USS JOSEPH HEWES was the 27th KNOX - class frigate and one of the eight ships of her class transfered to the Naval Reserve Force serving as Reserve Training Frigates (FFT). Each of the eight Reserve Training Frigates had its own reserve crew, and was also assigned four "nucleus crews" which would man the 32 decommissioned KNOX-class frigates in the case of a reactivation of these ships.
Decommissioned on June 30, 1994, the JOSEPH HEWES was sold to Taiwan where she was recommissioned as LAN YANG.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: August 25, 1966|
|Keel laid: May 14, 1969|
|Launched: March 7, 1970|
|Commissioned: April 24, 1971|
|Decommissioned: June 30, 1994|
|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 Mk-25 BPDMS launcher for Sea Sparrow missiles|
|Aircraft: one SH-2F (LAMPS I) helicopter|
|Crew: 18 officers, 267 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS JOSEPH HEWES. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS JOSEPH HEWES:
|March 15, 1972||about 600 miles east of Jacksonville, Fla.||USS JOSEPH HEWES loses power when a main engine line shaft bearing breaks in stormy seas.|
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