USS Oliver Hazard Perry guided-missile frigate served as the lead ship of the 71-strong class.
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The USS Oliver Hazard Perry was the first guided missile frigate of her Oliver Hazard Perry-class of warships. Designed and constructed in the latter stages of the Cold War, the type was charged with direct action against enemy submarines as the primary function and were also called upon to provide fleet protections for carrier battle groups and convoys alike. The Oliver Hazard Perry-class is still a very serviceable vessel and the USS Oliver Hazard Perry remains in active status with the United States Navy en force.
The modest armament of the class is a wide range of anti-submarine, anti-ship, and anti-aircraft weapon systems. Starting with the 2 x mark 32 torpedo tubes, these systems are designed for the Mark 46 and Mark 50 type anti-submarine torpedoes. A OTO Melara 76mm cannon is mounted amidships atop the rearward portion of the superstructure. An Mk 13 anti-ship missile launcher is mounted near the bow in front of the superstructure and a 20mm Phalanx Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) provides immediate defense against incoming missiles and enemy aircraft. The profile of the class is characterized by her single mast amidships. A helipad is contained at the stern and can operate a up to two helicopters of the SH-2 Seasprite or SH-60 Seahawk LAMPS III naval helicopters for active anti-submarine warfare action.
Power for the USS Oliver Hazard Perry is derived from twin General Electric LM 2500-30 type gas-powered turbines delivering up to 41,000 shaft horsepower to a single shaft. This is augmented by twin retractable emergency propulsors that can deliver a total of 720bhp. Sensors applicably include both sonar and radar systems that include an SQS-56 system and an SQR-19 towed sonar array along with AN/SPS-49 and AN/SPS-55 radar systems.
The Oliver Hazard Perry-class of armed frigates were built between 1975 and 2004 with the first vessel in the series being officially commissioned in 1977. As of this writing, some 69 total in her class have been constructed, including several for Australia, Spain and Taiwan, and are currently in service with other countries as well, albeit as second-hand vessels from the United States Navy. The Royal Australian Navy purchased 6 frigates that saw at least two built in Australia. Spain bought an additional 6 and Taiwan has built 8 of their own. Bahrain, Poland, Egypt and Turkey all received former USN OHP ships. At least 30 of the United States Navy's Perry-class ships remain in service as of this writing.
Status Decommissioned, Out-of-Service
Complement 214 Personnel
Ship Class [ Oliver Hazard Perry-class ] Ships-in-Class [ 71 ] : USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7); USS McInemey (FFG-8); USS Wadsworth (FFG-9); USS Duncan (FFG-10); USS Clark (FFG-11); USS George Philip (FFG-12); USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG-13); USS Sides (FFG-14); USS Estocin (FFG-15); USS Clifton Sprague (FFG-16); USS John A. Moore (FFG-19); USS Antrim (FFG-20); USS Flatley (FFG-21); USS Fahrion (FFG-22); USS Lewis B. Puller (FFG-23); USS Jack Williams (FFG-24); USS Copeland (FFG-25); USS Gallery (FFG-26); USS Mahlon S. Tisdale (FFG-27); USS Boone (FFG-28); USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG-29); USS Reid (FFG-30); USS Stark (FFG-31); USS John L. Hall (FFG-32); USS Jarrett (FFG-33); USS Aubrey Fitch (FFG-34); USS Underwood (FFG-36); USS Crommelin (FFG-37); USS Curts (FFG-38); USS Doyle (FFG-39); USS Halyburton (FFG-40); USS McClusky (FFG-41); USS Klakring (FFG-42); USS Thach (FFG-43); USS Dewert (FFG-45); USS Rentz (FFG-46); USS Nicholas (FFG-47); USS Vandegrift (FFG-48); USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG-49); USS Taylor (FFG-50); USS Gary (FFG-51); USS Carr (FFG-52); USS Hawes (FFG-53); USS Ford (FFG-54); USS Elrod (FFG-55); USS Simpson (FFG-56); USS Reuben James (FFG-57); USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58); USS Kauffman (FFG-59); USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG-60); USS Ingraham (FFG-61); HMAS Adelaide (FFG-01); HMAS Canberra (FFG-02); HMAS Sydney (FFG-03); HMAS Darwin (FFG-04); HMAS Melbourne (FFG-05); HMAS Newcastle (FFG-06); SPS Santa Maria (F81); SPS Victoria (F82); SPS Numancia (F83); SPS Reina Sofia (F84); SPS Navarra (F85); SPS Canarias (F86); ROCS Cheng Kung (FFG-1101); ROCS Cheng Ho (FFG-1103); ROCS Chi Kuang (FFG-1105); ROCS Yueh Fei (FFG-1106); ROCS Tzu I (FFG-1107); ROCS Pan Chao (FFG-1108); ROCS Chang Chien (FFG-1109); ROCS Tian Dan (FFG-1110); Mubarak; Taba; Sharm El-Sheik; Toushka; Alamgir; General Kazimierz Pulaski; General Tadeusz Kosciuszko; Gaziantep; Giresun; Gemlik; Gelibou; Gokceada; Gediz; Gokova; Goksu
Australia; Bahrain; Egypt; Poland; Taiwan; Spain; Turkey; United States (retired)
- Blue Water Operations
- Fleet Support
408 ft (124.36 m)
Width / Beam:
45 ft (13.72 m)
Height / Draught:
22 ft (6.71 m)
2 x General Electric LM-2500-30 gas turbines developing 41,000 horsepower to 1 x shaft; 2 x retractable emergency propulsors developing a total of 720 horsepower.
29 kts (33 mph)
4,481 nm (5,157 miles; 8,299 km)
2 x Mark 32 torpedo tubes (Mk 46/Mk 50 torpedoes)
1 x Mk 13 anti-ship missile launcher
1 x 76mm OTO Melara cannon
1 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS
1 OR 2 x SH-2 Seasprite OR SH-60 Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters for anti-submarine operations.
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