USS Hepburn

The USS Hepburn (FF-1055) underway.jpg
Career (US)
Ordered: 22 July 1964
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, California
Laid down: 1 June 1966
Launched: 25 March 1967
Sponsored by: Mrs. Arthur J. Hepburn and Mrs. Lorraine Hepburn Barse
Acquired: 27 June 1969
Commissioned: 3 July 1969
Decommissioned: 20 December 1991
Struck: 11 January 1995
Fate: Sunk as target 4 June 2002
General characteristics
Class & type: Knox-class frigate
Displacement: 3,238 tons (4,231 full load)
Length: 438 ft (133.5 m)
Beam: 46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)
Draught: 24 ft 9 in (7.6 m)
Propulsion: 2 × CE 1200psi boilers
1 Westinghouse geared turbine
1 shaft, 35,000 shp (26 MW)
Speed: over 27 knots (31 mph; 50 km/h)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,330 km) @ 20 knots (23 mph; 37 km/h)
Complement: 18 officers, 267 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPS-40 Air Search Radar
AN/SPS-67 Surface Search Radar
AN/SQS-26 Sonar
AN/SQR-18 Towed array sonar system
Mk68 Gun Fire Control System
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
AN/SLQ-32 Electronics Warfare System
Armament: one Mk-16 8 cell missile launcher for ASROC and Harpoon missiles
one Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber gun
Mark 46 torpedoes from four single tube launchers)
one Mk-25 BPDMS launcher for Sea Sparrow missiles later replaced by one Phalanx CIWS
Aircraft carried: one SH-2 Seasprite (LAMPS I) helicopter

The USS Hepburn (FF-1055) was a United States Navy Knox class frigate named for Arthur Japy Hepburn. She was laid down 1 June 1966, by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, California; and launched 25 March 1967; sponsored by Mrs. Arthur J. Hepburn and Mrs. Lorraine Hepburn Barse. She was delivered 27 June 1969 and commissioned 3 July 1969.

Hepburn was an escorting member of the Indian ocean Task Group of 1976. The task group consisted of USS Fox (CG-33), USS Gray (FF-1054) and USNS Passumpsic (oiler). The task group sailed from Subic Bay in December 1975. The task group made port calls at Singapore, Karache, Mombasa, La Reunion and Diego Garcia. While transitting from Karache to the southern Indian Ocean, the group passed through the anchorage area of the Soviet task forces anchored off the island of Socotra. During their time in the Arabian Sea, the task group conducted the first ever acoustical survey of this body of water. The Task group returned to Subic Bay on March 1976.

She was decommissioned 20 December 1991 and struck 11 January 1995. Hepburn was "disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise" (i.e., sunk as a target) on 4 June 2002.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

External links

  • Naval Vessel Register FF1055
  • DANFS Hepburn
  • Navsource images

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