USS George Philip (FFG-12)

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USS George Philip underway during sea trials in 1982
USS George Philip underway during sea trials in 1982
Career (United States)
Namesake: George Philip Jr.
Ordered: 27 February 1976
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards, San Pedro
Laid down: 14 December 1977
Launched: 16 December 1978
Sponsored by: Snow Philip-Simpson
Commissioned: 10 October 1980
Decommissioned: 15 March 2003
Struck: 24 May 2004
Homeport: San Diego, California (former)
Identification: Hull symbol:FFG-12
Motto: "Intrepide Impelle"
(To Go Boldly)
Fate: Stricken, to be disposed of
Badge: USS George Philip (FFG-12) crest.jpg
General characteristics
Class and type: Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate
Displacement: 4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load
Length: 445 feet (136 m), overall
Beam: 45 feet (14 m)
Draught: 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
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPS-49 air-search radar
AN/SPS-55 surface-search radar
CAS and STIR fire-control radar
AN/SQS-56 sonar.
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
Armament: As built:
Note: As of 2004, Mk 13 systems removed from all active US vessels of this class.
Aircraft carried: 1 × SH-2F LAMPS I helicopter[1]

USS George Philip (FFG-12), sixth ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class of guided-missile frigates, was named for Commander George Philip Jr. (1912 – 1945), posthumous winner of the Navy Cross for actions as commanding officer, USS Twiggs (DD-591).[2] Ordered from Todd Shipyards, San Pedro, CA on 27 February 1976 as part of the FY76 program, George Philip was laid down on 14 December 1977, launched on 16 December 1978, and commissioned on 10 October 1980. Decommissioned on 15 March 2003, as of June 2003 George Philip was in reserve at Naval Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility Bremerton, WA.

George Philip was expected to join the Portuguese Navy in 2006, together with her sister ship Sides, but the Portuguese Navy dropped the offer and chose two Dutch Karel Doorman-class frigates instead. The George Philip was expected to join the Turkish Navy in the summer of 2008, together with her sister ship Sides, but the Turkish Navy dropped the offer. As of May 2012, both frigates were awaiting their fates at anchor in the Sinclair Inlet off the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.[1]



George Philip was sponsored by Snow Philip-Simpson, daughter of the ship's namesake, George Philip Jr. at the ship launching on 16 December 1978. George Philip was Commissioned 15 November 1980 at Todd Shipyard in San Pedro, California, Commander James L. Turnbull in command.

From November 1980 - June 1981 George Philip conducted sea trials and testing.

June 1981 - Received the Battle "E" award for excellence.

July 1982 - February 1983 - First deployment in support of USS Enterprise (CVN-65) battle group. On 26 November 1982 Cmdr. Donald F. Berkebile assumed command. George Philip and her crew were awarded a Battle Effectiveness Award for operations during the 18-month period from 1 January 1982 to 30 June 1983.[3]

September 1984 - March 1985 - Second deployment in support of U. S. efforts to keep sea lanes open in the Persian Gulf during the height of the Iran-Iraq war. 15 March 1985 Cmdr. Frank Harold Tryon, Jr. assumed command.

June 1985 - Transfer to the Naval Reserve Force (NRF). As a member of the NRF, the ship turns its focus to the training and readiness of Selected Reservists. The ship goes from full manning to 60% manning, with the remainder made up of Reservists.

June 1985 - June 1987 - Engineering and weapons readiness examinations and inspections. Training for helicopter pilots. On 09 May 1987 Cmdr. Thomas C. William, Jr. assumed command.

December 1987 - June 1989 - Overhaul at Southwest Marine in San Diego. While in overhaul the ship received major upgrades in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capabilities. The ship is fitted with a Tactical Towed Array Sonar (TACTASS), widely recognized as very effective equipment in submarine detection.

On 10 June 1989, Cmdr. Dennis Leo Ryan III assumed command. June 1989 - May 1992 - Extensive ASW operations and test platform for the new ASW equipment.[4]


On 15 June 1991, Cmdr. Alfred W. Mitchell assumed command. May 1992 - August 1992 - Third deployment in support of efforts to counter drug traffic from South America to the United States.

August 1992 - June 1994 - Various independent operations and port visits that include: San Francisco; Seattle; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Mazatlan, Mexico. On 20 February 1993, Cmdr. Harold Joseph Flammang, Jr. assumed command.

July 1994 - October 1994 - Fourth deployment in support of efforts to counter drug traffic from South America to the United States.

October 1994 - Escorted towing of former USS Richard B. Russell (SSN-687) to Bremerton Naval Station. On 16 December 1994, Cmdr. Robert Alan Butt assumed command.

George Philip and her crew were awarded a Battle Effectiveness Award for operations in 1994, 1995 and 1996.[3]

On 24 October 1996, Cmdr. Scott Alan Berg assumed command.

November 1997 - Maritime Combined Operational Training (MARCOT) Exercise, Northern Pacific.

January 1998-April 1998 - Counter narcotics operations (CNOPS), South Pacific.

On 24 April 1998, Commander Leland Hart Sebring assumed command.

March 1999-October 1999 - Co-operation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Deployment.[4]

On 2 November 1999, Commander David W. Glazier assumed command.


January 2000 - March, 2000 - Dry-Docking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA 00), Continental Marine, San Diego, Ca. April 2000-May 2000 - Transit to Alaska. Conducted port visits to Esquimalt, BC, and Juneau Ak. October 2-8, 2000 - Port Visit Ensenada Mexico.[4]

On 10 June 2001, Cmdr. Christopher L. Wall assumed command. George Philip was decommissioned on 15 March 2003, as of June 2003 the ship was in reserve at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Washington.


This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.

  1. ^ a b "FFG-12". Retrieved 2015-04-10. 
  2. ^ "Valor awards for George Philip Jr". Military Times. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  3. ^ a b "Navy Unit Awards". Navy Unit Awards. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  4. ^ a b c "Ship's History". USS George Philip (FFG-12) - Public Domain, US Navy. Archived from the original on 2003-02-21. Retrieved 2014-06-03. 

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