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USS Kauffman (FFG 59)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - J - L - K
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 - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon
Third Row: National Defense Service Ribbon w/ 1 star - Southwest Asia Service Medal - GWOT Expeditionary Service Medal
Fourth Row: GWOT Service Medal - Armed Forces Service Ribbon - Humanitarian Service Ribbon
Fifth Row: Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 3 stars - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon - Navy/ Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon
Sixth Row: United Nations Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


"Toujours En Vedette"
(Always In The Lead)
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
Kauffman (FFG 59) Building and Operational Data:
  • 28 October 1982: Building contract awarded to Bath Iron Works Corp.
  • 08 April 1985: Keel laid by the Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Me.
  • 29 March 1986: Launched and christened, sponsored by Elizabeth Kauffman Bush (daughter of Vice Admiral James L. Kauffman and sister of Rear Admiral Draper L. Kauffman)
  • 28 February 1987: Commissioned at Bath, Cmdr. John C. Dranchak in command, assigned to Naval Surface Group 4 at Newport, R.I.
  • 06 June 1994: Homeport changed to Norfolk, Va., reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 2
  • 01 October 1998: Reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 26
  • 18 September 2015: Decommissioned at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. after 28.6 years of service

    "Kauffman, The Ship"    -    "Kauffman, The People"


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    Kauffman 75k Artist's conception of Kauffman 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
    Kauffman 48k Vice Admiral James Laurance Kauffman (1887 - 1963): Born in Ohio on 18 April 1887, he attended Pennsylvania Military College, the Army and Navy Preparatory School, and graduated in 1908 from the U.S. Naval Academy. Holding a variety of command billets during World War I, he commanded the gunboat Ranier, was Executive Officer of destroyer Caldwell, and was advanced to Lieutenant Commander on 1 January 1918. He next commanded destroyer Jenkins (DD 42). During his career, Adm. Kauffman spent more time in command, and more time at sea, than any other officer of his time. At the end of the war, Kauffman returned to the U.S. and commissioned USS Barney (DD 149) as CO. In November 1920, he became the Executive Officer of the new Radio Division of the Bureau of Engineering. In May 1923, he became Naval Aide / Flag Secretary to Adm. S. S. Robinson, C-in-C, U.S. Fleet. In June 1925, he was selected to the rank of Commander and assigned to the U.S. Naval Mission to Brazil. Appointed Captain in 1936, he served as CO of Memphis, and then the shipyard at Mare Island. In 1941, Radm. Kauffman was sent by Pres. Roosevelt to establish and command a Naval Operating Base in Iceland. In 1942, he commanded the Gulf Sea Frontier, which included the Gulf of Mexico north to the shore of the Carolinas. Kauffman then became the senior member of the Allied Anti-Submarine Survey Board. Moving to the Pacific in 1943, he commanded all the Pacific Fleet's cruisers, destroyers and frigates, 401 ships with 150,000 men. In October 1944, he reported to Gen'l Douglas McArthur as Commander Philippine Sea Frontier. In May of 1946, Vadm. Kauffman returned home and was assigned to duty as the Commandant of the Fourth Naval District, where he remained until he retired in 1949. His second career began the day he retired and became the first President of Jefferson Medical College and Jefferson Medical Center, a position he retained for 10 years. He was married to the former Elizabeth Kelsey Draper for nearly 54 years. Their daughter, Elizabeth Louise, married Prescott S. Bush, Jr. Their son, Radm. Draper Laurence Kauffman, married the former Margaret C. Tuckerman.

    Rear Admiral Draper Laurance Kauffman (1911 - 1979): Born on 4 August 1911, Draper L. Kauffman graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1933. Poor eyesight denied him a commission in the regular Navy. Employed by the United States Line Steamship Company, his travels in Europe alerted him to the danger of Nazi Germany. In February 1940, he joined the American Volunteer Ambulance Corps in France. On 16 June, he was captured by the Germans and held prisoner for two months. Released in August, he made his way to England and was commissioned a sub-Lieutenant in the British Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, rising to Lieutenant. At the height of the Blitz on London (1940 - 41), he served as a bomb and mine disposal officer, and achieved a high degree of proficiency in bomb disposal techniques. Securing a U.S. Naval Reserve commission a month before Pearl Harbor, he was rushed to Hawaii after the Japanese attack, and there disarmed an enemy bomb, the first to be recovered intact for study. After establishing bomb disposal schools for the Navy and the Army. Lcdr. Kauffman in 1943 organized the Navy's first demolition units - later to be known as Underwater Demolition Teams. After commanding all UDTs in the invasion of Saipan, Tinian and Guam, Commander Kauffman planned and directed UDTs operations at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. His first postwar assignment came in February 1946 when he was assigned to JTF One, the organization which conducted Operation CROSSROADS, the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. Later under the CNO, as head of the Defense and Protection Section, he established the U.S. Navy Radiological Safety School, and aided in setting-up a comparable school for the Army. In 1954, Capt. Kauffman served in the Strategic Plans Division under the CNO, and in 1955 was appointed Aide to Secretary of the Navy, Thomas S. Gates, Jr. In July of 1960, he was selected as Rear Admiral. In 1962, he became Chief of the Strategic Plans and Policy Division. In 1965, he became the 44th Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, serving for three years. His next assignment was as the Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces in the Philippines, and Representative of the C-in-C, Pacific, a billet once filled 25 years earlier by his father. On 1 June 1973, Adm. Kauffman retired from the Navy. Rear Admiral Kauffman married the former Margaret Cary Tuckerman on 1 May 1943. They had three children: Margaret Cary, Draper Laurence, Jr., and Edith Kelsey.

    USS Kauffman (FFG 59) was the first ship to be named in their honor.

    Bill Gonyo
    Kauffman 205k 8 April 1985: Bath, Me. - Officials of Bath Iron Works and Navy official gather for a group photograph during the keel laying ceremony for the guided missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-04962 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    Kauffman 231k 24 July 1985: Bath, Me. - An elevated view of the hull of Kauffman at 40 percent completion of construction. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-06621 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 299k 2 August 1985: Bath, Me. - A bow view of the hull of Kauffman at 60 percent completion. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-06625 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 127k 29 March 1986: Bath, Me. - Mrs. Elizabeth Kauffman Bush, the daughter of Vadm. James L. Kauffman and ship's sponsor, stands with a bouquet in front Kauffman. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-06639 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 131k 29 March 1986: Bath, Me. - Mrs. Elizabeth Kauffman Bush, the ship's sponsor, and Matron of Honor Mrs. M. Carey Kauffman, left, the daughter of Radm. Draper L. Kauffman, stand in front of Kauffman during its launching. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-06645 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 98k 29 March 1986: Bath, Me. - Mrs. Elizabeth Kauffman Bush, the ship's sponsor, prepares to christen Kauffman. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-06640 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 141k 29 March 1986: Bath, Me. - A port bow view of Kauffman waterborne and accompanied by tugs, after being launched. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-06644 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 191k 11 September 1986: Bath, Me. - A starboard quarter view of Kauffman at 80 percent completion of construction. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-06668 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 168k 11 September 1986: Bath, Me. - The stern of Kauffman at 80 percent completion of construction. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-06669 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 245k 15 December 1986: Bath, Me. - A port bow view of Kauffman underway on the Kennebec River en route to sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-00113 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 204k 15 December 1986: Bath, Me. - A starboard view of Kauffman as it passes an old fort on the Kennebec River en route to sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-00117 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 181k 15 December 1986: Bath, Me. - A starboard quarter of Kauffman as it passes an old fort on the Kennebec River en route to sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-00115 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 162k 15 December 1986: Bath, Me. - A port bow view of Kauffman on the Kennebec River en route to sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-00116 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 325k 15 December 1986: Bath, Me. - A starboard bow view of Kauffman on sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-00119 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the DVIC) Jennifer Hammontree-Jones
    Kauffman 137k 15 December 1986: on sea trials (photo by Bath Iron Works, A General Dynamics Company) Bill Gonyo
    Kauffman 298k 15 December 1986: Bath, Me. - An elevated port quarter view of Kauffman underway during sea trials prior to its commissioning. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-04978 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the DVIC) Navsource
    Kauffman 232k 15 December 1986: Bath, Me. - A port bow view of Kauffman underway during sea trials prior to its commissioning. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-04971 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 115k 28 February 1987: Bath, Me. - Sponsor Elizabeth Kauffman Bush, left, daughter of Vice Admiral James L. Kauffman and sister of Rear Admiral Draper L. Kauffman, and M. Carey Kauffman, matron of honor and daughter of Rear Admiral Draper L. Kauffman, arrive for the commissioning of the guided missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59). Both Vadm. and Radm. Kauffman are being honored as the ship's namesakes. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-04984 by PH3 Zopf from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 143k 28 February 1987: Bath, Me. - Guests stand by as a Marine Corps color guard parades the colors during the commissioning of Kauffman. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-04988 by PH3 Zopf from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 230k 28 February 1987: Bath, Me. - An elevated view of guests attending the commissioning of Kauffman. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-04995 by PH3 Zopf from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 128k 28 February 1987: Bath, Me. - Crew members go aboard the ship in single file during the commissioning of Kauffman. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-04990 by PH3 Zopf from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 74k undated image Igancio F. Lopez,
    Spanish Navy (Ret.)
    Kauffman 166k undated, taken at Malaga, Spain Javier B. Iturbe,
    Spanish Navy (Ret.)
    Kauffman 136k 1 June 1987: Newport, R.I. - An overall view of the Naval Reserve Maintenance Facility. Naval ships tied up at the pier are, left to right: the frigate USS Connole (FF 1056), the destroyer USS Edson (DD 946), flagship of the commander, Naval Surface Group Four; and Kauffman. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-07739 by Don S. Montgomery from the DVIC) Navsource
    Kauffman 158k 7 October 1988: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - A view of Kauffman pulling into the harbor. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-89-02334 by PH2 Alan Elliott from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 144k 7 October 1988: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Spectators watch as Kauffman pulls into the harbor. Kauffman is among eight US Navy warships here participating in Navy Appreciation Week sponsored by the Navy League. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-89-02333 by PH2 Alan Elliott from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 175k 7 October 1988: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Kauffman, escorted by a commercial tug, enters the port at the beginning of Navy Appreciation Week. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-90-00375 by PH2 Alan Elliott from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 159k 7 October 1988: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - A power boat captained by a member of the Naval Surface Weapons Center dive team makes its way between a civilian pleasure boat and the guided missile frigate Kauffman as Kauffman arrives to take part in Navy Appreciation Week. Kauffman is one of eight Navy ships participating in the week's activities, which are being sponsored by the local Navy League chapter. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-90-00376 by PH2 Alan Elliott from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 159k 4 August 1989: Sevastopol USSR - Kauffman and the Soviet guided missile cruiser Slava tied up in the harbor. Thomas S. Gates and Kauffman are making the second goodwill visit to a Soviet port since World War II. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-00333 by JO1 Kip Burke)

    *** Feature Page for Kauffman's Sevastopol, USSR Visit (43 photos) ***

    Kauffman 163k 27 June 1990: Gdynia, Poland - Passersby stop to look at Kauffman as the vessel stands moored to a pier during its port call. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-04627 by PH3 Stephen Batiz)

    *** Feature Page for Kauffman's Gdynia, Poland Visit (27 photos) ***

    Kauffman 325k 4 August 1995: Villefranche, France - Kauffman photographed while on a port visit to Villefranche. Carlo Martinelli
    Kauffman 124k 25 April 2002: At sea aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) - Kauffman rides alongside the aircraft carrier George Washington in a battlegroup formation for a photo exercise. Washington, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting an integrated training exercise in the Caribbean Sea. (U.S. Navy photo #0020425-N-1082Z-002 by PHAN Jason R. Zalasky from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Kauffman 641k 26 August 2002: Souda Bay, Crete - Kauffman arrives for a brief port visit to Souda Bay. Kauffman is homeported in Mayport, Fla., and is operating on a six month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo #020826-N-0780F-001 by Paul Farley from the Navy News Stand)
    Kauffman 356k 28 November 2002: At sea with USS Kauffman (FFG 59) - The 28th "long hull" version in the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates and one of the last U.S. Navy frigates built in the 20th century, Kauffman steams with the Abraham Lincoln Battle Group on a regularly scheduled deployment conducting combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo #021128-N-8794V-003 from the Navy News Stand) Fred Weiss
    Kauffman 271k 15 January 2005: Atlantic Ocean - Kauffman comes alongside the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during a replenishment at sea. The Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are participating in an Expeditionary Strike Group Exercise in preparation for their upcoming scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo #050115-N-5313A-017 by PHAN Sarah E. Ard from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Kauffman 110k 5 April 2005: Atlantic Ocean - The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), foreground, the guided missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), center, and Kauffman, conduct steering maneuvers in the Atlantic Ocean. The USS Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. (U.S. Navy photo #050405-N-2382W-009 by PHAN Finley Williams from the Navy News Stand)
    Kauffman 316k 18 April 2006: Atlantic Ocean - Kauffman sails alongside the Military Sealift Command underway replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196) and the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) as she prepares to conduct a replenishment at sea. Wasp is currently conducting routine operations off the East Coast. (U.S. Navy photo #060418-N-3527B-068 (DN-SD-07-02631) by PH3 Timothy Bensken from the Navy News Stand) Fred Weiss
    Kauffman 350k 29 October 2006: Atlantic Ocean - Guided-missile frigate Kauffman steams through the Atlantic Ocean. Kauffman is underway to assist the Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group during their Composite Training Unit Exercise. The Bataan ESG is off the coast with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit based out of Camp Lejeune NC, prior to an upcoming regularly scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo #061029-N-8154G-194 by MC3 Jeremy L. Grisham from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Kauffman 135k 27 November 2006: Norfolk, Va. - The tugboat Karen Moran, Wilmington, Del., and sister tugboat nudge Kauffman from her berth at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., as she prepares to depart as part of Surface Strike Group 07-1 for a six-month deployment in support of maritime security operations. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SD-07-25739 (061127-N-1713L-040) by MC2 Lolita Lewis from the DVIC)
    Kauffman 116k 6 March 2007: São Tomé and Príncipe - Kauffman arrives off the coast of the African island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe to conduct a four-day port visit. The frigate, based out of Norfolk, Va., is currently deployed to the Gulf of Guinea to strengthen maritime partnerships. (U.S. Navy photo #070306-N-4657D-006 by MC2 Anthony Dallas from the Navy News Stand)
    Kauffman 171k 24 February 2008: the Atlantic Ocean - Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) watch as the guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59) receives fuel during a fuel replenishment at sea. Washington is conducting carrier qualifications and flight deck certification before changing homeport to Yokosuka, Japan, where she will relieve the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the Navy's only forward deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo #080224-N-7282P-010 by MCSN Phillip Pavlovich from the Navy News Stand) Robert M. Cieri
    Kauffman 171k 18 April 2008: the Pacific Ocean - The guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59) steams alongside the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington during a refueling at sea. George Washington departed Norfolk en route to Yokosuka, Japan, where she will replace the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo #080418-N-7047S-001 by MC3 Ian Schoeneberg from the Navy News Stand)
    Kauffman 447k 23 April 2009: The Atlantic Ocean - The guided-missile frigate Kauffman is underway with, from left, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Thetis (WMEC 910), the Chilean Navy frigate Almirante Blanco Encalada (FF-15), and the Brazilian Navy frigate BNS Constituicao (F42) during UNITAS Gold, the 50th iteration of the longest-running multinational maritime exercise in the world. Naval units from the U.S. are participating in several realistic tactical training scenarios with maritime forces from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay off the coast of Florida April 20-May 5. (U.S. Navy photo #090423-N-1580K-110 by MC2 Ron Kuzlik from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Kauffman 288k 17 June 2009: The Pacific Ocean - A surfaced Peruvian submarine is underway with the guided-missile frigate Kauffman during a multi-national group sail involving the Peruvian and U.S. navies. Kauffman is deployed with Southern Seas 2009, part of the U.S. Southern Command-led Partnership of the Americas mission focusing on strengthening relationship in the Southern Command area of Focus. (U.S. Navy photo #090617-N-4879G-517 by MC3 Patrick Grieco from the Navy News Stand)
    Kauffman 295k 13 July 2009: Arica, Chile - Sailors assigned to the guided-missile frigate Kauffman cast off mooring lines to get underway from Arica, Chile. Kauffman is on a four-month deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean as part of Southern Seas 2009 supporting the U.S. Southern Command Partnership of the Americas. Southern Seas focuses on training exercises, military to military engagements, and theater security cooperation engagements to enhance relationships with partner nations in the region. (U.S. Navy photo #090713-N-7092S-030 by MC2 Brandon Shelander from the Navy News Stand)
    Kauffman 240k 05 May 2010: Riga, Latvia - The guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman is pierside in Riga, Latvia during a port visit. Kauffman is in Latvia conducting theatre security corporation operations. (U.S. Navy photo #100505-N-9815L-001 by MCC Michael Lewis from the Navy News Stand)
    Kauffman 159k 07 May 2010: St. Petersburg, Russia - Sailors assigned to the guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59) lower the accommodation ladder as Russian sailors help from the pier. Kauffman is in St. Petersburg to participate in the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. (U.S. Navy photo #100507-N-8288P-027 by MC2 William Pittman from the Navy News Stand)

    *** Feature Page for Kauffman's St. Petersburg, Russia Visit (9 photos) ***

    Kauffman 314k 15 July 2010: Ponta Delgada, Azores Islands - USS Kauffman on a port visit to the Azore Islands. Note the weapon platform over the old Mk 13 launcher base. Carlos Manuel Estrela
    Ponta Delgada, Azores Islands
    Kauffman 194k 23 December 2010: Norfolk, Va. - The guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59) returns to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th fleet areas of responsibility. Kauffman conducted counter-piracy operations. (U.S. Navy photo #101223-N-5292M-037 by MC1 Julie Matyascik from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Kauffman 315k 23 December 2010: Norfolk, Va. - Family and friends cheer as the guided-missile frigate Kauffman returns to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th fleet areas of responsibility. Kauffman conducted counter-piracy operations. (U.S. Navy photo #101223-N-5292M-080 by MC1 Julie Matyascik from the Navy News Stand)
    Kauffman 437k 25 May 2011: New York City, N.Y. - Kauffman transits the Hudson River during Fleet Week 2011 parade of ships. Fleet Week has been New York City's celebration of the sea services since 1984. It is an opportunity for citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen, as well as see first-hand, the latest capabilities of today's maritime services. (U.S. Navy photo #110525-N-PS473-068 by MC2 Eric S. Garst from the Navy News Stand)
    Kauffman 356k 25 August 2011: Norfolk, Va. - The guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) passes the guided-missile frigate Kauffman as it departs Naval Station Norfolk ahead of Hurricane Irene. Vice Adm. Daniel Holloway, commander of U.S. 2nd Fleet, ordered all ships in the Hampton Roads area to set Sortie Condition Alpha. Ships in the area are departing early Thursday morning, Aug. 25. Irene's current track indicates it will pass off the North Carolina and Virginia coasts late Saturday as a Category 3 hurricane. (U.S. Navy photo #110825-N-YF306-048 by MC2 Aaron Chase from the Navy News Stand)
    Kauffman 358k 09 January 2015: Norfolk, Va. - The guided-missile frigate Kauffman departs Naval Station Norfolk for its final deployment. Kauffman will operate in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility and support U.S. Southern Command. Kauffman's final deployment also marks the last scheduled deployment by any Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate and, in September, the ship will be the last operationally-active frigate to decommission. (U.S. Navy photo #150109-N-CE241-069 by MC3 Laura Hoover from the Navy News Stand)
    Kauffman 452k 09 January 2015: Norfolk, Va. - Family members watch as Kauffman departs Naval Station Norfolk for its final deployment. Kauffman will operate in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility and support U.S. Southern Command. (U.S. Navy photo #150109-N-CE241-084 by MC3 Laura Hoover from the Navy News Stand)
    Kauffman 871k 09 April 2015: The Panama Canal - The guided-missile frigate Kauffman enters the eastern gates of the Panama Canal during a straits transit. (U.S. Navy photo #150409-N-IG780-134 by MC3 Shane A. Jackson from the Navy News Stand)
    Kauffman 351k 10 April 2015: The Panama Canal - The guided-missile frigate Kauffman transits the Panama Canal. Kauffman is underway in support of Operation Martillo, a joint operation with the U.S. Coast Guard and partner nations within the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo #150410-N-IG780-186 by MC3 Shane A. Jackson from the Navy News Stand)
    Kauffman 376k 18 September 2015: Norfolk, Va. - Plankowners and crew of the guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59) man the rails as part of the ship's decommissioning ceremony. Kauffman is the final operational Oliver Hazard-Perry class frigate to decommission. (U.S. Navy photo #150918-N-IG780-034 by MC2 Shane A. Jackson from the Navy News Stand)
    Kauffman 221k 18 September 2015: Norfolk, Va. - Three-year old great-great grandson of Adm. Draper Kauffman receives the Navy Jack from Ens. Tyler Sellmer after it was lowered for the last time aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59). After 28 years of service and more than 20 deployments, Kauffman's decommissioning leaves USS Simpson (FFG 59) as the Navy's last Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate. (U.S. Navy photo #150918-N-MV682-054 by MC2 Jamie V. Cosby from the Navy News Stand)
    Kauffman 200k 18 September 2015: Norfolk, Va. - Plankowners and crew depart the guided-missile frigate Kauffman for the final time during the ship's decommissioning ceremony. Kauffman is the final operational Oliver Hazard-Perry class frigate to decommission. (U.S. Navy photo #150918-N-IG780-212 by MC2 Shane A. Jackson from the Navy News Stand)


    Kauffman Memorabilia
    Decommissioning
    Invitation

    Kauffman

    Courtesy of
    Ron Reeves
    Decommissioning
    Program, 18 September 2015
    Kauffman
    Courtesy of
    Ron Reeves


    USS Kauffman (FFG59) History
    Note: History is unavailable at this time
    This class of ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

    Supplemental History Page: Kauffman Visits Sevastopol, USSR, 4 August 1989

    Supplemental History Page: Kauffman Visits Gdynia, Poland, 27 June 1990

    Supplemental History Page: Kauffman Visits St. Petersburg, Russia, 07 May 2010
    Kauffman's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  28 Feb. 1987 - 07 Apr. 1989Cmdr. John Charles Dranchak (Endicott, N.Y.)
    2.)  07 Apr. 1989 - 05 Apr. 1991Cmdr. Ronald C. Bogle (Pittsfield, Mass.)
    3.)  05 Apr. 1991 - 18 Dec. 1992Cmdr. James Haselden Chapman, Jr. ('73)
    4.)  18 Dec. 1992 - 09 Sep. 1994Cmdr. James Frank Deppe ('74) (Carthage, Tex.)
    5.)  09 Sep. 1994 - 20 Sep. 1996Cmdr. David F. Britt
    6.)  20 Sep. 1996 - 06 Mar. 1998Cmdr. John Alfred Kunert
    7.)  06 Mar. 1998 - 27 Aug. 1999Cmdr. George Joseph Karol III
    8.)  27 Aug. 1999 - 06 Apr. 2001Cmdr. Rigoberto (Riqui) Saez-Ortiz ('80)
    9.)  06 Apr. 2001 - 28 Feb. 2003Cmdr. Mark Regan Hagerott ('83)
    10.) 28 Feb. 2003 - 31 Aug. 2004Cmdr. John Patrick Gelinne ('84) (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.)
    11.) 31 Aug. 2004 - 19 May 2006Cmdr. Kenneth Arthur Krogman
    12.) 19 May 2006 - 15 Nov. 2007 Cmdr. Christopher Allen Rhoden
    13.) 15 Nov. 2007 - 08 Jun. 2009 Cmdr. Robert John Cepek ('89) (Chicago, Ill.)
    14.) 08 Jun. 2009 - 13 Dec. 2010 Cmdr. Dale W. Maxey
    15.) 13 Dec. 2010 - 27 Apr. 2012 Cmdr. William K. Shafley III
    16.) 27 Apr. 2012 - 15 Feb. 2013Cmdr. Corey Dale Wofford* (Westland, Mich.)
    17.) 15 Feb. 2013 - 02 Sep. 2014Cmdr. Jennifer S. Coutoure (Vineland, N.J.)
    18.) 02 Sep. 2014 - 18 Sep. 2015Cmdr. Michael Evans Concannon (Keokuk, Ia.)

    * Relieved for cause: Loss of confidence due to lackluster leadership, and an inability to correct identified deficiencies as directed.
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