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USS Clark (FFG-11)
A starboard bow view of the guided missile frigate USS Clark (FFG-11) underway.
A starboard bow view of the guided missile frigate USS Clark (FFG-11) underway.
Career (US)
Ordered: 27 February 1976
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 17 July 1978
Launched: 24 March 1979
Commissioned: 9 May 1980
Decommissioned: 15 March 2000
Struck: 15 March 2000
Homeport: Norfolk, Virginia (former)
Fate: Disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP)
General characteristics
Class & type: Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate
Displacement: 4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load
Length: 453 feet (138 m), overall
Beam: 45 feet (14 m)
Draft: 22 feet (6.7 m)
  • 2 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines generating 41,000 shp (31 MW) through a single shaft and variable pitch propeller
  • 2 × Auxiliary Propulsion Units, 350 hp (260 kW) retractable electric azimuth thrusters for maneuvering and docking.
Speed: over 29 knots (54 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots (9,300 km at 33 km/h)
Complement: 15 officers and 190 enlisted, plus SH-60 LAMPS detachment of roughly six officer pilots and 15 enlisted maintainers
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 LAMPS III helicopters

The second USS Clark (FFG-11), fifth ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class of guided-missile frigates, was named for Admiral Joseph James "Jocko" Clark (1893–1971). Ordered from Bath Iron Works on 27 February 1976 as part of the FY76 program, Clark was laid down on 17 July 1978, launched on 24 March 1979, and commissioned on 9 May 1980. Decommissioned and stricken on 15 March 2000, she was handed over to Poland that same day to become the Polish Navy's Gen. K. Pułaski, after Kazimierz Pułaski, a Polish soldier who fought in the American Revolutionary War.


This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.

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