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Thursday, July 09, 2015

USS Kauffman to return from final frigate cruise

USS Kauffman (FFG 59)The destroyer Oscar Austin will return to Norfolk on Friday, and will be followed by the frigate Kauffman two days later. The destroyer is wrapping up a successful eight-month independent deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleets, but its older brother is likely to steal the headlines.

This marks the final deployment for the Kauffman and the Oliver Hazard Perry-class of frigates. It is scheduled for decommissioning in October, and will be the last frigate to decommission.

Cmdr. Michael Concannon is Kauffman's 18th and final skipper. A machinist's mate who received his commission from The Citadel in 1996, Concannon led Kauffman's crew of 220 officers and enlisted on this six-month counter-drug patrol to Central and South America.

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