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USS Copeland (FFG 25)

- decommissioned -

USS COPELAND was the 17th OLIVER HAZARD PERRY class guided missile frigate and was last homeported in San Diego, Calif. After decommissioning the frigate was transfered to the Egyptian Navy on September 18, 1996, and was renamed MUBARAK. In 2011 her name was again changed to ALEXANDRIA.

General Characteristics:Keel Laid: October 24, 1979
Launched: July 26, 1980
Commissioned: August 7, 1982
Decommissioned: September 18, 1996
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards Co., Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, Ca.
Propulsion system: two General Electric LM 2500 gas turbines, two 350 Horsepower Electric Drive Auxiliary Propulsion Units
Propellers: one
Blades on each Propeller: five
Length: 445 feet (133.5 meters)
Beam: 45 feet (13.5 meters)
Draft: 24,6 feet (7.5 meters)
Displacement: 4,100 tons
Speed: 28+ knots
Aircraft: one SH-2F (LAMPS 1)
Armament: one Mk 13 guided missile launcher (36 Standard (MR) and 4 Harpoon missiles), one Mk 75 76mm/62 caliber rapid firing gun, MK 32 ASW torpedo tubes (two triple mounts), one Phalanx CIWS
Crew: 17 Officers and 198 Enlisted

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Crew List:

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

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USS COPELAND Cruise Books:

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About the Ship's Name:

Robert Witcher Copeland was born at Tacoma, Washington, on 9 September 1910. Enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1929, he was commissioned as a Naval Reserve officer in 1935. Copeland practiced law from 1935 until 1940, when he was ordered to active duty during the Navy's pre-World War II expansion. During the War, he commanded USS PAWTUCKET (YT 7), USS BLACK DOUGLAS (PYC 45), USS WYMAN (DE 38) and USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (DE 413).

During the Battle off Samar, 25 October 1944, while commanding SAMUEL B. ROBERTS, Lieutenant Commander Copeland led his ship and crew in an attack on a greatly superior Japanese battleship and cruiser force. Though his ship was lost, this action helped defeat the Japanese counter-offensive against the Leyte invasion. For this, he was awarded the Navy Cross.

Following World War II, Copeland resumed his law career while remaining a member of the Naval Reserve, in which he rose to the rank of Rear Admiral. Robert W. Copeland died at Tacoma, Washington, on 25 August 1973.

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After decommissioning, the COPELAND was recommissioned in the Egyptian Navy as MUBARAK and renamed ALEXANDRIA (F 911) in 2011. The photos below were taken by me and show the ALEXANDRIA arriving at Naval Base Toulon, France, after participating in exercise Cleopatra 2014 which is a joint exercise of the French and Egyptian Navies. The photos were taken on June 4, 2014.

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