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USS Ford (FFG 54)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - P - O - F
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Second Row: Navy Unit Commendation w/ 1 star - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 1 star - 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 w/ 1 star
Fourth Row: GWOT Service Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 6 stars
Fifth Row: CG Special Operations Service Ribbon w/ 1 star - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


"Tenacious"
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
Ford (FFG 54) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 May 1981: Building contract awarded to the Todd Shipyard Corp.
  • 11 July 1983: Keel laid by the Todd Shipyard Corp., Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, Cal.
  • 23 June 1984: Launched and christened, sponsored by Jonda McFarlane, wife of National Security Advisor Robert C. McFarlane
  • 29 June 1985: Commissioned at Naval Station Long Beach, Cmdr. Joseph F. Eckler in command, assigned to Surface Squadron 1 at Long Beach
  • 01 March 1987: Reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 9
  • 03 September 1994: Homeport changed to the new Naval Station at Everett, Wash.
  • 19 August 2013: Inactivated, no longer an active unit of the fleet
  • 31 October 2013: Decommissioned at Naval Station Everett after 28 years and 4 months of service, struck from the NVR
  • 01 October 2019: Used as a SINKEX target during Execise Pacific Griffen, 170 mi. from Guam

    "Ford, The Ship"    -    "Ford, The People"

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    Patrick Osborne Ford was born on 2 May 1942 in San Francisco, Cal. and later moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where he graduated North High School and enlisted in the Navy. He completed basic training at San Diego, Cal., and reported aboard USS James E. Kyes (DD 787) serving as a Gunner's Mate until the end of his enlistment in 1963. GMG2 Ford reenlisted in 1965 and served at the Naval Station, Long Beach, Cal. In 1966, he was transferred to the Naval Support Activity, Danang, Republic of Vietnam, where he was to report aboard USS George K. MacKenzie (DD 836). Following completion of his tour aboard MacKenzie, Ford was subsequently transferred to the USS Henderson (DD 785) where he remained until the end of his second enlistment in 1967. Later that year Ford reenlisted for the second time and was ordered to the Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, Cal. for River Patrol Craft Training. Following completion of training in 1968, GMG2 Ford was directed to report to the Naval Support Activity, Saigon, Republic of Vietnam.

    He was assigned to Task Force 116, River Squadron 5, River Section 535 in 1968. For the next five months, he served as a river patrol boat sailor, monitoring the traffic of the many rivers and coastal waterways of the area. On 21 June 1968, Ford was serving as the after machine-gunner aboard PBR-750 as part of a two-boat patrol operating in the upper My Tho River near the town of Cai Be. The boats spotted a sampan fleeing into a nearby canal. The two patrol boats gave chase and captured the sampan one hundred meters further up the canal. As the patrol boat returned to the river with the captured sampan in tow, it was ambushed by a Viet Cong patrol that unleashed an overwhelming barrage of heavy machine-gunfire and rockets.

    Two B-40 rockets struck Ford's boat, killing the patrol leader and coxswain. Within seconds, the boat was ablaze and out of control, heading directly for the Viet Cong positions. Even as the boat was hit by four additional rockets, and after suffering serious injuries, Ford maintained a steady volume of return fire from his aft machine-gunner's station. In the face of enemy gunfire and with his clothing on fire, Ford assisted three seriously wounded shipmates into the water. Only after ensuring that all the surviving crew had left the boat did Ford make his way into the water. He was the last man alive to leave what remained of PBR-750. Soon after entering the water, Ford was killed by a burst of machine-gun fire. However, as a result of his actions, he saved the lives of two of his shipmates. In recognition of his bravery he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.


    USS Ford (FFG 54) is the first ship to be named in his honor.   [Top photo and biography from USS Ford website, Bottom photo from Robert Mitchell, HMC (FMF), USN(ret.)]

    A revised history on the loss of Patrick Ford
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    Ford 216k 28 January 1984: San Pedro, Cal. - A port bow view of the guided missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) at 40 percent completion.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-06825 by the Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Ford 231k 16 June 1984: San Pedro, Cal. - A starboard bow view of the guided missile frigate Ford on the building ways at 60 percent completion.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-10201 by the Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Ford 143k 23 June 1984: San Pedro, Cal. - Jonda McFarlane, sponsor, christens Ford with a bottle of champagne during the ship's launching ceremony.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-10219 by the Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Ford 171k 23 June 1984: San Pedro, Cal. - Ford slides down the building ways during its launching ceremony.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-10217 by the Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Ford 159k 23 June 1984: San Pedro, Cal. - Jonda McFarlane (with flowers), sponsor, and members of the launching party during the launching ceremony for Ford.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-10218 by the Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Ford 104k 23 June 1984: San Pedro, Cal. - Jonda McFarlane, sponsor, at the launching ceremony for Ford.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-10216 by the Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Ford 154k 11 September 1984: San Pedro, Cal. - A starboard quarter view of Ford under construction (70 percent complete) at Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-01647 by the Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Ford 251k 07 December 1984: San Pedro, Cal. - A starboard bow view of Ford under construction (80 percent complete) at Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-07056 by the Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Ford 124k 05 March 1985: construction sea trials by Todd Pacific, off San Pedro, Cal.

    (Official USN Photo)
    James H. Hopper III
    Commander, USN (ret.)
    Ford 179k 16 April 1985: the Pacific Ocean - An elevated port bow view of Ford underway during sea trials.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-03374 by the Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
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    Ford 116k 16 April 1985: the Pacific Ocean - A bow view of Ford underway during sea trials.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-03371 by the Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Ford 183k 16 April 1985: the Pacific Ocean - An elevated starboard beam view of Ford underway during sea trials.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-03378 by the Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Ford 95k 16 April 1985: the Pacific Ocean - A starboard quarter view of Ford underway during sea trials.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-03373 by the Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Ford 187k 16 April 1985: the Pacific Ocean - An elevated starboard quarter view of Ford underway during sea trials.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-03376 by the Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Ford 209k 20 May 1985: San Pedro, Cal. - An elevated view of the bow of Ford during an inclining test.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-03381 by the Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Ford 227k 20 May 1985: San Pedro, Cal. - An elevated view of the midships section of Ford during an inclining test.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-03382 by the Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Ford 228k 20 May 1985: San Pedro, Cal. - An elevated view, looking forward, of the midships section of Ford during an inclining test.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-03383 by the Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Ford 183k 20 May 1985: San Pedro, Cal. - An elevated view of the stern of Ford during an inclining test.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-03384 by the Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Ford 203k 20 May 1985: San Pedro, Cal. - An elevated port bow view of Ford floating freely during inclining tests.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-03385 by the Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Ford 157k 20 May 1985: San Pedro, Cal. - An elevated stern view of Ford floating freely during inclining tests.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-03386 by the Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Ford 105k 29 June 1986: Long Beach, Cal. - A Navy honor guard stands with M14 rifles at port arms during the commissioning ceremony for Ford.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-09452 by PH1 Harold J. Gerwien from the DVIC)
    Ford 102k 29 June 1986: Long Beach, Cal. - Guests attend the commissioning ceremony for Ford. Members of the ships crew stand in formation in the background.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-09454 by PH1 Harold J. Gerwien from the DVIC)
    Ford 78k 29 June 1986: Long Beach, Cal. - Crew members participating in the commissioning ceremony for Ford.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-09483 by PH1 Harold J. Gerwien from the DVIC)
    Ford 134k 29 June 1986: Long Beach, Cal. - Commander Joseph F. Eckler, first commanding officer of Ford, speaks during the ship's commissioning ceremony.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-09484 by PH1 Harold J. Gerwien from the DVIC)
    Ford 66k 29 June 1986: Long Beach, Cal. - A boatswain's mate 2nd class pipes the crew aboard during the commissioning ceremony for Ford.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-09465 by PH1 Harold J. Gerwien from the DVIC)
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    Ford 105k 1985: San Diego, Cal. - Tied up at Pier 1 Jeff Harrow
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    Ford 191k January 1986: San Diego, Cal. - Ford anchored off North Island.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-05699 by OS2 John Bouvia, from the DVIC)
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    Ford 105k January 1986: San Diego, Cal. - A US Coast Guard HH-3G Pelican helicopter flies over Ford anchored off North Island.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-05700 by OS2 John Bouvia, from the DVIC)
    Ford 413k 01 October 1987: The Persian Gulf - A port bow view of Ford underway on patrol as part of a multinational force stationed in the region to safeguard shipping during the war between Iran and Iraq.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DNST9300911 by PH1 T. Cosgrove, from the DVIC)
    Ford 105k 17 March 1991: San Diego, Cal. - A port bow view of the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV 61) as the vessel heads out of San Diego Channel en route to the Pacific Ocean to take part in anti-submarine warfare exercises with Ford. Ford is astern of the Ranger in the channel.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-94-00475 by PHAN Rich, from the DVIC)
    Ford 170k 01 June 1991: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Ford makes its way through the channel as it departs the naval station after a visit.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-02714 by OS2 John Bouvia, from the DVIC)
    Ford 139k 01 June 1991: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Ford makes its way through the channel as it departs the naval station after a visit.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-02717 by OS2 John Bouvia, from the DVIC)
    Ford 143k 01 June 1991: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Ford heads for the open ocean after a visit to Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-02716 by OS2 John Bouvia, from the DVIC)
    Ford 128k 11 October 1991: San Diego, Cal. - An LCM-8 mechanized landing craft passes Ford as the vessel stands in San Diego Bay. Ford is one of the six U.S. Navy ships taking part in the Parade of Ships, part of San Diego's Accolades '91 celebration honoring local military units and installations.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-01249 by PH1 R.J. Oriez, from the DVIC)
    Ford 139k 11 October 1991: San Diego, Cal. - Ford passes in review as part of the Parade of Ships during the city's Accolades celebration, an annual salute to local military units and personnel.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-92-03847 by PH1 R.J. Oriez, from the DVIC)
    Ford 156k 11 October 1991: San Diego, Cal. - Ford passes in review as part of the Parade of Ships during the city's Accolades celebration, an annual salute to local military units and personnel.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-01250 by PH1 R.J. Oriez, from the DVIC)
    Fred Weiss
    Ford 202k 25 September 1997: South China Sea - At sea as part of the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Battle Group.

    (U.S. Navy photo)
    Ford 110k 16 May 1993: Mina Sulman, Bahrain - An aerial view of various U.S. Navy ships moored at the Mina Sulman pier. They are, from left to right; Ford, the amphibious transport dock USS Nashville (LPD 13), and the tank landing ship USS Barnstable County (LST 1197).

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-05972 by OS2 John Bouvia, from the DVIC)
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    Ford 347k 25 September 1997: at sea, the South China Sea - The Perry-class guided missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) is currently on deployment in the South China Sea as part of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) battle group.

    (U.S. Navy photo #970925-N-4778W-150 by PH2 Christopher Ware from the Navy News Stand)
    Ford 202k 06 January 1998: Aboard USS George Washington - Ford (right) and USS Sacramento (AOE 1) move into formation while conducting operations with George Washington (CVN 73) and Nimitz (CVN 68) Battle Groups. Ford and Sacramento were conducting operations in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch.

    (U.S. Navy photo #980106-N-2302H-001 by PH3 Joseph Hendricks)
    Bill Gonyo
    Ford 268k 01 November 2003: at sea, the Pacific Ocean - The guided missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54), guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and guided missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) maneuver to establish a multi-ship column formation. The ships are operating with USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during the Carrier Strike Group's Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in the Southern California operating area.

    (U.S. Navy photo #031101-N-9769P-065 by PH2 Jayme Pastoric from the Navy News Stand)
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    Ford 405k 18 October 2004: Pacific Ocean - Ford, followed by the guided missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83), conduct exercises with John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

    (U.S. Navy photo #041018-N-6213R-005 by PH3 Mark J. Rebilas from the Navy News Stand)
    Fred Weiss
    Ford 203k 06 January 2005: Everett, Wa. - Crew members aboard the USS Ford man the rails as the ship gets underway from its homeport of Naval Station Everett. Ford is deploying to South America where it will conduct various anti-drug operations.

    (U.S. Navy photo #060106-N-8825R-159 by PH3 Aramis Ramirez, from the Navy News Stand)
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    Ford 212k 05 October 2005: Everett, Wa. - An aerial view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) at its pier at Naval Station Everett, Washington. Along with her are USS Oscar Austin (DDG 54) (left), USS Ford (FFG 54) (right) and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) (right rear).

    (U.S. Navy photo #051005-N-3622P-005 by PH2 Chris Perkins from the Navy News Stand)
    Robert M. Cieri
    Ford 101k 02 July 2006: Everett, Wa. - A port bow view of Ford, showing sailors manning the rails, as the ship returns to its home port at Naval Station Everett, Wa., following a six-month deployment to South America where it conducted various anti-drug operations.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SD-07-06984 by MC3 Douglas G. Morrison, from the Defense Visual Information Center)
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    Ford 322k04 May 2007: Everett, Wash. - Sailors stationed aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) man the rails as the ship pulls away from the pier at Naval Station Everett. Ford is deploying to Southeast Asia in support of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Exercise 2006.

    (U.S. Navy photo #070504-N-3390M-001 by MC2 Douglas G. Morrison from the Navy News Stand)
    ***Jarrett/Ford*** 107k 14 June 2007: Gulf Of Thailand - USS Ford (FFG 54) and USS Jarrett (FFG 33) transit together during a practice underway vertical replenishment with USS Harper‘s Ferry (LSD 49). Jarrett, Ford, and Harper‘s Ferry are currently participating in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2007. CARAT is an annual series of bilateral maritime training exercises between the United States and six Southeast Asia nations designed to build relationships and enhance the operational readiness of the participating forces. Harper‘s Ferry is the flagship for CARAT 2007 with Commander Destroyer Squadron 1 embarked onboard.

    (U.S. Navy photo #070614-N-0120A-052 by MC3 Mark R. Alvarez, from the Navy Newstand)
    ***Jarrett/Ford*** 152k 02 July 2007: Kemaman, Malaysia - USS Jarrett (FFG 33) is guided into the port of Kemaman, alongside USS Ford (FFG 54) as both ships arrives for the Malaysian phase of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2007. CARAT is an annual series of bilateral maritime training exercises between the United States and six Southeast Asia nations designed to build relationships and enhance the operational readiness of the participating forces.

    (U.S. Navy photo #070702-N-7783B-002 by MC1 Thomas J. Brennan, from the Navy Newstand)
    Jarrett 320k Summer 2007: Ford and Jarrett moored together at an unidentified port. Ens. William Boyd
    PAO, USS Jarrett
    Jarrett 154k 02 June 2008: Puerto Princesa, the Philippines - U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships, from left, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46), the guided-missile frigate USS Jarrett (FFG 33), the guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54), and the U.S.C.G. cutter Morgenthau (WHEC-722) are moored at the commercial pier in Puerto Princesa at the conclusion of the Philippine portion of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2008 exercise.

    (U.S. Navy photo #080602-N-4431B-426 and #080602-N-4431B-421 by Cdr.Daryl Borgquist from the Navy Newstand)
    Robert M. Cieri
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    Ford 288k 14 July 2008: at sea, the South China Sea - The U.S. and Royal Malaysian Navy vessels KD Lekir (F 26), guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) and KD Sri Inderapura (L 1505) sail in formation during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2008. CARAT is an annual series of bilateral maritime training exercises involving the United States and several Southeast Asian nations designed to build relationships and enhance operational readiness.

    (U.S. Navy photo #080714-N-1159B-037 by MC1 Brian Brannon from the Navy News Stand)
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    Ford 224k 18 August 2008: at sea, the Pacific Ocean - The guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) is seen from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) as Ford poses as a suspect ship during a boarding exercise as part of Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism (SEACAT). SEACAT brings several countries together for a series of simultaneous bilateral exercises with the U.S. to enhance maritime security and interoperability.

    (U.S. Navy photo VIRIN#080819-N-SB147-693 by Cmdr. Daryl Borgquist from the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service)
    Ford 261k 19 August 2008: at sea, the Pacific Ocean - A visit, board, search, and seizure team aboard a rigid-hull inflatable boat approaches the guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) to conduct a boarding exercise as part of Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism (SEACAT).

    (U.S. Navy photo VIRIN#080819-N-SB147-711 by Cmdr. Daryl Borgquist from the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service)
    Ford 204k 02 October 2009: Everett, Wash. - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) returns to Naval Station Everett after a six-month deployment.

    (U.S. Navy photo #091020-N-2617T-005 by MC2 Benjamin N. Taylor, from the Navy News Stand)
    Ford 288k 14 July 2008: at sea, the South China Sea - The U.S. and Royal Malaysian Navy vessels KD Lekir (F 26), guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) and KD Sri Inderapura (L 1505) sail in formation during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2008. CARAT is an annual series of bilateral maritime training exercises involving the United States and several Southeast Asian nations designed to build relationships and enhance operational readiness.

    (U.S. Navy photo #080714-N-1159B-037 by MC1 Brian Brannon from the Navy News Stand)
    Ford 261k 18 August 2008: at sea, the Pacific Ocean - The guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) is seen from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) as Ford poses as a suspect ship during a boarding exercise as part of Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism (SEACAT). SEACAT brings several countries together for a series of simultaneous bilateral exercises with the U.S. to enhance maritime security and interoperability.

    (U.S. Navy photo VIRIN#080819-N-SB147-693 by Cmdr. Daryl Borgquist from the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service)
    Ford 224k 19 August 2008: at sea, the Pacific Ocean - A visit, board, search, and seizure team aboard a rigid-hull inflatable boat approaches the guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) to conduct a boarding exercise as part of Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism (SEACAT).

    (U.S. Navy photo VIRIN#080819-N-SB147-711 by Cmdr. Daryl Borgquist from the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service)
    Ford 365k 24 June 2010: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Two views of the guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) as she arrives at Naval Station Pearl Harbor. The ship is visiting Hawaii to participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010, a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multinational interoperability.

    (U.S. Navy photo #100624-N-4281P-004 and #100624-N-6854D-052 by MC1 Woody Paschall and MC2 Jon Dasbach from the Navy News Stand)
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    Ford 374k 07 July 2010: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class fast frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to support Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercises.

    (U.S. Navy photo #100707-N-0641S-215 by MC1 Jason Swink from the Navy News Stand)
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    02 – 05 July 2011: Vladivostok, Russia – Photos #1 and #2; Sailors aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) man the rails as the ship arrives in Vladivostok, Russia, for a
    port visit. Ford sailors will engage with the Russian navy, experience the local culture and conduct community service projects during the visit. Photo #3; Sailors assigned to Ford carry
    a ceremonial wreath ahead of the official party during a wreath laying ceremony in Vladivostok. Photo #4; Commander Donald Foss, commanding officer of Ford, left, Sylvia Reed
    Curran, consul general of the U.S. Consulate in Vladivostok and a senior officer of the Russian navy render honors during a wreath laying ceremony.

    (U.S. Navy photos #110702-N-MU720-077, #110702-N-MU720-089 , #110704-N-MU720-074, and #110704-N-MU720-129 by MC2 Devon Dow from the Navy News Stand)
    Ford 463k 17 November 2011: Everett, Wash. - The guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) returns to Naval Station Everett from a six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. Ford participated in the multi-national Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise.

    (U.S. Navy photo #111117-N-RG482-003 by MC2 Kyle Steckler from the Navy News Stand)
    Ford 300k 17 November 2011: Everett, Wash. - Sailors and Department of Defense civilians moor the guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) to a pier after returning to Naval Station Everett from a six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. Ford participated in the multi-national Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise.

    (U.S. Navy photo #111117-N-RG482-010 by MC2 Kyle Steckler from the Navy News Stand)
    Ford 319k 25 October 2012: Everett, Wash. - Pyrotechnics explode simulating a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in front of the guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) on the south wharf of Naval Station Everett during Citadel Protect, one of Naval Station Everett's annual anti-terrorism training exercises. Americas Sailors are Warfighters, a fast and flexible force deployed worldwide.

    (U.S. Navy photo #121025-N-AE328-218 by MC2 Nathan Lockwood from the Navy News Stand)
    Ford 487k 30 April 2013: Esquimalt, British Columbia - Sailors aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) man the rails upon arrival to Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada, before beginning Exercise Trident Fury. Trident Fury is a biennial joint and multinational naval training exercise led by the Royal Canadian Navy to provide mutually beneficial, realistic and relevant training necessary for an effective global navy.

    (U.S. Navy photo #130430-N-QY316-095 by MCSA William Blees from the Navy News Stand)
    Ford 347k 09 May 2013: the Pacific Ocean - A Royal Canadian Navy Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King helicopter prepares to land on the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) during helicopter exercises for Exercise Trident Fury. Trident Fury is a biennial joint and multinational naval training exercise led by the Royal Canadian Navy and is designed to provide mutually beneficial, realistic and relevant training necessary for an effective global navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class .

    (U.S. Navy photo #130509-N-ZF573-271 by MC3 Chris Brown from the Navy News Stand)
    Ford 326k 09 July 2013: Puget Sound - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) transits Puget Sound during a plank owner's cruise. Ford is homeported at Naval Station Everett in Everett, Wash .

    (U.S. Navy photo #130709-N-QY316-047 by MCSA William Blees from the Navy News Stand)
    Ford 532k 09 July 2013: Puget Sound - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) transits Puget Sound during a plank owner's cruise. Fordis homeported at Naval Station Everett in Everett, Wash.

    (U.S. Navy photo #130709-N-QY316-272 by MCSA William Blees from the Navy News Stand)
    Ford 268k 09 July 2013: Puget Sound - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) passes Seattle, Wash. during a transit of Puget Sound during a plank owner's cruise.

    (U.S. Navy photo #130709-N-QY316-228 by MCSA William Blees from the Navy News Stand)
    Ford 460k 22 July 2013: Everett, Wash. - Sailors aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) heave lines while departing on their final operational underway. USS Ford is scheduled for decommissioning in October.

    (U.S. Navy photo #130722-N-QY316-001 by MCSA William Blees from the Navy News Stand)
    Ford 415k 26 July 2013: Everett, Wash. - Sailors aboard Ford man the rails for the final time as the ship pulls into port at Naval Station Everett. Ford completed her final operational underway and is scheduled for decommissioning October 31.

    (U.S. Navy photo #130726-N-QY316-139 by MCSA William Blees from the Navy News Stand)
    Ford 1.) 507k   Ford 2.) 408k   Ford 3.) 253k   Ford 4.) 282k   Ford 5.) 232k   Ford 6.) 362k

    31 October 2013: Everett, Wash. - 1.) Sailors man the rails of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) for the last time during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Everett. Ford was commissioned 29 June 1985, in Long Beach, Calif., and served the Navy and the nation for more than 28 years. 2.) Sailors prepare to cross the brow of Ford for the last time. 3. & 4.) Sailors cross the brow of Ford for the last time. 5. & 6.) Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Caleb Hutchinson, assigned to Ford, lowers the national ensign during a decommissioning ceremony.

    (U.S. Navy photos #1.) 131031-N-AE328-018, #2.) 131031-N-ZF573-058, #3.) 131031-N-ZF573-073, #4.) 131031-N-AE328-055 , #5.) 131031-N-MN975-049, and #6.) 131031-N-AE328-072
    by 1, 4, 6.) MC2 Nathan Lockwood; 2, 3.) MC3 Chris Brown; 5.) MC2 Justin A. Johndro from the Navy News Stand)
    Ford 32k 09 September 2019: at sea, the Pacific Ocean - Military Sealift Command fleet ocean tug USNS Sioux (T-ATF 171) arrives on site with the the decommissioned Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) tow for at-sea exchange with the MSC rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51) off the coast of Hawaii.

    (U.S. Navy photo VIRIN#190909-N-WD133-051 by Sarah Burford from the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service)
    Ford 31k 09 September 2019: at sea, the Pacific Ocean - Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51) takes control of the the decommissioned Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) tow, exchanged with MSC fleet ocean tug USNS Sioux (T-ATF 171) off the coast of Hawaii.

    (U.S. Navy photo VIRIN#190909-N-WD133-089 by Sarah Burford from the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service)
    Ford  423k       Ford  120k       Ford 398k

    01 October 2019: the Philippine Sea - Aerial images of the sinking exercise (SINKEX) of the decommissioned U.S. Navy frigate ex-USS Ford (FFG 54) during Exercise Pacific Griffin 2019. U.S. Navy ships, aircraft and a submarine, and Republic of Singapore ships' participation in the SINKEX provided important opportunities for bilateral realistic at-sea training with live ordnance. Pacific Griffin is a biennial exercise conducted in the waters near Guam aimed at enhancing combined proficiency at sea while strengthening relationships between the U.S. and Republic of Singapore navies.

    (U.S. Navy photos #191001-N-YI115-2039, #191001-N-CO914-1146, and#191001-N-YI115-2058 by MC3 Josiah J. Kunkle from the Navy News Stand)

    "Ford, The Ship"    -    "Ford, The People"


    Ford Memorabilia
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    Desert Storm
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    Decommissioning
    Booklet
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    Ford History
    View the USS Ford (FFG 54) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Ford's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  29 Jun. 1985 - 23 May 1987Cmdr. Joseph Francis Eckler* (Richmond, Va.)
    2.)  23 May 1987 - 13 May 1989Cmdr. John David (Jack) Price (OCS '68) (Elkhart, Ind.)
    3.)  13 May 1989 - 15 Jun. 1991Cmdr. William W. Spotts (NROTC '71) (Ocean City, N.J.)
    4.)  15 Jun. 1991 - 30 Dec. 1992Cmdr. Jacob Lee Johnson Jr. (USNA '73) (Winchester, Va.)
    5.)  30 Dec. 1992 - 23 Sep. 1994Cmdr. John R. Eckelberry (OCS '75)
    6.)  23 Sep. 1994 - 01 Jul. 1996Cmdr. Kenneth R. Trass (USNA '77) (Gary, In.)
    7.)  01 Jul. 1996 - 04 Feb. 1998Cmdr. Stephen W. Keith
    8.)  04 Feb. 1998 - 13 Aug. 1999Cmdr. George Anthony McCaffrey
    9.)  13 Aug. 1999 - 27 Apr. 2001Cmdr. Thomas Frederick Nedervold
    10.) 27 Apr. 2001 - 24 Jan. 2003Cmdr. David Frank Matawitz (VMI '83) (Kirtland, Oh.)
    11.) 24 Jan. 2003 - 09 Nov. 2004Cmdr. David Allan (Max) Schnell
    12.) 09 Nov. 2004 - 20 Jul. 2006Cmdr. Timothy Bartlett Spratto (Marquette, Mich.)
    13.) 20 Jul. 2006 - 25 Jan. 2008Cmdr. Michael Joseph Taylor (NROTC '88) (San Diego, Cal.)
    14.) 25 Jan. 2008 - 27 Aug. 2009Cmdr. John D. Wilshusen (NROTC '86)
    15.) 27 Aug. 2009 - 04 Apr. 2011Cmdr. Cord H. Luby (NROTC '91) (Sandy, Ut.)
    16.) 04 Apr. 2011 - 02 Oct. 2012Cmdr. Donald Minot Foss Jr. (enl. '92 / OCS '95) (Charleston, S.C.)
    17.) 02 Oct. 2012 - 31 Oct. 2013Cmdr. Joseph T. Schuler (enl. '89 / STAR) (Bellevue, Wash.)

    * Cap't Eckler passed away suddenly on 10 June 1991 at age 45, soon after assuming command of USS Acadia (AD 42)
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