After more than 30 years of service -- U-S-S De Wert is being retired. The Navy today held a de-commissioning ceremony for the guided-missile frigate at Mayport. Some of the countless sailors who've called the ship home during deployment - were on hand. Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem was there and she spoke with the skipper. 3 0-515-1940-4552-57USS De WERT was named after Hospital Corpsman Richard De Wert, USNR who lost his life on April 5th 1951 at the age of 20.Among the many people at the decommissioning ceremony-- was De Wert's brother.William Edward De Wert, His Brother is Namesake 10:09 it's very honorable he was a great guy too bad he had to get killedDe Wert was a member of Dog Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines.During that time they came across heavy fire and De Wert was shot while rendering medical assistance to his comrades in need.Due to his acts of heroism, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.Cmdr. Joseph Thomas currently serves as the ship's commanding officer.Commander Joseph Thomas, USS De Wert 08:04 it's not just a decommissioning it's a sad day for me to send a lot of friends I've made over the last 22 months go away to do other thingsIt was clear by the amount of people who showed up there was a lot of love for the ship...Walter Doran, Retired Admiral 13:58 this ship served for 30 years that's a heck of an investment for the United States tax payer and the United States Navy- she served wellThrough the years the ship served in Navy in different ways - including fighting drug cartels and protecting our borders.14:53 They had combat capability they have a reasonable shallow draft they were work horses and we are going to miss themThe USS De WERT will be towed to Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Office Philadelphia and is slated to be offered for foreign military sale. AM C4 TLS. Here is a list of other warships that have recently been decommissioned at Mayport... USS Doyle .. 2011. USS Boone, USS Stephen W. Groves and USS John L. Hall in 2012. Last year .. USS Klakring and USS Underwood And so far this year... USS Robert G.Bradley.. And today USS DeWert. USS Taylor right now is on its final deployment It will be decommissioned when it returns.