USS Ingraham (FFG-61)

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USS Ingraham (FFG-61)
USS Ingraham (FFG-61), in the Persian Gulf, 7 February 2008.
United States
Name: Ingraham
Namesake: Captain Duncan Ingraham
Awarded: 28 November 1984
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards, Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, California
Laid down: 30 March 1987
Launched: 25 June 1988
Sponsored by: Mrs. Linda E. Carlson
Commissioned: 5 August 1989
Decommissioned: 30 January 2015
Struck: 30 January 2015
Homeport: NS Everett, Washington
Motto: "Heritage of Gallantry"
  • The Ham
  • The Mighty "I"
Status: 29 April 2015, towed by Manhattan (YTB-779) from Everett Naval Station to NISMF Naval Shipyard Bremerton.
Badge: USS Ingaham FFG-61 Crest.png
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)
Draught: 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:

USS Ingraham (FFG-61), the last American Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate to be built, was the fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named for Captain Duncan Ingraham (1802–1891).

Built in Los Angeles, California[edit]

Ingraham was laid down on 30 March 1987 at the Todd Pacific Shipyards, Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, California. She was launched on 25 June 1988; sponsored by Mrs. Linda E. Carlson, wife of Vice Admiral Dudley L. Carlson, Chief of Naval Personnel; and commissioned on 5 August 1989, Commander Charles S. Vogan Jr., in command. Ingraham was decommissioned on 30 January 2015.[1]

Prior to decommissioning, Ingraham was commanded by Commander Dan Straub, USN. Ingraham's former homeport is at NS Everett, Washington, and was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 9.[2][3]

Service History[edit]

Operation Fiery Vigil[edit]

Mount Pinatubo, a volcano located on Luzon in the Philippines, erupted on 12 June 1991. The mountain’s fury blackened the skies across Angeles City and much of Luzon for nearly 36 hours. Typhoon Yunya added to the devastation when it slammed inland with fierce winds and rain. The rain eventually cleared the atmosphere of most of the choking and blinding ash, but the disaster deposited a heavy eight-inch coating of grey ash over much of the area around Naval Station (NS) Subic Bay and Naval Air Station (NAS) Cubi Point. Sailors observed that the residue gave the landscape the appearance of dry cement. The ash crushed many lightweight structures, and a chalky film covered the bay, which presented the appearance of a translucent shade of green. The disaster cut electricity and water to the base for two days, and only heavy trucks could grind their way through the morass to reach victims. Rescue workers also contended with earthquake aftershocks. The volcanic eruption and the typhoon killed more than 300 people and displaced more than 300,000 victims.[1]

Aircraft carriers Abraham Lincoln and Midway, together with Ingraham and ships from Amphibious Readiness Group Alpha, led by amphibious assault ship Peleliu, participated in Operation Fiery Vigil, the evacuation of those displaced by the disaster. Abraham Lincoln transported 4,323 people, primarily USN and USAF dependents, from Subic Bay, Cubi Point, and Clark Air Base to Cebu City, Cebu, for further evacuation to Guam and the continental U.S.[1]

Abraham Lincoln sailed more than 1,800 nautical miles (2,100 mi; 3,300 km) through inshore waters during Fiery Vigil. This voyage required careful attention to detail from her Navigation Department because of the myriad of other vessels, treacherous shoals, and currents. The carrier also supported Lake Champlain while the guided missile cruiser evacuated a further 844 people and their pets during three trips in and out of the disaster area. Lake Champlain's historian noted that the devastation and the suffering of the victims “overwhelmed” her crewmen. Additional squadrons that assisted humanitarian efforts included Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94, Composite Squadron (VC) 5, and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 47.[1]

Thousands of Filipino looters magnified the tragedy when they climbed over the gates and ransacked abandoned homes. The mob overwhelmed military policemen by sheer numbers and determination. In many instances, the looters wiped out treasured mementoes of families.[1]

January 2008 Iranian incident[edit]

Small craft suspected to be from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Navy (IRGCN), maneuvers in close proximity of Ingraham.

Sailors on board guided missile destroyer Hopper reported seeing IT2 Menelek Brown of the ships company at 0430 on 3 January 2008, but Menelek failed to muster at 0730 that morning, while the ship was carrying out maritime security operations in the Arabian Sea. Crewmembers unsuccessfully searched the destroyer for their shipmate, and Hopper sounded “man overboard.” At 1505 the ship commenced a coordinated search of the surrounding area with guided missile cruiser Port Royal and Ingraham. A Lockheed P-3C Orion assisted the ships as they conducted an “expanding square” search from the position 18°26′21″N 63°53′35″E / 18.43917°N 63.89306°E / 18.43917; 63.89306, but they ended their search the following day without finding Brown.[1]

On 6 January 2008, Hopper, Port Royal, and Ingraham were entering the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz when five Iranian motor boats approached them at high speed and in a reportedly threatening manner. The American ships had been in the Arabian Sea searching for a sailor who had been missing for one day. The U.S. Navy reported that the Iranian boats made "threatening" moves toward the U.S. vessels, coming as close as 200 yards (180 m). The U.S. Navy ships received a radio transmission saying, "I am coming to you. You will explode after few minutes." While the American ships prepared to open fire, the Iranians abruptly turned away, the U.S. Navy officials said. Before leaving, the Iranians dropped white boxes into the water in front of the American ships. The American ships did not investigate the boxes. Officials from the two countries differed on their assessments of the severity of the incident. The Iranians claimed that they were conducting normal maneuvers, whereas American officials claimed that an imminent danger to American naval vessels existed.[4]

September 2009 Samoa earthquake and tsunami[edit]

On 29 September 2009, Ingraham was en route to American Samoa and was the first U.S. military asset to arrive and assist in the recovery efforts following the earthquake and tsunami.[5][6]


After returning from her final deployment in October 2014, Ingraham was ceremoniously decommissioned on 12 November 2014 at Naval Station Everett. Ingraham was officially decommissioned on 30 January 2015 at NS Everett, and is berthed at the Naval Sea Systems Command (NavSea) Inactive Ships On-site Maintenance Office at Naval Shipyard Bremerton, pending her disposal.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Evans, Mark L. (21 July 2015). "Ingraham IV (FFG-61)". Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "CO's Bio". United States Navy. Archived from the original on 7 July 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "USS Ingraham Holds Change of Command". United States Navy. Retrieved 29 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Iranian boats 'harass' U.S. Navy, officials say". CNN. 7 January 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Hawaii Guard, Navy bound for American Samoa". Navy Times. 1 October 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Ingraham Contributes to Navy's HADR mission" (PDF). Surface Warfare. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 

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. This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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