About This File
USS Nicholas (FFG-47), an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Major Samuel Nicholas, the first commanding officer of the United States Marines. A third-generation guided missile frigate of the Oliver Hazard Perry class, she was laid down as Bath Iron Works hull number 388 on 27 September 1982 and launched 23 April 1983. Sponsor at her commissioning there on 10 March 1984 was the same Mrs. Edward B. Tryon who sponsored DD 449 in 1942.
Nicholas was designed to provide in-depth protection for military and merchant shipping, amphibious task forces, and underway replenishment groups. Her 453-foot (loa) hull displaces 4,100 tons and her gas turbine power develops 41,000 shp (31,000 kW) for a single screw, giving a top speed of 29 plus knots.
This boat has elements. She is panel-ready, meaning that she has an interior but no instruments. The boat features animated hand-rails for helipad. The animation is activated with Ctrl-A. She bears an animated US flag. She has one standard VSF rotating radar and 2 more animated radars. Bow and aft flagpoles can be lowered and raised with CTRL-D (as animated doors).
3 Weapons are included and functional: SM-1, OTO-MELARA 76/62 gun, Phalanx CIWS. The SM-1 missile can be switched with Harpoon on the MK-14 launcher. Just manipulate the stores.cfg file (replace SM-1 with Harpoon) prior to launching VSF. All Weapons come with near to real life data, specs and sound effects.