Pearl Harbor-based frigate to be decommissioned

Ceremony scheduled Thursday to retire USS Reuben James

Published  8:09 AM HST Jul 17, 2013
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -

Hawaii's last guided-missile frigate is being decommissioned after nearly 30 years of naval service.

The Navy is holding a ceremony on Thursday to retire the USS Reuben James. Among those expected to attend the Pearl Harbor ceremony are five crew members assigned to the ship when it was commissioned.

Guided-missile frigates are multi-mission surface combatants capable of undersea warfare and surface warfare missions. The USS Reuben James returned from deployment in early May after participating in a series of maritime exercises.

The Navy says that with the departure of the last frigate, all of the surface ships based at Pearl Harbor will be guided-missile destroyers and cruisers.

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