FFG 12 | USS GEORGE PHILIP
Commander George Philip
15 November 1980: USS GEORGE PHILIP commissioned at Todd Shipyard in San Pedro, California.
November 1980 - June 1981: Sea trials and testing.
June 1981: Received the Battle "E" award for excellence.
July 1982 - February 1983: First deployment in support of USS ENTERPRISE battle group.
September 1984 - March 1985: Second deployment in support of U. S. efforts to keep sea lanes open in the Persian Gulf during the height of the Iran-Iraq war.
June 1985: Transfer to the Naval Reserve Force (NRF). As a member of the NRF, the ship turns its focus to the training and readiness of Selected Reservists. The ship goes from full manning to 60% manning, whit the remainder made up of Reservists.
June 1985 - June 1987: Engineering and weapons readiness examinations and inspections. Training for helicopter pilots.
December 1987 - June 1989: Overhaul at Southwest Marine in San Diego. While in overhaul the ship receives major upgrades in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capabilities. The ship is fitted with a Tactical Towed Array Sonar (TACTASS), widely recognized as very effective equipment in submarine detection.
June 1989 - May 1992: Extensive ASW operations and test platform for the new ASW equipment.
May 1992 - August 1992: Third deployment in support of efforts to counter drug traffic from South America to the United States.
August 1992 - June 1994: Various independent operations and port visits that include: San Francisco; Seattle; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Mazatlan, Mexico.
July 1994 - October 1994: Fourth deployment in support of efforts to counter drug traffic from South America to the United States.
October 1994: Escorted towing of former USS RICHARD B . RUSSELL (SSN 687) to Bremerton Naval Station.
Dark blue and gold are
the colors traditionally associated with the Navy and are symbolic of
the sea and excellence. The stars represent three Pacific Island
campaigns -- the liberation of the Philippine Islands; the conquest of
Iwo Jima; and the capture and occupation of Okinawa -- during which
Commander Philip commanded USS TWIGGS (DD-591). The blue star, voided
white, refers to the Silver Star awarded to Commander George Philip,
Jr., for gallantry while serving aboard USS O'BANNON in the Solomon
Islands. The wavy chevron suggests thrust and movement from a strong
base that characterized the Pacific campaigns. The barbed and enflamed
anchor symbolizes naval firepower and alludes to the Navy's progressive
sweep through the Pacific Islands during World War II. It further
typifies the capabilities of guided missile frigates.