Decommissioned frigates could be repurposed for anti-piracy duty

USS Underwood (FFG 36)

There are 4 recently decommissioned Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates listed on the US Navy Inactive Fleet Inventory that could be earmarked for transfer to foreign navies that are currently battling the international scourge of piracy.

  • USS Underwood (FFG 36) was built at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine and commissioned into the United States Navy on January 29, 1983. She was decommissioned on March 8, 2013.
  • USS Curts (FFG 38) was built at Todd Pacific Shipyards, San Pedro, California and commissioned into the US Navy on October 8, 1983. She was decommissioned on January 25, 2013.
  • USS Klakring (FFG 42) was built at Bath Iron Works and commissioned into the US Navy on August 20, 1983. She was decommissioned on March 22, 2013.
  • USS Carr (FFG 52) was built at Todd Pacific and commissioned into the US Navy on July 27, 1985. She was decommissioned on March 13, 2013.

Recent donations have been to strategic partners, including 1 frigate to Pakistan (McInerney), 4 frigates to Egypt (Fahrion, Lewis B. Puller, Copeland, Gallery), and 2 frigates to Poland (Wadsworth, Clark). However, the scourge of piracy cannot be overlooked. Piracy is a strategic issue. It behooves a world superpower such as the United States to take an active role in the suppression of 21st century piracy and oil banditry.

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