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USS REID N AMESAKE
REID fFFG-301 commemorates the name borne by three former destroyers in honor of Sailing Master Samuel Ches-
ter Reid, U.S. Navy C1783-18613, hero of the War of 1812 and designer of the United States flag in its present form.
He received the thanks of the New York State Legislature for gallantry in command of the New York privateer brig
GENERAL ARMSTRONG which inflicted such casualties and damage to a powerful British squadron at Fayal,
Azores, that it delayed the arrival of the British invasion t1eet off New Orleans sufficiently to aid General Andrew
jackson's defense preparations for victory. His design for a national ensign, to include thirteen stripes and a star for
each state, was adopted by Congress on 4 April 1818. Congress appointed him a Sailing Master in the U. S. Navy
on 3 Iune 1843. As the harbor master of New York, he made notable contributions in improving the pilot-boat service
and established a lightship off Sandy Hook. The first REID IDD 211 was commissioned in 1909 and twice attacked
enemy submarines while on escort and patrol duty during World War I. The second REID KDD 2921 served from 1919
to 1930. The third REID KDD 3691 was commissioned on 2 November 1936. She sank japanese submarine RO-61
during the Aleutians campaign of World War ll and was one of the outstanding destroyers in subsequent Pacific combat
operations until her loss on 11 December 1944 while gallantly fighting off massive suicide plane attacks during the
liberation of the Republic of the Philippines.
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USS REID HISTDRY
USS REID is the eighth Oliver Hazard Perry
Class Guided Missile Frigate built for the U. S. Navy
by Todd Pacific Corporation, Los Angeles, California.
On her commissioning of 19 February 1983, REID joi-
ned the Pacific fleet.
The concept of the class began in 1971 when the
United States Navy initiated a program to build fifty
Patrol Frigates. The class was later redesignated as
Guided Missile Erigates and the class leader - USS
OLIVER HAZARD PERRY was commissioned on 17
December 1977. It is the largest Naval Destroyer class
to be built since World War II.
REID's operational role is to complement the
fIeet's ability to keep the world's sea lanes open and
free and to provide for in-depth protection of military
and merchant shipping, underway logistics groups,
amphibious forces and aircraft battle groups. To
achieve this the ship has been specifically designed
to simultaneously counter threats posed by air, sur-
face and subsurface launched missiles and enemy
In today's defense environment, the ability to re-
spond rapidly and effectively is the key to success. All
of REID's systems are designed to meet this important
requirement. The Combat System is a new and inno-
vative design, integrating a computerized command
and decision system with the ship to reduce the num-
ber of crew members required.
Designed to provide quick reaction defense
against surprise anti-ship missile attack, REID com-
plements the capabilities of other ships of the fleet in
ensuring thorough multi-threat protection.
Sensors and Weapons. Two digital computers
provide rapid evaluation of potential threats detected
by the radars, the digital sonar, or other shipboard
sensors. Should the need arise, surface-to-air and sur-
face-to-surface missiles, a rapid fire gun, Close In
Weapons System, ASW torpedoes, and an embarked
helicopter can be employed effectively in countering
Quick reactions are not limited to combat systems
alone. Two computer controlled Gas Turbine Eng1I195
operating through a controllable pitch propeller glye
the ship high acceleration speed and maneuverabllltl'
and the ability to be "on line" in less than one tenth
of the time required by steam turbine shipS. TWO for-I
ward mounted auxiliary propulsion units give the Sl11P
excellent maneuverability in confined harbors and 3
secondary means of propulsion. .
Habitability has been improved over. Previous
designs and labor saving devices and maintenance
techniques have been incorporated.
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Nathan H, Beaggnl Commanding Officer i
Born in Long Beach, California, Commander Beason spent his youth in Coalinga, California. After attend-
ing UCSB, where he received his B.A. and M.A., he was commissioned at the Naval Officer Candidate School
on 19 Iuly 1968.
Commander Beason's initial assignment was on the USS IOHN W. THOMASON QDD-7603 where he
served sequentially as First Lieutenant and Damage Control Assistant. After attending Department Head
School, he was assigned to the USS IAMES OWEN S QDD-7763 as head of the Operations Department. His
first shore rotation was as aide to the Superintendant, Naval Postgraduate School. Upon his completion of
duty in Monterey, California, Commander Beason served as officer in charge of the patrol hydrofoil FLAG-
STAFF QPGH-15. Subsequently he served as the Operations Officer on the USS IOUETT QCG-291. He was
then assigned to the Naval Military Personnel Command. Commander Beason was next assigned as the Execu-
tive Officer on the USS LEAHY CCG-163.
Prior to reporting to the USS REID QFFG-301, Commander Beason was the Middle East and the North
African Plans Officer in the Politico Military and current plans division in the office of the Chief of Naval
Operations and subsequently, Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. Qlnternational Security Affairsj.
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