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USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7)
USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7) underway during a Great Lakes cruise.
USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7) underway during a Great Lakes cruise.
Career (US)
Ordered: 10 March 1973
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 12 June 1975
Launched: 25 September 1976
Commissioned: 17 December 1977
Decommissioned: 20 February 1997
Struck: 3 May 1999
Homeport: NS Mayport, Florida (former)
Motto: Don't Give Up the Ship
Nickname: Gallant Leader, Old Hockey Puck
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Displacement: 4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load
Length: 445 ft (136 m) overall
Beam: 45 feet (14 m)
Draught: 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-2 detachment of roughly six officer pilots and 15 enlisted maintainers
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
AN/SLQ-32
Armament:
Aircraft carried: 1; SH-2 Seasprite helicopter (ship was to have capability for two helicopters, but never carried more than one due to flight deck and hangar size limitations)

USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7), lead ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class of guided-missile frigates, was named for Oliver Hazard Perry, American naval hero, who was victorious at the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie. Ordered from Bath Iron Works on 30 October 1973 as part of the FY73 program, Oliver Hazard Perry was laid down on 12 June 1975, launched on 25 September 1976, and commissioned on 17 December 1977. She was ordered as PFG-109 but was redesignated as FFG-7 in the 1975 fleet designation realignment on 1 June 1975, before she was laid down. Decommissioned on 20 February 1997, in Mayport, FL under the last Commanding Officer, CDR Robert F. Holman, USNR. Stricken on 3 May 1999, Oliver Hazard Perry and scrapped in December 2005 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7) was the first ship of that name in the U.S. Navy.

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