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February 19, 2015 / iDriveWarships

Vandy Decommissions After 30 Years

The crew of USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) stands assembled on the pier during the ship's decommissioning ceremony.

After more than 30 years of naval service, USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) was decommissioned today during a ceremony at Naval Base San Diego.

The ship was named for Gen. Alexander Vandegrift, the 18th commandant of the Marine Corps and the first U.S. Marine to hold the rank of four-star general while on active duty. The 1st Marine Division was under command of Vandegrift during WWII where he led them to victory during the Battle of Guadalcanal, earning the Medal of Honor for his efforts.

Maj. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, commander of the 1st Marine Division based at Camp Pendleton, was the keynote speaker during the somber decommissioning ceremony. The ship’s first commanding officer, retired Capt. Coneway, was also in attendance to speak about the ship’s accomplished history.

The ship returned from its final deployment last December to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility. As part of the counter-transnational organized crime mission Operation Martillo, USS Vandegrift patrolled the illicit trafficking routes in the waters off Central America, intercepting almost 20,000 pounds of cocaine.

USS Vandegrift is the 38th Oliver Hazard Perry class guided-missile frigate, and was commissioned on Nov. 24, 1984 in Seattle.

Sailors stationed aboard USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) disembark the ship during its decommissioning ceremony.

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  1. Foghorn The IKonoclast / Feb 19 2015 5:56 pm

    More of O’s war on the military!

  2. Jeroen de Haan / Feb 20 2015 9:35 am

    What happens to the personnel? And what is the proper way to react?

    • iDriveWarships / Feb 23 2015 9:16 am

      The crew transfers to other commands. Reactions vary by the person – some are sad to see the ship decommission, others are happy to reminisce old memories.

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