The USS Ingraham (FFG-61), the last American Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate to be built, was the fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named for Captain Duncan Ingraham (1802–1891).
The USS Ingraham was laid down on 30 March 1987 at the Todd Pacific Shipyards Co., Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, California. She was launched on 25 June 1988.
As of December 2009[update], Ingraham is commanded by CDR Adam J. Welter, USN, is homeported at NS Everett, Washington, and is assigned to Destroyer Squadron 9.
On 6 January 2008, the destroyer USS Hopper, the guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal, and the frigate USS Ingraham were entering the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz when five Iranian motor boats approached them at high speed and in a reportedly threatening manner. The American ships had been in the Arabian Sea searching for a sailor who had been missing from the USS Hopper for one day. The U.S. Navy reported that the Iranian boats made "threatening" moves toward the U.S. vessels, coming as close as 200 yards (180 m). The U.S. Navy ships received a radio transmission saying, "I am coming at you. You will explode in a couple of minutes." While the American ships prepared to open fire, the Iranians abruptly turned away, the U.S. Navy officials said. Before leaving, the Iranians dropped white boxes into the water in front of the American ships. The American ships did not investigate the boxes. Officials from the two countries differed on their assessments of the severity of the incident. The Iranians claimed that they were conducting normal maneuvers, whereas American officials claimed that an imminent danger to American naval vessels existed.
On 29 September 2009, the Ingraham was enroute to American Samoa and was the first U.S. military asset to arrive and assist in the recovery efforts following the 2009 Samoa earthquake.