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
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.
Accidents aboard USS W. S. SIMS:
|December 4, 1977||70 miles south of Bermuda||USS 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, 1985||Guantanamo Bay, Cuba||USS W. S. SIMS and USS MOOSBRUGGER (DD 980) collide at sea in the Guantanamo Bay operating area.|
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