USS Underwood (FFG-36)

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USS Underwood FFG-36
USS Underwood underway in the Caribbean Sea in 2006
United States
Name: Underwood
Namesake: Captain Gordon Waite Underwood
Ordered: 27 April 1979
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Laid down: 30 July 1981
Launched: 6 February 1982
Sponsored by: Elizabeth T. Underwood
Christened: 6 February 1982
Acquired: 14 January 1983
Commissioned: 29 January 1983
Decommissioned: 8 March 2013
Homeport: Mayport, Florida
Motto: "Just Friend and Brave Enemy"
Badge: USS Underwood FFG-36 Crest.png
General characteristics
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)
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: 17 Officers and 198 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 Underwood (FFG-36) was the twenty-seventh ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class of guided-missile frigates, named for Captain Gordon Waite Underwood (1910–1978).

Ordered from Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, on 27 April 1979 as part of the FY79 program, Underwood was laid down on 30 July 1981, launched on 6 February 1982, and commissioned on 29 January 1983. She was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 14 and homeported at Mayport, FL.

On 13 January 2010, Underwood was ordered to assist in the humanitarian relief efforts following the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[1]

Underwood was extensively used to counteract drug trafficking in Latin America with the assistance of the Coast Guard.[2]

Underwood was decommissioned on March 8, 2013.[3]

Underwood passing under the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge, June 2006


  1. ^ Bacon, Lance M. (13 January 2010). "Carl Vinson, 6 Other Ships Headed to Haiti". Navy Times. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  2. ^ "America's Expanding War On Drugs In Latin America". Huffington Post. 3 February 2013.
  3. ^ 11 Ships to be decommissioned in fiscal 2013

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]

Photo gallery of USS Underwood (FFG-36) at NavSource Naval History