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USS Sides

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USS Sides

USS Sides entering San Francisco harbor in 2002
Career (US)
Ordered: 27 February 1976
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards, San Pedro
Laid down: 7 August 1978
Launched: 19 May 1979
Commissioned: 30 May 1981
Decommissioned: 28 February 2003
Struck: 24 May 2004
Homeport: NS San Diego, California (former)
Fate: Stricken, to be disposed of
General characteristics
Class & type:
Displacement: 4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load
Length: 453 feet (138 m), overall
Beam: 45 feet (14 m)
Draught: 22 feet (6.7 m)
Propulsion: 2 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines generating 41,000 shp (31 MW) through a single shaft and variable pitch propeller
2 × Auxiliary Propulsion Units, 350 hp (260 kW) retractable electric azimuth thrusters for maneuvering and docking.
Speed: over 29 knots (54 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots (9,300 km at 33 km/h)
Complement: 15 officers and 190 enlisted, plus SH-60 LAMPS detachment of roughly six officer pilots and 15 enlisted maintainers
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPS-49 air-search radar
AN/SPS-55 surface-search radar
CAS and STIR fire-control radar
AN/SQS-56 sonar.
Electronic warfare
& decoys:

As built:

Note: As of 2004, Mk 13 systems removed from all active US vessels of this class.
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 LAMPS III helicopters

USS Sides (FFG-14) is an Oliver Hazard Perry class guided-missile frigate of the US Navy.

The eighth ship in the class, it was named for Admiral Iran Air 655 was shot down. Decommissioned on 28 February 2003, Sides is currently laid up in reserve at Naval Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility Bremerton, Washington.

Sides was expected to join the Portuguese Navy in 2006, together with her sister ship George Philip, but the Portuguese Navy dropped the offer and chose two Dutch Karel Doorman Frigates instead.

Sides was expected to join the Turkish Navy in the summer of 2008, together with her sister ship George Philip, but the Turkish Navy dropped the offer.

Further reading


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External links

  • MaritimeQuest USS Sides FFG-14 pages
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