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USS Thach, a 4100-ton Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate, was built at San Pedro, California. Commissioned in March 1984, she has subsequently served in the Pacific. During the 1980s, while homeported on the U.S. West Coast, she regularly deployed to Asiatic waters, the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf. On 8 October 1987, Thach was involved in combat action between U.S. helicopters and Iranian small craft. Beginning in 1991, her homeport has been Yokosuka, Japan, ensuring her full-time availability for operations in the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf.
USS Thach (FFG-43) was named in honor of the distinguished Naval Aviator Admiral John Smith Thach (1905-1981).
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Photo #: NH 96874
USS Thach (FFG-43)
Underway, with an SH-60B helicopter on her landing platform, circa the later 1980s or the 1990s.
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30 May 1999