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USS Ingraham (FFG-61)
USS Ingraham (FFG-61)
The USS Ingraham in 2008
Career (US)
Namesake: Captain Duncan Ingraham
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards, San Pedro, California
Laid down: 30 March 1987
Launched: 25 June 1988
Commissioned: 5 August 1989
Homeport: NS Everett, Washington
Motto: Heritage of Gallantry
Status: in active service, as of 2022
Badge: USS Ingaham FFG-61 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate
Displacement: 4,100 tons (4,165 t) full load
Length: 453 ft (138.1 m), overall
Beam: 45 ft (13.7 m)
Draft: 27 ft (6.7 m)
Propulsion: 2 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines generating 41,000 shp (31 MW) through a single shaft and controllable-pitch propeller
Speed: 29+ knots (54+ km/h)
Range: 5,000 nm (9,300 km) at 18 knots (33 km/h)
Complement: 15 officers and 190 enlisted, plus SH-60 LAMPS detachment of roughly six officer pilots and 15 enlisted men
Armament: 1 ×OTO Melara Mk 75 76 mm/62 caliber naval gun
2 × Mk 32 triple-tube (324 mm) launchers for Mark 46 torpedoes
1 × Vulcan Phalanx CIWS
4 × .50-cal (12.7 mm) machine guns.
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 LAMPS III helicopters
Nickname: "The Ham" or The Mighty "I"

The USS Ingraham (FFG-61), the last American Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate to be built, was the fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named for Captain Duncan Ingraham (1802–1891).

The USS Ingraham was laid down on 30 March 1987 at the Todd Pacific Shipyards Co., Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, California. She was launched on 25 June 1988.

As of November 2012, Ingraham is commanded by CDR Joe Frantzen, USN. Ingraham's homeport is at NS Everett, Washington, and is assigned to Destroyer Squadron 9.[1][2]

Small craft suspected to be from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Navy (IRGCN), maneuvers in close proximity of the USS Ingraham.

On 6 January 2008, the destroyer USS Hopper, the guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal, and the frigate USS Ingraham were entering the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz when five Iranian motor boats approached them at high speed and in a reportedly threatening manner. The American ships had been in the Arabian Sea searching for a sailor who had been missing from the USS Hopper for one day. The U.S. Navy reported that the Iranian boats made "threatening" moves toward the U.S. vessels, coming as close as 200 yards (180 m). The U.S. Navy ships received a radio transmission saying, "I am coming to you. You will explode after few minutes." While the American ships prepared to open fire, the Iranians abruptly turned away, the U.S. Navy officials said. Before leaving, the Iranians dropped white boxes into the water in front of the American ships. The American ships did not investigate the boxes. Officials from the two countries differed on their assessments of the severity of the incident. The Iranians claimed that they were conducting normal maneuvers, whereas American officials claimed that an imminent danger to American naval vessels existed.[3]

On 29 September 2009, the Ingraham was en route to American Samoa and was the first U.S. military asset to arrive and assist in the recovery efforts following the 2009 Samoa earthquake.[4][5]

See also

  • United States-Iran relations


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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