Dec. 31, 2013 By Sam Fellman www.navytimes.com
The fleet is gaining some of the latest amphibious ships in 2014, but also saying goodbye to some stalwarts, including seven frigates, an attack submarine, an amphibious transport dock and a minesweeper. Here’s a look at some of the fleet changes slated for the coming year:
New ships. Three state-of-the-art amphibious ships are set to enter service in the remainder of fiscal 2014: The amphibious transport dock Somerset in March; littoral combat ship Coronado in April; and amphibious assault ship America in September.
Decommissionings. The service plans to retire a total of 12 ships in fiscal 2014, including seven frigates, an attack submarine, an amphibious transport dock and a minesweeper.
Frigates Ford and Thach have already been decommissioned. Next up: frigates Nicholas and Robert G. Bradley (March); missile range instrumentation ship Observation Island and frigate De Wert (April); Frigate Rentz (May); mine countermeasures ship Avenger (August); and frigate Halyburton, attack sub Dallas, fast combat support ship Bridge and amphibious transport dock Denver (September).
USS Ford (FFG-54)
USS Thach (FFG-43)
USS Nicholas (FFG-47)
USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG-49)
USS De Wert (FFG-45)
USS Rentz (FFG-46)
USS Halyburton (FFG-40)