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Pearl Harbor-based frigate to be decommissioned

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii's last guided-missile frigate is being decommissioned after nearly 30 years of naval service.

The Navy is holding a ceremony on Thursday to retire the USS Reuben. Among those expected to attend the Pearl Harbor ceremony are five crew members assigned to the ship when it was commissioned.

Guided-missile frigates are multi-mission surface combatants capable of undersea warfare and surface warfare missions. The USS Reuben James returned from deployment in early May after participating in a series of maritime exercises.

The Navy says that with the departure of the last frigate, all of the surface ships based at Pearl Harbor will be guided-missile destroyers and cruisers.

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