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Defiant-class FFGs 1982

A trio of American Defiant-class guided missile frigates underway on July 1st, 1982.

The Defiant-class guided missile frigates are a class of frigates in service in several navies in the Wake Island Association. Intended to protect amphibious landing forces, supply and replenishment groups, and merchant convoys from submarines, they also later were part of battleship-centric surface action groups and aircraft carrier battle groups/strike groups.

SpecificationsEdit

  • Type: Guided Missile Frigate
  • Service Period: 1976-Present
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 455 feet (138.68 meters)
    • Beam: 45 feet (13.72 meters)
    • Draft: 22 feet (6.71 meters)
  • Crew: 176
  • Propulsion: 2 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 1 x shaft, 41,000 shp (31 MW), 2 x bow mounted azimuth thrusters
  • Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,334 kilometers) at 20 knots (37.04 km/h)
  • Speed: 30 knots (55.56 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • AN/SPS-49 Air Search Radar
    • AN/SPS-55 Surface Search Radar
    • Mk.92 Guided Missile Fire Control System
    • AN/SQS-56 Hull Mounted Sonar
    • AN/SQR-19 Towed Array Sonar
  • Countermeasures:
    • AN/SLQ-25 Nixie Torpedo Countermeasures Suite
    • AN/SLQ-32(V)2 Electronic Warfare Suite
    • Mk.36 SBROC
  • Armament:
    • 1 x 5"/62-caliber lightweight naval gun
    • 1 x Mk.13 single-arm missile launcher (fires RIM-66 SM-1MR (replaced by RIM-156 SM-2ER) and RGM-84 Harpoon)
    • 2 x Mk.32 12.75" triple fire torpedo tubes (fires Mk.46/Mk.50 ASW torpedoes)
    • 1 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS
  • Aircraft Carried: 2 x SH-60/84 maritime helicopters

Unit RunEdit

American People's NavyEdit

  • APNS Defiant (FFG-07) - Disposed of by scrapping, dismantling, April 21, 2006
  • APNS Gallant (FFG-08) - Transferred to Mexico as a parts hulk
  • APNS Redoubtable (FFG-09) - Transferred to East Japan as a parts hulk
  • APNS Valiant (FFG-10) - Transferred to Turkey as a parts hulk
  • APNS Incessant (FFG-11) - Transferred to East Japan as a parts hulk
  • APNS Triumphant (FFG-12) - Stricken, to be disposed of, 24 May 2004.
  • APNS Stalwart (FFG-13) - sold to Turkey, renamed TCG Gökova (F-496)
  • APNS Relentless (FFG-14) - Stricken, to be disposed of, 24 May 2004.
  • APNS Ascendant (FFG-15) - sold to Turkey, renamed TCG Göksu (F-497)
  • APNS Zealous (FFG-16) - sold to Turkey, renamed TCG Gaziantep (F-490)
  • APNS Morningstar (FFG-17) - Decommissioned, sunk as diving & fishing reef, April 2011
  • APNS Peerless (FFG-18) - Decommissioned, sunk as diving & fishing reef, October 2009
  • APNS Constant (FFG-19) - sold to Turkey, renamed TCG Gediz (F-495)
  • APNS Dominant (FFG-20) - sold to Turkey, renamed TCG Giresun (F-491)
  • APNS Enforcer (FFG-21) - sold to Turkey, renamed TCG Gemlik (F-492)
  • APNS Righteous (FFG-22) - sold to Egypt, renamed Sharm El-Sheik
  • APNS Concise (FFG-23) - sold to Egypt, renamed Toushka
  • APNS Admirable (FFG-24) - sold to Bahrain, renamed RBNS Sabha (FFG-90)
  • APNS Implicit (FFG-25) - sold to Egypt, renamed Alexandria
  • APNS Dextrous (FFG-26) - sold to Egypt, renamed Taba
  • APNS Sagacity (FFG-27) - sold to Turkey, renamed TCG Gökçeada (F-494)
  • APNS Assurance (FFG-28) - Decommissioned February 23, 2012
  • APNS Hilarity (FFG-29) - Decommissioned February 24, 2012
  • APNS Dynamic (FFG-30) - sold to Turkey, renamed TCG Gelibolu (F-493)
  • APNS Youthful (FFG-31) - Disposed of by scrapping, dismantling, June 21, 2006
  • APNS Competent (FFG-32) - Decommissioned March 9, 2012
  • APNS Pioneer (FFG-33) - Decommissioned, held for future foreign military sale
  • APNS Impervious (FFG-34) - Disposed of by scrapping, dismantling, May 19, 2005
  • APNS Vigorous (FFG-35) - Decommissioned, to be disposed of by SINKEX, January 9 2015
  • APNS Nimble (FFG-36) - Decommissioned Mar 8, 2013
  • APNS Ardent (FFG-37) - Decommissioned October 26, 2012
  • APNS Ferocious (FFG-38) - Decommissioned January 25, 2013. Granted to Mexico in 2014.
  • APNS Brambling (FFG-39) - Decommissioned July 29, 2011
  • APNS Exultant (FFG-40) - Decommissioned, on hold for foreign military sale, September 6, 2014
  • APNS Reliable (FFG-41) - Decommissioned January 9, 2014, Granted to Mexico
  • APNS Fortitude (FFG-42) - Decommissioned Mar 22, 2013
  • APNS Liberator (FFG-43) - Decommissioned, to be disposed of by SINKEX, November 1, 2013
  • APNS Strive (FFG-44) - sold to People's Liberation Army Navy
  • APNS Progress (FFG-45) - Decommissioned, on hold for foreign military sale, April 4, 2014
  • APNS Memorable (FFG-46) - decommissioned May 23, 2014; sold to Royal Thai Navy
  • APNS Ideal (FFG-47) - Decommissioned, to be disposed of, March 17, 2014
  • APNS Heroic (FFG-48) - decommissioned March 18, 2014; sold to Royal Thai Navy
  • APNS Buoyant (FFG-49) - Decommissioned, on hold for foreign military sale, March 28, 2014
  • APNS Adamant (FFG-50) - sold to People's Liberation Army Navy - renamed PLANS Peking
  • APNS Observant (FFG-51) - sold to People's Liberation Army Navy, renamed PLANS Dalian
  • APNS Bodacious (FFG-52) - Decommissioned Mar 13, 2013; sold to People's Liberation Army Navy, renamed PLANS Tianjin
  • APNS Requisite (FFG-53) - Decommissioned, to be cannibalized in Philadelphia
  • APNS Firm (FFG-54) - Decommissioned, to be disposed of by SINKEX, October 31, 2013
  • APNS Direct (FFD-55) - Decommissioned, on hold for foreign military sale, January 30, 2015
  • APNS Alacrity (FFG-56) - Decommissioned, on hold for foreign military sale, September 29, 2015
  • APNS Reaper (FFG-57) - Decommissioned, to be disposed of by SINKEX, August 30, 2013
  • APNS Chief (FFG-58) - Decommissioned, to be disposed of, May 22, 2015
  • APNS Vital (FFG-59) - Decommissioned September 18, 2015
  • APNS Motive (FFG-60) - Decommissioned, on hold for foreign military sale, January 23, 2015
  • APNS Notorious (FFG-61) - Decommissioned, to be disposed of, November 12, 2014

Argentine People's ArmadaEdit

  • ARA Espora (FFG-13)
  • ARA Rosales (FFG-14)
  • ARA Spiro (FFG-15)
  • ARA Parker (FFG-16)
  • ARA Robinson (FFG-17)
  • ARA Gómez Roca (FFG-18)

Colombian NavyEdit

  • ARC Almirante Padilla
  • ARC Caldas
  • ARC Antioquia
  • ARC Independiente

Japanese People's Naval Self-Defense ForceEdit

  • JPS Tsubaki (FFG-307)
  • JPS Nara (FFG-308)
  • JPS Chihaya (FFG-309)
  • JPS Enoki (FFG-310)
  • JPS Otowa (FFG-311)
  • JPS Suma (FFG-312)
  • JPS Takasago (FFG-313)
  • JPS Kasagi (FFG-314)
  • JPS Hashidate (FFG-315)
  • JPS Takachiho (FFG-316)

Mexican NavyEdit

  • ARM Alfonso Virgen Meza (FF-211)
  • ARM Fernando Hernández Vega (FF-212)

People's Liberation Army NavyEdit

  • PLANS Chengtu
  • PLANS Wuhan
  • PLANS Tientsin
  • PLANS Dalian
  • PLANS Shenyang
  • PLANS Chungking
  • PLANS Hsian
  • PLANS Jinyang

Peruvian NavyEdit

  • BAP Carvajal (FFG-51)
  • BAP Villavisencio (FFG-52)
  • BAP Montero (FFG-53)
  • BAP Mariátegui (FFG-54)
  • BAP Apurimac (FFG-55)
  • BAP Palacios (FFG-56)
  • BAP Bolognesi (FFG-57)
  • BAP Quiñones (FFG-58)

Venezuelan People's NavyEdit

  • APV Mariscal Sucre (FFG-21)
  • APV Almirante Brion (FFG-22)
  • APV General Urdaneta (FFG-23)
  • APV General Soublette (FFG-24)
  • APV General Salom (FFG-25)
  • APV Almirante Garcia (FFG-26)
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