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DEG FFG Guided Missile Destroyer Escorts & Gas Turbine Frigates

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The FFG-7 Oliver Hazard Perry class of Gas Turbine Guided Missile Frigates were the next step in the evolution of the USN during the 1970's Cold War era. They came online intended to be a class of lighter and less expensive escort ships to complement the other new class being commissioned, the Spruance class destroyers. There were 51 Perry frigates commissioned between 1977 and 1989, the last going out of service in 2015.

 

FFG-7 Shakedown Orientation Team patch

Photo: USS HALYBURTON (FFG-40) Unrep from USS IOWA (BB-61)

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FFG 40 USS HALYBURTON UNREP USS IOWA BB 61 001.jpg

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Commissioning set from Perry class USS WADSWORTH (FFG-9) In service 1978 to 2002

 

This is the late 1970's to 80's cap patch and Swiss-Tex patch from the ships's store. They came on cellophane wrapped unmarked cards identical to the Swiss-Tex marked cards. The ships could buy them by the box on the plain card at a lesser price

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Perry class Frigate USS DUNCAN (FFG-10) Vigilant and Swift, In service 1980 to 1994. 1980's rockers and cap patch, 1990's ship patch and longer rocker

 

The introduction of the Perry and Spruance classes also created the Gas Turbine Technician Rate. This is a Gas Turbine Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW) patch that could be worn on the coveralls of a senior enlisted or commissioned EOOW, note both the gold and silver SWAS emblems and GT emblem.

FFG 10 USS DUNCAN 001.jpg

FFG 10 USS DUNCAN 002.jpg

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