Navy Frigates and the 112th Congress

One potential casualty of congressional toe-dragging on the budget is Foreign Military Sales (FMS), or the transfer of old Navy ships to friendly navies. The current ships in limbo are:

• USS Curts (FFG 38); Grant to Mexico; Jan. 25, 2013
• USS Halyburton (FFG 40); Grant to Turkey; March 22, 2013
• USS Mcclusky (FFG 41); Grant to Mexico; Fiscal year 2014
• USS Thach (FFG 43); Grant to Turkey; Fiscal year 2014

Having failed to produce timely defense spending bills or avoid a chaotic end to a year-long march toward sequestration, the recently-deceased 112th Congress also failed for two straight years to approve a normally prosaic measure allowing the transfers of old U.S. Navy ships (like the USS Carr, shown above) to friendly navies.

Having failed to produce timely defense spending bills or avoid a chaotic end to a year-long march toward sequestration, the recently-deceased 112th Congress also failed for two straight years to approve a normally prosaic measure allowing the transfers of old U.S. Navy ships (like the USS Carr, shown above) to friendly navies.

• USS Rentz (FFG 46); Grant to Thailand; Fiscal year 2014
• USS Vandegrift (FFG 48); Grant to Thailand; Fiscal year 2015
• USS Taylor (FFG 50); Sale to Taiwan; Fiscal year 2015
• USS Gary (FFG 51); Sale to Taiwan; Fiscal year 2015
• USS Carr (FFG 52); Sale to Taiwan; March 15, 2013
• USS Elrod (FFG 55); Sale to Taiwan; Fiscal year 2015

I’ve toured the Thach and know the CMC on another of these ships. Frigates are great little steamers, out there alone and afraid. Sad to see them going abroad. . .