USS BOWEN was the 28thKNOX-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.
USS BOWEN (FFT 1079) was last homeported in Staten Island, New York. Decommissioned on June 30, 1994, the BOWEN was subsequently leased to Turkey. Stricken from the Navy list on January 11, 1995, the ship was finally purchased by Turkey on February 22, 2002.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: August 25, 1966|
|Keel laid: July 11, 1969|
|Launched: May 2, 1970|
|Commissioned: May 22, 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|
As NRF Ship: 175 USN personnel and 150 reserve personnel
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS BOWEN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.