USS Ingraham (FFG-61)

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USS Ingraham (FFG-61)
USS Ingraham in 2008
United States
Name: Ingraham
Namesake: Captain Duncan Ingraham
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards, Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, California
Laid down: 30 March 1987
Launched: 25 June 1988
Commissioned: 5 August 1989
Decommissioned: 12 November 2014
Out of service: 12 November 2014
Homeport: NS Everett, Washington
Identification: FFG-61
Motto: Heritage of Gallantry
Nickname(s): "The Ham" or The Mighty "I"
Status: Decommissioned
Badge: USS Ingaham FFG-61 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate
Displacement: 4,100 tons (4,165 t) full load
Length: 453 ft (138 m), overall
Beam: 45 ft (14 m)
Draft: 27 ft (8.2 m)
Propulsion: 2 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines generating 41,000 shp (31 MW) through a single shaft and controllable-pitch propeller
Speed: 29 knots (54 km/h)+
Range: 5,000 nautical miles (9,300 km) at 18 knots (33 km/h)
Complement: 15 officers and 190 enlisted, plus SH-60 LAMPS detachment of roughly six officer pilots and 18 enlisted men
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 LAMPS III helicopters

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

USS 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. Ingraham was decommissioned on 12 November 2014.

As of December 2014, prior to decommissioning, Ingraham was commanded by CDR Dan Straub, USN. Ingraham‍ '​s former homeport is at NS Everett, Washington, and was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 9.[1][2]

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

On 6 January 2008, the destroyer Hopper, the guided-missile cruiser Port Royal, and the frigate 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 from Hopper 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.[3]

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.[4][5]

After returning from her final deployment in October 2014, Ingraham was decommissioned on 12 November 2014 at Naval Station Everett. Following decommissioning, she was towed to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS), located at Naval Station Kitsap, in Bremerton, Washington to await scrapping.

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  1. ^ "CO's Bio". United States Navy. Retrieved 29 May 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ "USS Ingraham Holds Change of Command". United States Navy. Retrieved 29 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Iranian boats 'harass' U.S. Navy, officials say". CNN. 7 January 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "Hawaii Guard, Navy bound for American Samoa". Navy Times. 1 October 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "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.

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