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USS Fahrion (FFG 22)

- decommissioned -

USS FAHRION was the 14th OLIVER HAZARD PERRY class guide missile frigate and one of the "short-hull" versions in that class. USS FAHRION was homeported in Mayport, FL., and after decommissioning the frigate was sold to Egypt where she was renamed SHARM EL SHEIKH.

General Characteristics:Keel Laid: December 1, 1978
Launched: August 24, 1979
Commissioned: January 16, 1982
Decommissioned: March 31, 1998
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
Propellers: one
Blades on each Propeller: five
Length: 445 feet (133.5 meters)
Beam: 45 feet (13.5 meters)
Draft: 24,6 feet (7.5 meters)
Displacement: 4,100 tons
Speed: 28+ knots
Aircraft: one SH-2F (LAMPS 1)
Armament: one Mk 13 guided missile launcher (36 Standard (MR) and 4 Harpoon missiles), one Mk 75 76mm/62 caliber rapid firing gun, MK 32 ASW torpedo tubes (two triple mounts), one Phalanx CIWS
Crew: 17 Officers and 195 Enlisted

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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS FAHRION. 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:

The Shield:

Within the shield of the seal, the voided pile forms a "V," a symbol worn by the Navy recipients of both the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal to denote combat involvement. The gold stars are indicative of successive awards of those combat awards. The combination of the "V" and the stars is suggestive of the destroyer screens Admiral Fahrion led defending convoys in the Atlantic and conducting raids on the Gilbert Island in the Pacific. The red connotes wartime service, dark blue and gold the traditional Navy colors symbolizing sea power.

The Crest:

The crest, the upper portion consisting of the dragon and missile, symbolizes Admiral Fahrion's weapons development work, and his significant service in "Operation Crossroads," the atomic bomb tests of 1946 at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands.

The dragon also dramatizes the firepower and the design mission of the FFG, which is to provide self-defense and protection to underway replenishment groups and military and mercantile convoys against surface, air and sub-surface threats.

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About the Ship’s Name, about Admiral Frank George Fahrion:

Admiral Fahrion was born on 17 April 1894 in Pickens, West Virginia. He was graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with the Class of 1917, and served in a succession of destroyers. Prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, he lead a destroyer division guarding convoys to Iceland and to Mid-Atlantic rendezvous with British escorts.

During World War II, Fahrion was the Destroyer Screen Commander for the "YORKTOWN" carrier task force in the early Central Pacific raids on the Gilbert Islands. For service as Chief of Staff to Commander North Pacific Force, he was awarded the Legion of Merit. He earned a Gold Star in lieu of a second Legion of Merit for the skillful direction or research development and manufacturing phases of the successful torpedo program, while commanding the Naval Torpedo Station in Newport, Rhode Island, February 1943 - July 1944. The Bronze Star Medal for Valor was won by Fahrion as Commanding Office of the battleship USS NORTH CAROLINA (BB 55) during Fleet raids ranging from the Philippines to Iwo Jim and Okinawa. He was advanced to flag rank in January of 1945. In recognition of his skillful and intensive direct naval gunfire support missions while commanding Cruiser Division Four throughout the Okinawa Campaign, Admiral Fahrion received a Gold Star in lieu of a second Bronze Star Medal.

At the close of World War II, Admiral Fahrion was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a third Legion of Merit for superbly organizing and directing the target and salvage units of the Joint Task Force One during "Operation Crossroads," the atomic bomb tests of July 1946 at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands.

Before retirement, he served as Inspector General, Pacific and U.S. Pacific Fleet: Commander Destroyers, U.S. Pacific Fleet (1946 - 1948), and Superintendent of the Naval Gun Factory, Washington, D.C. In July 1950, he assumed command of the Destroyer Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, and was Commander Amphibious Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, from January 1952 until his retirement on 1 May 1956.

After retirement from the Navy, Admiral and Mrs. Fahrion made their home in La Jolla, California, where he died on 16 January 1970.

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