Bad news for FFG7 fans out there

150417-N-SV210-036 SAN DIEGO (April 17, 2015) The guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) arrives at Naval Base San Diego after completing its final deployment before decommissioning. During the seven-month deployment, Gary operated in the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet and U.S. 3rd Fleet areas of operations and played an integral role in Operation Martillo. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Donnie W. Ryan/Released)

It looks like the CNO looked at it and decided the “Ghetto Navy” is best left out to pasture.

It’s a common theme in bringing back high-mileage warships like the neutered FFG-7 class from mothballs. They were typically rode hard and put up wet. For example, when SECNAV John “600-ship Navy” Lehman went to look at the old carrier USS Oriskany in 1981 with an eye to putting her back into use after a four-year layup, she had grass and even small trees growing on her decks and was too far gone for Congress to okay the millions needed to get her back into the fold.

From Defense News:

The Navy estimates that bringing back 10 of the Perry-class frigates would cost in excess of $4.32 billion over 10 years, and take away from money needed to modernize the Navy’s existing cruisers and destroyers. In return, the Navy would get a relatively toothless ship only suitable for very low-end missions such as counter-drug operations.

“With obsolete combat systems and aging hulls, these vessels would require significant upgrades to remain warfighting relevant for another decade,” the document reads. “Any potential return on investment would be offset by high reactivation and life-cycle costs, a small ship inventory, limited service life, and substantial capability gaps.

“Furthermore, absent any external source of funding, these costs would likely come at the expense of other readiness, modernization or shipbuilding programs.”

The rest here.

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One response to “Bad news for FFG7 fans out there”

  1. Bob G. says : of us who served on the class when they were new had a different experience. Compared to my father’s WWII destroyer, the USS RENTZ (FFG-46) was roomy and comfortable.
    I was shocked when they removed the Mk13 missile mount, along wth the ships’ SAM and Harpoon capabilities. I understand the halting of the SM-1 program, but they could have left the Harpoons on the FFGs.
    What is often overlooked is that the two SH-60 Seahawks could be seen as the main armament of the FFG-7 class. They extended the ship’s eyes — and reach — well over the horizon. The best way to prosecute an enemy submarine is from a distance, with aircraft.
    RENTZ will not be recalled to service. She was sunk about 220NM from Guam last year, in 30,000 feet of water. I found it heartbreaking to watch her sink:

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