USS Kauffman (FFG-59)

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USS Kauffman (FFG-59)
USS Kauffman
Career (US)
Namesake: Vice Admiral James L. Kauffman and Rear Admiral Draper L. Kauffman
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 8 April 1985
Launched: 29 March 1986
Commissioned: 28 February 1987
Homeport: NS Norfolk, Virginia
Status: in active service, as of 2014
Badge: USS Kauffman FFG-59 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: 22 ft (6.7 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 nm (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 15 enlisted maintainers
Armament: One OTO Melara Mk 75 76 mm/62 caliber naval gun; one Mk 13 Mod 4 single-arm launcher for Harpoon anti-ship missiles and SM-1MR Standard anti-ship/air missiles (40 round magazine); two Mk 32 triple-tube (324 mm) launchers for Mark 46 torpedoes; one Vulcan Phalanx CIWS; four .50-cal (12.7 mm) machine guns.
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 LAMPS III helicopters
Motto: Toujours en Vedette ("Always in the Lead")
Nickname: Special K

USS Kauffman (FFG-59), an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, is 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 commissioned on 28 February 1987 at Bath, Maine, Commander John C. Dranchak, USN in command. As of 2012, Kauffman is captained by Commander William K. Shafley, III, USN, homeported at NS Norfolk, Virginia, and assigned to Destroyer Squadron 22.

Milestones[edit]

Note: the milestones are extracted from the official command histories [1] and no other sources. The set of command histories available is not complete, resulting in the partial record following.

1988 [2][edit]

  • 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 [3][edit]

  • 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: Sevastapol, USSR port visit
  • 13 September – 3 October: NATO exercise Display Determination-89

1990 [4][edit]

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

1991 [5][edit]

  • 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 [6][edit]

  • 6 January – 21 February: counter narcotic operations, Caribbean Sea
    • towed a vessel that had lost propulsion 250 NM to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
    • rescued the crew from the striken 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 [7][edit]

1994 [8][edit]

1996 [9][edit]

1997 [10][edit]

1998 [11][edit]

  • 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 [12][edit]

  • 27 August: Commander Rigoberto Sáez-Ortiz, USN relieves Commander John A. Kunert, USN
  • 15—18 September: sortied for Hurricane Dennis

2004 [13][edit]

  • 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

Commanding officers[edit]

Note: unless otherwise referenced, information has been sourced from the official command histories [14].

  • 28 February 1987 [15] — 7 April 1989: Commander John C. Dranchak, USN
  • 7 April 1989 – 5 April 1991: Commander Ronald C. Bogle, USN
  • 5 April 1991 – 18 December 1992: Commander James H. Chapman Jr., USN
  • 18 December 1992 – 9 September 1994: Commander James F. Deppe, USN
  • 9 September 1994 – 20 September 1996: Commander David F. Britt, USN
  • 20 September 1996 – 6 March 1998: Commander John A. Kunert, USN
  • 6 March 1998 – 27 August 1999: Commander George J. Karol III, USN
  • 27 August 1999 — (unknown): Commander Rigoberto Sáez-Ortiz, USN
  • May 2001 (est) — 28 February 2003: Commander Mark Reagan Hagerott [16]
  • 28 February 2003 [17] — 31 August 2004: Commander John P. Gelinne, USN
  • 31 August 2004 — (unknown), at 30 September 2005 [18]: Commander Kenneth A. Krogman, USN
  • at 27 November 2006 [19] and at 12 March 2007: Commander Chris Rhoden, USN [20]
  • at 7 April 2008 [21] and at 16 November 2008 [22] — 8 June 2009 [23]: Commander Robert Cepek
  • 8 June 2009 — (unknown) : Commander Dale W. Maxey, USN [24]
  • present: Commander William K. Shafley III, USN [25]

References[edit]

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.

External links[edit]

Kauffman in Souda Bay, Crete, 2002