NORFOLK — The Navy frigate Hawes is ending its 25-year career later this month.

Officials say the ship will be decommissioned at a ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station on Dec. 10.

The ship is named for the late Rear Adm. Richard Ellington Hawes, a two-time recipient of the Navy Cross.

The Hawes was built at Bath Iron Works in Maine and commissioned in 1985.

It has a crew of 215 and its missions have included escorting convoys, coastal operations and air and surface warfare.

The ship will be towed to the Inactive Ships Maintenance Office in Philadelphia and made available for parts for the next few years.