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United States Navy U.S.S. Stephen W. Groves FFG-29 Plankowner Ceramic or Porcelain Ship Advertising Coffee Cup
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United States Navy U.S.S. Stephen W. Groves FFG-29 Plankowner Ceramic or Porcelain Ship Advertising Coffee Cup
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The picture below shows two larger views of this United States Navy U.S.S. Stephen W. Groves FFG-29 Plankowner Ceramic or Porcelain Ship Advertising Coffee Cup. There is only one coffee cup being offered here. This is a heavy and thick mug. It has the ship's insignia and a silhouette image of the ship. The cup is imprinted in multiple colors and marked as follows:

USS STEPHEN W. GROVES FFG-29
DIRIGO
PLANKOWNER
VICTOR (on bottom)

The cup or mug measures about 3-1/2'' tall. It appears to be in mint unused condition as pictured.

Below here, for reference, is some information about the U.S.S. Stephen W. Groves FFG-29:

U.S.S. Stephen W. Groves (FFG-29)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

History
United States
Name: Stephen W. Groves
Namesake: Ensign Stephen W. Groves
Awarded: 23 January 1978
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Laid down: 16 September 1980
Launched: 4 April 1981
Commissioned: 17 April 1982
Decommissioned: 24 February 2012
Homeport: Mayport Naval Station
Identification: Hull symbol:FFG-29, Code letters:NSWG
Motto: Dirigo (I Direct)
Nicknames: Stevie G
Status: Inactive, out of commission
General characteristics
Class and type: Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate
Displacement: 4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load
Length: 453 feet (138 m), overall
Beam: 45 feet (14 m)
Draft: 22 feet (6.7 m)
Propulsion: 2 General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines generating 41,000 shp (31 MW) through a single shaft and variable pitch propeller, 2 Auxiliary Propulsion Units, 350 hp (260 kW) retractable electric azimuth thrusters for maneuvering and docking.
Speed: over 29 knots (54 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots (9,300 km at 33 km/h)
Complement: 15 officers and 190 enlisted, plus SH-60 LAMPS detachment of roughly six officer pilots and 15 enlisted maintainers


Sensors and processing systems: AN/SPS-49 air search radar, AN/SPS-55 surface search radar, CAS and STIR fire control radar, AN/SQS-56 sonar.

Electronic warfare & decoys: AN/SLQ-32
Armament as built: 1 OTO Melara Mk 75 76 mm/62 caliber naval gun, 2 Mk 32 triple tube (324 mm) launchers for Mark 46 torpedoes, 1 Vulcan Phalanx CIWS, 4 - .50-cal (12.7 mm) machine guns, 1 Mk 13 Mod 4 single arm launcher for Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and SM-1MR Standard anti-ship/air missiles (40 round magazine) Note: As of 2004, Mk 13 systems removed from all active U.S. vessels of this class.
Aircraft carried: 2 SH-60 LAMPS III helicopters

The U.S.S. Stephen W. Groves (FFG-29), twenty-first ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class of guided missile frigates, was named for Ensign Stephen W. Groves (1917 - 1942), a naval aviator who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism at the Battle of Midway during World War II.

Construction and Career
Ordered from Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, on 23 January 1978 as part of the FY78 program, Stephen W. Groves was laid down on 16 September 1980, launched on 4 April 1981, and commissioned on 17 April 1982, Commander Philip A. Bozzelli commanding. Stephen W. Groves (FFG-29) is the first ship of that name in the U.S. Navy. A previous ship named for Ensign Groves, destroyer escort, Groves (DE-543), was canceled in 1944 prior to completion. Assigned to Destroyer Squadron 14 and home ported at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.

During her maiden voyage, Groves was assigned to units in support of Marines stationed at the airport in Beirut, Lebanon. Arriving shortly after the barracks bombing in 1983, she was assigned to host the helo detachment from U.S.S. New Jersey (BB-62) enabling the New Jersey to utilize all three of her turrets for attacking targets in the Baka Valley. Additionally, Groves protected New Jersey and other surface units from air threats. She tracked unidentified submarines, monitored Yassir Arafat's transit from Beirut to Cyprus, and entered Beirut harbor with other units to conduct direct fire support against units hostile to USMC positions. Groves was awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation for these actions. She was also on station in the Desert Shield era when the frigate Stark was struck by two missiles from an Iraqi fighter jet, and assisted Stark in her return to Mayport, Florida.

On 28 August 2005, she sailed from her then home port of Pascagoula, Mississippi, along with sister ship U.S.S. John L. Hall, under threat from Hurricane Katrina; Naval Station Pascagoula is now closed as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

Deployed to the Indian Ocean, on 10 May 2011 she met the Somali pirate longliner Jih Chun Tsai 68 after being ordered to intercept the hijacked Taiwanese fishing vessel. Receiving fire from the longliner, Stephen W. Groves engaged her in a single ship action that saw the pirate vessel sunk with three pirates killed, two wounded, and one Taiwanese hostage killed. Nineteen Somali pirates and two Chinese hostages were taken on board. The rescued Chinese crew were repatriated to China and their families. She was decommissioned on 24 February 2012. On 9 April 2017, she was observed in the Philadelphia Navy Yard on Google Maps.

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