Small, sleek and fast, Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigates (FFGs) are uniquely capable warships, commonly referred to as a "Fleet work horse," to protect shipping, with particular emphasis as an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) combatant. This ship class was designed to be cost efficient and therefore lacks a true multi-mission capability. Nonetheless, these frigates are a tough ship capable of withstanding considerable damage as demonstrated by the USS Stark surviving a hit by two Exocet cruise missiles and the survival of USS Samuel B. Roberts after suffering a mine detonation. A significant combat upgrade for these ships came about from embarking multi-mission helicopters to extend the combat reach for this ship in terms of both weapons and sensor capabilities. This surface combatant is capable of engaging and destroying targets on land, in the air, and on the sea; remain at sea for extended periods of time, and continue to operate in very rough sea conditions.
tons light (4,016-4,108 fl)
Motor: 2 G.E. LM-2500 gas turbines; 1/5.5-m-dia. CP, 5-bladed prop; 41,000 shp (40,000 sust.); 2 drop-down electric propulsors; 720 shp