JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, HAWAII — Hawaii’s last guided-missile frigate is being decommissioned after nearly 30 years of naval service.
The Navy is holding a ceremony Thursday to retire the USS Reuben James. Among those expected to attend the Pearl Harbor ceremony are five crew members assigned to the ship when it was commissioned.
Guided-missile frigates are multi-mission surface combatants capable of undersea warfare and surface warfare missions. The Reuben James returned from deployment in early May after participating in a series of maritime exercises.
The Navy says that with the departure of the last frigate, all of the surface ships based at Pearl Harbor will be guided-missile destroyers and cruisers.