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USS Underwood (FFG-36)
USS Underwood FFG-36
USS Underwood underway in the Caribbean Sea in 2006
Career (US)
Namesake: Captain Gordon Waite Underwood
Ordered: 27 April 1979
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 30 July 1981
Launched: 6 February 1982
Sponsored by: Elizabeth T. Underwood
Christened: 6 February 1982
Acquired: 14 January 1983
Commissioned: 29 January 1983
Decommissioned: 8 March 2013
Homeport: Mayport, Florida
Badge: USS Underwood FFG-36 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)
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: 17 Officers and 198 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 Underwood (FFG-36) was the twenty-seventh ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class of guided-missile frigates, named for Captain Gordon Waite Underwood (1910–1978).

Ordered from Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME on 27 April 1979 as part of the FY79 program, Underwood was laid down on 30 July 1981, launched on 6 February 1982, and commissioned on 29 January 1983. She was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 14 and homeported at Mayport, FL.

On 13 January 2010, the Underwood was ordered to assist in the humanitarian relief efforts following the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[1]

The Underwood was extensively used to counteract drug trafficking in Latin America with the assistance of the Coast Guard.[2]

USS Underwood was decommissioned on March 8, 2013.[3]

Underwood passing under the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge, June 2006


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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