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USS Ingraham (FFG 61)

- decommissioned -

USS INGRAHAM was the last ship in the OLIVER HAZARD PERRY - class and the fourth ship in the Navy to bear the name. USS INGRAHAM held a decommissioning ceremony on November 12, 2014, and is scheduled to be decommissioned officially on January 15, 2015.

General Characteristics:Keel Laid: March 30, 1987
Christened: June 25, 1988
Commissioned: August 5, 1989
Decommissioned: January 15, 2015
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards Co., Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, Ca.
Propulsion system: two General Electric LM 2500 gas turbines, two 350 Horsepower Electric Drive Auxiliary Propulsion Units
Propellers: one
Blades on each Propeller: five
Length: 453 feet (135.9 meters)
Beam: 45 feet (13.5 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, one Mk 38 Mod 2 25mm machine gun system
Crew: 17 Officers and 198 Enlisted


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS INGRAHAM. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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About the Ship's Coat of Arms:

( Click on the Coat of Arms for a larger version )

The Shield:

Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the US Navy. The chain broken by the sword represents Captain Duncan Ingraham forcing the release of Martin Koszto, a Hungarian confined by an Austrian warship who had earlier declared his intention of becoming an American citizen. The sword also emphasizes the Naval protection Captain Ingraham provided the Hungarian. The color red symbolizes the courage it took for Ingraham to stand his ground alone far from his country. The crescent, adapted from the Turkish national flag, refers to Smyrna, Turkey, where the American Captain held fast and took a stand in 1853. The color white is expressive of his purity of intent. The separations of the shield honor the three previous destroyers named "INGRAHAM"; the wavy divisions reflect the sea. The disc, with three of the colors of the Navy Unit Commendation Award, commemorates the award earned in World War II by the third USS INGRAHAM. The powerful anti-aircraft fire of this ship is underscored by the arrowhead pointing upwards.

The Crest:

The eagle, our national symbol, portrays swiftness, strength, and constant vigilance. The trident characterizes Naval weaponry and sea prowess and symbolizes the combat readiness and modern weapon systems of FFG 61. The seven stars commemorate the third INGRAHAM's service - four battle stars earned for World War II, one for the Korean War and two for the Vietnam conflict. The wreath of laurel is emblematic of excellence and accomplishment and also refers to the gold medal awarded to Captain Ingraham by Congress for his "gallant and judicious conduct" at Smyrna.


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About the Frigate’s Name, about Captain Duncan Nathaniel Ingraham:

USS INGRAHAM is the fourth ship to honor the name of Captain Duncan Nathaniel Ingraham (1802-1891). Captain Ingraham, while commanding the sloop St. Louis in the Mediterranean Squadron in July 1852, interfered with the Austrian consul's detention of Martin Kosztca, a Hungarian who had declared in New York his intention of becoming an American citizen. For his conduct in this matter he was voted thanks and a medal by Congress.

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USS INGRAHAM Patch Gallery:

MEF 99-2 - HSL-43 Det. 6


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The photos below were taken by Ian Johnson and show the INGRAHAM in Fremantle Harbor, Australia, on July 11, 2003. At the time, INGRAHAM was operating with the CARL VINSON (CVN 70) Strike Group.



The photos below were taken by me and show the INGRAHAM at Naval Station Everett, Wash., on May 13, 2012.



The photos below were taken by Lars Ilchmann and show the INGRAHAM at Naval Station Everett, Wash., on November 8, 2014 - just 9 days after the ship returned from its final deployment. The INGRAHAM had been underway in the 4th Fleet area of operations for seven-and-a-half months. On November 10, 2014, the ship undertook a final family and friends cruise in Elliot Bay and held a decommissioning ceremony on November 12.



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