U.S. Nicholas was designed to provide in-depth protection for military and merchant shipping, amphibious task forces, and underway replenishment groups. Her 453-foot (loa) hull displaces 3,183 tons and her gas turbine power develops 40,000 shp for a single screw, giving a top speed of 30 knots. Normal complement is 17 officers and 198 enlisted men.
U.S. Nicholas Armament: As built:
One OTO Melara Mk 75 76 mm/62 caliber naval gun.
Two Mk 32 triple-tube (324 mm) launchers for Mark 46 torpedoes.
One Vulcan Phalanx CIWS.
Four .50-cal (12.7 mm) machine guns.
One Mk 13 Mod 4 single-arm launcher for Harpoon anti-ship missiles and SM-1MR Standard anti-ship/air missiles (40 round magazine).
Since her commissioning, U.S. Nicholas has deployed to the Persian Gulf, Mediterranean Sea and North Sea, as well as participating in maritime interdiction operations and various fleet exercises, more from this source...
FOX NEWS: Suspected Somali pirates fired on a U.S. Navy warship off East Africa early Thursday in what appeared to be a ransom-seeking attack on an American guided missile frigate,LOL officials said.
The USS Nicholas returned fire on the pirate skiff, sinking it and confiscating a nearby mothership. The Navy took five pirates, suspected to be from Somalia, into custody, said Navy Lt. Patrick Foughty, a spokesman.
A third pirate boat was involved but managed to escape. The Navy does not know where it has gone, and think some pirates may have gotten away. International naval forces have stepped up their enforcement of the waters off East Africa in an effort to thwart a growing pirate trade. The U.S. Africa Command said the five pirates seized Thursday would remain in U.S. custody on board the frigate for now. The Nicholas is home-ported in Norfolk, Va.
Experts say piracy will continue to be a problem until an effective government is established on Somalia's lawless shores. The country has not had a functioning government for 19 years, MORE FROM THIS SOURCE.....
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