USS Kauffman (FFG-59)

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USS Kauffman (FFG-59)
USS Kauffman (FFG-59)
USS Kauffman (FFG-59), in 1986.
History
United States
Name: Kauffman
Namesake:
Awarded: 28 October 1982
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Laid down: 8 April 1985
Launched: 29 March 1986
Sponsored by: Elizabeth Kauffman Bush
Commissioned: 28 February 1987
Decommissioned: 18 September 2015
Homeport: NS Norfolk, Virginia
Identification:
Motto:
  • "Toujours en Vedette"
  • ("Always in the Lead")
Nickname(s): Special K
Status: decommissioned
Badge: USS Kauffman FFG-59 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)
Propulsion:
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:
AN/SLQ-32
Armament:
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 LAMPS III helicopters
Aviation facilities:

USS Kauffman (FFG-59), an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate, was a ship of the United States Navy named for Vice Admiral James L. Kauffman (1887–1963) and his son, Rear Admiral Draper L. Kauffman (1911–1979), both experts in sub-surface naval missions.

Kauffman was laid down on 8 April 1985 by the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine; launched on 29 March 1986; sponsored by Mrs. Elizabeth Kauffman Bush, the daughter of Vice Admiral James L. Kauffman and sister of Rear Admiral Draper L. Kauffman; and commissioned on 28 February 1987 at Bath, Maine, Commander John C. Dranchak, USN in command.[1]

As of 2012, Kauffman is captained by Commander William K. Shafley, III, USN, homeported at NS Norfolk, Virginia, and assigned to Destroyer Squadron 22.

Kauffman deployed for the final time on 8 January 2015. She was decommissioned on 18 September 2015.[2]

History[edit]

USS Kauffman sailing through Souda Bay, Crete, in August 2002.

Note: the milestones are extracted from the official command histories[3] and no other sources. The set of command histories available is not complete, resulting in the partial record following.

1988[4]

  • 6 January – 28 May: 4100 ton modifications by Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.
  • 12 August: BM3 Kerekgyarto died instantly when the Slewing Arm Davit broke from its mount and fell on him.


1989[5]

  • 7 April: Commander Ronald C. Bogle, USN relieves Commander John C. (30 knot)Dranchak, USN
  • 31 May – 10 November: Maiden deployment, Med 3–89
  • 4—7 August: Sevastopol, USSR port visit
  • October: Sixth Fleet "Hook'em" Award for best ASW platform in Sixth Fleet AO in 1989
  • 13 September – 3 October: NATO exercise Display Determination-89


1990[6]

  • 9 January: presented with Battle 'E'
  • 15 January – 15 March: ships restricted availability, #1A gas turbine engine and the Mk. 75 76mm gun mount are replaced
  • 8–15 June: BALTOPS-90


1991[7]

  • 5 April: Commander James H. Chapman Jr., USN relieves Commander Ronald C. Bogle, USN
  • 26 April – 26 October: deployment, MEF 2–91
  • 4 June – 16 September: Middle East Force (MEF) operations in the Persian Gulf


1992[8]

  • 6 January – 21 February: counter narcotic operations, Caribbean Sea
    • towed a vessel that had lost propulsion 250 nautical miles (460 km; 290 mi) to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
    • rescued the crew from the stricken 237 feet (72 m) coastal freighter Ramsli just before she sank
  • 2 August – 23 October: Ships Restricted Availability (Drydock), by Bath Iron Works Bath, Maine
  • 15 September: presented with Battle 'E'
  • 18 December: Commander James F. Deppe, USN relieves Commander James H. Chapman Jr., USN


1993[9]


1994[10]


1996[11]


1997[12]


1998[13]

  • 6 March: Commander George J. Karol II, USN relieves Commander John A. Kunert, USN
  • 13 March – 11 September: deployed, Med (originally tasked to Middle East Force)
  • 12 October – 11 December: planned restricted availability


1999[14]

  • 27 August: Commander Rigoberto Sáez-Ortiz, USN relieves Commander George J. Karol, USN
  • 15—18 September: sortied for Hurricane Dennis


2004[15]

  • 15 July – 22 September: ships restricted availability, installed Mk 53 "Nulka" Decoy Launching System (DLS)
  • 31 August: Commander Kenneth A. Krogman, USN relieves Commander John P. Gelinne, USN

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frey, Courtney; Evans, Mark L. (1 October 2015). "Kauffman (FFG-59)". Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  2. ^ USS Kauffman to be Decommissioned, Story Number: NNS150917-15 from USS Kauffman Public Affairs, 17 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Kauffman (FFG 59)". History.navy.mil. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
  4. ^ http://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/archives/command-operation-reports/ship-command-operation-reports/k/kauffman-ffg-59-i/1988.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/archives/command-operation-reports/ship-command-operation-reports/k/kauffman-ffg-59-i/1989.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/archives/command-operation-reports/ship-command-operation-reports/k/kauffman-ffg-59-i/1990.pdf
  7. ^ http://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/archives/command-operation-reports/ship-command-operation-reports/k/kauffman-ffg-59-i/1991.pdf
  8. ^ http://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/archives/command-operation-reports/ship-command-operation-reports/k/kauffman-ffg-59-i/1992.pdf
  9. ^ http://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/archives/command-operation-reports/ship-command-operation-reports/k/kauffman-ffg-59-i/1993.pdf
  10. ^ http://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/archives/command-operation-reports/ship-command-operation-reports/k/kauffman-ffg-59-i/1994.pdf
  11. ^ http://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/archives/command-operation-reports/ship-command-operation-reports/k/kauffman-ffg-59-i/1996.pdf
  12. ^ http://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/archives/command-operation-reports/ship-command-operation-reports/k/kauffman-ffg-59-i/1997.pdf
  13. ^ http://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/archives/command-operation-reports/ship-command-operation-reports/k/kauffman-ffg-59-i/1998.pdf
  14. ^ http://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/archives/command-operation-reports/ship-command-operation-reports/k/kauffman-ffg-59-i/1999.pdf
  15. ^ http://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/archives/command-operation-reports/ship-command-operation-reports/k/kauffman-ffg-59-i/2004.pdf

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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