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USS Simpson (FFG 56)


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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
Second Row: Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Unit Commendation - CG Meritorious Unit Commendation
Third Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (1) - National Defense Service Ribbon w/ 1 star
Fourth Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 4 stars - Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 2 stars - GWOT Service Medal
Fifth Row: Armed Forces Service Ribbon w/ 1 star - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon w/ 1 star
Sixth Row: United Nations Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


"Attaquer en Vigueur"
(Attack With Vigor)
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
Simpson (FFG 56) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 March 1982: Building contract awarded to the Bath Iron Works Corp.
  • 27 February 1984: Keel laid by the Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Me.
  • 31 August 1984: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Grace Fowles Simpson Smith, the widow of Rear Admiral Rodger Smith
  • 20 September 1985: Commissioned at Bath, Cmdr. H. Wyman Howard Jr. in command, assigned to Naval Surface Group 4 at Newport, R.I.
  • 31 March 1986: Homeport assignment changed to Norfolk, Va., assigned to Destroyer Squadron 6
  • 01 July 2001: Homeport assignment changed to Mayport, Fla., reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 14
  • 01 October 2002: Assigned to the Atlantic Naval Reserve Force at Mayport, Fla.

    Note: Simpson, along with USS Constitution, remains the only commissioned surface ship to have sunk an enemy combatant in anger. (sank the Iranian gunboat Joshan, 18 April 1988)
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    Simpson 75k Artist's conception of Simpson 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
    Simpson 272k Rodger Whitten Simpson (1898-1964) spent one year at the University of Oregon before entering the United States Naval Academy in June 1917. As a midshipman, he served in USS Ohio, operating with the Atlantic Fleet during World War I. He was commissioned Ensign in June of 1920, and graduated with the class of 1921. After graduation he served in the cruiser Brooklyn and destroyers Farquhar, Twiggs, Sloat, William Jones, Ludlow, and Whippoorwill. Following sea duty, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Annapolis and Yale University, completing courses in communications engineering in 1928. He was then assigned to the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron 14, Scouting Fleet. He later became Assistant District Communications Officer of the 12th Naval District, San Francisco, and served until July 1933. After a two year tour in USS Colorado, he was assigned as Assistant to the Officer in Charge, Navy Recruiting Bureau, New York City. He then assumed command of the destroyer USS Mahan, in March of 1941. During that tour, he was awarded the Navy cross for extraordinary heroism during action against enemy Japanese forces south of the Gilbert Islands in October of 1942. Radm. Simpson received a Gold Star in lieu of a second Navy Cross while serving as Commander, Destroyer Division 15 for heroism during an engagement with enemy forces in Vella Gulf, Solomon Islands on the night of August 6, 1943. The citation in part states "...He disposed the units of his command for maximum fire power and combat efficiency, striking at the enemy boldly and with relentless determination and annihilating the entire hostile force of one Japanese cruiser and three destroyers..." As Commander, Destroyer Squadron 12 and Destroyer Division 23, he was awarded the Silver Star and cited "...for gallantry and intrepidity during operations in the Bismark Archipelago." On 6 April 1944, with the rank of Commodore, Simpson was assigned as Commander, Task Group 30.6 where he planned and organized the rescue of over 7,500 Allied prisoners of war and civilians interned in Japanese concentration camps. For this rescue, he was awarded the Legion of Merit. Radm. Simpson also served tours as Commander, Training Command, Marianas; Commander Fleet Training Group, Western Pacific; Commander, Underway Training Unit, Guam; Commanding Officer, USS Atlanta; and Commanding Officer, Naval Station Treasure Island. He retired in 1951 and passed away in 1964.
    USS Simpson (FFG 56) is the first ship named in his honor.
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    Simpson 202k 27 February 1984: Bath, Me. - Shipyard workers and Navy officers pose during the keel laying of the guided missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-89-01545 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Simpson 287k 1 May 1984: Bath, Me. - A starboard bow view of Simpson. The ship is 40 percent complete. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-89-01552 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Simpson 106k 1 December 1984: Bath, Me. - A bow view of the guided missile frigates, from left to right, USS Taylor (FFG 50), Simpson and USS Elrod (FFG 55) moored at Bath Iron Works Corp. on the day of the Taylor's commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-03512 by PH1 Bailey from the DVIC)
    ***Hawes*** 132k 9 February 1985: Bath, Me. - Starboard bow view of USS Hawes (FFG 53), Simpson and USS Elrod (FFG 55) at Bath Iron Works Shipyard. Hawes is draped with bunting in preparation for her commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-07873 by PH2 Carlos Drake from the DVIC)
    Simpson 198k 25 June 1985: Kennebec River, Me. - A starboard bow view of Simpson underway on the Kennebec River while en route to sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-00100 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Simpson 177k 25 June 1985: Kennebec River, Me. - A port bow view of Simpson underway on the Kennebec River while en route to sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-00098 by Bath Iron Works Corp., from the DVIC)
    Simpson 238k 25 June 1985: Kennebec River, Me. - A port bow view of Simpson underway on the Kennebec River while en route to sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-00099 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Simpson 176k 25 June 1985: the Atlantic off the New England Coast - A port bow view of Simpson underway off the coast of New England prior to its commissioning. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-07649 by Bath Iron Works Corp., from the DVIC)
    Simpson 179k 25 June 1985: the Atlantic off the New England Coast - A port bow view of Simpson underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-00095 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC) Fred Weiss
    Simpson 163k 25 June 1985: the Atlantic off the New England Coast - A starboard bow view of Simpson underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-07655 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Simpson 145k 25 June 1985: the Atlantic off the New England Coast - A starboard quarter view of Simpson underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-07646 by Bath Iron Works Corp., from the DVIC) Navsource
    Simpson 161k 25 June 1985: the Atlantic off the New England Coast - A port quarter view of Simpson underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-07647 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Simpson 190k 25 June 1985: Kennebec River, Me. - A starboard beam view of Simpson as it passes an old fort on the Kennebec River while returning from sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-00099 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC) Fred Weiss
    Simpson 112k 9 November 1985: Newport, R.I. - Mrs. Grace Fowles Simpson Smith (center), ship's sponsor and widow of Rear Admiral Rodger Smith, in whose honor Simpson is named, attends the commissioning ceremony for the guided missile frigate. She is accompanied by her son Rodger Simpson Jr. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-01249 by PH2 C. Duvall from the DVIC) Navsource
    Simpson 82k 9 November 1985: Newport, R.I. - Mr. William E. Haggett, president and chief executive officer, Bath Iron Works Corp; (center), and Commander H. Wyman Howard Jr. (left), prospective commanding officer of Simpson arrive for the commissioning of the ship. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-01251 by PH2 C. Duvall from the DVIC)
    Simpson 123k 9 November 1985: Newport, R.I. - Commander H. Wyman Howard Jr. accepts command of Simpson during the ship's commissioning ceremony. Members of the commissioning party are seated on the speaking platform. (R-L) Rep. Claudine Schneider, R-RI; Commodore David F. Chandler, deputy commander, Naval Surface Force, US Atlantic Fleet; and Mr. William E. Haggett, president and chief executive officer of Bath Iron Works Corp. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-01239 by PH2 C. Duvall from the DVIC)
    Simpson 99k 9 November 1985: Newport, R.I. - Crew members of Simpson stand at attention, during the ship's commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-01248 by PH2 C. Duvall from the DVIC)
    Simpson 180k 9 November 1985: Newport, R.I. - Members of the Colonial Navy of Massachusetts and Northeast Navy Band (background) perform during the commissioning ceremony for Simpson. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-86-01271 by PH2 C. Duvall from the DVIC)
    Simpson 153k 9 November 1985: Newport, R.I. - Members of the Newport Artillery participate in the commissioning ceremony for Simpson. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-01242 by PH2 C. Duvall from the DVIC)
    Simpson 99k 9 November 1985: Newport, R.I. - A starboard bow view of Simpson with the ship's company manning the rails. The Northeast Navy Band is seated on the pier. Note the Mk 13 Mod 4 missile launcher armed with a RIM 67B Standard medium range missile on the deck behind the crew. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-01234 by PH2 C. Duvall from the DVIC)
    Simpson 92k 15 March 1988: the Persian Gulf - Crewmen play volleyball on the stern of Simpson while on patrol in the Persian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-89-02595 by PH2 Alexander C. Hicks, Jr. from the DVIC)
    Simpson 135k 15 March 1988: the Persian Gulf - The game continues on the stern of Simpson while on patrol in the Persian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-89-02596 by PH2 Alexander C. Hicks, Jr. from the DVIC)
    Simpson 212k 29 April 1989: New York Harbor - The guided missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) and a parade of other US Navy ships pass the Verrazano Narrows Bridge as they arrive for Navy Fleet Week activities. The aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV 59) is anchored in the background. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-09351 by PHC Ed Bailey from the DVIC)
    Simpson 119k 29 April 1989: New York Harbor - The guided missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) is accompanied by tug boats as it arrives in the city to take part in Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-08806 by PH2 Rudy Valentine from the DVIC)
    Simpson 159k 29 April 1989: New York Harbor - Tugs help Simpson, arriving for Fleet Week celebrations, into a berth at a Brooklyn pier. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-08820 by JO2 John Leone from the DVIC)
    Simpson 147k 29 April 1989: New York Harbor - A tug boat pushes Simpson into its berth at a pier in Brooklyn following the parade of ships at the start of Fleet Week. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-90-09487 by JO2 John Leone from the DVIC)
    Simpson 171k 29 April 1989: New York Harbor - With help from a tug, sailors tie down the guided missile frigate Simpson at a Brooklyn pier. Simpson is participating in the city's Fleet Week celebration. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-08821 by JO2 John Leone from the DVIC)
    ***McCloy*** 104k 29 April 1989: New York Harbor - A starboard bow view of, from left: Simpson, the frigate USS McCloy (FF 1038), and the tank landing ship USS Fairfax County (LST 1193) moored at the pier in Brooklyn during Fleet Week. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-08772 by JO2 John Leone from the DVIC)
    Simpson 682k 19 March 1994: Mayport, Fla. - A starboard bow view of the guided missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) arriving in. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-94-02594 by OS John Bouvia from the DVIC) Fred Weiss
    Simpson 230k 17 April 1996: Genoa, Italy - Simpson photographed while on a port visit to Genoa. Carlo Martinelli
    Simpson 228k 18 September 1999: Norfolk, Va. - A port side view of the Oliver Hazard Perry Class guided missile frigate, USS Simpson (FFG 56) returning to her home port of Norfolk Naval Base following the passage of Hurricane Floyd along the East Coast of the United States. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-00-03610 (990918-N-4912M-002) by Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret.) from the DVIC) Navsource
    Simpson 409k 5 July 2000: Staten Island, New York - From left to right, back to front. USS Nassau (LHA 4), HMCS Montreal (K 319)(Canada), RSS Endurance (Republic of Singapore), SAS Drakensburg (A301)(South Africa), USS Hue City(CG 66), JDS Yuugiri (Japan), USS Simpson (FFG 56), USS Underwood(FFG 36), TCG Fatih (Turkey) and the Brazilian ship U27 moored at Pier North during the International Naval Review 2000, a "Celebration of Seapower for the Millennium."(U.S. Navy photo #000705-N-6492H-564 by PH1 Jim Hampshire, from the Defense Imagery)
    Simpson 80k 8 August 2000: Norfolk, Va., Friends and families wave farewell to the crew of Simpson as the ship departs Naval Station Norfolk for a routine six-month deployment overseas. (U.S. Navy photo #000808-N-0872M-504 by PH1 Martin Maddock from the Navy Newstand) Bill Gonyo
    Simpson 361k 26 April 2004: Port Everglades, Fla. - A high wide-angle view of the harbor at Port Everglades, Florida, showing U.S. Navy ships conducting mooring operation. Pictured back-to-front, the Enterprise class aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65); USS Simpson, the Arleigh Burke class (Flight I) guided missile destroyer, USS Mitscher (DDG 57); and the Los Angeles class attack submarine USS Miami (SSN 755). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SD-04-10788 (040426-N-2038L-001) by JO2 William Lovelady, from the DVIC) Navsource
    Simpson 230k 12 October 2004: New York Harbor - The U.S. Navy Perry Class frigate the USS Simpson (FFG 56) sails past Liberty State Park and the Statue of Liberty, in the Upper Bay during the traditional Parade of Ships. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SD-05-06299 (041012-N-6616W-001) by PH2 Steven J. Weber from the DVIC) Fred Weiss
    Simpson 187k 25 September 2004: the Atlantic Ocean - U.S. Navy and Spanish Navy ships maneuver through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean while participating in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Exercise Standing Naval Force Atlantic. The Standing Naval Force is a squadron of eight to ten destroyers and frigates from different nations in the NATO organization. Pictured foreground-to-background: The Spanish Navy, Santa Maria Class Frigate, Navarra (F 85); the USN Austin Class Amphibious Transport Dock, USS Trenton (LPD 14); the USN Tarawa Class Amphibious Assault Ship, USS Saipan (LHA 2), and the USN Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate, USS Simpson (FFG 56). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SD-06-07646 (040925-N-8327M-001) by PH3 Mark A. Martinez from the DVIC) Navsource
    Simpson 103k 4 May 2005: Mayport, Fla. - Aviation Electronics Technician Riddle hugs his wife and daughter after returning from deployment aboard guided missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56). (U.S. Navy photo #060524-N-1550W-001 by PH2 Elizabeth Williams from the Navy Newstand)
    Simpson 202k 19 February 2006: USS Simpson visits Valletta Port, Malta, together with other units of a NATO squadron. Anthony Vella,
    Senglea, Malta
    Simpson 77k April 2006: Simpson, on the river Scheldt entering the port of Antwerp on a cloudy day (with the cloud just covering the sunshine at the moment the frigate passed), part of the StaNavForLant group visiting Antwerp until 18 April. Flor Van Otterdyk,
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Simpson 119k 14 April 2006: Simpson moored next to the Polish frigate General Kazimierz Pulaski in Antwerp on this very windy and rainy Good Friday
    Simpson 64k 2 June 2006: the Mediterranean Sea - Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Damon Box directs an MH-60S Seahawk onto the flight deck of Simpson. Simpson and the amphibious assault ship USS Saipan (LHA 2) are participating in a multi-national combined exercise with North African and European forces during exercise Phoenix Express. (U.S. Navy photo #060602-N-6463B-005 by PH2 Herbert D. Banks, Jr. from the Navy Newstand) Bill Gonyo
    Simpson 583k 4 June 2006: the Mediterranean Sea - The amphibious assault ship USS Saipan(LHA 2) conducts an underway replenishment with USS Simpson (FFG 56) during exercise Phoenix Express 2006. Phoenix Express is a multi-national combined exercise with North African and European forces. The exercise provides U.S. and allied forces an opportunity to participate in diverse maritime training scenarios helping to increase maritime domain awareness and strengthen emerging and enduring partnerships. (U.S. Navy photo #060604-N-2651J-468 by PH3 Gary L. Johnson III, from the Defense Imagery) Navsource
    Simpson 640k 7 July 2006: the Mediterranean Sea - The Perry class guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) and Algerian frigate El Kirch pass the amphibious-assault ship USS Saipan (LHA 2) on its starboard side while conducting operations in the Mediterranean. Saipan is under way to participate in a multinational, combined exercise with North African and European forces in the coming months called Phoenix Express. (U.S. Navy photo #060607-N-8547M-314 by PHAN Patrick W. Mullen III, from the Defense Imagery)
    Simpson 114k 13 April 2007: Atlantic Ocean - Guided missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) pulls up alongside guided missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) during maneuvering exercises in the Atlantic Ocean. Simpson and Bainbridge are both in transit to participate in the Neptune Warrior training course, which will test the interoperability of NATO coalition forces. (U.S. Navy photo #070413-N-2735T-205 by MCSN Coleman Thompson from the Navy Newstand)
    Simpson 179k 13 April 2007: Atlantic Ocean - Sailors assigned to the visit, board, search and seizure team aboard guided missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) speed towards USS Simpson (FFG 56) in a rigid hull inflatable boat during the Neptune Warrior training course. This the first time the Bainbridge VBSS team has boarded another vessel during its training. (U.S. Navy photo #070413-N-5681S-072 by MCSN Michael Starkey from the Navy Newstand) Bill Gonyo
    Simpson 96k 13 April 2007: Atlantic Ocean - Sailors assigned to the visit, board, search and seizure team aboard guided missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) depart from USS Simpson (FFG 56) in a rigid hull inflatable boat during the Neptune Warrior training course. This the first time the Bainbridge VBSS team has boarded another vessel during its training. (U.S. Navy photo #070413-N-5681S-339 by MCSN Michael Starkey from the Navy Newstand) Navsource
    ***Stephen W. Groves / Simpson*** 167k 26 May 2010: Ponta Delgada, The Azores - USS Simpson moored to the quay while on a port visit to the Azores. USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) is moored forward of her. Carlos Manuel Estrela
    Ponta Delgada, Azores Islands
    Simpson 357k 2 June 2010: Fischerhütte, Germany - USS Simpson (FFG 56) passes while transiting the Nord-Ostsee-Kanal (Kiel Canal) on her way to Kiel, Germany. Simpson and USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) represented the United States at the annual Kiel Week Maritime Festival. Ruud Peter van der Duin
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    Simpson 340k 18 February 2012: Tema, Ghana - The guided-missile frigate Simpson, flagship of Africa Partnership Station West 2012, arrives in Tema, Ghana, for a three-day port visit. Africa Partnership Station is an international security cooperation initiative intended to strengthen global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo #120218-N-JL721-046 by Lcdr. Suzanna Brugler from the Navy Newstand) Navsource
    Simpson 220k 06 April 2012: The Atlantic Ocean - Sailors aboard Simpson conduct a pre-action aim calibration test fire of a 76mm canon. Simpson, homeported in Mayport, Fla., is conducting theater security cooperation and maritime security operations in the U.S. Naval Forces Africa area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo #120406-N-RN782-074 by MCSN Brian T. Glunt from the Navy Newstand)
    Simpson 297k 08 May 2012: Souda Bay, Crete - The guided-missile frigate Simpson pulls into Souda Bay, Greece, to participate in exercise Phoenix Express 2012 (PE12). PE12, a multi-national maritime exercise between Southern European, North African and U.S. Naval forces, is designed to improve cooperation among participating nations and help increase safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea. (U.S. Navy photo #120508-N-FV216-209 by MC3 Caitlin Conroy from the Navy Newstand)
    Simpson 442k 16 May 2012: Souda Bay, Crete - The guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56), Turkish ship TGC Gelibolu (F 493) (ex-USS Reid, FFG 30), Algerian ship Mourad Rais (F 901), and Moroccan ship Mohammed V (F 611) are pierside in Souda Bay during exercise Phoenix Express 2012. PE12 is a multinational maritime exercise between Southern European, North African and U.S. Naval forces intended to improve cooperation among participating nations and help increase safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea. (U.S. Navy photo #120516-N-QD416-162 by MC1 Brian A. Goyak from the Navy Newstand)
    Simpson 159k 26 December 2013: Piraeus, Greece - Two views of USS Simpson as she departs Piraeus after a port visit where the crew was able to celebrate Christmas ashore.


    A link to George's YouTube video of the event.
    George Haralampides
    Piraeus, Greece
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    Simpson 441k 23 January 2014: Malta - Two views of USS Simpson as she arrives at the Mediterranean island of Malta for a port visit. She is on her way to Pinto Wharf 4/5, near the old Custom House, for a five day port visit. She has a 27 January departure date scheduled. (Photos by Anthony Vella)
    Anthony Vella
    Senglea, Malta
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    USS Simpson FFG 56 History
    Note: History is unavailable at this time
    This class of ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

    Simpson's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  21 Sep. 1985 - 04 Dec. 1987Cmdr. Hugh Wyman Howard, Jr.
    2.)  04 Dec. 1987 - 28 Feb. 1990Cmdr. James John McTigue
    3.)  28 Feb. 1990 - -- Jan. 1992Cmdr. Stephen Brunnell Johns
    4.)  -- Jan. 1992 - 17 Sep. 1993Cmdr. Henry J. Sanford (Washington, D.C.)
    5.)  17 Sep. 1993 - 07 Jul. 1995Cmdr. James S. Hanna
    6.)  07 Jul. 1995 - 10 Jan. 1997Cmdr. Douglas A. Block (Omaha, Nebr.)
    7.)  10 Jan. 1997 - 04 Sep. 1998Cmdr. Roland J. Mulligan
    8.)  04 Sep. 1998 - 21 Apr. 2000Cmdr. Gerald Francis DeConto* (Sandwich, Mass.)
    9.)  21 Apr. 2000 - 02 Aug. 2001Cmdr. Randall Gregory Bowdish
    10.) 02 Aug. 2001 - 30 May 2003Cmdr. Rodney Allen Clark
    11.) 30 May 2003 - 27 Jan. 2005Cmdr. Ricky Lee Williamson (Jacksonville, Fla.)
    12.) 27 Jan. 2005 - 14 Jul. 2006Cmdr. John Mark Uhl
    13.) 14 Jul. 2006 - 26 Mar. 2008Cmdr. Luis Ahmad Maldonado
    14.) 26 Mar. 2008 - 19 Oct. 2009Cmdr. Edwin D. Kaiser (Milwaukee, Wis.)
    15.) 19 Oct. 2009 - 06 May 2011Cmdr. Jason Richard Haen
    16.) 06 May 2011- 16 Nov. 2012Cmdr. Leonard Harold Milliken, Jr. (Pasadena, Md.)
    17.) 16 Nov. 2012 - 04 Apr. 2014Cmdr. Christopher Geddin Follin
    18.) 04 Apr. 2014 - Cmdr. Kenneth David Anderson

    * 9/11/2001: Captain DeConto was killed in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon
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