HAWES FFG 53

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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Oliver Hazard Perry Class Guided Missle Frigate
    Keel Laid 26 August 1983 - Launched & Christened 18 February 1984

  1. USS HAWES FFG-53
    Commissioned 9 February 1985 - Decommissioned 10 December 2010
Hawes FFG53 1 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Hawes FFG-53 Covers Page 1    (1985-2010)

 

Postmarks

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A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
 
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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
To
Cover Image


 

Locy Type
FDC 2-1(n)(D1,USS)

1985-02-09

JonBurdett hawes ffg53 19850209 pm.jpg
JonBurdett hawes ffg53 19850209.JPG

First Day in Commission


 

Locy Type
FDC 9-1(nu) (USS)

1985-02-09

GregCiesielski Hawes FFG53 19850209 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hawes FFG53 19850209 1 Front.jpg

First Day in Commission. From the Bob Govern collection.


 

Locy Type
2-1(n) (D1,USS)

1985-06-10

JonBurdett hawes ffg53 19850610 pm.jpg
JonBurdett hawes ffg53 19850610.JPG

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Locy Type
2-1(n) (D2,USS)

1991-08-23

JonBurdett hawes ffg53 19910823 pm.jpg
JonBurdett hawes ffg53 19910823.JPG

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Locy Type
2-1(n+) (A,D2,USS)

1993-05-06

JonBurdett hawes ffg53 19930506 pm.jpg
JonBurdett hawes ffg53 19930506.JPG

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Locy Type
2-1(n+)
(USN,USS)

2000-07-07

GregCiesielski Hawes FFG53 20000707 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hawes FFG53 20000707 1 Front.jpg

From the Thad Kaczkowski collection.


 

Locy Type
9-1(nu) (USS)

1985-06-10

JonBurdett hawes ffg53 19850610 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett hawes ffg53 19850610.JPG

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Locy Type
9-1(nu) (USS)

1989-08-14

JonBurdett hawes ffg53 19890814 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett hawes ffg53 19890814.JPG

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Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS)

1993-05-06

JonBurdett hawes ffg53 19930506 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett hawes ffg53 19930506.JPG

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Locy Type
9-1(n+)(USS)

2000-07-07

GregCiesielski Hawes FFG53 20000707 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hawes FFG53 20000707 1 Front.jpg

From the Thad Kaczkowski collection.


 

Locy Type
11-1(n+) (USN, USS)

2002-06-24

GregCiesielski Hawes FFG53 20020624 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hawes FFG53 20020624 1 Front.jpg

First Day of Use, New Cachet. From the Thad Kaczkowski collection.


 

Locy Type
12-1(n+) (USS)

2008-06-16

GregCiesielski Hawes FFG53 20080616 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hawes FFG53 20080616 1 Front.jpg

Ship's Cachet


 

Locy Type F

"GREAT WHITE
FLEET POST
OFFICE STATION"

FPO AE
09573-1507

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-10

2008-06-16

GregCiesielski Hawes FFG53 20080616 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hawes FFG53 20080616 1 Front.jpg

100th Anniversary of the Great White Fleet, cover serviced by Thad Kaczkowski


 

Locy Type
LDC 12-2n+
(USS, FPO AE 09573-1507)

2010-12-10

GregCiesielski Hawes FFG53 20101210 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hawes FFG53 20101210 1 Front.jpg

Last Day of Commission, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type
LDC 13-2n+
(USS, FPO AE 09573-1507)

2010-12-10

GregCiesielski Hawes FFG53 20101210 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hawes FFG53 20101210 2 Front.jpg

Last Day of Commission, cover sent by Elgin E. Sink



USPS Pictorial Postmark


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"Decommissioning /
Station"

Norfolk VA

2010-12-10

GregCiesielski Hawes FFG53 20101210 3 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hawes FFG53 20101210 3 Front.jpg

Last Day of Commission, cover by Greytcovers

 

Other Information

USS HAWES earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon (w/ 2 stars), the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon (w/ 1 star), the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (5 awards), the National Defense Service Ribbon (w/ 1 star), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (w/ 2 stars), the Southwest Asia Service Medal (w/ 2 stars), the Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medal, the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Ribbon (w/ 2 stars), the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (w/ 7 stars), the United Nations Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral Richard Ellington Hawes, USN (February 12 1894 - December 30 1968).
   Richard Ellington Hawes was born in Thomson, Ga. on February 12 1894 and attended the Univ. of Georgia and Mercer Univ. where he excelled in sports. He passed up the bar exam to coach and play professional baseball. When the U.S. entered WWI in 1917, Hawes enlisted in the Navy as a Fireman Second Class and fifteen months later accepted a temporary appointment to Ensign. He reverted to Warrant Boatswain in 1920. In 1926 he joined USS FALCON ASR 2 and played a key role in the salvage of S-51 off Block Island, for which he received the Navy Cross. He also assisted in the salvaging of the submarine USS S-4 off Provincetown, Ma. in December 1927. In 1929, Hawes was commissioned an Ensign by a special act of Congress for his role in the salvage of S-51 and S-4. In January 1940, Lt. Hawes assumed command of USS Pigeon ASR 6.
    On December 10 1941 USS Pigeon was docked at the Cavite Navy Yard when Japanese warplanes attacked. Since Pearl Harbor, Hawes had main steam pressure up and the crew aboard, ready to get underway. Lashed to USS Quail AM 15, which provided steering for both, they cleared the docks and headed for the safety of the bay. By this time Cavite had become an inferno. Seeing that the submarine Seadragon (SS 194) was about to be engulfed by bombs and fire in her berth, Lt. Hawes maneuvered USS Pigeon back to the flaming dock to haul the helpless submarine stern first from her berth. Another submarine and a minesweeper had just been sunk by direct hits. The heat and flames were so intense that they blistered the ship's paint, singed off body hair, and melted the brim of Hawes' cap. But Pigeon's crew managed to rig a line to USS Seadragon and tow her to safety, for which Hawes received his second Navy Cross and Pigeon was awarded the first Presidential Unit Citation of the war. Except for the brief periods when he was in transit or putting USS Chanticleer ASR 7 and USS Anthedon AS 24 into commission, Hawes spent virtually all of World War II at sea in the Pacific in command of his three ships. Like Hawes himself, his ships always had a reputation for efficiency and readiness. Hawes was promoted to Captain on March 25 1945. On December 1 1952 he was transferred to the retired list and promoted to Rear Admiral. Rear Admiral Hawes died at his home in Thomson, Ga. on December 30 1968.

The ship's sponsor is Mrs. Ruth Hawes Watson, widow of Rear Admiral Hawes.

 


 

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