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USS Miller (FF 1091)

- decommissioned -
- formerly DE 1091 -


USS MILLER was the 40th KNOX - class frigate and the first ship in the Navy named after Cook Third Class Doris Miller, USN. Decommissioned on October 15, 1991, and stricken from the Navy list on January 11, 1995, the MILLER was given to Turkey on July 19, 1999. There she was used as parts hulk until sunk as a target in 2001.

General Characteristics:Awarded: August 25, 1966
Keel laid: August 6, 1971
Launched: June 3, 1972
Commissioned: June 30, 1973
Decommissioned: October 15, 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


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Crew List:

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


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About the Ship's Name:

Doris ("Dorie") Miller was born in Waco, Texas, on 12 October 1919. He enlisted in the Navy in September 1939 as a Mess Attendant Third Class. On 7 December 1941, while serving aboard USS WEST VIRGINIA (BB 48), he distinguished himself by courageous conduct and devotion to duty during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions on this occasion.

Doris Miller served aboard USS INDIANAPOLIS (CA 35) from December 1941 to May 1943. He was then assigned to the escort carrier LISCOME BAY (CVE 56). Cook Third Class Miller was lost with that ship when she was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine on 24 November 1943, during the invasion of the Gilbert Islands.


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USS MILLER History:

USS MILLER was built at Westwego, Louisiana. Commissioned in June 1973, her active service was performed with the Atlantic Fleet, including deployments to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Persian Gulf and the Black Sea. In July 1975, she was reclassified as a frigate and designated FF 1091. MILLER transferred to the Naval Reserve Force in January 1982, and thereafter was employed in the western Atlantic and Caribbean areas. She decommissioned in October 1991 and was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in 1995. The MILLER was sold to Turkey in 1999 and sunk in a live fire exercise in 2001.


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