The United States will transfer an additional Ex-U.S. Navy Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate to Bahrain after refurbishment under Public Law 115-232, Section 1020.
On Oct. 23, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that the U.S. State Department approved the refurbishment of now-decommissioned U.S. Navy frigate, Ex-USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG-49), in support of its transfer to Royal Bahrain Naval Force (RBNF). The sale will be conducted through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.
The Government of Bahrain has earlier requested refurbishment of the frigate along with spares, support, training, publications, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost of the deal is $150 million. The principal contractor supporting the refurbishment has not yet been selected for this potential sale.
Robert G. Bradley’s keel was laid down by Bath Iron Works Corp. in Bath, Maine, on 28 December 1982. She was launched 13 August 1983, sponsored by Mrs. Edna D. Woodruff, mother of Lt. Bradley; commissioned into the U.S. Navy fleet on 30 June 1984. The ship was homeported in Mayport, Florida. She was decommissioned in Mayport on March 28, 2014, and is now set to be transferred to the Bahrain Navy.
Bahrain already operates another Oliver Hazard Perry Class ship, Ex-USS Jack Williams (FFG-24), called RBNS Sabha (FFG-90) in RBNF service.