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7 frigates on list of FY '14 decommissionings

Jul. 10, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
The frigate Thach, one of seven frigates set to decommission in fiscal 2014, returns to San Diego in April.
The frigate Thach, one of seven frigates set to decommission in fiscal 2014, returns to San Diego in April. (MC2 Rosalie Garcia/Navy)
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The full fiscal 2014 decommissioning list, arranged by the slated inactivation date, per NAVADMIN 175/13:
■ Frigate Ford, Oct. 31, 2013
■ Frigate Thach, Nov. 15, 2013
■ Frigate Nicholas, March 17, 2014
■ Frigate Robert G. Bradley, March 28, 2014
■ Missile range instrumentation ship Observation Island April 1, 2014
■ Frigate De Wert, April 4, 2014
■ Frigate Rentz, May 23, 2014
■ Mine countermeasures ship Avenger, Aug. 30, 2014
■ Frigate Halyburton, Sept. 8, 2014
■ Attack submarine Dallas, Sept. 26, 2014
■ Fast combat support ship Bridge, Sept. 30, 2014
■ Amphibious transport dock Denver, Sept. 30, 2014

Seven frigates, a minesweeper, an attack submarine and an amphibious transport dock are among the 12 ships slated to be retired in the upcoming fiscal year, the Navy said in the annual decommissioning message, released Wednesday.

As expected, the plan continues the retirement of Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates, a class that has been in service since the Carter administration. It does not, however, list any cruisers or amphibious dock landing ships, which the Navy planned to retire until lawmakers balked and ordered the service to retain all nine vessels.

The list also includes two Military Sealift Command ships, the fast combat support ship Bridge and missile range instrumentation ship Observation Island.

All seven frigates are will be sold to foreign navies, according to the message. The attack sub heads into a lengthy decommissioning process in which the spent uranium is removed and the reactor is buried. The minesweeper will be used for spare parts for the rest of the MCM fleet. The missile range ship will be scrapped. The amphib and the support ship will be maintained in a reserve status.

There is only one remaining vessel left to be retired this year: the frigate Reuben James, whose decom date is set for late August.

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