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USS Ramsey (FFG-2)
USS Ramsey (DEG-2 / FFG-2)
Career (US)
Namesake: DeWitt Clinton Ramsey
Ordered: 4 January 1962
Builder: Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company, Seattle, Washington
Laid down: 4 February 1963
Launched: 15 October 1963
Acquired: 26 May 1967
Commissioned: 3 June 1967
Decommissioned: 1 September 1988
Struck: 25 January 1992
Fate: Sunk as a target, 15 June 2000
General characteristics
Class & type: Brooke-class frigate
Displacement: 3,426 tons full
Length: 414 ft 6 in (126.34 m)
Beam: 44 ft 2 in (13.46 m)
Draft: 24 ft (7.3 m)
Propulsion: 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine
Speed: 27 knots
Range: 4,000 nautical miles
Complement: 241
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPS-52 3D air search radar
AN/SPS-10 surface search radar
AN/SPG-51 missile fire control radar
AN/SQS-26 bow mounted sonar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
AN/SLQ-25 Nixie
Armament: 1x5"/38 caliber gun
1x Mk 22 RIM-24 Tartar/RIM-66 Standard missile launcher (16 missiles)
1x8 cell ASROC launcher
2x3 12.75 in (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes, Mk 46 torpedoes
2 x MK 37 torpedo tubes (fixed, stern, removed later)
Aircraft carried: SH-2 Seasprite

USS Ramsey (DEG-2/FFG-2) was a Brooke-Class Destroyer, later a Frigate, in the United States Navy. She was named for Admiral DeWitt Clinton Ramsey.

Ramsey was laid down 4 February 1963 by Lockheed Shipbuilding & Construction Company, Seattle, Washington; launched 15 October 1963; sponsored by Mrs. DeWitt Clinton Ramsey; and commissioned 3 June 1967, Comdr. William D. Robertson, Jr., in command. She had an overall length of 415 feet and displaced 3446 tons.

After shakedown off the west coast, Ramsey departed Long Beach, California, on 1 May 1968 for the western Pacific. Following duty off Vietnam and her return to Long Beach 9 November, she sailed again for the western Pacific 8 October 1969, and again operated off Vietnam, before returning to Long Beach 18 April 1970. Between January 1970 and January 1974, Ramsey alternated two more WestPac cruises with operations off the west coast of the United States.

Ramsey has earned five battle stars for Vietnam service. She was classified as a Destroyer, Guided Missile Escort (DEG-2) from her commissioning until after her combat tours in Vietnam. The new designation was Guided Missile (Fighting) Frigate, (FFG-2), which was effective 30 June 1975. She was decommissioned 1 September 1988.

She was expended as a target 15 June 2000 in 2700 fathoms (16,200 ft) north of Hawaii at 23 53 N -- 159 35 W.

As of 2012, no other ship in the United States Navy has been named Ramsey.

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