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USS De Wert (FFG-45)
USS De Wert (FFG-45) and HMCS Ville de Quebec docked in Toledo, Ohio, in August 2012.JPG
USS De Wert docked in Toledo, Ohio, in August 2012
Namesake: Hospitalman Richard De Wert
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: June 14, 1982
Launched: December 18, 1982
Commissioned: November 19, 1983
Homeport: Mayport, Florida
Motto: Daring, Dauntless, Defiant
Status: in active service, as of 2022
Badge: USS DeWert FFG-45 Crest.png
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

USS De Wert (FFG-45), an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, is a ship of the United States Navy named for Hospitalman Richard De Wert (1931–1951). De Wert was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism while serving with the 7th Marines during the Korean War.

De Wert was laid down on June 14, 1982 by the Bath Iron Works, in Bath, Maine; launched on December 18, 1982, sponsored by Rita C. Kennedy; and commissioned on November 19, 1983 at Bath, Commander Douglas Armstrong in command.[1]

Comnander Destroyer Squadron Six conducted a Command Administration Inspection August 24–26, 1985.[2] The ship got underway with the Air Det embarked August 13 through September 7 to participate in READEX 3-85 under Commander Carrier Group Two, along with fifteen surface ships, 2 submarines of the United States Atlantic Fleet and one unit of the Royal Netherlands Navy. On August 15 conducted a CIWS exercise and destroyed the TDU. On August 22 the ship had another successful SM-1 firing against a target drone. The ship's Preparation for Overseas Movement, 7 through September 30 was interrupted by having to get underway for hurricane evasion September 24–27. October 1 HSL 42 Det 4 embarked in preparation for deployment. The ship got underway on October 2 for its first major overseas deployment. On October 9, during the transit across the Atlantic the ship scored the quickest 'Quick Draw" of the battle group. De Wert in-chopped to the Sixth Fleet on October 14 and participated in Operation Display Determination 85, under the command of Commander Task Force 60 with 2 carriers, 16 warships, and 130 aircraft of the Sixth Fleet. This exercise proved to be predominately an AAW/ASW exercise.

De Wert is captained by Commander Joseph Thomas; she is part of Destroyer Squadron 14, Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic, and is homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.

On February 16, 2007, De Wert was awarded the 2006 Battle "E" award.[3]

In 2011, De Wert earned all command excellence awards and was awarded the 2010 Battle E award.

On October 11, 2011, it was reported that the De Wert, along with the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel RFA Fort Victoria, had rescued the Italian vessel Montecristo after it was boarded by Somali pirates, while on joint anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean.[4][5]


  1. Smolinski, Mike (June 6, 2009). "USS De Wert (FFG45)". Frigate Photo Archive. NavSource Naval History. Retrieved July 7, 2010. 
  2. De Wert Command History 1985, via, DeWert
  3. Ludwick, Paula M., MC1 (February 19, 2007). "Surface Force Ships, Crews Earn Battle "E"". United States Navy. Retrieved July 6, 2010. 
  4. "UK and US forces 'rescue pirate-held Italian ship'". BBC News The USS De Wert was commanded by Captain Sean G McLaren on Christmas 2009 when they saved a ship that had been raided by Somali Pirates. One ship member had dressed up as Santa Claus and went onto the ship on Christmas delivering presents of the sailors own.. October 11, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2010. 
  5. "Special forces rescue ship from pirates". CNN. October 11, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2010. 

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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