USS Jarrett Decommissioned After 27 Years of Fleet Service

Story Number: NNS110422-20Release Date: 4/22/2011 4:43:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Benjamin Crossley, Navy Public Affairs Support Element-West

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Guided-missile frigate USS Jarrett (FFG 33) ended its 27-year Navy career during a decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base San Diego, April 21.

Jarrett completed 15 deployments, six in the last six years, to the Middle East, Central America and Southeast Asia. Most recently, Jarrett returned from a six-month counter-illicit trafficking deployment in support of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command.

"It has been my distinct pleasure, honor and privilege, to have commanded the Jarrett for the past two years," said Cmdr. Ferdinand A. Reid.

All 188 crewmembers participated in the event.

"It feels amazing," said Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 3rd Class Andrew Stone. "I am so happy I am a part of this." Stone served aboard Jarrett for the past two years.

Jarrett has been a part of every major sanction-enforcing blockade over the past three decades and was a leader in anti-terrorism and the war on drugs.

Jarrett received exceptional marks in one of the ship's final major inspections, the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) prior to its final deployment.

"They blew INSURV away with one of the best scores and really became the pride of the San Diego waterfront," said Vice Adm. D. C. Curtis, commander, U.S. Naval Surface Forces.

The ship was named for the late Vice Adm. Harry B. Jarrett, an outstanding Naval officer of World War II who was awarded a Navy Cross for heroism in the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Jarrett is scheduled to decommission as a safe-stow for future foreign military sales. The ship will be classified as inactive and then towed to Bremerton, Wash., for storage.

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 A U.S. Navy color guard parades the colors during the decommissioning ceremony of the guided-missile frigate USS Jarrett (FFG 33)
110421-N-BT887-020 SAN DIEGO (April 21, 2011) A U.S. Navy color guard parades the colors during the decommissioning ceremony of the guided-missile frigate USS Jarrett (FFG 33) at Naval Station San Diego. Jarrett completed numerous deployments conducting theater security cooperation, escort duties and counter-illicit trafficking operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Benjamin Crossley)
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