FFG 20 Antrim
The ship, named for RADM Richard Nott Antrim, was commissioned in Seattle on Sept. 26, 1981. He was awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor and Bronze Star for heroic actions while in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II.
Antrim'S operational role is to complement the fleet's ability to keep the world's sea lanes open and free, and to provide for in-depth protection of military and merchant shipping, underway logistics groups, and amphibious forces. To achieve this, the ship has been specifically designed to simultaneously counter threats posed by air, surface and subsurface launched missiles and enemy warships.
USS Antrim transferred to the Naval Reserve Force in January 1987. As a Naval Reserve Force ship, it participated in Canadian Fleet operations, a Great Lakes deployment, Operation Support Democracy in Haiti and several counternarcotic operations in the eastern Pacific and Caribbean Sea. During the narcotics operations, Antrim seized two motor vessels carrying a combined cargo of more than 4,000 pounds in illicit drugs.
The ship's initial home port was Mayport, Fla. In 1994, Antrim moved to Pascagoula, Miss., and did a second tour of duty in Operation Support Democracy, Canadian Fleet operations, NATO exercise Strong Resolve and counternarcotic operations. During counternarcotic operations, Antrim seized the sailing vessel "Michael Angelo" and 5,000 pounds of cocaine in the eastern Pacific.
Antrim moved to Pensacola, Fla., on March 4 for its decommissioning. The ship is scheduled for turnover to the Turkish navy.
The wreath on the coat of arms is for outstanding gallantry and achievement in which the palm denotes victory, and the laurel, honor. The torch symbolizing leadership and bravery is contained behind the portullis representing the period of imprisonment as a prisoner of war.
On the shield, the dark blue and gold are traditionally associated with the Navy and represent the sea and excellence. The light blue and downward pointing star refer to the Medal of Honor awarded to Real Admiral Antrim for heroic actions while in a Japanese POW camp at Makassar, Celebes and Java.
The anchor symbolizes his naval career and represents his dedication to service. The crosslets are a personal device from the Antrim family crest. The cross throughout the shield is an allusion to the Navy Cross awarded Admiral Antrim for action in the battle of Java Sea in the Dutch East Indies. Beneath the shield is the ship's motto "In Defense of Freedom", which provides a reference to both Admiral Antrim's life of dedication and the mission of the ship which bears his name.
Richard Nott Antrim
The Guided Missile Frigate ANTRIM is named for Rear Admiral Richard Nott Antrim, a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. RADM Antrim was born on 17 December 1907 in Peru, Indiana. In June, 1926, he enlisted in the Naval Reserve. He accepted an appointment to the Naval Academy in 1927 and was commissioned an Ensign upon graduation in 1931. He was designated a Naval Aviator in September, 1940.
He was awarded the Navy Cross for Heroism as Executive Officer of the destroyer POPE (DD-225) in the Battle of Makassar Strait (27 January 1942), the Battle of Badoeng Strait (19-20 February 1942) and the Battle of Java Sea (27 February - 1 March 1942). He was one of 151 survivors of POPE taken prisoner after the destroyer was sunk during the Battle of the Java Sea.
Antrim received the Congressional Medal of Honor and Bronze Star for heroic actions while in a Japanese POW camp. In the first instance, in April, 1942, he interceded on behalf of a junior officer who was being beaten by a frenzied Japanese guard and was close to death. Failing to dissuade the guard, he offered to take the punishment himself. The Japanese were so startled by this action that no further punishment was given and life at the prison, which had been worsening, began to improve. In July, 1945, Antrim was in charge of a labor party which was tasked with constructing bomb protection trenches. He caused the trenches to be constructed in such a manner that Allied aerial photography revealed the nature of the trenches and whom they protected.
When he returned to the United States, Antrim commanded USS TURNER (DD-648), 1947-1948, and USS MONTROSE (APA-212), 1952-1953. His post-war shore assignments included tours with the Navy Staff and the State Department. He retired as Head, Naval Amphibious Warfare Matters in the Navy Department in April, 1954, and was advanced to the rank of Rear Admiral on the basis of combat awards.
After retirement from the Navy, Rear Admiral Antrim and his family settled in Mountain Home, Arkansas, where he died in 1969. He is survived by his wife Mary Jean Packard Antrim, the ship's sponsor, and their three children.
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