to locate and rescue those lost at sea and to continually train civilian and military personnel of the participating nations in increasing disaster responsiveness. Gary is forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan and is currently conducting routine operations in the U.S. Seventh Fleet area of responsibility.
    (U.S. Navy photo #061024-N-8273J-094 by MC2 Tiffini M. Jones from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 347k 31 January 2007: Pacific Ocean - Guided missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) transits the South China Sea while conducting unit-level training during her deployment. The frigate is part of Destroyer Squadron 15 and operates out of Yokosuka, Japan, as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces.
    (U.S. Navy photo #070131-N-8534H-001 by MC2 Barry R. Hirayama from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 461k 31 January 2007: the Pacific Ocean - USS Gary (FFG 51) comes alongside the Military Sealift Command underway replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO 197) for refueling at sea in the 7th Fleet's area of responsibility. The frigate is part of Destroyer Squadron 15 and operates out of Yokosuka, Japan, as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces.
    (U.S. Navy photo #070131-N-8534H-003 by MC2 Barry R. Hirayama from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 103k 20 March 2007: Yokosuka Japan - Pierside line handlers release a forward mooring line from the bollards as USS Gary (FFG 51) gets underway on board Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka.
    (U.S. Navy photo #070320-N-5253W-001 by MCSN Gabriel S. Weber from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 65k 09 August 2007: Yokosuka Japan - Sailors stationed aboard USS Gary (FFG 51) look on during a pier-side farewell ceremony for the ship on board Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka. Gary is forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Operations and is scheduled to leave Yokosuka and return to San Diego later this month.
    (U.S. Navy photo #070809-N-5253W-001 by MCSN Gabriel S. Weber from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 102k 10 September 2007: San Diego, Cal. - A young boy waves the flag in anticipation as USS Gary pulls into port. Gary returned to San Diego after spending eight years forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan.
    (U.S. Navy photo #070910-N-4995K-013 by MC3 Chelsea Kennedy from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 211k 08 June 2008: Portland, Ore. - Portland residents learn about shipboard life during tours aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), the guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Kidd (DDG 100) and USS Preble (DDG 88). The ships were moored in downtown Portland for Fleet Week.
    (U.S. Navy photo #080608-N-7732W-028 by MC3 Charles Whetstine from the Navy Newstand)
    Robert M. Cieri
    Gary 431k 19 December 2008: San Diego, Cal. - Gary (FFG 51) moored at the Naval Station. Note the plastic covered scaffolding across the front of her superstructure. (Photo by Richard Miller) Richard Miller
    BMCS, USNR (ret.)
    Gary 604k 08 April 2009: San Diego, Cal. - The guided-missile frigate Gary transits San Diego Bay. Gary is participating in counter-drug operations off the coast of Southern California.
    (U.S. Navy photo #090408-N-0890S-014 by MC3 David Smart from the Navy Newstand)
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    Gary 485k 28 June 2012: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) transits the waters of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in support of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise. Twenty-two nations, 42 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise scheduled June 29 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea-lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971.
    (U.S. Navy photo #120628-N-RI884-278 by MC2 Daniel Barker from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 408k 05 April 2013: San Diego, Cal. - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) returns to homeport in San Diego after completing an independent six-month deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility. Gary participated in nine interdictions and disruptions of drug trafficking vessels, resulting in the seizure of 5,551 kilograms of cocaine, hindering narcotrafficking operations and preventing an estimated $388 million of cocaine from hitting U.S. streets.
    (U.S. Navy photo #130405-N-DH124-024 by MC2 Rosalie Garcia from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 368k 05 April 2013: San Diego, Cal. - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate Gary returns to homeport San Diego after completing a six-month independent deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility.
    (U.S. Navy photo #130405-N-DH124-076 by MC2 Rosalie Garcia from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 369k 18 January 2014: San Diego, Cal. - Gary (FFG 51) moored at the Naval Station. (Photo by Richard Miller) Richard Miller
    BMCS, USNR (ret.)
    Gary 275k 09 July 2014: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - The guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) departs to participate in the at-sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from 26 June to 01 Aug., in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971.
    (U.S. Navy photo #140709-N-QG393-036 by MC2 Tiarra Fulgham from the Navy Newstand)
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    Gary 334k 17 September 2014: San Diego, Cal. - The guided-missile frigate USS Gary transits San Diego Harbor.
    (U.S. Navy photo #140917-N-UK306-020 by MC3 Timothy Schumaker from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 1.3m 24 September 2014: San Diego, Cal. - Two views of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Gary as she departs Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled seven-month independent deployment to the U.S. 4th fleet area of responsibility. Gary is departing to play an integral part in the counter-transactional organized crime mission Operation Martillo. The ship is scheduled to decommission after completion of this deployment, culminating in more than 30 years of service to the country.
    (U.S. Navy photo #140924-N-DH124-020 and #140924-N-DH124-017 by MC1 Rosalie Chang from the Navy Newstand)
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    Gary 484k 06 January 2015: the Pacific Ocean - The guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51), top, and the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) conduct a photo exercise off the coast of Central America. Gary is underway in support of Operation Martillo, a joint operation with the U.S. Coast Guard and partner nations within the 4th Fleet area of responsibility.
    (U.S. Navy photo #150106-N-WI904-005 by Aircrewman Tactical Helicopter 2nd Class Taylor Petre from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 414k 17 April 2015: San Diego, Cal. - The guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) arrives at Naval Base San Diego after completing its final deployment before decomissioning. During the seven-month deployment Gary operated in the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet and U.S. 3rd Fleet areas of operations and played an integral role in Operation Martillo.
    (U.S. Navy photo #150417-N-SV210-036 by MCCS Donnie W. Ryan from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 362k 23 July 2015: San Diego, Cal. - Sailors aboard the Oliver Hazard-Perry class guided-missile frigate Gary man the rails during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base San Diego. Named after Medal of Honor recipient Cmdr. Donald Gary and commissioned in 1984, the ship was the last remaining West Coast-based frigate in service. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class .
    (U.S. Navy photo #150723-N-ZS026-072150417-N-SV210-036 by MC1 Trevor Welsh from the Navy Newstand)
    Gary 544k 23 July 2015: San Diego, Cal. - Cmdr. Steven McDowell, commanding officer of the Oliver Hazard-Perry class guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51), delivers remarks during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base San Diego. Named after Medal of Honor recipient Cmdr. Donald Gary and commissioned in 1984, the ship was the last remaining West Coast-based frigate in service.
    (U.S. Navy photo #150723-N-ZS026-191 by MC1 Trevor Welsh from the Navy Newstand)

    Gary Memorabilia
    Towed Array
    Patch
    Gary
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Change of Command
    Program, 07 March 2007
    Gary
    Courtesy of
    Robert M. Cieri

    Engineering
    Dep't Patch
    Gary
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Decommissioning
    Invitation
    Gary
    Courtesy of
    Ron Reeves

    Gary History
    View the USS Gary (FFG 51) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Gary's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  17 Nov. 1984 - 26 Dec. 1986 Cmdr. Harland Roland Bankert, Jr. (OCS '67) (Baltimore, Md.)
    2.)  26 Dec. 1986 - 01 Apr. 1989 Cmdr. William Dallas Bethea (OCS '69) (Los Angeles, Cal.)
    3.)  01 Apr. 1989 - 18 Aug. 1990Cmdr. Gary Werner Schnurrpusch (Mundelin, Ill.)
    4.)  18 Aug. 1990 - 20 Jun. 1992 Cmdr. Ronald Everett Ratcliff
    5.)  20 Jun. 1992 - 26 Jan. 1994Cmdr. David Ward Weddel (Kearney, Neb.)
    6.)  26 Jan. 1994 - 05 May 1995 Cmdr. Edward Joseph Rogers III
    7.)  05 May 1995 - 06 Dec. 1996 Cmdr. Cary J. Hithon (USNA '77)
    8.)  06 Dec. 1996 - 01 Apr. 1998 Cmdr. Andrew Lawrence Diefenbach
    9.)  01 Apr. 1998 - 31 Aug. 1999 Cmdr. Joseph Christopher Harriss
    10.) 31 Aug. 1999 - 28 Nov. 2000 Cmdr. Steven James Camacho *
    11.) 28 Nov. 2000 - 15 Jul. 2002 Cmdr. Michael Roy Olmstead
    12.) 15 Jul. 2002 - 12 Dec. 2003Cmdr. Tito Prem Dua** (USNA '84)
    13.) 12 Dec. 2003 - 08 Jan. 2004 Cmdr. Henry Daniel Derbes II (temp.) (Baton Rouge, La.)
    14.) 08 Jan. 2004 - 16 Sep. 2005 Cmdr. Robert Guadalupe Marin (NROTC '87) (Rosemead, Cal.)
    15.) 16 Sep. 2005 - 16 Mar. 2007 Cmdr. Joseph Adam DeLeon (USNA '87) (San Diego, Cal.)
    16.) 16 Mar. 2007 - 09 Sep. 2008 Cmdr. Joker Lee Jenkins (USNA '89) (San Diego, Cal.)
    17.) 09 Sep. 2008 - 19 Aug. 2010 Cmdr. Daniel J. Senesky
    18.) 19 Aug. 2010 - 04 May 2012Cmdr. Christopher J. Budde (prior enl. / NROTC '93) (St. Louis, Mo.)
    19.) 04 May 2012 - 22 Nov. 2013Cmdr. James Edward Brown (Las Vegas, Nev.)
    20.) 22 Nov. 2013 - 23 Jul. 2015Cmdr. Steven R. McDowell (OCS '93) (Millbrook. N.Y.)

    * Assumed command upon crew swap with FFG-43
    ** Relieved for cause by ComDesRon 15, loss of confidence to command, failure to meet standards of an INSURV inspection

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    Additional Resources
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
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