USS JESSE L. BROWN was the 38th ship in the KNOX - class of frigates and the first ship in the Navy to bear the name. Commissioned as a destroyer escort (DE), the ship was reclassified as frigate (FF) on June 30, 1975. Decommissioned on June 27, 1994, the JESSE L. BROWN was transfered to Egypt the same day. There she was recommissioned as DAMYAT.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: August 25, 1966|
|Keel laid: April 8, 1971|
|Launched: March 18, 1972|
|Commissioned: February 17, 1973|
|Decommissioned: June 27, 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 20mm Phalanx CIWS|
|Aircraft: one SH-2F (LAMPS I) helicopter|
|Crew: 18 officers, 267 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS JESSE L. BROWN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
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USS JESSE L. BROWN History:
USS JESSE L. BROWN built at Westwego, Louisiana, was commissioned in February 1973. In July 1975, she was reclassified as a frigate and designated FF 1089. Her career was spent with the Atlantic Fleet, and included several deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, the Persian Gulf and northern European waters. JESSE L. BROWN also participated in two joint operations with Latin American Navies, UNITAS XX in 1979 and UNITAS XXX a decade later. During the later 1980s and early 1990s, she engaged in counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean area.
USS JESSE L. BROWN was transferred to the Naval Reserve in January 1992, and was redesignated FFT 1089. Based in Mobile, Alabama, after October 1992, she was actively involved in training reservists while participating in operations in the western Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico area. In 1993, she transited the Panama Canal and paid a visit to Ecuador. JESSE L. BROWN was decommissioned in July 1994 and transferred to the Egyptian Navy, in which she serves as DAMYAT (F 961).
About the Ship's Name:
Jesse LeRoy Brown was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on 13 October 1926. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1946 and was appointed a Midshipman, USN, the following year. After attending Navy pre-flight school and flight training, he was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1948, the first African-American to achieve this status. Midshipman Brown was then assigned to Fighter Squadron 32. He received his commission as Ensign in April 1949.
During the Korean War, his squadron operated from USS LEYTE (CV 32), flying F4U-4 Corsair fighters in support of United Nations forces. On 4 December 1950, while on a close air support mission near the Chosin Reservoir, Ensign Brown's plane was hit by enemy fire and crashed. Despite heroic efforts by other aviators, he could not be rescued and died in his aircraft. Ensign Jesse L. Brown was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his Korean War combat service.
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