USS ELROD


Ship Characteristics

  • Name:    USS Elrod (FFG-55)
  • Namesake:  Major Henry T. Elrod
  • Ordered:  22 May 1981
  • Builder:  Bath Iron Works
  • Laid down:  21 November 1983
  • Launched:  12 May 1984
  • Commissioned:  21 September 1985
  • Homeport:  NS Norfolk, Virginia
  • Status:  in active service, as of 2012

General characteristics:

  • Class and type:  Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate
  • Displacement:  4,100 tons (4,170 t) full load
  • Length:  453 ft (138 m)
  • Beam:  45 ft (14 m) Draft:  22 ft (6.7 m)
  • Propulsion:  2 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines generating 41,000 bhp (31 MW) through a single shaft and controllable pitch propeller
  • Speed:  29+ knots
  • Range:  5,000 nm at 18 knots (33 km/h)
  • Complement:  15 officers and 190 enlisted, plus SH-60 LAMPS detachment of roughly six officer pilots and 15 enlisted maintainers
  • Armament:  
    • 1 × OTO Melara Mk 75 76 mm/62 caliber naval gun
    • 2 × Mk 32 triple-tube (324 mm) launchers for Mark 46 torpedoes
    • 1 × Mk 15 Vulcan Phalanx CIWS
    • 4 × .50-caliber M2HB machine guns
  • Aircraft carried:  2 × SH-60B LAMPS III helicopters
  • Motto:  War Ready to Preserve Peace
  • Nickname:  Hammerin' Hank