The decommissioned USS Crommelin (FFG-37) sails forever on this stunning challenge coin dedicated to the ship and her crew’s nearly 30 years of steadfast service.
Three decorated WWII Naval officers give their name to the guided missile frigate: Vice Admiral Henry Crommelin, Commander Charles Crommelin, and Lieutenant Commander Richard Crommelin. All three brothers hailed from Alabama, graduated from the Naval Academy, and forged on to play decisive roles in seizing victory in WWII.
From her commissioning in 1983 to her retirement in 2012, she and her crew exceeded expectations to secure every departmental and divisional excellence award, including three Navy “E” awards. Among the USS Crommelin’s humanitarian and counter-narcotics conquests upon the sea, she rescued 96 souls and seized approximately $1.25 billion in illegal contraband. Powering her for the preservation of peace, the ship last sailed with an OTO Melara Mk 75 62-caliber naval gun, two Mk 32 triple-tube torpedo launchers, a Vulcan Phalanx CIWS, four .50-cal machine guns, and SM-1MR standard anti-ship/air missiles. Though sailors no longer walk her deck, they will carry pride and memories of a “job well done” – as their motto proclaims.
Minted in antique bronze, and highlighted by bold enamel, this challenge coin honors all the crew of the USS Crommelin (FFG-37). The obverse features the ship slicing through the sea overlaying a map of the Hawaiian Islands, which was her last homeport. Above, the text “THE INDESTRUCTIBLES” nods to the moniker laid upon the trio of brothers during the war for their harrowing escapes from death. The reverse features the ship’s seal, commissioning and decommissioning dates, and motto, “MUNUS BENE FACTUM,” meaning “job well done.”
Each coin measures 1 3/4 inch (44mm) round in diameter.
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