USS COPELAND was the 17th OLIVER HAZARD PERRY class guided missile frigate and was homeported in San Diego, Calif. After decommissioning the frigate 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|
|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 |
|Armament: one Mk 13 guided missile launcher (36 Standard (MR) and 4 |
|Crew: 17 Officers and 198 Enlisted|
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.
USS COPELAND Cruise Books:
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.
USS COPELAND Image Gallery:
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.