USS Jarrett (FFG-33)

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The Jarrett underway in the North Pacific.
USS Jarrett (FFG-33)
Career (US)
Namesake: Vice Admiral Harry B. Jarrett
Ordered: 23 January 1978
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards Los Angeles Division
San Pedro, California
Laid down: 11 February 1981
Launched: 17 October 1981
Acquired: 27 May 1983
Commissioned: 2 July 1983
Decommissioned: 21 April 2011
Homeport: Naval Base San Diego
Motto: Valens Et Egregius
Fate: Decommissioned, To Be Transferred Under FMS
General characteristics
Class and 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)
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: 2 × SH-60 LAMPS III helicopters

USS Jarrett (FFG-33), was the twenty-fifth ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigates, was named for Vice Admiral Harry B. Jarrett (1898–1974).

Ordered from Todd Pacific Shipyards, San Pedro, California on 23 January 1978 as part of the FY78 program, Jarrett was laid down on 11 February 1981, launched on 17 October 1981, commissioned on 2 July 1983, and decommissioned on 21 April 2011.

Jarrett was the first US Navy warship to be commanded by a woman, Commander Kathleen A. McGrath, from 18 December 1998 until 4 September 2000.[1][2][3]

Operation Desert Storm[edit]

On February 25, 1991, during the first Gulf War, Jarrett was a few miles from the US battleship USS Missouri and the British destroyer HMS Gloucester. The ships were attacked by an Iraqi Silkworm missile (often referred to as the Seersucker), at which time the Missouri fired its SRBOC chaff. The Phalanx system on Jarrett, operating in the automatic target-acquisition mode, fixed on Missouri's chaff, releasing a burst of rounds. From this burst, four rounds hit Missouri which was two to three miles (about 5 km) from Jarrett at the time. There were no injuries.[4]

One of the Iraqi Silkworm missiles crashed into the sea without being intercepted. The other—heading towards USS Missouri—was successfully intercepted by a British Sea Dart missile fired by HMS Gloucester.

Current status[edit]

On 21 April 2011, the Jarrett was decommissioned at Naval Base San Diego after 15 deployments, and will be transported to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as its final destination, becoming part of the Mothball Fleet. Her most recent deployment was a six-month counter-illicit trafficking deployment, supporting U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command.[5]

Jarrett (FFG-33) is the first ship of that name in the US Navy.


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.

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