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(FF 1052)

knox1052.jpg (27573 bytes)The USS Knox, named for Commodore Dudley W. Knox, was commissioned on a rainy 12 April, 1969 at the Bremerton Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA. Dignitaries on hand included:

  • Mrs. Peter A. Sturtevant, Sponsor
  • LCDR W. T. Dierks, CHC, USN (Ret), Chaplain
  • Rear Admiral William F. Petrovic, USN, Commander, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
  • Ivan Selin, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Systems Analysis)
  • Rear Admiral Frank L. Johnson, USN, Commandant, 13th Naval District
  • CDR William A. Lamm, first Commanding Officer

The aerial photo was taken while the Knox was undergoing sea trials on the Puget Sound early in 1969. You'll note there is no ensign or commissioning pennant flying.


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This was the ship's patch that was presented to each of the commissioning crew.

The crest is divided into two halves, each representing one of Commodore Dudley W. Knox's two distinguished careers. The broad gold band which spans the top of the crest signifies his rank of Commodore, while the gold star on a field of blue designates his career as a sea-going line officer.

The crossed quill and sword on white in the lower half represent Commodore Knox's later achievements as a leading naval scholar and historian.

The scarlet arrow dividing the blue and white fields is emblematic of the ship's ability to strike in defense of the free world.


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(note the distinctive "Big Mack" of the class)

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Details

Commander William A. LAMM was the first Commanding Officer of the USS Knox. Commander Lamm and 216 crew and officers were Knox Plankholders, the name given to the first crew of any new ship. Of all the plankholders, the last to leave the ship was Boiler Technician First Class Thomas R. WELLS, who left on 3 June 1974 after serving five and a half years aboard the Knox (STGCS Bosworth left in March 1972 [as an STG2] after serving 3 years aboard).

Knox was originally classified as an Ocean Escort (DE) and reclassified as a Fast Frigate (FF) on 30 June, 1975

During her years of service to the fleet, the Knox has seen all of the Pacific waters. After completing her sea trials which included an underwater shock test from four seven foot diameter, 1,000 pound bombs off Long Beach, California, she was homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 1969. She made a five month WESTPAC deployment in late 1970, returning March, 1971. Port visits during this cruise included:

  • Pago Pago, American Samoa
  • Auckland, New Zealand (participating in a 10 day SETO exercise)
  • Manus Island, New Guinea
  • Subic Bay, Phillipines
  • Negros Island (Hinobaan), PI
  • The Gulf of Tonkin (Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club)
  • Hong Kong (at Christmas)
  • Kaoshung, Taiwan (during Chinese New Year)
  • Guam

Her return was hindered by a severe fire in the boiler room that occurred during noon chow after she left Guam. Knox was slowly towed by the USS Chicago back to Oahu. Just east off Diamond Head, about "oh dark thirty", she cut the Chicago loose and made sufficient steam to limp into port later in the morning. After a prolonged stand-down for repairs, she again made a 5 month WESTPAC deployment in late 1971, returning in March, 1972. Port visits during this cruise included:

  • Subic Bay, Phillipines
  • Singapore and Malaysia (two visits)
  • Columbo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)
  • The Maldive Islands
  • The Gulf of Tonkin (Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club)
  • Hong Kong (at Christmas)
  • Kaoshung, Taiwan (during Chinese New Year)
  • Yokosuka, Japan
  • Midway

The remainder of 1972 was spent in overhaul.

Then from August to December 1973 the Knox participated in sonar improvement trials which brought about development of the outstanding sonar systems in use today. In May 1975, the Knox completed a nine month WESTPAC deployment in which she saw action in Vietnam and participated in Operation Frequent Wind and Eagle Pull.

In mid-1975, Knox and her crew guest starred in the popular TV series "Hawaii Five-O", in a special episode entitled "Murder - Eyes Only." From June 1975 until October 1976, the Knox completed her second overhaul before being homeported in Yokosuka, Japan in August 1977. As a forward deployed unit of Seventh Fleet, the USS Knox was part of the Nation's front line defense in the Pacific.

USS Knox went through quite a few changes in her time and sailed the waters of the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, South China Sea, Persian Gulf, Australia and New Zealand.

USS Knox, FF-1052 was decommissioned 14 February 1992 after 23 and one half years of faithful service to her country. She was brought back to the place of her birth for her final resting place. She now sits quietly tied up at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Bremerton, Washington.

The stats for the USS Knox are as follows:

Note: KNOX stats originally researched by YNC(AW) Rob Cross, USN (CINCPACFLT, Pearl Harbor, HI). Updated by STGCS Bosworth.

Built by Todd Shipyards Corporation, Seattle Division, Seattle, WA.

  • Keel Laid: 5 October 1965
  • Launched/Christened: 19 November 1966
  • Commissioned: 12 April 1969 (Puget Sound Naval Shipyard)
  • Decommissioned: 14 February 1992 (Currently lies Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA)
  • Displacement, tons: 3,011 standard (1052-1077) 4,200 full load (remainder).
  • Dimensions, feet (meters): 438 x 46.8 x 24.8 [sonar dome], 15 [keel] (133.5 x 14.3 x 7.8, 4.6).
  • Aircraft: 1 SH-2 LAMPS helicopter. The helo deck was too thin to support manned helicopters!
  • Missiles: SAM, 1 Sea Sparrow BPDMS (Basic Point Defense Missile System) multiple launcher (MK 25) which was installed on 31 ships from 1971-75 (FF-1052-69) and (FF-1071-83).
  • Gun: 1-5"/54 MK 42 (127mm).
  • A/S Weapons: 1 ASROC 8-tube launcher, 4 fixed torpedo tubes (MK 32).
  • Main Engines: 1 geared turbine (Westinghouse) 35,000 SHP, 1 shaft.
  • Boilers: 2 Combustion Engineering (except FF-1056, 1057, 1061, 1063, 1065, 1072, 1073, 1075, 1077 which have Babcock & Wilcox).
  • Speed: 27+ knots.
  • Crew Compliment: Originally 220 (15 officers, 205 enlisted); increased to 245 (17 officers, 228 enlisted); finally increased to 283 (22 officers, 261 enlisted) with BPDMS and LAMPS installation, (as built, 12 ships had accommodations for 2 staff officers).
  • Anchor: A 4,000 lb. lightweight anchor is fitted on the port side and an 8,000 lb. anchor fits into the after section of the sonar dome.
  • Electronics: Fitted with OE-82 satellite communications antenna, SSR-1 receiver and WSC-3 transceiver.
  • SONAR: ANSQS 26-CX (originally). AN/SQS-35 IVDS, AN/SQR-17, and AN/SQR-18
  • Engineering: The ships could steam at 22 knots on one boiler. They had a single 5-blade, 15 foot diameter submarine propeller.
  • Fire Control: One MK 68 gunfire control with SPG 3A radar, one MK 115 MFCS, one MK 114 ASW FCS and one MK 1 target designation system.
  • Gunnery: All ships of the class were to be fitted with 20mm Phalanx CIWS MK 16 on the fantail. Those ships equipped with the Sea Sparrow would have had that system replaced with CIWS. During WESTPACs in the Gulf of Tonkin, ships were temporarily fitted with two 50 caliber machine guns, port and starboard amidships and an 80mm mortar on the hangar deck.

Knox Class Frigates, previously designated Destroyer Escorts (DE)

Hull / Ship Name

Commissioned

Decommissioned

Fate

FF-1052 Knox

04/12/69

02/14/92

Berthed Bremerton, WA, to be sunk

FF-1053 Roark

11/22/69

12/14/91

To be scraped

FF-1054 Gray

04/04/70

09/29/91

To be scraped

FF-1055 Hepburn

07/03/69

12/20/91

Sunk as target 06/04/02

FF-1056 Connole

08/30/69

08/30/92

To Greek Navy, renamed Espiros

FF-1057 Rathburne

05/16/70

02/14/92

Scrapped 1946

FF-1058 Meyerkord

11/28/69

12/14/91

Sold for scrapping 2000

FF-1059 W. S. Sims

01/03/70

09/06/91

To Turkey 1999

FF-1060 Lang

03/28/70

12/12/91

To be scrapped, berthed Suisun Bay Benecia, CA

FF-1061 Patterson

03/14/70

09/30/91

Scrapped 1999

FF-1062 Whipple

08/22/70

02/14/92

Sold to Mexico

FF-1063 Reasoner

07/31/71

08/28/93

To Turkey, renamed F252  Kocatepe

FF-1064 Lockwood

12/05/70

09/27/93

Scrapped 2000

FF-1065 Stein

01/08/72

02/19/92

To Mexico 1999, renamed Ignacio Adande

FF-1066 Marvin Shields

04/10/71

07/02/92

To Mexico, renamed Mariano Abasolo

FF-1067 Francis Hammond

07/25/70

07/02/92

To be scrapped, berthed Suisun Bay Benecia, CA

FF-1068 Vreeland

06/13/70

06/30/92

To Greece 1992, renamed Makedonia

FF-1069 Bagley

05/05/72

09/26/91

Scrapped 1999

FF-1070 Downes

08/28/71

06/05/92

To be sunk - SINKEX, berthed Bremerton, WA

FF-1071 Badger

12/01/70

12/20/91

Sunk as target 7/21/98 as a part of RIMPAC 98

FF-1072 Blakely

07/28/70

11/15/91

Scheduled for dismantling, berthed Philadelphia, PA

FF-1073 Robert E. Perry

09/23/72

08/07/92

To Taiwan 1992, renamed Chiu Yang

FF-1074 Harold E. Holt

03/26/71

07/02/92

Sunk during RIMPAC-2002

FF-1075 Trippe

09/19/70

07/30/92

Sold to Greece

FF-1076 Fanning

07/23/71

07/31/93

Sold to Turkey, renamed F251 Adatepe

FF-1077 Ouellet

12/12/70

08/06/93

To Thailand

FF-1078 Joseph Hewes

04/24/71

06/30/94

To Taiwan, renamed Lan Yang

FF-1079 Bowen

05/22/71

06/30/94

To Turkey 1994

FF-1080 Paul

08/14/71

08/14/92

To Turkey 2000

FF-1081 Aylwin

09/18/71

05/15/92

To Turkey 1998

FF-1082 Elmer Montgomery

10/30/71

06/30/93

To Turkey as parts/hulk 1993

FF-1083 Cook

12/18/71

04/30/92

To Taiwan 1994, renamed Hae Yang

FF-1084 McCandless

03/18/72

05/06/94

To Turkey 1994, renamed TCG Trakya (F-254)

FF-1085 Donald B. Beary

07/22/72

05/20/94

To Turkey

FF-1086 Brewton

07/08/72

07/02/92

 ?

FF-1087 Kirk

09/09/72

08/06/93

To Taiwan 1993, renamed Fen Yang

FF-1088 Barbey

11/11/72

03/20/92

To Taiwan 1994, renamed Hwai Yang

FF-1089 Jesse L. Brown

02/17/73

07/27/94

To Egypt 1994, renamed Dumyat

FF-1090 Ainsworth

03/31/73

05/27/94

To Turkey 1994

FF-1091 Miller

06/30/73

10/15/91

To Turkey as parts/hulk, sunk as target 2001

FF-1092 Thomas C. Hart

07/28/73

08/30/93

To Turkey, renamed Zafer

FF-1093 Capodanno

11/17/73

07/30/93

To Turket 1993, re-named Mauvenet (F-250)

FF-1094 Pharris

01/26/74

04/15/92

To Mexico 1999

FF-1095 Truett

06/01/74

07/30/94

To Thailand 1994, renamed
HMTS F461 Phutthayofta Chulalok

FF-1096 Valdez

07/27/74

12/16/91

To Taiwan 1998

FF-1097 Moinester

11/02/74

07/28/94

To Egypt, renamed Rashid F-966


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