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July 26, 2013 / iDriveWarships

Ford Finishes Strong on Last Mission From CNO

CDR Shuler

By: Cmdr. Joseph Shuler, Commanding Officer of USS Ford (FFG 54)

Greetings from the Pacific Northwest!

I have the pleasure of being the 17th and final commanding officer onboard USS Ford. Throughout my time on the ship we’ve had many accomplishments and participated in a plethora of high-level exercises and deployments.

I’ve been extremely impressed with the Ford’s ability to carry out the Chief of Naval Operations’ (CNO) three tenets of warfighting first, operating forward and being ready during all facets of the ship’s life—whether underway or inport.

Over the past 28 years, Ford has proven to be a mighty warship ready to face many challenges. As the 48th ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class of guided-missile frigates, Ford’s primary missions have included in-depth anti-air, anti-surface and anti-subsurface protection of military and merchant shipping for continuous use of sea lanes of communication for the U.S. and her allies.

Throughout the years, Ford crews have been able to sustain a level of excellence that’s helped the ship show a global presence over 12 deployments to various operating areas such as the Persian Gulf, Southeast Asia and South America. Ford was one of four frigates to earn the combat action ribbon during the Gulf War and was the only non-Aegis ship performing carrier escort duties.

As CNO Greenert has expressed, “Our forward presence will build on and strengthen our partnerships and alliances where sea lanes, resources and vital U.S. interests intersect.”

Whether participating in drug interdiction operations in U.S. Fourth Fleet (South American operating area), or foreign relations or anti-piracy operations in the U.S. Seventh Fleet (Southeast Asia); Ford and the Perry-class Frigates have proven time and time again to be a key component in Navy’s forward operating abilities.

I’m happy for our ship to be ending on a high note while participating in a special exercise tasked by the CNO. Upon our return from this final operation, my crew will make the necessary preparations for decommissioning, while also working on growing as Sailors in order to be prepared for their next fleet assignments.

The frigates have provided a great deal to the Navy and for that I am sad to see them go. Although our ship will be decommissioned in October, the spirit of the Ford will live on in all the Sailors who served on her.

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  1. Troll / Jul 27 2013 2:24 pm

    Definatly glad my first command was the ford in the last seven short months ive had the time of my life going through a mess of new life experiences no ship after this will feel gove me that feeling of a family like the ford has

  2. Tom Heidel / Jul 27 2013 8:23 pm

    I am honored to be part of the history of the USS Ford as a plank owner. I also feel honored to have served with my shipmates and proud of those that followed us on the USS Ford. We all made a difference and are tied by a common bond that can never be diminished or taken away. I thank all of you.

    FC1 Tom Heidel

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