USS Boone (FFG-28) passing the Statue of Liberty, Fleet Week, New York 2002
|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"|
|2005 DESRON 14 Battle "E"|
|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|
|Aircraft carried:||2 × SH-60 LAMPS III helicopters|
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.
The last commanding officer of Boone was LCDR Robert Speight.
Boone was decommissioned on 23 February 2012.
- 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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