- USS Elrod (FFG-55)
USS "Elrod" (FFG-55), an "Oliver Hazard Perry"-class
frigate, is a ship of the United States Navynamed for Captain Henry T. Elrod( 1905– 1941), a Marine aviatorwho was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honorfor his heroism in the defense of Wake Islandin World War II.
"Elrod" was built at the
Bath Iron Worksin Maine, and was commissioned on 18 May 1985. The ship was originally home ported in Charleston, SC and shifted to Norfolk, VA in March, 1995. "Elrod" has completed five deployments to the Persian Gulf, three to the Mediterranean Sea, and one to the Adriatic Sea, and has participated in numerous operations in the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Seaand the Caribbean Sea.
"Elrod"'s third Persian Gulf deployment followed
Operation Desert Stormand supported aggressive air and surface surveillance operations. "Elrod" conducted naval exercises with units of Gulf Cooperation Councilnations to strengthen and further develop the bonds that were forged during Desert Shieldand Desert Storm. The ship participated in TEAMWORK '92, NATO's Arctic Oceananti-submarine exercise, and Operation Sharp Guard, in support of multi-national enforcement of United Nations sanctions and embargoing war materials to the Balkans. "Elrod" demonstrated America's commitment to her NATO allies by providing a presence among the Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean (SNFM) and Standing Naval Forces Atlantic (SNFL) during Operation Enduring Freedom. Recently, "Elrod" completed another NATO deployment in 2004in support of Operation Active Endeavor, and helped protect the 2004 Summer Olympicsin Athens, Greece, in Operation Distinguished Games.
"Elrod" crew members have served with pride and distinction as ambassadors of America and spokesmen for the US Navy, hosting official and unofficial visits for foreign military, business and civilian dignitaries throughout the world, including
Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, Bulgaria, Turkey, Israel, Greece, Italy, Franceand Croatia. "Elrod" has sailed the major oceans of the world, transited the Panama and Suez canals, crossed the equatorand the Arctic Circle.
In addition to a reputation for operational readiness and fighting skills, "Elrod" has earned a reputation for community support and participation in charitable projects. The ship has been recognized for the crew's contributions by designation as a Presidential "Point of Light". "Elrod" has also earned numerous awards during her commissioned service, including the
Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Armed Force Expeditionary Medal, several Battle Efficiency Excellence Awards, Secretary of the Navy Energy Conservation Award, Armed Forces Recreation Society Award and various departmental and mission-specific awards for excellence.
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