USS Richard L. Page (FFG-5)

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USS RICHARD L PAGE (FFG 5)
Career (US)
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
General characteristics
Class & 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
Speed: 27.2 knots
Range: 4,000 nautical miles
Complement: 14 officers, 214 crew
Sensors and
processing systems:
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
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
AN/SLQ-32
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

USS Richard L. Page (FFG-5) was a Brooke class frigate in the United States Navy.

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.

Fate[edit]

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.

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