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USS Knox (FF-1052)
USS Knox (FF-1052)
USS Knox (FF-1052)
Career (US)
Ordered: 22 July 1964
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, Washington
Laid down: 5 October 1965
Launched: 19 November 1966
Acquired: 28 March 1969
Commissioned: 12 April 1969
Decommissioned: 14 February 1992
Reclassified: As frigate (FF) 30 June 1975
Struck: 11 January 1995
Fate: Sunk as target 7 August 2007
General characteristics
Class & type: Knox-class frigate
Displacement: 3020 tons standard, 4163 tons full
Length: 415′ (126m) waterline
438′ (134m) overall
Beam: 47′ (14m)
Draft: 24.75′ (7.5m)
Propulsion: 2 × CE 1200psi boilers
1 Westinghouse geared turbine
1 shaft, 35,000 SHP (26 MW)
Speed: 27+ knots
Range: 4,500 miles (7,242 km)
Complement: 13 officers, 211 men
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPS-10 surface search
AN/SPS-40 air search
•AN/SQS-26CX sonar
•AN/SQS-35 IVDS towed array sonar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
AN/SLQ-32 Electronics Warfare System
Armament: •1 × 5″/54 gun
•4 × 21″ torpedo tubes (4×1, fixed)
•1 × 8-tube ASROC + Harpoon launcher
•1 × 8-cell RIM-7 Sea Sparrow launcher
Aircraft carried: 1 DASH drone helicopter, later 1 SH-2 LAMPS I helicopter

USS Knox (DE-1052/FF-1052) was the prototype and lead ship in a new class of destroyer escorts in the United States Navy. She was the second ship to be named for Commodore Dudley Wright Knox.

Knox was laid down 5 October 1965, by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, Washington; launched 19 November 1966; sponsored by Mrs. Peter A. Sturtevant, granddaughter of Commodore Knox; and was commissioned on 12 April 1969 with Commander William A. Lamm in command.

USS Chicago (CG-11) passes tow line to Knox after Knox was disabled by a JP-5 fire in engineering spaces on 4 March 1971 while en route from Guam to Hawaii.

Knox performed search and rescue operations and provided evacuation, blockade, and surveillance support, when necessary, for the Pacific Fleet. In April 1975 Knox participated in Operation Eagle Pull, the evacuation of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.[1] Knox was redesignated a frigate on 30 June 1975 as FF-1052.

Brian Victoria alleges that the Knox was equipped with nuclear depth bombs during its time assigned to Yokosuka, Japan in violation of the security agreement between Japan and the US.[2]

Mark Rau, who was an EM3 stationed on board the Knox when it changed home port to Yokosuka in 1977, reports that no such weapons were on board the Knox at anytime during his tour of duty on board the USS Knox from Nov 1976-Dec 1978.

Decommissioned on 14 February 1992, Knox was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 11 January 1995. NAVSEA temporarily placed the Knox on the donation hold list but removed her from the list around 2003.

Knox was sunk as a target off Guam during an exercise on 7 August 2007.

Awards, citations and campaign ribbons[edit | edit source]

Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (with two bronze service stars)
Navy Expeditionary ribbon.svg Navy Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal (with one bronze service star)
Bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (with one bronze service star)
Bronze star
Vietnam Service Medal (with one bronze service star)
Humanitarian Service ribbon.svg Humanitarian Service Ribbon
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.gif Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Vietnam Campaign Medal ribbon.png Vietnam Campaign Medal

Reference : USS Knox on NavSource.org

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