FFG 8 | USS MCINERNEY
Vice Admiral Francis X. McInerney
Since commissioning on 15 December 1979, McINERNEY has performed well in every facet of its capabilities. McINERNEY was selected as the Navy's test platform for the LAMPS MK III Helicopter in the first two years of her service, and her pioneering efforts in Anti-Submarine Warfare earned her a Meritorious Unit Citation.
McINERNEY departed for a Mediterranean/Indian Ocean deployment in November of 1982. This first major deployment included support of the Multi-National Force in Beirut, and a crossing of the equator en route to Diego Garcia, earning her a Navy Expeditionary Medal. McINERNEY returned from deployment in May of 1983, and completed a Selected Restricted Availability period from August 1983 to January 1984.
The first few months of 1984 were spent conducting Refresher Training and Law Enforcement Operations. McINERNEY received a Coast Guard Operational Meritorious Unit Citation for her efforts in law enforcement.
Workups for a second deployment were completed, and in October of 1984, McINERNEY was underway for deployment to the Middle East in the midst of the Iran/Iraq Tanker War. McINERNEY returned from the Middle East in March of 1985, and continued operations in support of law enforcement and naval operations.
In May of 1986, McINERNEY transited to Boston to commence an extended Selected Restricted Availability period during which the AN/SQQ-89(V)2 Anti-Submarine Warfare Suite, fin stabilizers, the Recovery, Assist, Securing and Traversing (RAST) system and single audio system were installed.
McINERNEY completed the availability period in June of 1987, and once again commenced workups and Refresher Training.
In August of 1988, McINERNEY was underway for her third deployment - this one to the Mediterranean. This deployment was highlighted by McINERNEY being awarded the COMSIXTHFLT "Hook Em'" Award for excellence in Anti-Submarine Warfare and a Meritorious Unit Citation. McINERNEY returned from the Mediterranean in February 1989, and departed for the Northern Atlantic in the spring of 1989. Anti-Submarine Warfare operations led the McINERNEY above the Arctic Circle, and McINERNEY returned to Mayport in May of 1989.
Another Selected Restricted Availability, more Refresher Training, and workups followed, with a deployment to the Middle East in January 1991.
After brief ASW operation in the Mediterranean Sea, for which McINERNEY was awarded her second "Hook Em'" Award, McINERNEY entered the Persian Gulf in support of coalition forces against Iraq. McINERNEY performed in every warfare area during the conflict, including convoy escort, mine, anti-air and anti-surface operations. McINERNEY earned the Navy Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Star, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal for her wartime service.
The ship returned from the Middle East in July of 1991, after escorting more than 50 merchant vessels through the mine-swept waters to Kuwait ports. Her continued, proven prowess earned her the Battle "E" for efficiency, and the COMNAVSURFLANT ASW Award, designating her as the top AN/SQQ-89 configured ASW platform on the East Coast. McINERNEY conducted another Selected Restricted Availability period from September to December 1991.
McINERNEY's humanitarian efforts include assisting the tug TAURUS in the Jacksonville Operating Area, transferring a wounded merchant seaman during the Tanker War, rescuing Sailors from the sinking motor vessel JENNEASTAR in the Mediterranean, and escorting merchant shipping carrying needed supplies to the ports of Kuwait through mine-swept channels in the aftermath of Operation DESERT STORM.
USS McINERNEY, with the assistance of the Colombian Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, seized approximately 2,200 pounds of cocaine, one 40-foot boat and arrested four people after chasing down a vessel Nov. 10, 1997. McINERNEY, with a Coast Guard law enforcement detachment on board, sighted the 40-foot boat heading north about 105 miles north of Colombia.
In 1999, McINERNEY took part in UNITAS off South America.
Description of Coat of
The Coat of Arms for MCINERNEY symbolizes Vice Admiral Francis Xavier
McInerney's successful naval career.