USS MCCLUSKY
FFG 41
  
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The McClusky (FFG 41) is the 32nd Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate and is named for Rear Adm. Clarence Wade McClusky, Jr., (1902-1976). In the Battle of Midway, then-Lt. Cmdr. McClusky led USS Enterprise's air group, which sank the Japanese carriers Kaga and Akagi. The keel was laid down on October 21, 1981, by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp., Seattle Division. The ship was christened and launched on September 18, 1982, by Mrs. Ruth Mundy McClusky, the widow of the ship's namesake. USS McClusky was commissioned on December 10, 1983, at Naval Station Long Beach, Calif. Cmdr. Robert B. Lynch is the first commanding officer.

September 13, 2000 USS McClusky, with an embarked Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 47 Det. 3, departed Naval Station San Diego for a scheduled deployment in support of Counter Drug Operations.

September 19, The guided-missile frigate pulled into Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, for a brief stop to refuel and to embark Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 101. Inport Golfito, Costa Rica, from Sept. 29- Oct. 1; Brief stop in Vasco Nunez de Balboa Naval Base, Panama, on Oct. 4; Port visit to Manta, Ecuador, from Oct. 10-12; Inport Balboa again from Oct. 20-21, Oct. 31- Nov. 2 and Nov. 11; Transited Panama Canal northbound on Nov. 12.

November 17, USS McClusky arrived in Naval Air Station Key West, Fla., for a four-day port call.

November 18, Cmdr. William B. Haflich relieved Cmdr. John N. Christenson as the 10th CO of McClusky.

November 24, FFG 41 pulled into Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a 10-day mid-deployment Intermediate Maintenance Availability (IMAV). Transited Panama Canal southbound on Dec. 10; Inport Vasco Nunez de Balboa from Dec. 10-12.

December 18, The McClusky and its embarked U.S. Coast Guard team retrieved 3500 pounds of cocaine after interdicted a "go-fast" speed boat in the eastern Pacific. Brief stop in Golfito, Costa Rica, on Dec. 23; Brief stop in Talara, Peru, on Dec. 29; Port visit to Paita, Peru, from Dec. 30- Jan. 2; Brief stop in Golfito to refuel on Jan. 7.

January 16, 2001 USS McClusky arrived in Golfito, Costa Rica, for a three-day port visit. Anchored off Acapulco, Mexico, from Jan. 29- Feb. 1.

February 7, USS McClusky returned to San Diego after a five-month deployment in the U.S. 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).

March 20, The McClusky arrived in San Francisco, Calif., for a five-day port visit. Ammo offload at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., from March 26-28; Underway in support of exercise Kernel Blitz from March 28- April 6.

From June 28-29, the guided-missile frigate was underway for sea trials after a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at the Continental Maritime of San Diego shipyard.

July 20, USS McClusky arrived in Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, Calif., for a six-day visit to Naval Surface Warfare Center for a combat systems console groom. Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach from July 27- Aug. 1; Returned home on Aug. 2; Underway for routine training on Aug. 6.

August 10, The McClusky anchored off Hermosa Beach, Calif., for a three-day port visit in conjunction with Aloha Days.

From September 11-19, FFG 41 was underway in support of Operation Noble Eagle off the coast of southern California. Underway for local operations from Oct. 2-5, 15-19, Nov. 5-7, 26-30 and Dec. 11-13.

From January 22 through Feb. 8, 2002, the McClusky was underway in support of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Battle Group's COMPTUEX. Underway for local operations from Feb. 20-22; Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach from March 14-16.

April 8, USS McClusky, with an embarked Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49 Det. 4, departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment in support Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) counter-narcotics operations in the U.S. Southern Command AoR. Brief stop in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, to refuel on April 13.

April 18, The McClusky and its embarked U.S. Coast Guard team retrieved 4000 pounds of cocaine after interdicted a "go-fast" speed boat on April 17; Port visit to Golfito, Costa Rica, from April 27-30; Anchored in Gulf of Dulce for MEDEVAC on April 30.

May 14, FFG 41 moored at Balboa Naval Base for a three-day port visit to Panama City; Inport Manta, Ecuador, from May 31- June 3; Brief stop in Balboa, Panama, to refuel on June 11 and 21st; Transited Panama Canal northbound on June 22; Inport Key West, Fla., to offload drugs from June 26-29; IMAV in Mayport, Fla., from July 1-13; Brief stop in Guantanamo Bay to refuel on July 15; Anchored of Cristobal, Panama, on July 17; Brief stop in Vasco Nunez de Balboa after transiting Panama Canal on July 18; Inport Balboa again from July 25-28.

July 28, Cmdr. Gary R. Parriott relieved Cmdr. William B. Haflich as CO of the McClusky during a change-of-command ceremony at Balboa Naval Base.

August 10, USS McClusky moored again at Balboa, Panama, for a three-day port call. Inport Callao Naval Base, Peru, from Aug. 25-28; Brief stop in Golfito to refuel on Sept. 7; Inport Manta, Ecuador, from Sept. 9-12.

September 17, The guided-missile frigate rescued a 62 year-old Richard Van Pham from the sailboat Sea Breeze, after being lost at sea for more than three months.

September 21, The Mcclusky recovered 750 pounds of cocaine and detained 4 smugglers after interdicted a "go-fast" speed boat. Brief stop in Puerto Quetzal on Sept. 22; Port visit to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, from Sept. 27-29.

October 2, USS McClusky returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

From November 12-15, the McClusky was underway for ammo offload at NWS Seal Beach. Underway for local operations from Nov. 25-26; Underway for deck landing qualifications on Dec. 2; Anchored off Santa Barbara, Calif., from Dec. 6-9; Returned home on Dec. 10.

January 15, 2003 FFG 41 entered the dry-dock at 32nd street for a two-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). Undocked on Feb. 27; Underway for sea trials on March 21; Underway for routine training on April 7; Ammo onload at Seal Beach from April 9-11; Underway for local operations from April 14-18 and 29th; Underway for INSURV assessment on May 7; Underway for routine training and "Leaders to Sea" program from May 17-23; Underway again on June 26.

July 3, USS McClusky arrived in Juneau, Alaska, for a four-day port visit to celebrate the Fourth of July. Returned home on July 13.

From July 14-16, the guided-missile frigate was underway for ammo onload and routine training. Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on July 19; Underway for local operations from July 21-25, Aug. 4-8, 11-15 and 25-29; Underway for Engineering Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) and UD from Sept. 2-12; Underway for DLQ's and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) from Sept. 29- Oct. 4; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on Oct. 18; Underway for ammo onload at NAS North Island and routine training from Oct. 20-24.

December 3, USS McClusky, with an embarked Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 43 Det. 5, departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled counter-drug deployment. Brief stop at Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, to refuel on Dec. 8.

December 11, The McClusky rescued 169 people aboard two distressed vessels, Andrea II and San Luis, in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Brief stop in Puerto Quetzal on Dec. 13; Brief stop in Balboa, Panama, on Dec. 21.

December 31, USS McClusky arrived in Manta, Ecuador, for a three-day port visit.

January 12, 2004 FFG 41 and its embarked U.S. Coast Guard team retrieved 5760 pounds of cocaine after interdicted a "go-fast" speed boat. Inport Vasco Nunez de Balboa from Jan. 17-20; Transited Panama Canal northbound on Jan. 20; Seized 3966 pounds of cocaine, with USCGC Bear (WMEC 901), on Jan. 24; Seized 1340 pounds of cocaine, with USCGC Tampa (WMEC 902), on Jan. 27; Brief stop in Colon, Panama, on Jan. 30; Seized 4425 pounds of cocaine, with USCGC Northland (WMEC 904), on Feb. 4; Brief stop in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Feb. 9.

February 16, The McClusky pulled into Cozumel, Mexico, for a three-day port visit. Inport Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for IMAV from Feb. 21- March 5; Inport Key West, Fla., from March 8-10; Brief stop in Colon on March 22.

March 31, USS McClusky arrived in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, for a three-day port visit, the first by U.S. Navy ship in over twenty years. Brief stop in Colon on April 12 before transiting Panama Canal; Inport Balboa Naval Base from April 13-14 annd 27-29th.

May 9, The guuided-missile frigate arrived again at Vasco Nunez de Balboa for a three-day port call.

May 12, Cmdr. Herman T. K. Awai relieved Cmdr. Gary R. Parriott as commanding officer of the McClusky during a ceremony at VNB Naval Base, Panama.

May 23, FFG 41 pulled into Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, for a brief stop to refuel. Inport Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, from May 28-30.

June 3, USS McClusky returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment in the Southern Command AoR.

From July 26-30, the McClusky was underway in support of CORTRAMID program. Underway for CART II from Aug. 4-6; Underway for Engineering TSTA on Aug. 13; Port call to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from Aug. 20-24; Returned home on Aug. 31; Underway for local operations from Sept. 11-12 and 20-26; Underway Demonstration (UD) on Sept. 27; Ammo offload at NWS Seal Beach from Sept. 29-30; Returned home on Oct. 2.

October 12, USS McClusky entered the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego for a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for sea trials on Dec. 16.

June 9, 2005 The McClusky pulled into Portland, Ore., as part of Fleet Week for the city's annual celebration of Rose Festival.

August 16, FFG 41 recently arrived in Acajutla for just the second port visit to El Salvador, by U.S. Navy ship in the last 10 years.

August 30, A high-speed open ocean chase resulted in the seizure of 3.5 tons of cocaine, with a street value of nearly $100 million, and the detention of five suspected smugglers during the ship's first drug bust in the eastern Pacific. During two weeks in August, USS McClusky, commanded by Cmdr. Herman T.K. Awai, also rescued 299 Ecuadorians from three overloaded vessels off the west coast of Central America.

October 24, While patrolling in the eastern Pacific in October with its embarked helicopter and U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment, The McClusky completed a second major drug interdiction. The operation resulted in the seizure of approximately 5,800 pounds of cocaine aboard the fishing vessel Jose Antonio and the detention of 16 suspected drug traffickers.

December 20, USS McClusky returned to Naval Station San Diego after a five-month southern Pacific deployment.

April 7, 2006 Cmdr. Johnny L. Schultz relieved Cmdr. Herman T. K. Awai as the 13th CO of McClusky.

November 22, More than 20 civic leaders participated in a civilian guest-embarkation Navy program, called Leaders to Sea, aboard the FFG 41 from Nov. 14-16.

January 19, 2007 The guided-missile frigate is curently hosting the Leaders to Sea program off the West Coast. Leaders to Sea is a civilian guest-embarkation program designed to give leaders of the community an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the Navy and its mission by boarding a naval vessel and observing daily operations at sea.

April 26, USS McClusky departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment to the South American region to conduct naval exercises.

August 6, After conducting counter narcotics operations for three months in the eastern Pacific, Sailors from USS McClusky unloaded approximately 12 tons of seized cocaine with an estimated import value of $306 million at U.S Coast Guard Sector Key West.

August 24, Cmdr. Daniel W. Bryan, II relieved Cmdr. Johnny L. Schultz as CO of the McClusky.

October 22, USS McClusky returned to homeport after a six-month underway period as part of the Joint Interagency Task Force, South and U.S. Naval Forces, Southern Command.

March 25, 2008 The guided-missile frigate is currently underway in support of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) CSG's COMPTUEX as part of opposition forces.

December 17, Cmdr. Mark A. Lakamp relieved Cmdr. Daniel W. Bryan, II as commanding officer of FFG 41.

July 20, 2009 USS McClusky returned to San Diego after escorting a leaky 61-foot wooden sailboat "Nordic Light". The ship received a distress call about 7 p.m. Saturday, 180 miles southwest of San Diego.

October 5, USS McClusky, with an embarked Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 45 Det. 3, departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment in support of counter-illicit trafficking in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

April 5, 2010 USS McClusky returned to San Diego after a six-month underway period to the U.S. 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR). The ship seized or disrupted more than 11 metric tons of cocaine, with an estimated street value of more than $775 million, and detained 13 suspected narcotic smugglers.

June 24, FFG 41 arrived in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in multinational exercise RIMPAC 2010.

October 8, Cmdr. Darren W. Glaser relieved Cmdr. Mark A. Lakamp as CO of the USS McClusky during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at sea.

January 28, 2011 The McClusky departed dry-dock at Naval Base San Diego. During a 17-week period the ship received almost $6 million in repairs and modernization, including $1.5 million worth repair on the rudder and $300,000 to replace one of the auxiliary propulsion unit.

June 9, The guided-missile frigate arrived in Portland, Ore., for a four-day port visit to participate in the annual Rose Festival.

June 27, USS McClusky returned to homeport after a four-day underway period for routine training and a joint forces passing exercise (PASSEX), on June 26, with USS Sampson (DDG 102), USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships: JS Mineyuki (DD 124), JS Kashima (TV 3508) and JS Asagiri (TV 3516).

September 25, FFG 41 is currently off the coast of southern California participating in USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Strike Group’s Sustainment Exercise (SUSTEX).

December 30, The McClusky departed San Diego for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

January 4, 2012 USS McClusky departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment in support of counter-illicit trafficking in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

May 2, The McClusky moored at Vasco Nunez de Balboa Naval Base, Panama, for a routine port call.

May 22, Cmdr. Murzban F. Morris relieved Cmdr. Darren W. Glaser as the 17th CO of McClusky.

July 3, USS McClusky returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

In January 2013, the guided-missile frigate completed a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

May 6, The McClusky moored at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., for ammo onload.

October 11, FFG 41 returned to San Diego after a four-day underway for Task Group Exercise (TGEX), with the U.S. and Canadian Navy ships. Underway again on Nov. 20.

February 21, 2014 Capt. Lyle D. Stuffle relieved Capt. Michael L. Elliott as Commander, Destroyer Squadron (COMDESRON) 1, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the USS McClusky at Naval Base San Diego.

April 10, USS McClusky, with an embarked Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 Det. 3, departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment in support of the Counter Transnational Organized Crime (C-TOC) operations.

April 25, The McClusky moored at Berth 2 in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, for a brief stop to refuel. Brief stop at Puerto de Acajutla, El Salvador, on May 10.

From August 3-4, USS McClusky conducted deck landing qualifications, with two U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawks, assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo's (JTF-B) 1-228th Aviation Regiment, 20 miles off the coast of Honduras.

August 8, The guided-missile frigate recently anchored off Cristobal, Panama, for a liberty port visit after transiting Panama Canal.?

August 2?, USS McClusky, along with the USS Ingraham (FFG 61), disrupted a shipment of more than 1000 pounds of cocaine, after interdicted two "go-fast" speed boats, in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

September 26, USS McClusky returned to Naval Base San Diego after completing its final deployment.

January 9, 2015 The McClusky held a decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base San Diego after more than 31 years of active service. The ship will be offered for foreign military sale.

January 14, USS McClusky (FFG 41) was officially decommissioned and stricken from the U.S. Naval Vessel Register.