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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

July 18, 2009
The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Halyburton (FFG 40) breaks formation during a pass and review exercise with the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Halyburton (FFG 40) breaks formation during a pass and review exercise with the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

Note the caption via Navy News Service. Certainly not a Perry class frigate. An Italian warship? Probably of MEKO design.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Burleson permalink
    July 19, 2009 8:04 pm

    Good point, Matt! Thanks!

  2. Matt permalink
    July 19, 2009 7:27 pm

    13 yds too close and 1/4 degree offset to starboard. Heck, I’m just happy to see a picture of a USN warship not run aground!

    On a related question, does anybody know when SWO’s got to be such lousy shipdrivers?

  3. Mike Burleson permalink
    July 19, 2009 7:37 am

    Sorry I meant Portugese!

  4. Dave permalink
    July 19, 2009 6:52 am

    What Italian ship? There’s a Vasco de Gama class FF, a Dutch De Zeven Provinciën class DDG, a German Bremen class FF, a Spanish Almirante Juan de Borbón DDG and then a Perry FFG bringing up the rear. No Italians, this is probably why the US has so much blue on blue I guess lol

  5. Mike Burleson permalink
    July 19, 2009 6:25 am

    Well, I wasn’t going to argue this but since the gauntlet was thrown down, the only vessel I see breaking formation is the Italian frigate, and the only other vessel doing the same is another non-USN ship. Everyone else is following dutifully.

  6. FFGWife permalink
    July 18, 2009 10:47 pm

    Congrats on identifying the first ship in the picture, but if you actually read the caption you will find out that they are referring to the third ship…the Halyburton. Guess Ken Adams is the only other one that can read.

  7. leesea permalink
    July 18, 2009 8:42 pm

    it is typical of current Navy photo caption to be a) wrong and b) mentioning a ship which is hardly in or even not in the photo. MCSs need more knowledgeable editors and I have told the Navy.mil site that

  8. July 18, 2009 8:36 pm

    Actually, the caption is correct. Halyburton is clearly 13 yards too close to the next ship and 1/4 degree offset to starboard.

  9. Mike Burleson permalink
    July 18, 2009 4:17 pm

    That was my second guess! Well done.

    And it was a MEKO design. Specs here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasco_da_Gama_class_frigate

  10. July 18, 2009 3:19 pm

    Sven is absolutely correct, it’s the NRP Corte Real. http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=57659

    If you look at the hi-res version of the photograph above on the navy.mil site, you can see the pennant number is F332.

  11. July 18, 2009 12:10 pm

    The gun is 1 00mm and a Vulcan is highly visible as well. That cannot be an Italian navy ship.

    It’s a Portuguese Vasco de Gama class frigate.

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