USS Aubrey Fitch (FFG-34)

Fitch underway during sea trials in May, 1983. US Navy photo.

Nation
Ship Type
Laid Down
1981
Launched
1981
Commissioned
1982
Decommissioned
1997
AD/BC
AD
History

USS Aubrey Fitch (FFG-34) was the last short hull Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate. Laid down 10 April, 1981, she was commissioned 9 October, 1982. 1983 saw Fitch heavily involved in operations related to Grenada, and she was part of a test involving joint operations with hydrofoils. Operating largely around the Caribbean, and with NATO, Fitch had only a few breaks from the routine during her career. She was one of the first ships on the scene after the Challenger exploded in January, 1986, and collected several tons of debris. From late 1986, she became a frequent visitor to the Middle East, escorting Kuwaiti tankers during the Tanker War, and participating in the blockade of Iraq during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Fitch would shift her focus to Haiti in 1993 and '94, and would wrap up her active career once again with NATO, completing her final deployment in March, 1997. She decommissioned 12 December, and was removed from the reserve fleet in 1999. Fitch was sold for scrap in 2004.

Bonus Information

Sad Fact: Fitch had the shortest career of any Perry-class frigate, at just over fifteen years.