USS George Philip Decommissioned

Story Number: NNS030328-14Release Date: 3/28/2003 1:28:00 PM
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By Ensign Russell Childress, Commander, Navy Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The crew of USS George Philip (FFG 12) held a decommissioning ceremony March 15, culminating in the end of more than 22 years of service.

The speakers at the ceremony were the Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Christopher L. Wall and Snow Philip, the ship's sponsor and daughter of the ship's namesake.

George Philip was commissioned Oct. 10, 1980. Designed as a modern anti-submarine warfare ship, George Philip is a member of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class of guided-missile frigates.

The ship is powered by two gas turbine engines, and armed with Harpoon missiles, a 76 mm rapid firing gun, anti-submarine warfare torpedo tubes, and a close-in weapons system. The ship also has an advanced SQS-56 sonar and a third generation naval tactical data system, giving it technical superiority.

Following the decommissioning ceremony, George Philip and its crew will set sail one more time to its final storage location in Bremerton, Wash. The ship will formally decommission and enter the Inactive Reserve Fleet March 28, 2003.

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