down: February 27, 1984
Launched: August 31, 1984
Commissioned: September 20, 1985
UNIT/ in commission (Atlantic Fleet)
USS SIMPSON honors
Rear Admiral Rodger Whitten Simpson (1898-1964). RADM Simpson spent one year
at the University of Oregon before entering the United States Naval Academy
in June 1917. As a midshipman, he served in USS OHIO which operated with the
Atlantic Fleet in World War I. He was commissioned an Ensign in June of 1920,
graduating with the class of 1921.
After graduation, RADM Simpson served in the cruiser BROOKLYN and destroyers
FARQUHAR, TWIGGS, SLOAT, WILLIAM JONES, LUDLOW and WHIPPOORWILL. Following
sea duty, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Annapolis and Yale
University, completing courses in communications engineering in 1928.
RADM Simpson was then assigned to the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron
14, Scouting Fleet (USS HOPKINS flagship). He later became Assistant District
Communications Officer of the 12th Naval District, San Francisco, and served
until July 1933. After a two year tour in USS COLORADO, he was assigned as
Assistant to the Officer in Charge, Navy Recruiting Bureau, New York City.
RADM Simpson assumed command of the destroyer USS MAHAN in March of 1941.
During that tour, he was awarded the Navy cross for extraordinary heroism
during action against enemy Japanese forces south of the Gilbert Islands in
October of 1942. The citation reads in part, "Boldly engaging an enemy
patrol line in a daring daylight raid, (he)...launched determined and
aggressive attacks in which two Japanese vessels were sunk by the effective
gunfire of his ship and that of an accompanying destroyer. Despite terrific
aerial opposition, he brought his ship and crew through this successful
engagement without loss or damage..."
RADM Simpson received the Gold Star in lieu of a second Navy Cross while
serving as Commander, Destroyer Division 15 for heroism during an engagement
with enemy forces in Vella Gulf, Solomon Islands on the night of August 6,
1943. The citation in part states "...He disposed the units of his
command for maximum fire power and combat efficiency, striking at the enemy
boldly and with relentless determination and annihilating the entire hostile
force of one Japanese cruiser and three destroyers..."
As Commander, Destroyer Squadron 12 and Destroyer Division 23, RADM Simpson
was awarded the Silver Star and cited "...for gallantry and intrepidity
during operations in the Bismark Archipelago."
On April 6, 1944, with the rank of Commodore, RADM Simpson was assigned as
Commander, Task Flotilla 6. He planned and organized the rescue of over 7,500
Allied prisoners of war and civilians interned in Japanese concentration
camps. For this rescue, he was awarded the Legion of Merit. The citation in
part follows: "...by freeing the prisoners before the actual signing of
the surrender, he saved the lives of hundreds of sick and starving U.S. service
RADM Simpson also served tours as Commander, Training Command, Marianas;
Commander Fleet Training Group, Western Pacific; Commander, Underway Training
Unit , Guam; Commanding Officer, USS ATLANTA; and Commanding Officer, Naval
Station Treasure Islands. He retired in 1951.
Navy Cross (2)
Legion of Merit
Victory Medal Atlantic Fleet Clasp
American Defense Service Medal Fleet Clasp
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two Silver Stars (ten engagements)
Philippine Liberation Ribbon
World War II Victory Medal.
(FFG-56) is an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate of the United
States Navy, named for Rear Admiral Rodger W. Simpson.
Simpson was laid down at Bath Iron Works, Maine, on February 27, 1984,
launched on August 31, 1984 and commissioned on 21 September 1985.
Simpson was deployed to the Persian Gulf in January 1988, as an escort to
reflagged Kuwaiti oil tankers during the Iran-Iraq War. On April 17, 1988,
Simpson took part in Operation Praying Mantis, the U.S. response to the mining
of the frigate Samuel B. Roberts, which hit an Iranian M-08 mine on April 14,
On 18 April, Simpson, along with Wainwright and Bagley, destroyed Iranian
naval and intelligence facilities on the oil platform Sirri in the Persian
Gulf. Later that day, the ships encountered the Iranian Kaman Class (Combatte
II type) missile patrol boat Joshan, which launched a Harpoon missile.
Simpson immediately returned missile fire, striking Joshan in her
superstructure. Joshan was then sunk by combined gunfire. Simpson was awarded
the Joint Meritorious Unit Award and the Combat Action Ribbon for this
operation, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for the deployment.
SIMPSON’S latest deployment was from October 2007 to April 2008. She
participated in Counter Narco-Terrorism Operations in the Eastern Pacific and
Caribbean Sea . During this deployment SIMPSON interdicted two go-fasts, two
Self-Propelled Semi-Submersibles (SPSS), and one Logistics Support Vessel
(LSV). This resulted in the interdiction of twenty-two tons of cocaine worth
a street vale of almost half a billion dollars and the arrests of 15
She is currently homeported in Mayport , FL and is assigned to Destroyer