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Final Navy frigate decommissioned Tuesday in Mayport

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Posted at 10:23 AM, Sep 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-29 14:05:42-04

Mayport, Fla. – The last Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate in the United States Navy was decommissioned Tuesday during a ceremony at Naval Station Mayport.

The USS Simpson (FFG-56) was commissioned on September 21, 1985 and will now be decommissioned after just surpassing 30 years of service.

“It is an honor to be the last commanding officer of the last Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate in the Navy,” said Cmdr. Casey Roskelly. “The 30 years of service that the ship has provided our nation is nothing short of astonishing. To think of all the crew members who served on Simpson and their accomplishments is humbling. Whether it was in 1985 or 2015, our Sailors proudly stood the watch. I am extremely proud of all our Sailors past or present, for making Simpson one of the finest ships in the Navy.”

The Simpson is named for Portland, Oregon native, Rear Adm. Rodger W. Simpson, a prominent, well-decorated Naval hero of World War II.

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