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Pearl Harbor-based frigate to be decommissioned

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:57 a.m. HST, Jul 17, 2013

Hawaii's last guided-missile frigate is being decommissioned after nearly 30 years of naval service.

The Navy is holding a ceremony on Thursday to retire the USS Reuben James. Among those expected to attend the Pearl Harbor ceremony are five crew members assigned to the ship when it was commissioned.

Guided-missile frigates are multi-mission surface combatants capable of undersea warfare and surface warfare missions. The USS Reuben James returned from deployment in early May after participating in a series of maritime exercises.

The Navy says that with the departure of the last frigate, all of the surface ships based at Pearl Harbor will be guided-missile destroyers and cruisers.

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Anonymous wrote:
In second paragraph, it should be Reuben James, not just Reuben like the sandwich. - Editor.
on July 17,2013 | 06:31AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
So, is the Navy phasing out frigates in favor of the heavier destroyers and cruisers? What say you, Surface Sailors?
on July 17,2013 | 07:29AM
miyviews wrote:
Per similar article from SA (http://www.staradvertiser.com/newspremium/20121018_Ships_subs_shift_at_Pearl_Harbor.html), the new LCS class replaces the FFG class.
on July 17,2013 | 11:31AM
juscasting wrote:
Good bye old friend!
on July 17,2013 | 12:23PM
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