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USS Pharris (FF-1094) was a Knox-class frigate named after Medal of Honor recipient Lieutenant Commander Jackson C. Pharris. It was originally designated as destroyer escort DE-1094 and later reclassified as a frigate in the United States Navy. In 1992 the ship was decommissioned and transferred to the Mexican Navy. It was recommissioned as ARM Victoria, named after Mexico's first president, Guadalupe Victoria.

USS Pharris
USS Pharris (FF-1094)
USS Pharris (FF-1094)
United States
Namesake: Jackson C. Pharris
Ordered: 25 August 1966
Builder: Avondale Shipyard, Westwego, Louisiana
Laid down: 11 February 1972
Launched: 16 December 1972
Acquired: 14 December 1973
Commissioned: 26 January 1974
Decommissioned: 15 April 1992
Struck: 11 January 1995
Motto: Vigilance-Valor-Tenacity
Fate: Donated to Mexico
General characteristics
Class and type: Knox-class frigate
Displacement: 3,201 tons (4,182 tons full load)
Length: 438 ft (134 m)
Beam: 46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)
Draught: 24 ft 9 in (7.54 m)
  • 2 × CE 1,200 psi (8,300 kPa) boilers
  • 1 × Westinghouse geared turbine
  • 1 shaft, 35,000 shp (26,000 kW)
Speed: >27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph)
Complement: 18 officers, 267 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • AN/SPS-40 Air Search Radar
  • AN/SPS-67 Surface Search Radar
  • AN/SQS-26 Sonar
  • AN/SQR-18 Towed array sonar system
  • Mk68 Gun Fire Control System
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
AN/SLQ-32 Electronics Warfare System
Aircraft carried: 1 × SH-2 Seasprite (LAMPS I) helicopter

During the 1987-1988 Mediterranean cruise, Pharris escorted Mighty Servant 2 carrying USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) from the entrance of the Persian Gulf to about halfway up the Red Sea. Pharris was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for its part in Operation Earnest Will.

On 8 February 1991, during a port visit in the Madeira Islands, two Canadian divers from HMCS Margaree drowned when they were sucked into the cooling intake of Pharris while conducting a hull search.[1]

In fictionEdit

In Tom Clancy's 1986 novel, Red Storm Rising, Pharris suffers extreme damage following a torpedo attack by a Victor III submarine (the bow forward of the ASROC mounts was torn off), warranting an extensive repair. Her captain, Ed Morris, is subsequently transferred to the USS Reuben James (FFG-57).


  1. ^ "Questions Remain After Canadian Navy Divers' Deaths". The Wednesday Report. 5 (7). 13 February 1991. Retrieved 3 August 2013.