USS Boone

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USS Boone passing the Statue of Liberty, Fleet Week, New York 2002
USS Boone (FFG-28) passing the Statue of Liberty, Fleet Week, New York 2002
United States
Name: Boone
Namesake: Vice Admiral Joel Thompson Boone, M.D.
Ordered: 23 January 1978
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, Washington
Laid down: 27 March 1979
Launched: 16 January 1980
Sponsored by: Mrs. Milton F. Heller, Jr., daughter of the late Vice Admiral Boone
Commissioned: 15 May 1982
Decommissioned: 23 February 2012
Homeport: Mayport Naval Station
Motto: "Don't Tread on Me"
Honors and
2005 DESRON 14 Battle "E"
Badge: Boone Crest.jpg
General characteristics
Class and type: Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile 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)
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:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 LAMPS III helicopters
Aviation facilities: RAST

USS Boone (FFG-28) was the twentieth ship in the United States Navy's Oliver Hazard Perry-class of guided missile frigates.

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.

On 30 November 2006, the rudder fell off Mayport-based frigate 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 27 December and, after a day of operational testing, Boone got underway again on 28 December.[1]

Boone was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 14 and was the recipient of the 2005 DESRON 14 Battle "E". On 16 February 2007, she was awarded the 2006 Battle "E" award.[2]

Boone was homeported in Mayport, Florida, and was a member of the Navy Reserve. In March 2010, she was assigned to the United States Fifth Fleet fighting Somali piracy.

The last commanding officer of Boone was LCDR Robert Speight.[3]

Boone was decommissioned on 23 February 2012.


  1. ^ "November 30". Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Surface Force Ships, Crews Earn Battle "E"". U.S. Navy. 2007-02-19. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  3. ^ Dunham, Daniel N. (17 March 2014). "USS Boone (FFG 28)". Navsource Online. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 

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.

Further reading[edit]

  • Milton F. Heller III (2000). The Presidents' Doctor : An Insider's View of Three First Families. Vantage Pr; 1st ed edition (August 2000). ISBN 0-533-13159-6. 

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