FFG 28 Boone
The USS BOONE is a member of the OLIVER HAZARD PERRY class of guided missile frigates. Launched, 16 January 1980 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp., Seattle Division. Following sea trials she was commissioned on 15 May 1982. Her mission is to provide local area protection to battle groups, underway replenishment groups, amphibious forces, military and merchant shipping. Also to conduct Anti-Submarine Warfare operations.
Her mission is to provide local area protection to battle groups, underway replenishment groups, amphibious forces, military and merchantile shipping, and to conduct USW operations in conjunction with other sea control forces to ensure use of essential sea lanes of communications. USS BOONE and her sister ships represent a break with tradition in many ways: a gas turbine powered propulsion plant with variable pitch propellers, austere manning accompanied by a high degree of computerized automation, a fully integrated combat system, two helicopter hangers, auxiliary propulsion units placed to maximize maneuverability, and a ship control console that provides steering and speed control directly from the bridge by a single helmsman. These features, combined with a sharply raked bow, a narrow length-to-beam ratio, high maneuverability and a low profile mark BOONE as a fast ship, ready to go into harms way in defense of our Nation.
At the chief, or upper portion of the shield of the seal, are the colors of the Distinguished Service Cross Ribbon, signifying the award of this medal to Vice Admiral Joel T. Boone while serving with the Second Army Division in France. The reversed gold star alludes to Admiral Boone's Medal of Honor, our country's highest award. The red cross, a symbol of medical service, bears a fleur-de-lis, referring to Admiral Boone's illustrious service in France. Oak, a symbol of strength, is formed into a wreath denoting honor and excellence. Medical officers of the Navy wear oak leaves. The six white stars represent Admiral Boone's Silver Star Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters.
The eagle on a globe on the crest refers to the Marine Corps insignia and Admiral Boone's service and assignment with the Marine Corps. The eagle and U.S. shield also reflects Admiral Boone's service to three presidents and his later association with the Veterans Administration.
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