Welcome Aboard the USS FORD (FFG-54)
Congratulations on your assignment to USS FORD (FFG 54). We hope you are as pleased with our orders as we are. Within our ship, we maintain a working environment conducive to realizing your full potential as a member of both our “Tenacious” team and the United States Navy.
FORD is an Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate, one of the most effective and flexible multi-mission ships in the United States Navy. Our primary missions include surface and anti-submarine warfare, surveillance, drug interdiction and search and rescue. The “Tenacious FORD” enjoys the distinction of being one of the best maintained and most capable ships in our class. We have stood the watch for over 25 years and have been involved in some of the most significant battles in our nation’s recent history. We take pride in our on-station performance and safety milestones. You can be assured that you are joining a team with a reputation for consistent, superior performance and mission accomplishment. During your tour, you can expect to put to use all the skills that make a United States Navy Sailor successful: Professional Knowledge, Physical Readiness and Mission Tenacity!
Your sponsor will be able to answer any questions you may have about Everett or FORD’s schedule. He/she will provide you with assistance before you join the ship and with the check-in process when you arrive. If you have not heard from your sponsor yet, please call our Quarter Deck at (425)-304-3673 (commercial) or 727-3673 (DSN). Also, you can email our Sponsor Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to update your contact information while you are in transit. If you would like to forward your mail, our address is:
USS FORD (FFG 54)
FPO AP 96665-1508
Additionally, you may contact your Department Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO) directly at one of the following email addresses (sorted by rates):
Operations Department: (BM, CTT, OS (all undesignated Sailors)) email@example.com
Combat Systems Department: (ET, FC, GM, IC, IT, STG) firstname.lastname@example.org
Engineering Department: (DC, EM, EN, GSE/GSM, HT, MR) email@example.com
Supply Department: (CS, LS, SH) firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive/Navigation/Admin Department: (HM, MA, NC, PS, QM, YN) email@example.com
If not already, you will soon receive a Welcome Aboard Message along with an Electronic Welcome Aboard Package to assist you with your transition. You are strongly encouraged to utilize the Relocation Assistance Program (RAP) and the Standard Installation Topic Exchange Service (SITES) located at your local Family Service Center (FSC). In addition, ensure you check in with housing prior to negotiating any off base lease.
Upon arrival, if FORD is moored at Naval Station Everett, you may report directly to the ship. If FORD is underway, you may report to TPU Everett, located in BLDG 2000. They may be reached at 425-304-3866/3878.
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Frigates - FFG
Frigates fulfill a Protection of Shipping (POS) mission as Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) combatants for amphibious expeditionary forces, underway replenishment groups and merchant convoys.
The guided missile frigates (FFG) bring a short range anti-air warfare (AAW) capability (provided by their Phalanx Close-In Weapon System) to the frigate mission, but they have some limitations. Designed as cost efficient surface combatants, they lack the multi-mission capability necessary for modern surface combatants faced with multiple, high-technology threats. They also offer limited capacity for growth. Despite this, the FFG 7 class is a robust platform, capable of withstanding considerable damage. This "toughness" was aptly demonstrated when USS Samuel B. Roberts struck a mine and USS Stark was hit by two Exocet cruise missiles. In both cases the ships survived, were repaired and returned to the fleet. USS Stark was decommissioned in May 1999.
The Surface Combatant Force Requirement Study does not define any need for a single mission ship such as the frigate and there are no frigates planned in the Navy's five-year shipbuilding plan.