29 Sep '15, 5pm

Last of its Kind

Last of its Kind

"Like today's Littoral Combat Ship, the Perry class frigate received a lot of criticism when it was first introduced, yet went on to provide decades of exceptionally versatile and valuable service to our nation," said retired Rear Adm. Sam Cox, who is currently the director of the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC). "Many disparaged her supposedly limited sensor suite, among other things, failing to recognize the significant impact of her new generation helicopter capability. And, as the USS Samuel B. Roberts demonstrated, the ship was much tougher than many initially gave her credit for, especially in the hands of well trained and well led Sailors." The OHP Frigates were originally designed as cost efficient surface combatants with limited anti-air defense and anti-submarine warfare capabilities, to serve as escort protection for other ships. In hindsight, they pro...

Full article: http://www.navy.mil/ah_online/ftrStory.asp?issue=3&id=91288

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