April 30, 2015 Meegan M. Reid / Kitsap Sun The frigate USS Sides is towed past Bachmann Park in Manette on Thursday. The first of three frigates departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard's ever-shrinking mothball fleet Thursday. USS Sides, decommissioned in February 2003 and originally available for sale to foreign governments, began the journey to Southern Recycling in New Orleans. The company submitted a high bid of $52,800 for Sides , two sister ships here (USS Jarrett and USS George Philip) The deal with Southern Recycling required Sides to be removed first, with no more than six-month windows separating the three. The 445-foot-long Sides, named for Adm. John H. Sides, served less than 22 years. It became available to scrappers in 2012 after nearly being purchased a couple of times by other countries. After the frigates and Independence are gone, only four surface ships will remain - carrier Kitty Hawk, amphibious transport dock Dubuque, fast combat support ship Bridge and frigate Ford. The Ford, named for Gunner's Mate Patrick O. Ford, not the president, is available for scrap. The other three are being kept in reserve.