USS BOONE was the 20th frigate in the PERRY class and the second long-hull version in that class. Since 1998 the frigate was part of the NRF training naval reservists. Last homeported in Mayport, Fla., the BOONE was decommissioned on February 23, 2012.
|General Characteristics:||Keel Laid: March 27, 1979|
|Launched: January 16, 1980|
|Commissioned: May 15, 1982|
|Decommissioned: February 23, 2012|
|Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards Co., Seattle Division, Seattle, Wash.|
|Propulsion system: two General Electric LM 2500 gas turbines, two 350 Horsepower Electric Drive Auxiliary Propulsion Units|
|Blades on each Propeller: five|
|Length: 453 feet (138 meters)|
|Beam: 47 feet (14.32 meters)|
|Draft: 24,6 feet (7.5 meters)|
|Displacement: 4,100 tons|
|Speed: 28+ knots|
|Aircraft: two SH-60 Sea Hawk (LAMPS 3)|
|Armament: one Mk 75 76mm/62 caliber rapid firing gun, MK 32 ASW torpedo tubes (two triple mounts), one Phalanx CIWS|
|Crew: 17 Officers and 198 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS BOONE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS BOONE in the News:
About the Coat of Arms:
At the chief, or upper portion of the shield, are the colors of the Distinguished Service Cross Ribbon, signifying the award of this medal to Vice Admiral Joel T. Boone while serving with the Second Army Division in France. The reversed gold star alludes to Admiral Boone's Medal of Honor, this country's highest award. The red cross, a symbol of medical service, bears a fleur-de-lis, referring to Admiral Boone's illustrious service in France. Oak, a symbol of strength, is formed into a wreath denoting honor and excellence. Medical officers of the Navy wear oak leaves. The six white stars represent Admiral Boone's Silver Star Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters.
The eagle on a globe refers to the Marine Corps insignia and Admiral Boone's service and assignment with the Marine Corps. The eagle and U.S. shield also reflects Admiral Boone's service to three presidents and his later association with the Veterans Administration.
The scroll, its colors alluding to the first navy jack, bears the motto of that flag. The phrase, "Don't Tread on Me" reminds us of the American Revolution and also sets the standard for the traditional rules of engagement of the United States Navy. It serves as fair warning to potential enemies of the lethality of a warship and the U.S. Navy's propensity to prevail in battle against forces of apparently superior advantage.
USS BOONE Patch Gallery:
USS BOONE Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the BOONE at Naval Base Wilhelmshaven, Germany, on April 10, 2010. BOONE is a participant of NATO Exercise Brilliant Mariner from April 12 - 22, 2010. The reason for the flag on half-mast is that Poland's President Lech Kaczynski died in a plane crash earlier that day.
The photos below were taken by me and show the BOONE laid up between her sisterships JOHN L. HALL (FFG 32) and STEPHEN W. GROVES (FFG 29) at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Penn. The photos were taken on May 4, 2012.
The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the BOONE laid up between her sisterships at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Penn., on October 3, 2012.