Though they were never the most glamorous of warships, found US Navy frigates were frequently found on the frontlines of the Cold War at sea. These warships were the descendants of World War II's destroyer escorts, designed primarily to escort convoys. They specialized in anti-submarine warfare, but were intended to be numerous, tough, versatile, and well-armed enough to show US naval power around the world, performing roles that varied from intercepting drug-smugglers to defending aircraft carriers.
When the Cold War turned hot, frigates were often there. It was a US Navy frigate, Harold E. Holt, that conducted the US Navy's first hostile boarding action since 1826 during the SS Mayaguez incident. Frigates were at the forefront of operations in the Persian Gulf during the Tanker War, with the frigate USS Stark suffering a notorious Exocet attack by Iraqi warplanes, and proving the Oliver Hazard Perry-class's legendary toughness.
This book explains how the technology and design of frigates changed during the Cold War, how the classes were modified to keep up to date, and explores the many varied missions they performed during the Cold War and since.
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Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION Operational missions and employment of US Navy frigates US NAVY FRIGATE WEAPONS ASW weapons US Navy frigate missile systems US Navy frigate guns US Navy ASW sensors US NAVY FRIGATES AT WAR AND IN PEACE THE FRIGATE CLASSES War-built destroyer escorts Dealey class Claud Jones class Bronstein class Garcia class Brooke class Knox class Perry class ANALYSIS AND CONCLUSION FURTHER READING INDEX
24 Jun 2021
Illustrated throughout with 40 photos and 8pp of colour illustrations