USS Sides (FFG-14)

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The USS Sides (FFG-14) was a force for defending American interests and protecting freedom across the globe. An Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate for the US Navy, she was marvelously equipped to succeed in even the most demanding of missions. The USS Sides was decommissioned on 28 February 2003.

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The USS Sides (FFG-14) was a force for defending American interests and protecting freedom across the globe. An Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate for the US Navy, she was marvelously equipped to succeed in even the most demanding of missions. The USS Sides was decommissioned on 28 February 2003.

The USS Sides was named after Admiral John Harold Sides, known as the father of the Navy’s guided missile program. His dedication to military advancement and keeping American superiority above reproach provided the push to create the Navy’s first guided missile cruisers.

Sides escorted tankers through the Straits of Hormuz during the Tanker War and participated in Operation Praying Mantis, the retaliation for Iranian mining operations. Sides was also part of the Surface Action Group under USS Vincennes when Iran Air 655 was shot down. Sides and her crew received a Meritorious Unit Commendation for the time period 13 April 1988 to 25 July 1988. The following year, Commander David R. Carlson authored an article in U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings in which Carlson called into question Vincennes’ self-defense justification for the use of force and wrote, “Iran Air Flight 655 was shot down for no good reason.” Capt. Will Rogers of Vincennes and David L. Dillon, speaking on behalf of the US Navy, challenged Carlson’s account of events.

Minted in the USA from solid bronze, finished with an antique patina, this coin pays tribute to the USS Sides and salutes the exceptional service of her crew. The obverse contains a scene of the vessel sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge near its homeport of San Francisco. The reverse displays the United States Navy logo.

Each coin measures 1.5 inch (39mm) in diameter.

™ Department of the Navy. Officially Licensed by the Department of the Navy.

This is a surplus NWTM item. Packaging may vary.

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