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FFG 56 Simpson

The USS Simpson (FFG 56) was decommissioned in her homeport of Mayport, Florida, 29 September 2015, and represented the last frigate in the Navy's inventory.

The guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) and its embarked Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron, Light, (HSL) 44, Det. 10 returned to their home port in Mayport, FL, on Dec. 20, 2004, after a three-month deployment to the Western Atlantic. Simpson deployed Sept. 22, 2004, as part of NATO's Standing Naval Forces Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT) and was the U.S. Navy's representative during its deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.

During the deployment, Simpson participated in numerous exercises with NATO and U.S. naval forces, and visited 10 cities in the United States, Canada and Bermuda.

Shield

SHIELD: The lightning bolt breaking the metal prison bar symbolizes Admiral Simpson's quick attack to rescue Prisoners of War from Japanese concentration camps. This standard will guide the USS SIMPSON in striking for justice and against threats to our precious freedom. The Green Navy Cross with two stars against a rose red background symbolizes the decorations and awards presented to Admiral Simpson. The Navy Cross with gold star (in lieu of second award) for extraordinary actions taken against Japanese forces south of the Gilbert Islands while Commanding Officer of the USS MAHAN. The second award was for heroism during an engagement with enemy forces in Vella Gulf, Solomon Islands. The other star on the cross represents the Silver Star awarded for "Gallantry and intrepidity during operations in the Bismark Archipelago," while serving as Commander, Destroyer Squadron TWELVE and Destroyer Division TWENTY THREE. The rose red background symbolizes the Legion of Merit Medal presented to Admiral Simpson for his daring rescue of over 7,500 Allied Prisoners of War and civilians interned in Japanese concentration camps. He earned this while serving as Commander, Task Flotilla SIX.

FALCON: Recognized as a swift and courageous hunter, the falcon characterizes the manner in which Admiral Simpson dispensed his duties during World War II as a defender of freedom. The falcon is also part of the Simpson family coat of arms. PALM BRANCH: A symbol of peace. Combined with the Falcon, it symbolizes USS SIMPSON's determination to be a swift and courageous hunter while guarding the Constitution and the nation's freedom against all enemies. MOTTO: "Attaquer en Vigueur" is French for attack with vigor. The Simpson family traces their heritage to France. SEAL The complete crest is emblazoned upon a white oval background enclosed by a dark blue border edged with gold rope. The two stars on the blue border indicate the two stars of the rank of Rear Admiral.



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