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Posted 14 March 2019 - 04:10 PM

USS DOYLE (FFG-39) O.H. Perry class long hull in service 1983 to 2011 - Valiant Mariner

 

8" Combat Systems - OS, EW, STG, TM, ET, DS, GM, FC, IC Cold War rate patch

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Posted 14 April 2019 - 12:15 PM

USS FORD (FFG-54) Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate in service 1985 to 2013 named for Gunner's Mate Patrick O. Ford (1942–1968). Ford was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for his heroism as a PBR Gunner n in the Vietnam War.

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Posted 14 April 2019 - 12:20 PM

TENACIOUS - This History Provided By Ralph J. Fries, 

River Section 535 (9/67 - 6/68)
 
I just attended a RS-535 mini reunion in IIlinois on 22 August 2009. In attendance were four of the six men on patrol that day and night, 21 June 1968, that the 750 was hit. We talked about the men on PBR-750 and how they died.
 
Ford was the after .50 gunner. When the boat took a B-40 rocket in the port fuel tank, it blew and started a fire in the coxswain flat where BM1 Delph, the boat captain was killed instantly. Patrol officer, Lt. William Dennis was standing at the entrance to the coxswain flat talking on the radio. He was blown overboard, hitting his head on the canopy railing, and drowned. His body was picked up later on that day. The engineer, EN1 Knott was wounded while either standing on the engine covers, or close by the forward bulkhead of the engine compartment on the starboard side of the boat. I would assume he was on the engine covers manning the M-60 machine gun or Honeywell grenade launcher that was attached to the engine cover splinter shields. GMGSN Barry Johnson was in the forward .50 gun mount and was wounded from the blast of the port fuel tank.
 
Ford left the after .50 and pushed EN1 Knott into the water, then he pulled GMGSN Johnson from the forward .50 gun mount and put him into water. Ford, I assume, went to the coxswain flat and put the starboard engine throttle full speed ahead and straightened out the rudder to head straight to the beach as the boat was going in circles. After the boat hit the beach, Ford manned his gun until he was out of ammunition. This is when the VC captured him, before the cover boat could arrive on scene. When the cover boat arrived, they picked up Knott and Johnson out of the water.
 
The survivors stated that during the late evening and night of June 21st, they could hear screams that made their hair stand on end from a man on the land in the under brush, close by where Ford was captured near his boat. They knew that Ford was alive but being tortured most unmercifully. They retrieved Ford's mutilated body on the 25th.
 
Patrick Ford was not killed by a burst of fire after leaving the boat, he was captured and tortured to death.
 
From Navsource.com 

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Posted 14 April 2019 - 12:21 PM

USS FORD (FFG-54) Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate in service 1985 to 2013 

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Posted 14 April 2019 - 12:23 PM

When do pigs fly?

 

HSL-49 DET-1 SCORPIONS - PIGS WITH WINGS - Flight Hogs - First Deployment Desert Storm 91 aboard USS FORD (FFG-54)

 

Hawaii - Philippines - Bahrain - Mauritius - India - Thailand - Diego Garcia

 

HSM-49 was redesignated on 1 April 2015, formerly being Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 49 (HSL-49). HSL-49 was established on 23 March 1990 as the U.S. Navy transitioned the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light community from the SH-2 Seasprite to the SH-60B Seahawk. The Scorpions first deployed in November 1990 with Detachment 1 embarked in USS Ford (FFG-54).
 
The squadron - then and now - deploys its personnel and aircraft in an expeditionary model. Detachments are led by an Officer-in-Charge, normally a Lieutenant Commander, and typically deploy with one or two helicopters, and a complement of pilots, Naval Aircrewmen, mechanics and technicians.

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Posted 14 April 2019 - 12:24 PM

More Pigs aboard the USS FORD (FFG-54).....

 

HSL-43 DET-1 BATTLE CATS - FORD RANGERS. WE DON'T RENT PIGS - 'TAKIN THE SHOW ON THE ROAD'

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Posted 14 April 2019 - 12:29 PM

USS FORD (FFG-54) Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate in service 1985 to 2013 named for Gunner's Mate Patrick O. Ford (1942–1968)
 
Puget Sound Bound - Change of Homeport
 
During the first week of 1994, Naval Station Puget Sound personnel moved to the recently completed fleet support and administration buildings, and on Jan. 4, 1994, officially began operating at Naval Station Everett. On April 8, 1994, the official dedication ceremony was conducted with more than 1,000 guests attending.
 
On Sept. 3, 1994, USS Ingraham (FFG 61) and USS Ford (FFG 54) arrived as the first of seven ships to be assigned here

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Posted 01 June 2019 - 08:06 PM

USS FORD (FFG-54) Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate in service 1985 to 2013

 

Desert Storm 1991 Multinational Coalition

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