USS Vandegrift FFG 48 
Bookmark and Share
From Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS)
-- The guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) will depart San Diego for an independent deployment to the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) in the Western Pacific Ocean, April 12.

"We are all anxious to begin our deployment to the Seventh Fleet Area of Operations," said Cmdr. Steven Prescott commanding officer. "The ship and crew have been prepared for this deployment through a series of exercises and workups throughout the training cycle.
This is a great ship and the crew is second to none. Vandegrift is ready for any tasking that comes our way."

The ship and its crew of approximately 25 officers and 185 enlisted Sailors is one of six Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigates and will deploy for the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise.

Also deploying with Vandegrift are the Scorpions of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light 49, Det. 6, led by Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Carlson. Vandegrift falls under the command of Destroyer Squadron 1, led by Commodore Eric C. Young.

The ship was recently involved in training Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) personnel in integrating S-70 helicopters into the RSN fleet. RSAF pilots made a historic first-ever underway landing of an S-70 aboard USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) last November.

Vandegrift (FFG 48), named for Gen. Alexander A. Vandegrift, U.S. Marine Corps, was built at Todd
Pacific Shipyards in Seattle, Wash. and was commissioned Nov. 24, 1984. The ship completed eight years of service in Yokosuka, Japan in support of Forward Deployed Naval Forces, departing Aug. 14, 2006, to make San Diego its new homeport.

Vandegrift helps provide deterrence, promote peace and security, preserve freedom of the sea and humanitarian/disaster response within 3rd Fleet's 50-million square mile AOR in the Eastern Pacific, as well as supporting the Navy's Maritime Strategy when forward deployed.


For more news from Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/c3f/.
US Navy Recruiting | No Fear Act | FOIA | USA.gov | US Navy | US Marine Corps | Navy Reserves | Individual Augmentee | Veterans Crisis Line This is an official United States Navy Website. This US Government system is subject to monitoring. Please read our Privacy Policy and Section 508/Accessibility Statement.

The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the United States Department of Defense, or the United States Department of the Navy of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sites, the United States Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy  does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this DoD web site.

Share