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FFG 33 Jarrett

USS Jarrett's mission is to escort and protect convoys, underway replenishment groups, amphibious landing groups, and carrier battle groups. Jarrett's missile, gun, and anti-submarine warfare systems, combined with its quick reaction and high speed capability, make the warship a valuable asset in today's multi-threat environment

The Jarrett was commissioned in July 1983. USS Jarrett (FFG 33) located and diverted a suspected U.N. sanctions violator, motor vessel Qabas 2, after less than two weeks in the Arabian Gulf in Oct 1996. Jarrett's Combat Information Center (CIC) team prepared a detailed search plan to optimize positioning of the ship and its embarked Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 43 helicopters to find the vessel among the many small craft operating in the Arabian Gulf. The vessel was found to have an estimated 370,000 gallons of fuel hidden in water tanks and voids, suspected to have come from Iraq.

USS Jarrett (FFG 33) departed the Arabian Gulf in August 2000 following three months of operations with U.S. 5th Fleet. Jarrett's duties in the Arabian Gulf were part of a six-month overseas deployment. Joining Jarrett on this deployment as Pacific Middle Eastern Forces 00-2 are USS FIFE (DD 991) and USS HOPPER (DDG 70). Jarrett's mission was the enforcement of United Nations sanctions against Iraq. While on station, Jarrett identified, tracked and boarded numerous suspected sanctions violators. In addition, Jarrett planned and participated in a multi-national exercise with one of the Gulf nations. In addition to operating with multi-national forces, Jarrett had the rare chance to work with three separate aircraft carrier battle groups

The sea-griffin grasping a cannon on the shield alludes to Vice Admiral Jarrett as commander of bombardment groups in the Pacific Theater and is placed within a ring symbolizing his command of destroyer screens for fast carrier task forces operating in the Pacific during World War II. The three stars refer to the Admiral's rank.

The cross on the crest refers to the Navy Cross the Admiral was awarded for heroism during the Battle of the Coral Sea. The pheon alludes to the multi-directional fire power of the destroyer screen and bombardment group Admiral Jarrett commanded during World War II and reflects the Legion of Merit he was awarded for command of destroyer support fire during Pacific Island campaigns. The two stars on the disc symbolize the Admiral's personal heroism for which he was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star.

Harry B. Jarrett

USS Jarrett (FFG 33) is named for the late Vice Admiral Harry B. Jarrett, USN (1898-1974), an outstanding sailor of World War II. He received the Navy Cross for heroism in the Battle of the Coral Sea and served with great valor as a destroyer screen commander for the fast carrier task force operations in the Pacific as well as a bombardment group commander in the Marshalls and Marianas campaigns. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for command of his destroyer fire support unit in the Marianas campaign; the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in commanding the destroyer screen for carriers striking the Palaus, the Philippines and the Marianas; and the Bronze Star Medal for heroic actions as Commander Scouting Line for the fast carrier force bound for the raids early in 1945 on Okinawa, Tokyo and Formosa.

Upon the close of World War II, Vice Admiral Jarrett had commanded the light cruiser USS ASTORIA (CL 90); was a member of the staff of the Training Command, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; served as the Plans and Policy Officer (Naval Reserve) under the Chief of Naval Operations; and was Senior Military Attache, Taiwan, before successive command of Destroyer Flotilla 4 and Cruiser Flotilla 4. In February 1953, he became the Deputy Inspector General, Navy Department, serving until his retirement in November 1954.

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