USS Richard L. Page (FFG-5)
|Namesake:||Richard L. Page|
|Ordered:||24 May 1963|
|Builder:||Bath Iron Works|
|Laid down:||4 January 1965|
|Launched:||4 April 1966|
|Acquired:||27 July 1967|
|Commissioned:||5 August 1967|
|Decommissioned:||30 September 1988|
|Struck:||12 January 1994|
|Fate:||Disposed of by Navy title transfer to the Maritime Administration, 28 March 1994|
|Class and type:||Brooke class frigate|
|Displacement:||3,426 tons full|
|Length:||414 ft (126 m)|
|Beam:||44 ft (13 m)|
|Draft:||14 ft 6 in (4.42 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 Foster-Wheeler boilers, 1 General Electric geared turbine|
|Range:||4,000 nautical miles|
|Complement:||14 officers, 214 crew|
|AN/SPS-52 3D air search radar
AN/SPS-10 surface search radar
AN/SPG-51 missile fire control radar
AN/SQS-26 bow mounted sonar
T-Mk 6 Fanfare towed acoustic torpedo decoy
|Armament:||1x5"/38 caliber gun
1x Mk 22 RIM-24 Tartar/RIM-66 Standard missile launcher (16 missiles)
1x8 cell ASROC launcher
2x3 12.75 in (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes, Mk 46 torpedoes
2 x MK 37 torpedo tubes (fixed, stern, removed later)
|Aircraft carried:||SH-2 Seasprite|
Richard L. Page was laid down on 4 January 1965 by the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine; launched 4 April 1966; sponsored by Miss Edmonia Lee Whittle and Mrs. Nannie Page Trinker, granddaughters of Brigadier General Richard L. Page; and commissioned at Boston on 5 August 1967, Comdr. Milton J. Schultz, Jr., in command.
In mid-October 1967, Richard L. Page moved from Boston to her homeport, Newport, Rhode Island, then sailed south for shakedown exercises in the Caribbean. On 21 December she returned to Newport and, after post-shakedown availability began operations with CortRon 6. Into 1968 she operated in the western Atlantic; and, in the fall, she deployed to the Mediterranean for duty with the 6th Fleet. On that duty until 10 February 1969, she returned to Newport on the 18th and, in March, resumed operations with the 2nd Fleet. On 1 July 1969, she relieved USS Brumby (DE-1044) as flagship of DesDiv 122, then conducted exercises in the Caribbean.
Richard L. Page spent all of 1971 and the first eight months of 1972 in port at Newport and in operations along the east-coast of the United States and in the Caribbean. In mid-August 1972, she steamed out of Newport, R.I., bound for an extended deployment with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean.
The frigate remained in service until decommissioned on 30 September 1988. She was struck from the Navy list on 12 January 1994 and transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal on 28 March 1994.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- 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.