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USS Pharris (FF-1094)

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|module= Career (US) Namesake: Jackson C. PharrisOrdered: 25 August 1966Builder: Avondale Shipyard, Westwego, LouisianaLaid down: 11 February 1972Launched: 16 December 1972Acquired: 14 December 1973Commissioned: 26 January 1974Decommissioned: 15 April 1992Struck: 11 January 1995Motto: Vigilance-Valor-TenacityFate: Donated to Mexico |module2= General characteristics Class & type: Knox-class frigateDisplacement: 3,201 tons (4,182 tons full load)Length: 438 ft (134 m)Beam: 46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)Draught: 24 ft 9 in (7.54 m)Propulsion: 2 × CE 1,200 psi (8,300 kPa) boilers
1 × Westinghouse geared turbine
1 shaft, 35,000 shp (26,000 kW)Speed: >27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph)Complement: 18 officers, 267 enlistedSensors and
processing systems: AN/SPS-40 Air Search Radar
AN/SPS-67 Surface Search Radar
AN/SQS-26 Sonar
AN/SQR-18 Towed array sonar system
Mk68 Gun Fire Control SystemElectronic warfare
& decoys: AN/SLQ-32 Electronics Warfare SystemArmament: 1 × Mk-16 8 cell missile launcher for ASROC and Harpoon missiles
1 × Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber gun
Mark 46 torpedoes from four single tube launchers)
1 × 20mm Phalanx CIWSAircraft carried: 1 × SH-2 Seasprite (LAMPS I) helicopter }} USS Pharris (FF-1094) was a Knox-class frigate named after Medal of Honor recipient Lieutenant Commander Jackson C. Pharris. It was originally designated as destroyer escort DE-1094 and later reclassified as a frigate in the United States Navy. In 1992 the ship was decommissioned and transferred to the Mexican Navy. It was recommissioned as ARM Victoria, named after Mexico's first president, Guadalupe Victoria. During the 1987-1988 Mediterranean cruise, Pharris escorted Mighty Servant 2 carrying USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) from the entrance of the Persian Gulf to about halfway up the Red Sea. Pharris was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for its part in Operation Earnest Will. On 8 February 1991, during a port visit in the Madeira Islands, two Canadian divers from HMCS Margaree drowned when they were sucked into the cooling intake of Pharris while conducting a hull search.[1]

In fiction[edit | edit source]

In Tom Clancy's 1986 novel, Red Storm Rising, Pharris suffers extreme damage following a torpedo attack by a Victor III submarine (the bow forward of the ASROC mounts was torn off), warranting an extensive repair. Her captain, Ed Morris, is subsequently transferred to the USS Reuben James (FFG-57).

References[edit | edit source]

  • This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
  • Photo gallery of USS Pharris at NavSource Naval History


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