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Moderators Note: The Destroyer type ships topic has been divided into several different topics

 

This is now the DE DER FF Destroyer Escorts and Fast Frigates topic

 

The Main DESTROYER topic to post DD, DDE, DDR hulls only is now here ----> http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/196726-dd-dde-ddr-destroyers-greyhounds-of-the-fleet/

 

DEG and FFG type hulls are now here ----> http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/261502-deg-ffg-guided-missile-destroyer-escorts-frigates/

 

DDG type Guided Missile Destroyer hulls are here ----> http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/197920-ddg-guided-missile-destroyers/

 

A new DL Destroyer Leader Conversions topic for DLG DLGN to DDG CG CGN is here ----> http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/288949-dl-destroyer-leader-conversions-dlg-dlgn-to-ddg-cg-cgn/

 

 

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Knox class Destroyer Escort USS HEPBURN (DE-1055) In service 1969 to 1991. FF-1055 in 1975

 

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Knox class destroyer escort USS BLAKELY (DE-1072) In service 1970 to 1991

 

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All four Claud Jones class Destroyer Escorts

Poorly built, poorly armed and slow, they were all decommissioned after only 14 years in service.

 

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Class leader USS CLAUD JONES (DE-1033) In service 1959 to 1974 Japanese made 8" x 5"

 

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Claud Jones class USS CHARLES BERRY (DE-1035) In service 1959 to 1974.

 

A bit of naval trivia, her first commanding officer, Rembrandt Cecil Robinson, died in a helicopter crash at age 47 in the Gulf of Tonkin on 08 May 1972, the only Navy flag officer killed in the Viet Nam War.

 

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Knox class Destroyer Escort/Fast Frigate USS ROBERT E PEARY (DE/FF-1073) In service 1972 to 1992

 

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Knox class Destroyer Escort USS ROBERT E PEARY (DE-1073) 1972 to 1975

 

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USS ROBERT E PEARY (FF-1073) Knox class Redesignated as Fast Frigate 1975 to 1992

 

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USS HAROLD E. HOLT (DE/FF-1074) Knox class frigate in service 1971 to 1992

Vietnam - Mayaguez Incident - Desert Storm

 

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Although not scheduled for deployment so soon after commissioning, Harold E. Holt was sent to the Gulf of Tonkin on short notice soon after the North Vietnamese Easter Offensive began in the spring of 1972. During deployment, she served as PIRAZ escort and provided gunfire support near Quang Tri. She came under fire from shore batteries several times and sustained two mine hits without serious damage. She returned to Long Beach in late November 1972, and was later awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation for this deployment.
 
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In May 1975, Harold E. Holt was involved in the Mayaguez incident. During the recapture of the container ship Mayaguez, Marines crossing from Harold E. Holt conducted the first hostile ship-to-ship boarding by the U.S. Navy since 1826

 

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USS HAROLD E. HOLT (DE/FF-1074) Desert Storm 1991

United Nations Operation Desert Shield & DESRON 35 Desert Shield

 

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USS DAVIDSON (DE/FF-1045) Garcia class Destroyer Escort (Fast Frigate) In service 1965 to 1988

 

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VIGILANT VALIANT VICTORLOUS?

Circa 1965 Vietnam era cut edge with the typical misspelled motto

 

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Philippine Fast Frigate version

Not much better.....

 

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US made version with rocker - VIGILANT VALIANT VICTORIOUS

 

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US made Marine Photos and Publishing version

 

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Knox class Destroyer Escort/Fast Frigate USS TRIPPE (DE/FF-1075) In service 1970 to 1992

 

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Knox class Destroyer Escort/Fast Frigate USS FANNING (DE/FF-1076) In service 1971 to 1993

 

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USS FANNING (DE-1076) From 1971 to 1975

 

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USS FANNING (FF-1076) From 1975 to 1993, Philippine made

 

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Garcia class Destroyer Escort/Fast Frigate USS BRUMBY (DE/FF-1044) In service 1955 to 1989

 

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Felt DE-1044 patch, 1950's-60's

 

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Circa 1975 Swiss Tex USS BRUMBY (FF-1044)

 

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1980's USS BRUMBY (FF-1044)

 

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Knox class Destroyer Escort/Fast Frigate USS TRIPPE (DE/FF-1075) In service 1970 to 1992

 

YouTube video of USS TRIPPE colliding with USS PLATTE

 

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Class leader USS KNOX (DE-1052) In service 1969 to 1992

 

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USS KNOX (FF-1052) DESRON 11 Off of Diamond Head, Oahu from my photo collection

 

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USS ROARK (DE/FF-1053) Knox class in service 1969 to 1991

 

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USS ROARK (DE-1053) Destroyer Escort 1969-1975

 

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USS ROARK (FF-1053) Fast Frigate 1975-1991

 

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Knox class USS LANG (DE/FF-1060) In service 1970 to 1991

 

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USS LANG (DE-1060) Destroyer Escort 1970-1975

 

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USS LANG (FF-1060) Fast Frigate 1975 to 1991

 

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Knox class USS AYLWIN (DE/FF-1081) In service 1971 to 1992

 

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USS AYLWIN (DE-1081) Destroyer Escort 1971 to 1975

 

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USS AYLWIN (FF-1081) Fast Frigate 1975 to 1992

 

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Knox class USS AYLWIN (FF-1081) Med Cruise and Rogue Frigate patches

 

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USS AYLWIN (FF-1081) Rogue Frigate - COURAGE CONQUERS THE IMPOSSIBLE

 

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Knox class USS ELMER MONTGOMERY (DE/FF-1082) In service 1971 to 1993

 

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Knox class USS ELMER MONTGOMERY (DE-1082) With plankholder's commissioning pendant attached.

Once in a while I come across patches with them attached.

 

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USS ELMER MONTGOMERY (FF-1082) Fast Frigate 1975 to 1993

 

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Detachment 7 (HSL-36) Lamps Helos MED CRUISE 86-87 aboard FF-1082

 

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USS HAROLD E HOLT (FF-1074) Westpac 1978, Knox class frigate (ex-DE-1074) Homeported in Pearl Harbor in service 1971 to 1992

 

Hey, nice to see another Happy Harry sailor! I was on her from 1985 to 1989, I'm an EW.

 

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Hey, nice to see another Happy Harry sailor! I was on her from 1985 to 1989, I'm an EW.

 

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Welcome Aboard (the Navy board) GOAmules

 

I believe that Bearmon was also an EW

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USS HUSE (DE-145) Edsall class Destroyer Escort in service 1943 to 1965

 

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USS EARLE B. HALL (APD-107) Crosley class High Speed Transport (ex-Rudderow class DE-597) with an error tab

 

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The Versatile Gator aka the Iron Porpoise in service 1945 to 1965. This patch is from her 1961-1965 commissioning period when she was assigned to Cuban blockade duty in the Caribbean. She suffered a major breakdown in 1965 and her entire crew was cross-docked to her newly reactivated sister ship, USS KIRWIN (APD-90)

 

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....and the ship which replaced her, USS KIRWIN (APD-90) ex-DE-229, later 'Amphibious Transport Small' LPR-90

 

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Her 1965 to 1969 patch as APD-90 USS KIRWIN crewed by the men from the USS EARLE B. HALL

 

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Edsall class WWII U Boat killer USS WILHOITE (DE/DER-297) In service 1943 to 1969 - DER 1954 to 1969

From a Vietnam Market Time/Gunline veteran

 

Occasionally, there were periods of excitement to enliven an otherwise tedious duty. On 19 June 1967, Wilhoite relieved Kretschmer on Operation Market Time station and assumed the duties of "mother ship" to two Navy "Swift" (PCF) boats, providing berthing accommodations for extra crew members and supplying them with food, fuel, and fresh water.
 
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At approximately 2000 on 11 July, a "Market Time" patrol aircraft detected a steel-hulled trawler running darkened some 55 miles (89 km) from the coast of South Vietnam, on a westerly heading. Wilhoite, notified by radio of the trawler's course, set hers to close and identify the ship, commencing covert surveillance as soon as she picked up radar contact. The next morning, 12 July, Wilhoite closed for identification purposes but later opened the range.
 
By that point, the trawler had changed course, heading away from the coast; Wilhoite accordingly maintained surveillance for three more days. Entering the "Market Time" area, the trawler drew more pursuers – Gallup, Point Orient, and PCF-79—all under the command of Comdr. C. R. Stephan, embarked in Wilhoite. On 15 July, Wilhoite intercepted the unidentified trawler five miles (8 km) from the beach. Ignoring calls to surrender broadcast by a psychological warfare unit embarked in Point Orient, the trawler was soon taken under fire, running aground in flames on a sandbar at the mouth of the River De Say Ky in Quang Ngai province.
 
Throughout the night, Wilhoite and the other ships intermittently fired into the beached trawler; the following morning, a party went on board the wreck to inspect the damage and learn the nature of her cargo. The holds were found jammed with guns, ammunition, and explosives—the largest arms cache captured during the Vietnam War.

 

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