USS Thach (FFG 43) Foredeck

The guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) approaches Valparaiso, Chile, after completing the final exercise of the Pacific phase of UNITAS 52. Thach is deployed supporting Southern Seas 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stuart Phillips/Released)

The guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) approaches Valparaiso, Chile, after completing the final exercise of the Pacific phase of UNITAS 52. Thach is deployed supporting Southern Seas 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stuart Phillips/Released)

The star marks the spot where the Mk13 single-arm missile launcher used to be mounted. All Perry-class frigates have had these removed, stripping the ships of their zone anti-air capability. The Standard SM-1 missiles were no longer up to the task, but the removal of the launchers also means that the ships lost their capability to fire Harpoon missiles.

Some of the Perrys are going to get 25mm guns mounted on the station. I’m not sure if this has been done yet or not.

Comments

  1. Agreed. What’s the point of having these hulls in the water if they can’t defend themselves?

  2. I’ve heard rumors of armed UAV’s being used in a defensive role with ships like these.

    I am not in a position to know, but that does seem reasonable.

  3. This would be a good time to link to the picture of the Perry with the broom stick gun turret on the SM3 mount.

    I’d be willing to bet that if a Perry was in the water with vampires inbound, they’d be more than happy to have an outdated missile or two to sling at them.

  4. I thought these were anti “Red October” ships, with helicopters for anti-sub warfare.

    The LCS are suppose to replace the Perry class anyway, aren’t they?

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