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USS Doyle (FFG 39)

- decommissioned -

USS DOYLE was the 30th guided missile frigate in the OLIVER HAZARD PERRY - class and the first ship in the Navy named after Admiral James Henry Doyle. USS DOYLE was last homeported in Mayport. Fla.

General Characteristics:Keel Laid: October 23, 1981
Launched: May 22, 1982
Commissioned: May 21, 1983
Decommissioned: July 29, 2011
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Propulsion system: two General Electric LM 2500 gas turbines, two 350 Horsepower Electric Drive Auxiliary Propulsion Units
Propellers: one
Blades on each Propeller: five
Length: 453 feet (138 meters)
Beam: 47 feet (14.32 meters)
Draft: 24,6 feet (7.5 meters)
Displacement: 4,100 tons
Speed: 28+ knots
Aircraft: two SH-60 Sea Hawk (LAMPS 3)
Armament: one Mk 75 76mm/62 caliber rapid firing gun, MK 32 ASW torpedo tubes (two triple mounts), one Phalanx CIWS
Crew: 17 Officers and 198 Enlisted


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS DOYLE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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This picture was taken by Howard Walsh jr. in Port Everglades, Fla., during the Broward Navy Days in 2000.

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History of USS DOYLE:

DOYLE has completed four Mediterranean Deployments, two Persian Gulf deployments, and a Standing Naval Forces Atlantic cruise. She has participated in the "Drug War" through Counter-Drug Operations (CDOPS) in the Caribbean Sea, and escorted USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) around South America. During the circumnavigation, DOYLE set a new speed record for the class by traveling over 16,000 miles in just 1000 hours underway. DOYLE returned from the Persian Gulf late in 1996, DOYLE conducted an unprecedented 72 queries and 39 boardings in support of the UN embargo against Iraq. Their efforts resulted in the confiscation of more than $3 million of contraband. Additionally, DOYLE participated in Operation Desert Strike, the only Mayport unit to be involved.

DOYLE also participated in Fleet Week '98 and will return to Fleet Week '99. DOYLE completed UNITAS in November of 1998.

UNITAS is U.S. Navy’s longest-running annual deployment; the word UNITAS is Latin for "unity". This operation promotes a cooperative maritime strategy in the region while supporting the U.S. policy of continued engagement in South America through forward presence. UNITAS 39-98 was conducted with nine South American Navies over a four-month period. The U.S. Task force 138 made up of USS DOYLE (FFG 39), USS MOOSBRUGGER (DD 980), USS LA MOURE COUNTY (LST 1194), USS BOSTON (SSN 703), and USCGC MOHAWK, circumnavigated South America in a clockwise direction.

On January 19, 2000, USS DOYLE and embarked HSL-47 Det. 6 departed Mayport, Fla. en route to a multi-purpose deployment in the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean. During this deployment the frigate intercepted a vessel named REBELDE off the coast of Ecuador while conducting routine counter drug operations. After detaining and searching the suspicious vessel, DOYLE's embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) discovered six tons of cocaine. REBELDE was taken under tow and delivered to St. Petersburg, Fla.


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About the Ship's Name:

USS DOYLE's namesake is most known for his impressive contributions during the Korean War. As Commander Amphibious Group One during the Korean War, Admiral Doyle was personally responsible for the flawless execution of the amphibious phase of the invasion of Inchon in 1950.

Admiral Doyle’s naval attack force put 13,000 Marines ashore on a forbidding coastline, together with all their weapons and equipment. Rarely had so small a force entered so large a land mass under such difficult conditions. Later, when the Chinese entered North Korea from across the Yalu River and entrapped U.S. ground forces, Admiral Doyle commanded the Hungnam withdrawal, an operation characterized by ingenuity and superb naval gunfire support.

The 1st Marine Division, 3rd and 7th Infantry Divisions, and 100,000 civilians were evacuated under the sweep of heavy enemy gunfire without a single casualty. For these masterful exploits, Admiral Doyle was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and the Army’s Silver Star.

Admiral James Henry Doyle retired from the Navy in 1953 and passed away in 1982.


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USS DOYLE Patch Gallery:

UNITAS 39HSL-46 Det. 10 - Counter Drug CruiseCaribbean Cruise 2000HSL-46 Det. 8


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The photos below were taken by me and show the DOYLE at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., on July 31, 2000.



The photos below were taken by me and show the DOYLE laid up at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Penn., on May 4, 2012.



The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the DOYLE laid up at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Penn., on October 3, 2012.



The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the DOYLE laid up alongside her sistership HAWES (FFG 53) at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Penn., on October 21, 2014. DOYLE is the ship moored outboard.



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