Saying Farewell to the Fightin’ 57
The guided-missile frigate USS Reuben James (FFG 57) will be decommissioned today after 27 years of distinguished naval service. As the last frigate homeported in Hawaii, the surface ships remaining at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam will be guided-missile destroyers and cruisers.
The officers and crew of USS Reuben James will host nearly 100 friends, family, alumni and honored guests during a ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Among those expected to attend are 30 former crew members and their families, including five plankowners and six former commanding officers of the ship.
Guest speaker at the decommissioning ceremony will be Capt. Faris Farwell (Ret.), former commanding officer of the ship from 1997-1999. Capt. Brent Smith, chief of staff for Commander Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, will officiate.
The ship returned from deployment in early May after participating in a series of bilateral maritime exercises for Cooperative Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
Guided-missile frigates are multi-mission surface combatants, capable of undersea warfare and surface warfare missions. Reuben James has been assigned to Destroyer Squadron 31 under Commander Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific.