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USS RICHARD L. PAGE (FFG-5) - a Brooke class frigate

In Commission 1967 to 1988

FFG-5 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JAN 1965 - Keel Date: 4 JAN 1965
at Bath Iron Works Bath ME
JAN 1965 - JAN 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1966 - Launch Date: 4 APR 1966
AUG 1967 - Commissioned: 5 AUG 1967
SEP 1968 - FEB 1969 Mediterranean
MAY 1970 - OCT 1970 North Atlantic
JUL 1970 - JUL 1970 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
OCT 1970 - JUL 1971 To Boston Naval Shipyard/ drydock
AUG 1972 - FEB 1975 Mediterranean
MAY 1975 - FEB 1976 Philly Naval Ship Yards - Dry Dock. Redesignated FFG-5 upon comp
OCT 1976 - APR 1977 Mediterranean
NOV 1977 - JUN 1978 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
MAR 1982 - SEP 1982 Mediterranean-Lebanon
SEP 1983 - APR 1984 Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAY 1987 - NOV 1987 Mediterranean-Lebanon
SEP 1988 - Decommissioned: 30 SEP 1988

FFG-5 General Specifications

Class: Brooke class frigate

Named for: Richard L. Page

Complement: 14 Officers and 214 Enlisted

Displacement: 3426 tons

Length: 414 feet

Beam: 44 feet

Flank Speed: 27 Knots

Range: 4 000 nautical miles

Final Disposition:Disposed of by Navy title transfer to the Maritime Administration March 28 1994


The guided missile escort Richard L. Page (DEG-5) was laid down on 4 January 1965 by the Bath Iron Works Corp. Bath Maine; launched 4 April 1966; sponsored by Miss Edmonia Lee Whittle and Mrs. Nannie Page Trinker granddaughters of Brigadier General Page; and commissioned at Boston on 5 August 1967 Comdr. Milton J. Schultz Jr. in command.

In mid-October 1967 Richard L. Page moved from Boston to her homeport Newport R.I. then sailed south for shake-down exercises in the Caribbean. On 21 December she returned to Newport and after post-shakedown availability began operations with CortRon 6. Into 1968 she operated in the western Atlantic and in the fall she deployed to the Mediterranean for duty with the 6th Fleet. On that duty until 10 February 1969 she returned to Newport on the 18th and in March resumed operations with the 2d Fleet. On 1 July 1969 she relieved Brumby (DE-1044) as flagship of DesDiv 122 then conducted exercises in the Caribbean.

Richard L. Page spent all of 1971 and the first eight months of 1972 in port at Newport and in operations along the east-coast of the United States and in the Caribbean. In mid-August 1972 she steamed out of Newport R.I. bound for an extended deployment with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. As of January 1974 she continues operations in the Mediterranean.

[Note: The above USS RICHARD L. PAGE (FFG-5) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS RICHARD L. PAGE (FFG-5) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]