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USS Lewis B. Puller (FFG-23)
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ENS Toushka in May 2013
Career (United States)
Name: USS Lewis B. Puller (FFG-23)
Namesake: Lewis B. Puller
Ordered: 28 February 1977
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, California
Laid down: 23 May 1979
Launched: 15 March 1980
Acquired: 1 March 1982
Commissioned: 17 April 1982
Decommissioned: 18 September 1998
Struck: 18 September 1998
Homeport: San Diego, California (former)
Fate: transferred to Egyptian Navy, 18 September 1998[1]
Career (Egypt)
Name: Toushka (F906)
Acquired: 18 September 1996[1]
Commissioned: December 1998[1]
Status: in active service, as of 2013
General characteristics
Class & type: Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate
Displacement: 4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load
Length: 453 feet (138 m), overall
Beam: 45 feet (14 m)
Draft: 22 feet (6.7 m)
Propulsion:
  • 2 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines generating 41,000 shp (31 MW) through a single shaft and variable pitch propeller
  • 2 × Auxiliary Propulsion Units, 350 hp (260 kW) retractable electric azimuth thrusters for maneuvering and docking.
Speed: over 29 knots (54 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots (9,300 km at 33 km/h)
Complement: 15 officers and 190 enlisted, plus SH-60 LAMPS detachment of roughly six officer pilots and 15 enlisted maintainers
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
AN/SLQ-32
Armament:
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 LAMPS III helicopters

USS Lewis B. Puller (FFG-23) was the fifteenth ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class of guided-missile frigates in the US Navy. She was the first US Navy ship to be named for Marine Lieutenant General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller (1898–1971). Ordered from Todd Shipyards, San Pedro, CA on 28 February 1977 as part of the FY77 program, Lewis B. Puller was laid down on 23 May 1979, launched on 15 March 1980, and commissioned on 17 April 1982. Decommissioned and stricken on 18 September 1998, she was transferred to Egypt the same day as Toushka (F906). As of 2014, she remained in active service with the Egyptian Navy.[1]

USS Lewis B Puller in 1983

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Wertheim, Eric, ed (2007). "Egypt". The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Systems (15th ed.). Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. p. 171. ISBN 978-1-59114-955-2. OCLC 140283156. 

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