USS John L. Hall (FFG-32)

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USS John L. Hall (FFG-32)
USS John L. Hall (FFG-32)
United States
Name: John L. Hall
Namesake: Admiral John L. Hall, Jr.
Awarded: 23 January 1978
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Laid down: 5 January 1981
Launched: 24 July 1981
Sponsored by: Dr. Susan Hall Godson (niece and biographer of Admiral Hall)
Commissioned: 26 June 1982
Decommissioned: 9 March 2012
  • Semper Victores
  • (Always Victorious)
Nickname(s): "The Johnny"
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Oliver Hazard Perry-class 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

USS John L. Hall (FFG-32), twenty-sixth ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class of guided-missile frigates, was named for Admiral John L. Hall, Jr. (1891–1978). Her mission is to provide in-depth protection for military and merchant shipping, amphibious task forces, and underway replenishment groups.

Ordered from Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, on 23 January 1978 as part of the FY78 program, John L. Hall was laid down on 5 January 1981, launched on 24 July 1981, and commissioned on 26 June 1982.

On 20 June 1989, only a view days following the change of command from Commander Terry W. Moore to Commander Bruce P. McClure, JOHN L Hall got underway with USS SPRUANCE for a transit of the Atlantic Ocean to participate in Anti-Submarine Warfare Operations (Operation ROJO) in the north and east Atlantic Ocean. Operation ROJO lasted 41 days. While underway, the ships were under the command of DESRON 32. The operation was a great success as both ships held contact on two Soviet submarines for an extended period of time.

On 08 March 1990, JOHN L HALL deployed to the Mediterranean Sea. Noteworthy operations included Operation Fox Chase and Operation World Cup in which the ship successfully tracked a Soviet Victor I submarine for extended periods of time on both occasions. On 07 August 1990, during deployment Med 2-90 and serving with the EISENHOWER Battle Group as part of the 6th Fleet, USS JOHN L. Hall, under the command of Commander Bruce P. McClure, sortied from Haifa Bay for Port Siad. With Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, JOHN L HALL was called to transit the Suez Canal along with USS TICONDEROGA, USS SCOTT, USNS NEOSHO, USS SURIBACHI and USS EISENHOWER in support of Operations Desert Shield. JOHN L HALL's participation included "gate guard" duties to support the United Nation's sanctions against Iraq and anti-air coverage for U.S. Navy assets. The ship also escorted USNS NEOSHO through the Straits of Bab Al Mandeb to Djibouti for her shore bunkering before returning through the Strait to refuel the Eisenhower Battle Group in the Red Sea. During the deployment, USS JOHN L HALL held over 200 hours of contact time with submerged submarines using the SQR 19 towed array sonar, and over 800 hours of flight time with the LAMPS MK III SH-60B helicopter detachment from HSL-46.

On 28 August 2005, under the command of Commander David Geisler, she sailed from her home port, NS Pascagoula, Mississippi, along with sister ship Stephen W. Groves under threat from Hurricane Katrina.

In 2007, she remained active, commanded by Commander Augustus P. Bennet, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 14, and homeported at NAVSTA Mayport, Florida. In August 2008, while underway to avoid Tropical Storm Fay, the scheduled change of command occurred with Commander Derek Lavan assuming command of the vessel.

21 April 2010, seen docked in Sevastopol (UA).[2]

On 22 June 2010, then CO Commander Herman Pfaeffle was relieved of command after striking a pier on 16 April 2010 in Batumi in the republic of Georgia[3]

On 9 March 2012, the John L. Hall was decommissioned at Naval Station Mayport.

In November 2012 she was still at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.


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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