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USS Jack Williams (FFG-24)
USS Jack Williams (FFG-24)
USS Jack Williams (FFG-24)
Career (US)
Name: USS Jack Williams
Ordered: 28 February 1977
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 25 February 1980
Launched: 30 August 1980
Commissioned: 19 September 1981
Decommissioned: 13 September 1996
Struck: 13 September 1996
Homeport: Mayport, Florida
Motto: Guardez Bien
Nickname: The Arky
Fate: transferred to Bahrain, 1996
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)
Draught: 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 Jack Williams (FFG-24), sixteenth ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class of guided-missile frigates, was named for Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Jack Williams, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism in the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Ordered from Bath Iron Works on 28 February 1977 as part of the FY77 program, Jack Williams was laid down on 25 February 1980; launched on 30 August 1980; and commissioned on 19 September 1981.

Decommissioned and stricken on 13 September 1996, she was transferred to Bahrain the same day and recommissioned as the RBNS Sabha (FFG-90).

Jack Williams (FFG-24) was the first ship of that name in the US Navy.


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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