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USS W. S. Sims (FF 1059)

- decommissioned -
- formerly DE 1059 -


USS W. S. SIMS was the 8th KNOX-class frigate. Decommissioned on September 6, 1991, and stricken from the Navy list on January 11, 1995, the W. S. SIMS was finally purchased by Turkey on December 21, 1999.

USS W. S. SIMS was last homeported in Mayport, Fla.

General Characteristics:Awarded: July 22, 1964
Keel laid: April 10, 1967
Launched: January 4, 1969
Commissioned: January 3, 1970
Decommissioned: September 6, 1991
Builder: Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, La.
Propulsion system: 2 - 1200 psi boilers; 1 geared turbine, 1 shaft; 35,000 shaft horsepower
Length: 438 feet (133.5 meters)
Beam: 47 feet (14.4 meters)
Draft: 25 feet (7.6 meters)
Displacement: approx. 4,200 tons full load
Speed: 27 knots
Armament: one Mk-16 missile launcher for ASROC and Harpoon missiles, one Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber gun, Mk-46 torpedoes from single tube launchers, one 20mm Phalanx CIWS
Aircraft: one SH-2F (LAMPS I) helicopter
Crew: 18 officers, 267 enlisted
As NRF Ship: 175 USN personnel and 150 reserve personnel


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS W. S. SIMS. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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Accidents aboard USS W. S. SIMS:

DateWhereEvents
December 4, 197770 miles south of BermudaUSS W. S. SIMS loses power after a boiler casualty results in the loss of a generator during training exercises. The frigate is able to get underway for Mayport, Fla., after the AINSWORTH (FF 1090) rigs emergency power from alongside.
November 25, 1985Guantanamo Bay, CubaUSS W. S. SIMS and USS MOOSBRUGGER (DD 980) collide at sea in the Guantanamo Bay operating area.


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