USS Elrod (FFG-55)

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Guided missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG-56) in 2012.
Career (US)
Name: USS Elrod (FFG-55)
Namesake: Major Henry T. Elrod
Ordered: 22 May 1981
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 21 November 1983
Launched: 12 May 1984
Commissioned: 21 September 1985
Decommissioned: 30 January 2015
Homeport: NS Norfolk, Virginia
Status: Held for foreign military sales
Badge: USS Elrod FFG-55 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate
Displacement: 4,100 long tons (4,200 t)
Length: 453 ft (138 m)
Beam: 45 ft (14 m)
Draft: 22 ft (6.7 m)
Propulsion: 2 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines generating 41,000 bhp (31 MW) through a single shaft and controllable-pitch propeller
Speed: 29 knots (33 mph; 54 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nmi (9,300 km; 5,800 mi) at 18 knots (21 mph; 33 km/h)
Complement: 15 officers and 190 enlisted, plus SH-60 LAMPS detachment of roughly six officer pilots and 15 enlisted maintainers
Armament: 1 × OTO Melara Mk 75 76mm/62 caliber naval gun
2 × Mk 32 triple-tube (324mm) launchers for Mark 46 torpedoes
1 × Mk 15 Vulcan Phalanx CIWS
4 ×  .50-caliber M2HB machine guns
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60B LAMPS III helicopters
Motto: War Ready to Preserve Peace
Nickname(s): Hammerin' Hank "USS Hellrod"

USS Elrod (FFG-55), an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, is a ship of the United States Navy named after Captain Henry T. Elrod (1905–1941), a Marine aviator who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism in the defense of Wake Island in World War II.

Operational history[edit]

Elrod was built at the Bath Iron Works in Maine, and was commissioned on 18 May 1985. The ship was originally home ported in Charleston, SC and shifted to Norfolk, VA in March 1995. Elrod has completed five deployments to the Persian Gulf, three to the Mediterranean Sea, and one to the Adriatic Sea, and has participated in numerous operations in the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea and the Caribbean Sea.

Elrod's third Persian Gulf deployment followed Operation Desert Storm and supported aggressive air and surface surveillance operations. Elrod conducted naval exercises with units of Gulf Cooperation Council nations to strengthen and further develop the bonds that were forged during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The ship participated in TEAMWORK '92, NATO's Arctic Ocean anti-submarine exercise, and Operation Sharp Guard, in support of multi-national enforcement of United Nations sanctions and embargoing war materials to the Balkans. Elrod demonstrated America's commitment to her NATO allies by providing a presence among the Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean (SNFM) and Standing Naval Forces Atlantic (SNFL) during Operation Enduring Freedom. Recently, Elrod completed another NATO deployment in 2004 in support of Operation Active Endeavor, and helped protect the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, in Operation Distinguished Games.

Elrod deployed again in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Her 2012 Caribbean deployment resulted in the confiscation of record amounts of illegal narcotics. Her final deployment was in 2014, and it took her back to the Mediterranean to conduct maritime security operations with the Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout. Elrod last deployed in 2014, to the United States Sixth Fleet area of operations to advance national security interests in Europe and Africa, conduct maritime and theater security operations and participate in partner-building exercises. The ship and her crew patrolled the central Mediterranean Sea in support of Operation Active Endeavor, provided support for the safe passage of M/V Morning Glory, and assisted the amphibious assult ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) in the rescue of 282 persons in distress.

USS Elrod was decommissioned at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia (USA), on 30 January 2015. The ship is slated to be offered in foreign military sales.[1]


In addition to a reputation for operational readiness and fighting skills, Elrod had earned a reputation for community support and participation in charitable projects. The ship has been recognized for the crew's contributions by designation as a Presidential "Point of Light".[clarification needed] Elrod had also earned numerous awards during her commissioned service, including the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, several Battle Efficiency Excellence Awards, Secretary of the Navy Energy Conservation Award, Armed Forces Recreation Society Award and various departmental and mission-specific awards for excellence.



External links[edit]

USS USS Elrod (FFG-55) command histories – Naval History & Heritage Command