- Formerly PF 150, formerly PF 109 -
Decommissioned: February 20, 1997
The 4th PERRY DD-844 1946-1973
Laid down by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath ME on 12 June 1975
Launched 25 September 1976, Commissioned 17 December 1977
Assigned to Naval Reserve Force at Philadelphia PA, 31 May 1984
Decommissioned 20 February 1997, Stricken 3 May 1999
USS OLIVER HAZARD PERRY was the lead ship of the PERRY class of guided missile frigates. Built as the first "short hull" version in her class, OLIVER HAZARD PERRY was lengthened in 1990 and received the SQQ-89 suite but was not equipped with RAST, leaving her unable to employ SH-60B helicopters.
OLIVER HAZARD PERRY was homeported in Mayport, FL. Since decommissioning the frigate is berthed at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF) in Philadelphia, PA, awaiting further use as a museum and memorial.
Keel Laid: June 12, 1975
Launched: September 25, 1976
Commissioned: December 17, 1977
Decommissioned: February 20, 1997
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Propulsion system: two General Electric LM 2500 gas turbines, two 350 Horsepower Electric Drive Auxiliary Propulsion Units
Blades on each Propeller: five
Length: 453 feet (135.9 meters)
Beam: 45 feet (13.5 meters)
Draft: 24,6 feet (7.5 meters)
Displacement: 4,100 tons
Speed: 28+ knots
Aircraft: one SH-2F (LAMPS 1)
Armament: one Mk 13 guided missile launcher (36 Standard (MR) and 4 Harpoon missiles), one Mk 75 76mm/62 caliber rapid firing gun, MK 32 ASW torpedo tubes (two triple mounts), one Phalanx CIWS
Crew: 17 Officers, 198 Enlisted
The Oliver Hazard Perry (OHP) class of guide missile frigates (FFG7) was developed as a replacement for the navy's aging fleet of WWII era destroyers. Of limited capability (the frigate's air defense capabilities are limited to self protection only) the OHPs were intended to fill the classic frigate role - patrolling sealanes of communication (SLOC) and merchant protection and escort. Their reduced capabilities also make the ship relatively cheap to manufacture, ensuring that large numbers of them could be purchased.
The USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG7) was ordered in March of 1973, with the keel laid down at the Bath Iron Works in Bath, ME. in June of 1975. The Perry was launched in September of 1976 and commissioned into active service in December of 1977. A total of 51 FFG7 frigates were produced, with the last, the USS Ingraham (FFG61) being commissioned in 1989. Construction was divided between Bath Iron Works, and the Todd Shipyards in Seattle WA, and San Pedro, CA.
Ship construction was along two different hull designs. The "short hull" Flight I frigates were 445 feet long, non-RAST equipped, and embarked only a single SH-2F LAMPS I ASW helicopter. The "long hull" Flight III frigates were 453 feet long, were RAST equipped, and embarked two SH-60 LAMPS III ASW helicopters.
Currently there are still 30 FFG7 frigates in commissioned
service. All of the original "short hull" frigates,
to include the original Perry (FFG7) have either been decommissioned
or sold and transferred to foreign navies. There are currently
no plans to develop and produce a replacement for the FFG7 class.
Displacement: 2750 tons (std), 3605 tons
(full) Dimensions: 445' (oa) x 45' x 14' 9"; 24' 6" (sonar)
Armament: 1 OTO Melara 3"/62 cal. Mk 75,
1 Vulcan Phalanx CIS, 4-.50 cal. MGs,1 Mk 13 Mod 4 launcher,
4 SSM McDonnell-Douglas Harpoon missiles,
36 GDC-Pomona Standard SM-1MR missiles,
6-324mm Mk 32 (2 triple) tubes / Mk 46 torpedoes,
2 hangars / 1 SH-2 Seasprite LAMPS MkI helo
Machinery: 2 GE LM 2500 gas turbine engines;
41,000 shp; 1 shaft, cp propeller, 325 hp retractable propeller pods
Speed: 29 Knots Crew: 13/206 (includes 19 air detachment)
Radars: AN/SPS-55 (surface), AN/SPS-49 (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-56, AN/SQR-19 TACTAS (towed array)
Fate: Contract for scrapping ($2,503,814) awarded 9 September 2005 to Metro Machine Corp. of Philadelphia PA. Scrapping completed 21 April 2006