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In 2003, the Navy started to remove the Mk-13 guided missile launchers from the remaining PERRY - class frigates. This action was designed to reduce the ships' operating cost but leaves the PERRYs without the ability to fire guided missiles. The Navy explained the decision with the age of the Mk-13 system and the system's ineffectivness against high-speed cruise missiles. The ships will receive an upgrade to the Phalanx system and a new missile decoy system to compensate the loss of their guided missile capabilities.
Originally posted by Winchester Ranger T
Sounds like the Australians are taking the Perry into a different league capability wise while the US is turning their Perrys into little more than coastal patrol vessels.
The US ships will be left with the 76mm gun, the Vulcan CIWS, the chopper and some torpedo tubes.
Sounds pretty useless to me. AAW will no doubt be limited to a couple of Stingers.