Guided Missile Frigate

FFG 33  -  USS Jarrett



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FFG-33 USS Jarrett Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate

Type, Class:


Guided Missile Frigate; Oliver Hazard Perry - class (long hull)

planned and built as FFG 33



Todd Pacific Shipyard, San Pedro, California, USA



Awarded: January 23, 1978

Laid down: February 11, 1981

Launched: October 17, 1981

Commissioned: July 2, 1983

Decommissioned: April 21, 2011

classified as inactive; towed to Bremerton, Washington for storage;

hold for future foreign military sale



San Diego, California, USA



Named after and in honor of Vice Admiral Harry Bean Jarrett (1898 - 1974)

> see history, below;

Ship's Motto:


VALENS ET EGREGIUS 'able and excellent'

Technical Data:

(Measures, Propulsion,

Armament, Aviation, etc.)


see: INFO > Oliver Hazard Perry - class Guided Missile Frigate


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USS Jarrett (FFG-33) - decommissioning ceremony - San Diego, California - April 21, 2011


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Harry Bean Jarrett


Vice Admiral Harry Bean Jarrett, US Navy  Harry Bean Jarrett, Vice Admiral US Navy



Namesake & History:

Vice Admiral Harry Bean Jarrett (1898 – 1974):


USS JARRETT (FFG-33) is named for the late Vice Admiral Harry B. Jarrett, USN (1898-1974), an outstanding sailor of World War II. He received the Navy Cross for heroism in the Battle of the Coral Sea and served with great valor as a destroyer screen commander for the fast carrier task force operations in the Pacific as well as a bombardment group commander in the Marshall and Marianas campaigns.

He was awarded the Legion of Merit for command of his destroyer fire support unit In the Marianas campaign. The Silver Star Medal for gallantry in commanding the destroyer screen for carrier striking the Palaus, the Philippines and the Marianas; and the Bronze Star Medal for heroic actions as Commander Scouting Line for the fast carrier force bound for the raids early in 1945 on Okinawa, Tokyo, and Formosa.

Upon the close of World War II, Vice Admiral Jarrett had commanded the light cruiser USS ASTORIA (CL-90); was a member of the staff of the Training Command, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; served as the Plans and Policy Officer (Naval Reserve) under the Chief of Naval Operations; and was Senior Military Attaché, Taiwan, before successive command of Destroyer Flotilla 4 and Cruiser Flotilla4. In February 1953, he became the Deputy Inspector General, Navy Department, serving until his retirement in November 1954.

The Importance of the Solomon Islands

The Soloman Islands, extending to the southeast from the larger land mass of New Guinea, formed a natural set of stepping stones to forward bases from which a Japanese could choke off the sea lanes to Australia. In August 1942, the Allies launched Operation Watchtower to block the Japanese advance south and seize an airstrip being carved out of the jungle on the little-known island of Guadalcanal. In seven months, the Allies succeeded in occupation and defense of the island before establishing aerial supremacy and going to the offensive to the north.

Battles of Savo Island and Guadalcanal

Almost 60 years ago, the area of water surrounded by by Savo and Guadalcanal Islands became known as Iron Bottom Sound. It is the watery graveyard for over a hundred Japanese and Allied battleships, cruisers, destroyers, smaller combatants and transports that sank during the Solomon campagin. Both navies had the same mission, to land reinforcements and supplies in order to support their troops, and to prevent the enemy from doing the same.

After midnight one night in August 1942, the Japanese force slipped unobserved past the Allied destroyers, entered the sound and began the action which became known as the Battle of Savo Island. Firing torpedos and shells, they dashed past the Southern Partol Force. Before the Allies could respond the Japanese torpedoes had blown a hole in the heavy cruiser CHICAGO's bow and crushed the side of the Australian heavy cruiser CANBERRA, which lost all way and began to blaze under a hail of enemy shells.

The attacking Japanese column, still unscathed, split into two divisions and wheeled north, three cruisers passing across the front of the North Patrol Force and four steaming across the rear, searchlights open, guns blazing. In the minutes all three cruisers of the North Force, the American heavies VINCENNES, ASTORIA, and QUINCY, were afire and listing. QUINCY managed to get a couple of shells into the Japanese flagship CHOKAI, smashing the staff chartroom killing 34 men. Hits made by other American cruisers did only minor damage.

Inside the sound, QUINCY and VINCENNES had gone down shortly after the battle. CANBERRA, her Commanding Officer Captain F.E. Getting mortally wounded and the ship heavily damaged, was unable to depart. Hit by 24 shells in less than 2 minutes, 84 of CANBERRa's crew members were killed. The next morning, Rear Admiral Victor Crutcheley, the task force commander, returned to the battle scene and after seeing CANBERRA dead in the water ordered her to be sunk. Some 620 unharmed members of the 816-strong crew were taken off the ship by American destroyers before the cruiser was sent to the bottom at 0800 the next morning.In the end, the battle cost the Allies four desperately needed heavy cruisers and over a thousand lives. On 20 October 1942, the heavily reinforced Japanese Imperial Army on Guadalcanal and Vice Admiral Nobutaki Kondo's Fleet of 4 Carriers, 5 Battleships, 14 Cruisers and 44 Destroyers began a coordinated attack on the Eastern Solomon Islands that would leave the United States without an operational aircraft carrier in the Pacific Fleet and showcase the power of the battleship one last time.

Three weeks later on the early morning of 13 November, the Japanese and Allies collided in what became a firece three-day battle that marked the last major Japanese Offensive in the South Pacific. CAPT Wisecup, former Commanding Officer of USS CALLAGHAN, shared an account of the Battle of Guadalcanal where Rear Admiral Daniel Callaghan, onboard USS SAN FRANCISCO, and Rear Admiral Norman Scott, onboard USS ATLANTA, along with several hundred other Allied sailors died as the Japanese attempeted to retake the Island of Guadalcanal from the 1st Marine Division led by Major General Archer Vandegrift.

Battle of Kula Gulf

In 1943, the Americans continued to move north through the Central Solomon Islands and the Japanese responded with the night operations, known as the Toyko Express. The Navy had learned from their mistakes during the battles off the coast of Guadalcanal and responded with new radars, tactics and permanent task groups. In the early morning of July 6, 1943, A cruiser-destroyer force led by Rear Admiral Walden Ainsworth engaged a group of Japanese destroyers in what became known as the Battle of Kula Gulf.

During the battle three Japanese torpedos hit the cruiser HELENA cutting her in two, leaving nearly 1,000 cruisermen in the water with only her bow pointing at the sky. When her bow was discovered, NICHOLAS, the DESRON 21 flagship, and RADFORD were ordered to pick up survivors. At the same time, the Japanese were making approaches on the rescue ships, as they were also intent on picking up survivors. Breaking off rescue effots and then returning twice, the two ships lingered until dawn. Then, as they were only 60 miles from the Japanese airstrip to the north, they abandoned their whaleboats and headed back to Guadalcanal at 36 knots. Both NICHOLAS and RADFORD received Presidential Unit Citations for this action.


USS Jarrett (FFG 33):


During the Gulf War of 1991, Jarrett was involved in a friendly fire incident with the Iowa-class battleship USS Missouri. Allegedly, Jarrett’s Phalanx engaged the chaff fired by Missouri as a countermeasure against two incoming Iraqi Silkworm missiles (also known as a Seersucker). Some stray Phalanx rounds struck Missouri, one of which penetrated a bulkhead and embedded in an interior passageway of the ship. Another round struck the ship on the forward funnel passing completely through it. One sailor aboard Missouri was struck in the neck by some flying shrapnel and suffered minor injuries. Some are skeptical of this account, however, as Jarrett was reportedly over 2 miles away at the time and the characteristics of chaff are such that a Phalanx normally would not regard it as a threat and engage it. There is no dispute that the rounds that struck Missouri were fired by the Jarrett and that it was an accident. It is possible that a Phalanx operator on Jarrett may have accidentally fired some rounds manually. However, no evidence to support this theory has ever been discovered.

One of the Iraqi Silkworm missiles crashed into the sea without being intercepted. The other - heading towards USS Missouri - was successfully intercepted by a British Sea Dart missile fired by HMS Gloucester.
On May 14 2002 and May 15 2002 USS Jarrett commenced her Solomon Islands Memorial Transit.

On May 14, 2002 while passing over the location where HELENA sank, CAPT Phillip Wisecup, Commander DESTROYER SQUADRON TWO ONE, and CDR Robert Hospodar, then Commanding Officer, USS JARRETT, placed a wreath in honor and tribute to the men who sailed and fought in the Battle of Kula Gulf.

On May 15, 2002 with the silhouette of Savo Island's volcano in the background, CAPT Philip Wisecup, Commander Destroyer Squadron 21 and CDR Robert Hospodar, Commanding Officer USS JARRETT placed a wreath over the location HMAS CANBERRA sank in remembrance of the men who sailed and fought in the battle. JARRETT then came up to a Full Bell and conducted S-Turns as she headed deeper into Iron Bottom Sound to the location where Rear Admiral Daniel Callaghan was killed during the Battle of Guadalcanal.



SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Guided-missile frigate USS Jarrett (FFG 33) ended its 27-year Navy career during a decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base San Diego, April 21.

Jarrett completed 15 deployments, six in the last six years, to the Middle East, Central America and Southeast Asia. Most recently, Jarrett returned from a six-month counter-illicit trafficking deployment in support of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command.

"It has been my distinct pleasure, honor and privilege, to have commanded the Jarrett for the past two years," said Cmdr. Ferdinand A. Reid.

All 188 crewmembers participated in the event.

"It feels amazing," said Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 3rd Class Andrew Stone. "I am so happy I am a part of this." Stone served aboard Jarrett for the past two years.

Jarrett has been a part of every major sanction-enforcing blockade over the past three decades and was a leader in anti-terrorism and the war on drugs.

Jarrett received exceptional marks in one of the ship's final major inspections, the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) prior to its final deployment.

"They blew INSURV away with one of the best scores and really became the pride of the San Diego waterfront," said Vice Adm. D. C. Curtis, commander, U.S. Naval Surface Forces.

The ship was named for the late Vice Adm. Harry B. Jarrett, an outstanding Naval officer of World War II who was awarded a Navy Cross for heroism in the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Jarrett is scheduled to decommission as a safe-stow for future foreign military sales. The ship will be classified as inactive and then towed to Bremerton, Wash., for storage.

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