USS Boone (FFG-28)
USS Boone (FFG-28) passing the Statue of Liberty, Fleet Week, New York 2002
|Namesake:||Vice Admiral Joel Thompson Boone, M.D.|
|Ordered:||23 January 1978|
|Builder:||Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle|
|Laid down:||27 March 1979|
|Launched:||16 January 1980|
|Commissioned:||15 May 1982|
|Decommissioned:||23 February 2012|
|Motto:||Brave Man, Brave Ship|
|Class & type:||Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate|
|Displacement:||4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load|
|Length:||453 feet (138 m), overall|
|Beam:||45 feet (14 m)|
|Draft:||22 feet (6.7 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines generating 41,000 shp (31 MW) through a single shaft and variable pitch propeller
2 × Auxiliary Propulsion Units, 350 hp (260 kW) retractable electric azimuth thrusters for maneuvering and docking.
|Speed:||over 29 knots (54 km/h)|
|Range:||5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots (9,300 km at 33 km/h)|
|Complement:||15 officers and 190 enlisted, plus SH-60 LAMPS detachment of roughly six officer pilots and 15 enlisted maintainers|
|AN/SPS-49 air-search radar
AN/SPS-55 surface-search radar
CAS and STIR fire-control radar
|Aircraft carried:||2 × SH-60 LAMPS III helicopters|
The frigate was named for Vice Admiral Joel Thompson Boone, M.D. (1889–1974). FFG-28, the first U.S. ship to bear the admiral's name, was ordered 23 January 1978, launched 16 January 1980 by Todd Pacific Shipyards, and commissioned 15 May 1982. She has since earned numerous awards and commendations.
The rudder fell off Mayport-based frigate USS Boone while on deployment in the western Mediterranean. The mishap forced the ship to send out a call for help to which Canadian destroyer HMCS Iroquois responded, providing divers who inspected the ship's underside. Within 24 hours, Boone was being towed to Rota for repairs by the German Navy's replenishment oiler Spessart. The ship was not adrift or totally dead in the water because its two 350-horsepower auxiliary propulsion units provided a “limited amount of maneuverability.” The lost rudder was replaced Dec. 27 and, after a day of operational testing, Boone got underway again Dec. 28.
The last Commanding Officer of the USS Boone was LCDR Robert Speight.
Boone decommissioned 23 February 2012.
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