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NORFOLK-- The guided-missile frigate USS Carr will be decommissioned at a ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station on Wednesday.

The ship was commissioned July 27th, 1985 and was built by Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. in Seattle, Wash.

She was originally homeported in Charleston, S.C. as part of Destroyer Squadron 6. In 1995, she shifted homeports to Norfolk, becoming a part of Destroyer Squadron 22.

USS Carr has a crew of 15 officers and 170 enlisted personnel and is capable of embarking a helicopter detachment of two SH-60B Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System helicopters

The Carr is a 4,100 ton, 453-foot long Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate. She was designed to provide local area protection to battle groups, underway replenishment groups, amphibious forces, military and merchant shipping, and to conduct Anti-Submarine Warfare operations.

Since the removal of her guided-missile system, her role shifted to provide Enhanced-Maritime Interception Operations and countering organized crime on the high seas.

In 27 years, she deployed 13 times and traveled as far North as the Arctic Circle, South to the Equator, East to the Indian Ocean, and West to the Eastern Pacific.

Carr is the 42nd ship in its class and was named after Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Paul Henry Carr, who was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his heroism in the Battle of Samar during World War II.

Commanded by Cmdr. Patrick Kulakowski, upon decommissioning, she will be towed to Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Office Philadelphia while awaiting final disposition as a potential for foreign military sales.

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