OHP in Erie, PA?

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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halyburton (DDG 40) does work-ups off the coast of Mayport, Fla., Feb. 13, 2006. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lynn Friant) (Released)

Erie, Pennsylvania has applied for the former USS HALYBURTON, FFG-40, as a museum ship. HALYBURTON is one of the seventy-one OHP (OLIVER HAZARD PERRY) frigates commissioned, thirty-four of which are still active in eight different navies. HALYBURTON served for thirty years from 1984 till 2014 and has been at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Philadelphia ever since.

Although Erie, PA is 257 km from Hamilton, it already hosts the reconstructed brig USS NIAGARA from the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813, and an excellent museum, which are in themselves well worth the drive.

One of HALYBURTON’s sisters, SAMUEL ELLIOT MORRISON FFG-13, visited Hamilton in 1992. Acquiring and maintaining a museum ship is a costly and labour intensive experience, as those acquainted with HMCS HAIDA can attest, but we wish them well in their efforts.

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