U.S. Navy Scraps Frigate's Missiles
In September 2003, the U.S. Navy ceased to support the SM-1 missile and withdrew it from service. The missile survives in foreign navies. In the U.S. Navy, the missile was used only on board Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7)-class frigates, fired from a Mk 13 launcher forward of the superstructure. With its withdrawal, the above-deck portion of the launcher is being cut off. The below-deck part, including the cylinder that held the missiles, remains, presumably because removing a major weight so far forward would make the ships far too stern-heavy. Removal of the missile and its launcher leaves the ships without a medium-range antiaircraft missile and, incidentally, without the capacity to fire the Harpoon antiship missile.