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Frigate Reuben James to be decommissioned

Jul. 18, 2013 - 08:59AM   |  
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JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, HAWAII — Hawaii’s last guided-missile frigate is being decommissioned after nearly 30 years of naval service.

The Navy is holding a ceremony Thursday to retire the USS Reuben James. Among those expected to attend the Pearl Harbor ceremony are five crew members assigned to the ship when it was commissioned.

Guided-missile frigates are multi-mission surface combatants capable of undersea warfare and surface warfare missions. The Reuben James returned from deployment in early May after participating in a series of maritime exercises.

The Navy says that with the departure of the last frigate, all of the surface ships based at Pearl Harbor will be guided-missile destroyers and cruisers.

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