USS CARR FFG 52
USS Carr (FFG 52) is the 42nd Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate and is named in honor of Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Paul Henry Carr, USNR (1924-1944), the heroic gun captain of the after 5-inch mount of the destroyer escort USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE 413) during the Battle of Samar, October 15, 1944, awarded a posthumous Silver Star for his conspicuous and gallant display of "outstanding technical skill" and "courageous initiative."
The keel of this 4100 ton guided-missile frigate was laid on March 26, 1982, at Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation's Seattle Washington Division. Carr was launched on February 26, 1983. Mrs. Goldie Carr Bensilhe, Gunners Mate Third Class Paul Henry Carr's widow, christened the ship. USS Carr was commissioned on July 27, 1985, with Cmdr. Robert J. Horne in command.
February 4, 2003 USS Carr deployed Jan. 6 and conducted a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of USS Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group, in the Puerto Rican Operating Area until Feb. 4, before heading overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She returned to homeport in July after completing a six-month underway period.
May 28, 2005 FFG 52 pulled to New York City to participate in the Fleet Week '05.
November 28, USS Carr and USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Norfolk in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The two ships will participate in regional exercises with allies as a Surface Strike Group (SSG).
January 15, The Carr arrived off the coast of Monrovia, Liberia, to commemorate the presidential inauguration of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Jan. 16.
March 14, For the second time in as many months, Sailors aboard USS Carr and embarked crew of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 44 visited the island nation of Cape Verde off the coast of West Africa March 8-10. USS Carr is on a six-month deployment and is currently operating with USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) in the waters off West Africa to support U.S. European Command Theater Security Cooperation and develop emerging partners in promoting regional stability.
August 11, The guided-missile frigate is currently underway off the East Coast hosting a Friends and Family Day Cruise.
May 21, 2007 FFG 52 is currently participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Expeditionary strike Group (ESG).
August 1, USS Carr, commanded by Cmdr. Georg Lang Jr., departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.
August 27, USS Carr recently departed Cyprus after a four-day port visit and transited the Suez Canal on 26th.
September 26, USS Carr provided assistance to a United Arab Emirates-flagged fishing dhow in distress while conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Central Persian Gulf.
December 19, The guided-missile frigate is currently in the Persian Gulf undergoing Unit Level Training Readiness Assessment Sustainment (ULTRA-S) evaluation.
January 25, 2008 FFG 52 returned to Norfolk after a six-month underway period.
April 26, USS Carr, commanded by Cmdr. Mark V. Metzger, pulled to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for fuel and supplies and a few days of liberty. The ship will continue its tour of the Caribbean immediately after leaving GTMO.
May 12, The Carr recently departed Port of Spain, Trinidad, after a goodwill port visit. The ship also visited Barbados May 4-7.
May 22, The guided-missile frigate participated in Caribbean Navy Days 2008 in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, May 18, to celebrate naval heritage in the region with the British, Dutch, French, Colombian and Trinidadian navies in addition to the Netherlands Antilles Coast Guard and Dutch Royal Marines.
May 24, USS Carr returned to homeport after a two-month deployment to the western Atlantic and Caribbean Sea.
February 5, 2009 FFG 52 is currently in the Atlantic Ocean as part of simulated opposition forces to USS Bataan ESG Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
April 3, USS Carr, commanded by Cmdr. Eric H. Ver Hage, departed Norfolk Naval Station for counter-narcotics deployment in the Caribbean Sea and waters off South America.
May 1, The frigate recently departed Golfito, Costa Rica, after a goodwill port visit.
August 18, USS Carr, with embarked Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 42 Det 8, and the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted a high-speed "go-fast" vessel in the middle of the night, capturing three suspected narcotics smugglers and more than one ton of cocaine, with an estimated inport value of $22 million.
October 7, USS Carr returned home after a six-month deployment.
June 6, 2010 FFG 52 is currently participating in the Southeast Anti-Submarine Warfare Integration Training Initiative (SEASWITI) exercise 10-3, off the coast of eastern Florida.
August 30, The Carr recently concluded its participation in a two-week multinational exercise PANAMAX 2010.
January 28, 2011 USS Carr is currently in the Atlantic Ocean as part of simulated opposition forces to USS George H.W. Bush CSG Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
April 17, The body found in the water April 14 at Naval Station Norfolk has been positively identified as a Seaman Mason Alvey. He had been officially listed as missing from the USS Carr since March 25.
May 25, FFG 52 arrived at Homeport Pier in Staten Island to participate in the 24th Fleet Week New York.
June 3, The Carr pulled pierside at Massport Black Falcon Cruise Ship Terminal in South Boston to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Midway.
June 14, USS Carr, commanded by Cmdr. Patrick E. Kulakowski, departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in the Baltic Sea.
June 23, The guided-missile frigate pulled into Portsmouth, England, for a brief port call.
June 28, USS Carr arrived in St. Petersburg, Russia, for a five-day port visit to attend the 5th International Maritime Defense Show.
July 11, The Carr pulled into Turku, Finland, for a four-day port call.
July 22, FFG 52 arrived in Tallinn, Estonia, for a four-day port visit.
July 29, USS Carr pulled into Klaipeda, Lithuania, for a three-day port visit.
August 4, The Carr departed Baltiysk, Kaliningrad, Russia, after a brief port call.
August 11, The guided-missile frigate arrived in Riga, Latvia, for a three-day port visit.
August 15, USS Carr pulled into Gdynia, Poland, for a goodwill port visit.
August 26, FFG 52 departed Edinburgh, Scotland, after a four-day port call.
September 2, The Carr pulled into Murmansk, Russia, for a three-day port visit after being originally slated to dock in Severomorsk.
September 11, The guided-missile frigate pulled again into Portsmouth, England, for a routine port call.
September 19, USS Carr returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a three-month deployment.
October 3, The crew of FFG 52 and members of an embarked U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team (TACLET) rescued a stranded Canadian mariner, off the coast of the Florida Keys, that has been adrift for three days after his vessel experienced a loss of electricity and propulsion. He was without a working radio or signaling device. USS Carr escorted the 26-foot boat toward the nearest safe harbor before handing over escort duties to a local Coast Guard patrol boat. The guided-missile frigate recently departed for a counter-narcotics deployment to the 4th Fleet AoR.
November 7, USS Carr pulled into Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for a routine port call. The ship returned to homeport Nov. 15.
May 10, 2012 The Carr is currently participating in the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) CSGs Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of opposition forces.
June 1, USS Carr, with an embarked Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 48 Det. 2, departed Naval Station Norfolk for its final deployment, in the U.S. 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).
June 28, The guided-missile frigate arrived in Santa Marta, Colombia, for a scheduled port visit.
July 21, FFG 52 anchored off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia, for a brief stop to refuel.
July 31, USS Carr pulled into Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles, for a liberty port visit to Curacao.
August 15, USS Carr retrieved 1,250 pounds of cocaine after interdicted a "go-fast" speed boat in the Caribbean Sea. Transited Panama Canal on Aug. 28.
September 17, The Carr anchored off Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, to offload 4,134 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $4 million, that were seized on Aug. 12.
October 11, USS Carr recovered more than 700 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $26 million, in the eastern Pacific.
October 25, USS Carr, and embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) recovered 1,719 pounds of cocaine while supporting Operation Martillo. The ship completed its final planned replenishment-at-sea (RAS), with the USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200), on Oct. 22.
November 28, The guided-missile frigate pulled into Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a four-day port call to disembark crewmembers of HSL-48 detachment, offload more than $100 million worth drugs and embark friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.
December 3, USS Carr returned to Norfolk after a six-month deployment in support of counter-illicit trafficking.
March 13, 2013 USS Carr (FFG 52) is decommissioned, after a nearly 28 years of servise, during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk. The ship will be towed to Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Office Philadelphia while awaiting final disposition as a potential for foreign military sales.