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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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Class Leader USS OLIVER HAZARD PERRY (FFG-7) In service 1977 to 1997. Cut edge commissioning patch

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The first of the 'long hull' Perry class, USS McINERNEY (FFG-8) In service 1979 to 2010

Her original cut edge patch and a Med Cruise patch, both made by Swiss-Tex

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A later cut edge patch and a 1980's cap patch with UIC

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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

FFG 9 USS WADSWORTH 001.jpg

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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.

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Another Swiss-Tex commissioning set from USS CLARK (FFG-11) Determined Warrior, In service 1980 to 2000

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FFG 11 USS CLARK 002.jpg

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OH Perry class USS SAMUEL ELLIOT MORISON (FFG-13) In service 1980 to 2002

FFG 13 USS SAMUEL ELLIOT MORISON 001.jpg

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O.H. Perry class USS ESTOCSIN (FFG-15) In service 1981 to 2003, Swiss Tex patch

 

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O.H. Perry class USS CLIFTON SPRAGUE (FFG-16) In service 1981 to 1995 - Swiss Tex patch

 

FFG 16 USS CLIFTON SPRAGUE 001.jpg

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O.H. Perry class USS JOHN A. MOORE (FFG-19) In service 1981 to 2000

 

FFG 19 USS JOHN A MOORE 001.jpg

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USS ANTRIM (FFG-20) Ordnance Division - Dealers in Death and Destruction

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O.H. Perry class USS ESTOCSIN (FFG-15) In service 1981 to 2003, Swiss Tex patch

 

 

1981 Swiss Tex

FFG 15 USS ESTOCIN 003.jpg

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O.H. Perry class USS ESTOCSIN (FFG-15) In service 1981 to 2003, Swiss Tex patch

 

One clean, one faded

FFG 15 USS ESTOCIN Swiss Tex 001.jpg

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USS CLIFTON SPRAGUE (FFG-16) Oliver Hazard Perry class (short hull) guided missile frigate in service 1981 to 1995

 

Swiss-Tex patch

FFG 16 USS CLIFTON SPRAGUE 003.jpg

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Note: FFG-17 & FFG-18 Were built for and commissioned into the Australian Navy as HMAS ADELAIDE & HMAS CANBERRA

 

USS JOHN A. MOORE (FFG-19) O.H. Perry class In service 1981 to 2000

FFG 19 USS JOHN A MOORE 003.jpg

FFG 19 USS JOHN A MOORE 004.jpg

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