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USS Whipple (FF 1062)

- formerly DE 1062 -
- decommissioned -


USS WHIPPLE was the eleventh KNOX - class frigate and the third ship in the Navy named after Commodore Abraham Whipple of the Continental Navy.

Decommissioned on February 14, 1992, and stricken from the Navy list on January 11, 1995, the WHIPPLE spent the following years berthed at the NAVSEA Inactive Ships On-site Maintenance Office, Pearl Harbor, HI. In 2005, preparations started for WHIPPLE's upcoming transfer to the Mexican Navy. Equipped with new boilers, the frigate lit off her new boilers for the first time since she was decommissioned on September 30, 2005. Sea trials lasted until October 2, and after completion the frigate was transfered to the Mexican Navy where she was recommissioned as MINA.

General Characteristics:Awarded: July 22, 1964
Keel laid: April 24, 1967
Launched: April 12, 1968
Commissioned: August 22, 1970
Decommissioned: February 14, 1992
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, Wash.
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 Mk-25 BPDMS launcher for Sea Sparrow missiles
Aircraft: one SH-2F (LAMPS I) helicopter
Crew: 18 officers, 267 enlisted


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Crew List:

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


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The photo below was contributed by Jeffrey R. Smith and shows the WHIPPLE during her seatrials prior to transfer to the Mexican Navy in 2005.



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