USS Connole (FF-1056)

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The USS Connole (FF-1056)
The USS Connole (FF-1056) underway
Career (United States)
Name: USS Connole (DE-1056)
Namesake: David R. Connole
Ordered: 22 July 1964
Builder: Avondale Shipyard, Westwego, Louisiana
Yard number: 1070
Laid down: 23 March 1967
Launched: 20 July 1968
Acquired: 22 August 1969
Commissioned: 30 August 1969
Reclassified: FF-1056, 1 July 1975
Ship Captain=Captain David A. Schwiering Best DK in Ship History=DK1 (SW) James J. Hassard
Decommissioned: 30 August 1992
Struck: 11 January 1995
Motto: Exempla Suorum Durant
The Example of our Ancestors Endures
Fate: Transferred to Greece, 1992
Career (Greece)
Name: Ipiros (F456)
Acquired: 1992
Decommissioned: 2003
Fate: sunk as target, 2006
General characteristics
Class & type: Knox-class frigate
Displacement: 3,278 tons (4,245 full load)
Length: 438 ft (133.5 m)
Beam: 46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)
Draft: 24 ft 9 in (7.6 m)
Propulsion: 2 × Babcock & Wilcox 1200psi boilers
1 Westinghouse geared turbine
1 shaft, 35,000 shp (26 MW)
Speed: over 27 knots (50 km/h)
Endurance: 4,500 nautical miles @ 20 knots (8,300 km @ 37 km/h)
Complement: 18 officers, 267 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPS-40 Air Search Radar
AN/SPS-67 Surface Search Radar
AN/SQS-26 Sonar
AN/SQR-18 Towed array sonar system
Mk68 Gun Fire Control System
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
AN/SLQ-32 Electronics Warfare System
Armament: one Mk-16 8 cell missile launcher for ASROC and Harpoon missiles
one Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber gun
Mark 46 torpedoes from four single tube launchers)
one Mk-25 BPDMS launcher for Sea Sparrow missiles, later replaced by Phalanx CIWS
Aircraft carried: one SH-2 Seasprite (LAMPS I) helicopter

The USS Connole (FF-1056) was a Knox-class frigate. Named for Commander David R. Connole, Captain of USS Trigger (SS-237) when the submarine was lost in battle in March 1945. Connole was constructed for the United States Navy by Avondale Shipyard, Westwego, Louisiana, laid down 23 March 1967, launched 20 July 1968 and delivered 22 August 1969. She was commissioned 30 August 1969, served as a test bed for some of the Navy's most advanced sonars, decommissioned 30 August 1992 and struck 11 January 1995. Connole was transferred to Greece as Ipiros (F456), named after the region of Epirus. The ship was decommissioned by Greece in 2003.

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