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USS Crommelin (FFG 37)


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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 - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 3 stars - CG Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (7)
Third Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Ribbon w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 2 stars
Fourth Row: GWOT Service Ribbon - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 2 stars - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon w/ 1 star


"Munus Bene Factum"
(Job Well Done)
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
Crommelin (FFG 37) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 April 1979: Building contract awarded to the Todd Shipyard Corp.
  • 30 May 1980: Keel laid by the Todd Shipyard Corp., Seattle, Wa.
  • 02 July 1981: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Richard B. Meyers and Mrs. Susan Crommelin Spain
  • 18 June 1983: Commissioned at Seattle, Wash., Cmdr. James W. Orvis in command, assigned to Long Beach, Cal. as a unit of DesRon 9
  • January 1984: Reassigned to Surface Squadron 1
  • 01 September 1984: Reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 17
  • 01 January 1987: Reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 13
  • 01 January 1988: Reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 9
  • 01 September 1991: Homeport shifted to Pearl Harbor, Hi.; reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 31, CruDesGru 3
  • 26 October 2012: Decommissioned at Pearl Harbor, Hi. after 29 years and 4 months of service
  • 31 October 2012: Official decommissioning date, struck from the NVR
  • 19 July 2016: Sunk as a target during Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2016, in waters 15,000 feet deep, 55nm north of Kauai, Hawaii

    "Crommelin, The Ship"    -    "Crommelin, The People"

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    Crommelin
    073701

    285k USS Crommelin (FFG 37), twenty-eighth ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class of guided-missile frigates, is named for three brothers: Vice Admiral Henry Crommelin (1904-1971), Commander Charles Crommelin (1909-1945), and Lieutenant Commander Richard Crommelin (1917-1945). The other brothers are Rear Admiral John G. Crommelin III (1902-1996) and Captain Quentin C. Crommelin (1919-1997). Born of a pioneer Alabama family in Montgomery and Wetumpka, the Crommelin brothers were the only five siblings ever to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy. Four of them became pilots, and Time magazine dubbed them "The Indestructibles." The brothers saw action in more than ten campaigns in the Pacific Theater. Henry, the oldest, became a Surface Warfare Officer while Richard and Charles died in combat as naval aviators in 1945. Individually and as a fighting family, they gained fame in World War II, attaining outstanding combat records and multiple decorations. Several books have been written about them and a monument commemorating their bravery rests in Battleship Park in Mobile, Alabama. Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    Crommelin
    073702
    141k 02 July 1981: Seattle, Wash. - An aerial starboard bow view of the guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) on the ways prior to its launching at Todd-Pacific Shipyards Corporation.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-83-11748 by the Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Crommelin
    073703
    125k 02 July 1981: Seattle, Wash. - A view of the sponsors for Crommelinís launching ceremony are from left to right, Susan C. Costenbader, Mrs. Henry Crommelin and Mrs. Richard Meyers.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-83-11750 by the Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Crommelin
    073704
    101k 02 July 1981: Seattle, Wash. - Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr. speaks at the launching ceremony for Crommelin, taking place at Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-83-11757 by the Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Crommelin
    073705
    120k 02 July 1981: Seattle, Wash. - Mrs. Henry Crommelin christens Crommelin during the ship's launching ceremony.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-83-11759 by the Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Crommelin
    073706
    161k 20 April 1982: The Pacific Ocean - An aerial bow view of Crommelin while on sea trials.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-11763 by the Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Crommelin
    073707
    181k 20 April 1982: The Pacific Ocean - A port bow view of Crommelin as Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation conducts sea trials.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-11764 by the Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Crommelin
    073708
    177k 20 April 1982: The Pacific Ocean - A starboard quarter view of Crommelin during sea trials.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-11765 by the Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Crommelin
    073709
    227k 20 April 1982: The Pacific Ocean - An aerial starboard quarter view of Crommelin during sea trials.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-11761 by the Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Crommelin
    073710
    158k 28 February 1983: Seattle, Wash. - A starboard quarter view of the docked Crommelin during inclining at Todd-Pacific Shipyards Corporation.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-83-11745 by the Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Crommelin
    073711
    125k 28 February 1983: Seattle, Wash. - A starboard quarter view (forward section) of the docked Crommelin during inclining at Todd-Pacific Shipyards Corporation.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-83-11746 by the Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Crommelin
    073701
    71k 18 June 1983: Seattle, Wash. - Port bow view of Crommelin on her commissioning day.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00813 by PH2 R. Frazier from the DVIC)
    Crommelin
    073712
    93k 18 June 1983: Seattle, Wash. - An ensign escorts Mrs. Susan Crommelin Spain, ships' sponsor, to her seat on the speakers platform prior to the commissioning of Crommelin.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00784 by PH2 R. Frazier from the DVIC)
    Crommelin
    073714
    88k 18 June 1983: Seattle, Wash. - A chief petty officer escorts Mrs. Richard B. Meyers, ships' sponsor, to her seat on the speakers platform prior to the commissioning of Crommelin.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00785 by PH2 R. Frazier from the DVIC)
    Crommelin
    073715
    71k 18 June 1983: Seattle, Wash. - Mr. Quentin C. Crommelin Jr., principal speaker, arrives for the commissioning of Crommelin. Mr. Crommelin is the nephew of Charles, Richard and Henry Crommelin, namesakes of the ship.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00786 by PH2 R. Frazier from the DVIC)
    Crommelin
    073716
    96k 18 June 1983: Seattle, Wash. - Left to right: Cdr James W. Orvis, commanding officer; Commodore Theodore E. Lewin, commander, Naval Base Seattle; and Capt. Thomas A. Head, commander, Destroyer Squadron Nine, Mrs. Richard B. Meyers, ships sponsor; and John T. Gilbride Jr., vice president and general manager of Todd Pacific Shipyard, stand as Capt. Joseph F. Brennan, Chaplain Corps, gives the invocation during the commissioning of the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate Crommelin.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00810 by PH2 R. Frazier from the DVIC)
    Crommelin
    073717
    137k 18 June 1983: Seattle, Wash. - Commander James W. Orvis, commanding officer; Commodore Theodore E. Lewin, commander, Naval Base Seattle; and Captain Thomas A. Head, commander, Destroyer Squadron Nine, salute during the commissioning ceremony for the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37).

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DN-ST-86-00798 from the United States National Archives)
    Crommelin
    073718
    95k 18 June 1983: Seattle, Wash. - Members of the crew stand in formation during the commissioning of Crommelin.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00780 by PH2 R. Frazier from the DVIC)
    Crommelin
    073719
    107k 18 June 1983: Seattle, Wash. - Crewmen come aboard during the commissioning ceremony for the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate. Cdr James W. Orvis, commanding officer is standing at the podium.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00802 by PH2 R. Frazier from the DVIC)
    Crommelin
    073720
    73k 18 June 1983: Seattle, Wash. - The U.S. Flag and the commissioning pennant fly aboard Crommelin during the commissioning ceremony.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00805 by PH2 R. Frazier from the DVIC)
    Crommelin
    073721
    156k 12 December 1983: The Pacific Ocean - A port quarter view of Crommelin as the Navy's first operational Mark III LAMPS (Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System) SH-60B Seahawk helicopter hovers over the flight deck. The helicopter is undergoing flight deck landing qualifications off the coast of California.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-05443 by PHCS Steve Harris from the DVIC)
    Crommelin
    073722
    78k 12 December 1983: The Pacific Ocean - Aerial view of a Navy SH-60B Seahawk helicopter from Light Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 41 hovering over the landing pad of Crommelin. The helicopter is equipped with an ASQ-81 magnetic anomaly detector.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-01776 by PHC John Kristofferson from the DVIC)
    Crommelin
    073723
    298k 1986: Vancouver, B.C. - Crommelin outbound after 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
    Crommelin
    073724
    122k 06 June 2000: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Port side view of the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) departing Pearl Harbor to take part in Operation RIMPAC 2000 in the waters to the south of the Hawaiian Islands.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-02-05648 by Don S. Montgomery USN (ret.) from the DVIC)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Crommelin
    073725
    481k 22 April 2002: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - The guided missile frigate USS Crommelin returns to her home port after a six-month deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command area of responsibility (AOR). During the deployment, Crommelin's crew detected several vessels transporting narcotics and recovered several tons of cocaine worth an estimated street value of over seventy million dollars. Crommelin also was involved in three rescues at sea, rescuing 174 Ecuadorian citizens from a leaky vessel at sea, and lending assistance to two fishing vessels.

    (U.S. Navy photo #030422-N-8157C-023 by PH2 Dennis Cantrell, from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073726
    283k 05 July 2002: Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hi. - The guided missile destroyer USS O'Kane (DDG 77) launches an SM-2 standard missile from its forward Vertical Launch System (VLS) during exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2002. The guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) (right) and the Spruance-class destroyer USS Paul F. Fosterr (DD 964) (center) follow in formation. RIMPAC 2002 is designed to improve tactical proficiency in a wide array of combined operations at sea, while building cooperation and fostering mutual understanding between participating nations. Countries participating this year are: Australia, Canada, Chile, Peru, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States.

    (U.S. Navy photo # 020706-N-5862D-090 by PH1 Chris Desmond, from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073727
    50k 09 August 2002: Crommelin pulling into port, taken from onboard the USS Chosin (CG 65). You can see that they have a golden anchor. USS Russell (DDG59) is moored just aft of Crommelin. Joseph A. Gless
    SK2(SW)
    Crommelin
    073728
    119k 25 October 2002: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - Crommelin departs Pearl Harbor in support of counter drug operations. More than 200 officers and sailors served aboard the ship, which was commanded by Cmdr. Bruce Stewart. Two SH-60B helicopters from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Thirty-Seven (HSL-37) later embarked aboard Crommelin.

    (Photo by JO2 Daniel J. Calderon)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    Crommelin
    073729
    327k 12 May 2004: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Two SH-60B Seahawks assigned to the "Easy Riders" of Light Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Three Seven (HSL-37) deploys from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a scheduled six month deployment aboard the guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37).

    (U.S. Navy photo #040512-N-8157C-056 by PH2 Dennis C. Cantrell from the Navy Newstand)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Crommelin
    073730
    572k 12 May 2004: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Sailors aboard Crommelin man the rails as the ship deploys for a scheduled six-month deployment. Two SH-60B "Seahawks" assigned to the "Easy Riders" of Light Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Three Seven (HSL-37) deployed with the frigate.

    (U.S. Navy photo #040512-N-8157C-086 by PH2 Dennis C. Cantrell from the Navy Newstand)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    Crommelin
    073731
    400k 12 May 2004: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Two SH-60F Seahawks assigned to the "Easy Riders" of Light Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Three Seven (HSL-37) approach the guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) to join the ship as it departs on a scheduled six-month deployment.

    (U.S. Navy photo #040512-N-8157C-218 by PH2 Dennis C. Cantrell from the Navy Newstand)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Crommelin
    073732
    148k 13 August 2004: Gulf of Panama - The guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) and an Argentinean P-3 aircraft patrol the northern approach to the Panama Canal in search of a "suspect" vessel in support of PANAMAX 2004. Naval forces from eight countries are participating in PANAMAX 2004, a naval exercise designed to build up a coalition response to security threats against the Panama Canal. PANAMAX is conducted under the direction of Commander Naval Forces Southern Command and involves the identification, monitoring and interdiction of vessels posing a simulated terrorist threat to the Canal. The multinational force includes surface and air assets from Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Panama, Peru and the United States operating in the north and south approaches to the Canal. PANAMAXís realistic scenario develops not only interoperability among naval forces but also joint and inter-agency interoperability as the naval forces work together with other services and agencies of Panama to ensure the safety of the Canal and to protect freedom of navigation.

    (U.S. Navy photo #040813-N-0507C-001 by Lt. Lidia Cohen from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073733
    324k 12 November 2004: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - The guided Frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) passes the USS Missouri battleship and USS Arizona Memorials while returning to her homeport at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. More than 200 Officers and Sailors of the Crommelin returned home after a regularly scheduled deployment with Naval Forces Southern Command, engaged in monitoring, detection, and counter drug activities.

    (U.S. Navy photo #041112-N-7286M-006 by PH2 Daniel R. Mennuto from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073734
    312k 12 November 2004: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - More than 200 officers and Sailors, assigned to the Pearl Harbor-based guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37), return home from deployment. Crommelin, commanded by Cmdr. Don Hodge, was deployed to Naval Forces Southern Command area of responsibility engaged in monitoring, detection, and counter drug activities. Since reporting for duty in the Eastern Pacific May 20, Crommelin disrupted five narcotics smuggling operations, interdicted more than $1 billion worth of cocaine, and captured 29 suspected narcotics smugglers.

    (U.S. Navy photo #041112-N-8157C-037 by PH2 Dennis C. Cantrell from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073735
    383k 12 November 2004: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - More than 200 officers and sailors, assigned to the Pearl Harbor-based guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37), return home from deployment.

    (U.S. Navy photo #041112-N-8157C-128 by PH2 Dennis C. Cantrell from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073736
    522k 04 July 2005: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - Fireworks explode over the Crommelin as part of the 4th of July celebrations at Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) hosted a block party for sailors, which included live entertainment, food and games in celebration of Americaís 229th birthday.

    (U.S. Navy photo #050704-N-3019M-002 by JO3 Ryan C. McGinley from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073737
    406k 03 August 2005: Seattle, Wash. - The guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) takes part in the parade of ships during Seattle's Seafair Festival. Seafair is Seattle's month-long traditional summer festival, which includes parades, amateur athletics, air shows and boat racing.

    (U.S. Navy photo #050803-N-2115M-036 by PH2 Shaun McWhinney from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073738
    402k 03 August 2005: Seattle, Wash. - Crommelin rounds the bend as part of the 55th Annual "Seafair Parade of Ships." The 55th annual Seafair events include the Torchlight Parade, the Blue Angels show, amateur athletics, boat racing, along with U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ship tours.

    (U.S. Navy photo #050803-N-0975R-007 by JO1 Ralph Radford from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073739
    365k 12 August 2005: Homer, Alaska - Crommelin arrives in Alaska for a port visit prior to participating in Northern Edge/Alaska Shield 2005. Alaska Shield/Northern Edge '05 is the largest homeland defense/security exercise ever conducted in Alaska. This exercise is the first opportunity within the state to integrate local, state and federal government response to a series of simulated emergencies including natural disasters, terrorist attacks and mass casualty scenarios.

    (US Air Force photo #050812-F-7169B-001 by Tech. Sgt. Keith Brown from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073740
    255k 09 December 2005: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Strings of multi-colored lights illuminate the guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37), and other Pearl Harbor-based ships during Winter Fest 2005. Winter Fest is an annual celebration, which provides Sailors and their family members with a variety of activities to enjoy the December holidays.

    (U.S. Navy photo #051209-N-3019M-001 by JO2 Ryan C. McGinley from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073741
    106k March 2006: at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

    (Photo by AO2 Brian Jenkins)
    Wendell R. McLaughlin, Jr.
    Crommelin
    073742
    232k 05 May 2006: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Crommelin departs Pearl Harbor for a four-month cruise to the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet area of operation. Crommelin will travel to various locations in the Western Pacific to take part in the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2006 exercise. CARAT is a regularly scheduled series of military training exercises with Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines, designed to enhance interoperability of the respective sea services.

    (U.S. Navy photo #060505-N-9643K-026 by JOC Joe Kane from the Navy Newstand)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Crommelin
    073743
    450k 05 May 2006: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Sailors man the rails as Crommelin departs Pearl Harbor for a four-month cruise to the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet area of operation. Crommelin will travel to various locations in the Western Pacific to take part in the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2006 exercise.

    (U.S. Navy photo #060505-N-9643K-027 by JOC Joe Kane from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073744
    340k 05 May 2006: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - USS Crommelin departs Pearl Harbor for a four-month cruise to the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet area of operation. Crommelin will travel to various locations in the Western Pacific to take part in the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2006 exercise.

    (U.S. Navy photo #060505-N-9643K-020 by JOC Joe Kane from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073745
    255k 20 May 2006: White Beach, Okinawa - The guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) gets underway from the U.S. Naval facility in Okinawa to begin exercise Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism (SEACAT). SEACAT is a weeklong at-sea exercise designed to highlight the value of information sharing and multi-national coordination within a scenario that gives participating navies practical maritime interception training opportunities.

    (U.S. Navy photo #060520-N-9851B-008 by PH2 John L. Beeman from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073746
    277k 28 May 2006: South China Sea - Sailors off the port side of the U.S. Navyís guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) approach the Military Sealift Command pre-positioning ship MV Sgt William R. Button (T-AK3012) by rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIBs). The U.S. Navy team boarded Button during a simulated exercise looking for illegal weapons, which are reportedly being smuggled aboard. The simulation was part of the Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism (SEACAT) exercise scenario. SEACAT is a weeklong at-sea exercise designed to highlight the value of information sharing and multi-national coordination within a scenario that gives participating navies practical maritime interception training opportunities. Button is part of Maritime Pre-positioning Ship Squadron 2, operating from the British Indian Ocean Territory of Diego Garcia, and carries heavy combat equipment and supplies for the U.S. Marine Corps.

    (U.S. Navy photo #060528-N-3392B-017 by Edward Baxter from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073747
    235k 14 June 2006: Singapore - Guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) departs Changi Naval Base after completing the Singapore phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT). CARAT is an annual series of bilateral maritime training exercises between the U.S. and six Southeast Asian nations designed to build relationships and enhance the operational readiness of the participating forces.

    (U.S. Navy photo #060614-N-9851B-002 by MC2 John L. Beeman from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073748
    373k 18 June 2006: Sattahip, Thailand - The guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) enters port at Sattahip. Crommelin is currently participating in the Thailand phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT). CARAT is an annual series of bilateral maritime training exercises between the U.S. and six Southeast Asian nations designed to build relationships and enhance the operational readiness of the participating forces.

    (U.S. Navy photo #060618-N-9851B-010 by MC2 John L. Beeman from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073749
    308k 03 August 2006: Kemaman, Malaysia - The guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) and guided missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) begin their departures from Kemaman, Malaysia as they wrap of the fourth phase of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT). 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 #060803-N-9851B-001 by MC2 John L. Beeman from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073750
    286k 06 August 2006: Maura, Brunei Darussalam - The guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) arrives to begin the fifth phase of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT). 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 #060806-N-4205W-008 by MC1 Kathryn Whittenberger from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073751
    247k 15 September 2006: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Sailors man the rails aboard USS Crommelin (FFG 37) as the ship returns following deployment. Crommelin participated in the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2006 exercise with Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines.

    (U.S. Navy photo #060915-N-0879R-006 by MCC David Rush from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073752
    243k 27 November 2007: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Sailors aboard USS Crommelin (FFG 37) man the rails as the ship departs Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a six-month deployment. The ship deployed to the Naval Forces Southern Command area of responsibility to engage in monitoring, detection and counter-narcotics activities. Frigates fulfill a protection of shipping mission as anti-submarine warfare) combatants for amphibious expeditionary forces, underway replenishment groups and merchant convoys.

    (U.S. Navy photo #071127-N-4965F-003 by MC1 James E. Foehl from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073753
    232k 08 June 2008: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - The guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) returns from a six-month deployment to the Southern Command area of responsibility.

    (U.S. Navy photo #080608-N-0879R-009 by MCC David Rush from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073754
    57k date / location unknown - An SH-60B Sea Hawk belonging to HSL-41 overflying Crommelin.

    (Photo taken from "United States Navy Aircraft since 1911", by Gordon Swanborough and Peter M. Bowers)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Crommelin
    073755
    381k 20 October 2008: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Combined Trades Supervisor II Alan Smith observes as Marine Machinery Mechanic Leader Richard Ulmer sprays water onto a fin stabilizer of the guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) during an operational test of the stabilizer as the guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), left, and Crommelin rest on blocks in Dry Dock 4 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. The dual docking of the ships on 15 Oct. 2008 saved the Navy approximately $100,000 versus docking them separately and enabled repairs to Crommelin that otherwise would have had to be deferred until mid-2009.

    (U.S. Navy photo #081004-N-0676F-268 by Marshall Fukuki from the Navy Newstand)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Crommelin
    073756
    347k 15 June 2009: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Family members of sailors assigned to Crommelin watch as the ship departs Pearl Harbor for the Mid-Pacific Surface Combatant Operational Employment program and to participate in the annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Exercise.

    (U.S. Navy photo #090615-N-8539M-090 by MC2 N. Brett Morton from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073757
    447k 15 June 2009: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Family members of sailors assigned to Crommelin watch as the ship departs Pearl Harbor for the Mid-Pacific Surface Combatant Operational Employment program and to participate in the annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Exercise.

    (U.S. Navy photo #090615-N-8539M-090 by MC2 N. Brett Morton from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073758
    240k 25 June 2009: The Pacific Ocean - A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point C-130 crew flies over USS Crommelin (FFG 37), homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the FSS Independence, a patrol boat from the Federated States of Micronesia, patroling the Western Pacific Ocean. Both the Coast Guard and Navy have shared goals of protecting the fragile ecosystems of Oceania as well as enforcing maritime laws throughout mutual areas of responsibility.

    (U.S. Coast Guard photo #090625-G-0314D-002 by PO3 Michael De Nyse from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073759
    298k 03 August 2009: Muara, Brunei - Sailors man the rail aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) during the shipís arrival at Muara Naval Base for Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Brunei 2009. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance the operational readiness of the participating forces.

    (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Ed Early)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    Crommelin
    073760
    315k 21 November 2009: The Pacific Ocean - The guided-missile frigate Crommelin transits the Pacific Ocean with Mt. Fuji in the background. Crommelin is underway supporting security and stability in the Pacific.

    (U.S. Navy photo #091121-N-6720T-197 by MCSN Adam K. Thomas from the Navy Newstand)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Crommelin
    073761
    184k 23 December 2009: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - The guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) and the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) are decorated with Christmas lights at port in Pearl Harbor.

    (U.S. Navy photo #091223-N-7498L-072 by MC2 Mark Logico from the Navy Newstand)
    Lee Wahler
    Lcdr., USN (Ret.)
    Crommelin
    073762
    463k 27 February 2010: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - USS Crommelin makes her way out of Naval Station Pearl Harbor as the state of Hawaii is expecting a tsunami generated by an earthquake near Chile. Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific ordered four ships based at Pearl Harbor to get underway as a precautionary measure. USS O'Kane, Crommelin, USS Chafee (DDG 90) and USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) were ordered to get underway to avoid potential damage to ships and piers from anticipated high tidal surges.

    (U.S. Navy photos #100227-N-0995C-004 and 100227-N-0995C-012 by MC2 Eric J. Cutright from the Navy Newstand)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Crommelin
    073763
    422k
    Crommelin
    073764
    283k 02 April 2010: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - The guided-missile frigate Crommelin makes its way to a new pier location at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Crommelin is scheduled to participate in the Merrie Monarch Festival at Hilo, Hawaii. The weeklong festival is a celebration honoring the legacy of King David Kalakaua, who inspired the perpetuation of Hawaiian traditions, language and arts.

    (U.S. Navy photo #100402-N-7498L-168 by MC2 Mark Logico from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073765
    208k 03 August 2010: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Sailors man the rails aboard the guided-missile frigate Crommelin as the ship gets underway for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. Crommelin will take part in Pacific Partnership 2010 and Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2010.

    (U.S. Navy photo #100803-N-3666S-049 by MC2 Robert Stirrup from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073766
    320k 17 October 2010: Subic Bay, the Philippines - A Filipino father and son watch the guided-missile frigate Crommelin get underway after participating in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance force readiness.

    (U.S. Navy photo #101017-N-7783B-078 by MC1 Thomas Brennan from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073767
    267k 28 October 2010: Gulf of Thailand - Sailors aboard the guided-missile frigate Crommelin launch an inflatable target, called a "killer tomato," during weapons and target training between Crommelin and Royal Cambodian Navy patrol craft PC 1141 during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia 2010. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance force readiness.

    (U.S. Navy photo #101028-N-9156C-073 by MC1 Robert Clowney from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073785
    268k 28 October 2010: Gulf of Thailand - The guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37), center, and the Royal Cambodian Navy patrol craft PC 1141 and PC 1108 conduct joint maneuvers off southern Cambodia during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia.

    (U.S. Navy photo #101028-N-9156C-030 by MC1 Robert Clowney from the Navy Newstand)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Crommelin
    073768
    399k 14 December 2010: Pearl Harbor-Hickam - The guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after a five-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. While deployed, Crommelin participated in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2010 and Valiant Shield 2010.

    (U.S. Navy photo #101214-N-7498L-050 by MC2 Mark Logico from the Navy Newstand)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Crommelin
    073769
    422k 14 November 2011: The Pacific Ocean - The Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11), left, The guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Kurama (DDH 144) conduct maneuvers off the coast of Hawaii during the integrated maritime exercise Koa Kai. Koa Kai prepares independent deployers in multiple warfare areas and provides training in a multi-ship environment.

    (U.S. Navy photo #111114-N-RI884-288 by MC2 Daniel Barker from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073770
    249k 20 December 2011: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam - The guided-missile frigate Crommelin is decorated with Christmas lights at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

    (U.S. Navy photo #111220-N-WP746-004 by MC2 Mark Logico from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073771
    377k 06 April 2012: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam - The guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin pulls into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after participating in the 49th annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawaii. The ship also hosted cadets and chaperones from Waiakea High School Navy Junior ROTC for an underway trip from Hilo to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Oahu. Crommelin sailors attended hula competitions and participated in the Merrie Monarch Royal Parade in downtown Hilo during the festival.

    (U.S. Navy photo #120416-N-WP746-012 by MC2 Mark Logico from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073772
    287k 30 June 2012: Honolulu, Hi. - The guided-missile frigate Crommelin is docked in port during the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. Twenty-two nations, 42 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from 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.

    ( New Zealand Defence Force photo #120630-O-ZZ999-003 by LAC Amanda McErlich, Photographer, Defence Communications Group from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073773
    425k 18 August 2012: Lihue, Hawaii - The guided-missile frigate Crommelin pulls into Nawiliwili port in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii. Nawiliwili is the last port of call for Crommelin sailors as the ship is scheduled to be decommissioned on 31 October.

    (U.S. Navy photo #120818-N-GB595-082 by MC2 Mathew J. Diendorf from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073774
    314k 24 October 2012: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - The guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) approaches a pier at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Crommelin is scheduled to be decommissioned 26 Oct. 2012. The U.S. Navy has a 237-year heritage of defending freedom and projecting and protecting U.S. interests around the globe.

    (U.S. Navy photo #121024-N-WF272-037 by MCSN Diana Quinlan from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073775
    162k 26 October 2012: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Capt. Wallace G. Lovely, commander of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 31, arrives for a decommissioning ceremony for the guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Originally commissioned in 1983, Crommelin began the decommissioning process in late October after nearly 30 years of operations, including counter narcotics and tanker escort missions around the world.

    (U.S. Navy photo #121026-N-WF272-087 by MCSN Diana Quinlan from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073776
    294k 26 October 2012: Pearl Harbor, Hi.; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam - Sailors stand in formation aboard Crommelin during the ship's decommissioning ceremony. Originally commissioned in 1983, Crommelin began the decommissioning process in late October after nearly 30 years of operations, including counter narcotics and tanker escort missions around the world. America's Sailors are Warfighters, a fast and flexible force deployed worldwide.

    (U.S. Navy photo #121026-N-RI884-053 by MC2 Daniel Barker from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073777
    487k 26 October 2012: Pearl Harbor, Hi.; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam - Sailors stand in formation in front of the guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) during for a decommissioning ceremony on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

    (U.S. Navy photo #121026-N-RI884-181 by MC2 Daniel Barker from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073778
    134k 26 October 2012: Pearl Harbor, Hi.; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam - A sailor holds a program during the decommissioning ceremony of the guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin.

    (U.S. Navy photo #121026-N-WF272-127 by MCSN Diana Quinlan from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    0737779
    242k 26 October 2012: Pearl Harbor, Hi.; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam - Sailors stand in formation aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin during a decommissioning ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Originally commissioned in 1983, Crommelin began the decommissioning process in late October after nearly 30 years of operations.

    (U.S. Navy photo #121026-N-RI884-041 by MC2 Daniel Barker from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073780
    271k 26 October 2012: Pearl Harbor, Hi.; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam - Sailors depart the guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) during a decommissioning ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

    (U.S. Navy photo #121026-N-RI884-149 by MC2 Daniel Barker from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073781
    113k 26 October 2012: Pearl Harbor, Hi.; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam - Commander Michael D. Johns, commanding officer of the guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37), retires after a decommissioning ceremony on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

    (U.S. Navy photo #121026-N-WF272-236 by MCSN Diana Quinlan from the Navy Newstand)
    Crommelin
    073782
    423k 06 December 2012: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Ex-Crommelin moored alongside ex-Tarawa (LHA 1) at the Pearl Harbor Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility. Wade Armstrong
    Pearl Harbor Pilots
    Crommelin
    073783
    394k 06 December 2012: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Ex-Crommelin and ex-Curts (FFG 38) moored alongside ex-Tarawa (LHA 1) at the Pearl Harbor Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility.
    Peleliu
    100705102
    167k 01 July 2016: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - U.S. Navy ships laid up in reserve in the Middle Loch at Pearl Harbor. Identifiable ships are (front to back):

    Amphibious Assault Ship USS Peleliu (LHA-5),
    Guided Missile Frigate ex-McClusky (FFG-41) and
    Guided Missile Frigate ex-Vandegrift (FFG-48) nested alongside
    Amphibious Assault Ship USS Tarawa (LHA-1),
    Guided Missile Frigate ex-Crommelin (FFG-37),
    Guided Missile Frigate ex-Curts (FFG-38),
    Guided Missile Frigate ex-Thach (FFG-43) and
    Guided Missile Frigate ex-Rentz (FFG-46) nested together ahead of
    Landing Ship Tank ex- Racine (LST-1191),
    Dock Landing Ship USS Cleveland (LPD-7), and
    Dock Landing Ship USS Juneau (LPD-10);
    Amphibious Cargo Ship ex-Durham (LKA-114) and
    Amphibious Cargo Ship ex- St. Louis (LKA-116).
    Dock Landing Ship USS Denver (LPD-9),

    U. S. Navy photo # 160701-N-SI773-264 Pearl Harbor, July 16, 2001 by MC1 Ace Rheaume, USN.
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Crommelin
    073784
    117k 19 July 2016: The Pacific Ocean - A photo from the sinking exercise (SINKEX) of the decommissioned guided-missile frigate ex-Crommelin (FFG 37) during military Exercise RIMPAC 2016. Live fire from ships and planes sank the ex-Crommelin on July 19th, 60 miles north of Kauai, Hawaii.

    (Link to Aiirsource video of Crommelin's sinking.)
    Aiirsource
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager

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

    Crommelin's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  18 Jun. 1983 - 24 Jul. 1985Cmdr. James Worthington Orvis (Kansas City, Mo.)
    2.)  24 Jul. 1985 - 25 Aug. 1987Cmdr. Thomas Charles John McGinlay (Chicago, Ill.)
    3.)  25 Aug. 1987 - 31 Jun. 1989Cmdr. Paul Kurt Alfred Vosseler (San Jose, Cal.)
    4.)  31 Jul. 1989 - 09 Nov. 1991Cmdr. Coleman Arthur Landers
    5.)  09 Nov. 1991 - 07 Aug. 1993Cmdr. James J. LoBue (Buffalo, N.Y.)
    6.)  07 Aug. 1993 - 26 May 1995Cmdr. Richard Wayne Hunt (ret. as Vadm.)
    7.)  26 May 1995 - 31 Jan. 1997Cmdr. Andrew George Sevald (Royal Oak, Mich.)
    8.)  31 Jan. 1997 - 20 Nov. 1998Cmdr. Charles James (Chuck) Pierce Jr.
    9.)  20 Nov. 1998 - 02 Jun. 2000Cmdr. Craig Steven Kleint
    10.) 02 Jun. 2000 - 07 Feb. 2002Cmdr. Alan Charles Westphal (Leominster, Mass.)
    11.) 02 Feb. 2002 - 20 Oct. 2003Cmdr. Robert Bruce Stewart
    12.) 20 Oct. 2003 - 06 Jul. 2005Cmdr. Donald Dwight Hodge
    13.) 06 Jul. 2005 - 01 Dec. 2006Cmdr. Mark Stephen Manfredi (Newton, Mass.)
    14.) 01 Dec. 2006 - 09 Jun. 2008Capt. Patrick Niles Huete (New Orleans, La.)
    15.) 09 Jun. 2008 - 16 Dec. 2009Cmdr. Kevin J. Parker (Casper, Wy.)
    16.) 16 Dec. 2009 - 28 Apr. 2011Cmdr. Joseph M. Keenen Jr. (Glenolden, Pa.)
    17.) 28 Apr. 2011 - 26 Oct. 2012Cmdr. Michael Johns

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