Norfolk, Va. – The USS Kauffman (FFG-59) will return home to Norfolk from her final deployment on Sunday, July 12th.
The ship is scheduled to be decommissioned in the fall — the last frigate in the Navy fleet to be decommissioned.
Frigates have been a part of the U.S. Naval Fleet for decades and are now being replaced by newer classes of ships.
The USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG 7), the first of the class, was commissioned in 1977.
The USS Kauffman (FFG 59) was commissioned in 1987.
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