Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate

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4200 t
136 m
14 m
  • 2 * General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines generating 41,000 shp (31 MW) through a single shaft and variable pitch propeller
  • 2 * Auxiliary Propulsion Units, 350 hp (260 kW) retractable electric azimuth thrusters for maneuvering and docking
29 knots
4,500 nmi (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
  • AN/SPS-49 radar
  • AN/SPS-55 radar
  • Mk 92 fire control system
  • SQS-56 sonar
  • SQR-19 Towed Array sonar
  • SLQ-32(V)2
  • Flight III with sidekick
  • Mark 36 SRBOC
  • AN/SLQ-25 Nixie
  • 1 * single-arm Mk 13 Missile Launcher with a 40-missile magazine that contains SM-1MR anti-aircraft guided missiles and Harpoon anti-ship missiles. Removed from the U.S. Navy ships starting in 2003, due to the retirement of the SM-1 missile from U.S. service
  • 1 * Mk 38 Mod 2 Naval Gun Systems installed on platforms over the removed MK 13 launchers
  • 2 * triple Mark 32 Anti-submarine warfare torpedo tubes with Mark 46 or Mark 50 anti-submarine warfare torpedoes
  • 1 * OTO Melara 76 mm/62 caliber naval gun
  • 1 * 20 mm Phalanx CIWS rapid-fire cannon
  • 8 * Hsiung Feng II SSM or 4 HF-2 and 4 HF-3 supersonic AShM
  • + 2 * Bofors 40mm/L70 guns (on Taiwanese vessels only)
  • 2 * LAMPS multi-purpose helicopters (the SH-2 Seasprite LAMPS I on the short-hulled ships or the SH-60 Seahawk LAMPS III on the long-hulled ships)
  • double hangar
  • flight deck

The Oliver Hazard Perry class is a class of guided-missile frigates named after the U.S. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, the hero of the naval Battle of Lake Erie. Also known as the Perry or FFG-7 (commonly «fig seven») class, the warships were designed in the United States in the mid-1970s as general-purpose escort vessels inexpensive enough to be bought in large numbers to replace World War II-era destroyers and complement 1960s-era Knox-class frigates.

In Admiral Elmo Zumwalt's «high low fleet plan», the FFG-7s were the low capability ships with the Spruance-class destroyers serving as the high capability ships. Intended to protect amphibious landing forces, supply and replenishment groups, and merchant convoys from aircraft and submarines, they were also later part of battleship-centred surface action groups and aircraft carrier battle groups/strike groups. Fifty-five ships were built in the United States: 51 for the United States Navy and four for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). In addition, eight were built in Taiwan, six in Spain, and two in Australia for their navies. Former U.S. Navy warships of this class have been sold or donated to the navies of Bahrain, Egypt, Poland, Pakistan, Taiwan, and Turkey.

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