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USS Downes (FF-1070)
USS Downes (FF-1070)
USS Downes (FF-1070)
Career (US)
Ordered: 22 July 1964
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, Washington
Laid down: 5 September 1968
Launched: 12 December 1969
Acquired: 29 June 1971
Commissioned: 28 August 1971
Decommissioned: 14 February 1992
Struck: 11 January 1995
Motto: Ready Now
Nickname: Finest, Fastest, Fairest Frigate in the Fleet
Fate: 15 August 2003 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise
Notes: Sunk at 031° 10' 01.0" North, 119° 48' 03.0" West
General characteristics
Class & type: Knox-class frigate
Displacement: 3,187 tons (4,168 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, which was replaced by an NSSM Sea Sparrow
Aircraft carried: one SH-2 Seasprite (LAMPS I) helicopter

USS Downes (DE-1070/FF-1070) was the 19th in the series of the Knox class frigates. She was the third ship to be named for Commodore John Downes

Downes keel was laid 5 September 1968 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp., Seattle, Washington, and was christened on 13 December 1969 during launching by her sponsor Mrs. Philip L. Kelton, the great-granddaughter of the late Commodore John Downes. The ship was commissioned 28 August 1971

Downes performed Anti-Submarine Warfare operations, escort duty and naval diplomacy support, when necessary, for the Pacific Fleet. Decommissioned on 5 June 1992, Downes was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 11 January 1995.

Downes was disposed during fleet training in 2003 and sunk close to Mare Island during a SINKEX.


This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.

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