USS Edward McDonnell (FF-1043)

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USS Edward McDonnell (FF-1043) underway
Career (USA)
Name: USS Edward McDonnell (FF-1043)
Awarded: 3 January 1962
Builder: Avondale Shipyard, New Orleans, Louisiana
Laid down: 1 April 1963
Launched: January 1964
Commissioned: DE-1043 15 February 1965
Decommissioned: 30 September 1988
Reclassified: FF-1040 30 June 1975*
Refit: 1968
Struck: 15 December 1992
Motto: Deter Through Strength
Nickname: Sweaty Eddy
Honours and
Navy Unit Commendation, CG Meritorious Unit Commendation with star, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, CG Special Operations Service Ribbon with 2 stars
Fate: Disposed of by scrapping, dismantling, 21 August 2002
General characteristics
Class & type: Garcia class frigate
(Formerly destroyer escort)
Displacement: 2,624 tons (light)
Length: 414 ft 6 in (126.34 m)
Beam: 44 ft 1 in (13.44 m)
Draught: 24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)
Propulsion: 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 knots
Complement: 16 officers
231 enlisted
Armament: 2 x 5"/38 Mk 30(2x1)
1 8-tube ASROC Mk16 launcher (16 missiles)
6 x 12.75 in (324mm) Mk 32 (2x3) torpedo tubes, Mk 46 torpedoes
2 x MK 37 torpedo tubes (fixed, stern)
Aircraft carried: 1 x SH-2F Seasprite LAMPS I

USS Edward McDonnell (FF-1043) was a frigate in the US Navy and the third in its class. Named for medal of honor recipient Vice Admiral Edward Orrick McDonnell.[1]

Construction and commissioning[edit]

The keel for PCU Edward McDonnell was laid at Avondale Shipyard in Westwego, Louisiana on April 1, 1963. She was launched at Avondale in January 1964 and was commissioned at Charleston Naval Shipyard, South Carolina as DE-1043 on February 15, 1964. She completed her fitting out at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Virginia and became operational as part of the US Navy’s Atlantic Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Forces on January 14, 1966.[2]

Operational history[edit]

Three NATO frigates entering Lisbon, Portugal, in February 1975: HNLMS Van Nes (F805), USS Edward McDonnell (FF-1043), and Lübeck (F 224).

In May 1966, USS Edward McDonnell was transferred to the Escort Squadron VI (Cortron 6) with its home port at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island. Throughout 1966 and 1967, the McDonnell was assigned to anti submarine operations and exercises in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.[3]

In February 1968, the McDonnell entered Boston Naval Shipyard for a 13-month overhaul. Following her refit, the McDonnell undertook a shakedown and training deployment in the Caribbean before returning to Newport, RI in June 1969.[4]

During 1975, the McDonnell was assigned to NATO's Standing Naval Force Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT) along with the Royal Netherlands Navy Van Speijk-class frigate Hr. Ms. Van Nes (F805) and the West Germany Navy Köln-class frigate Lübeck (F 224).

Commanding officers[edit]

List of USS Edward McDonnell commanding officers:[5]

Commanding officer From To
CDR Daniel Lewis Banks, Jr. 15 Feb. 1965 22 May 1966
CDR William R. Sheridan 22 May 1966 05 Jul. 1968
CDR Richard C. Allen 05 Jul. 1968 16 Feb. 1970
CDR Alexander Malcolm Sinclair 16 Feb. 1970 15 Aug. 1971
CDR Roger Oscar Simon 15 Aug. 1971 15 Jan. 1973
CDR Francis John Lamotte 15 Jan. 1973 19 Jul. 1974
CDR Lyndon Conway Murchison, Jr. 19 Jul. 1974 29 Oct. 1975
CDR Robert Dean Thomas 29 Oct. 1975 10 Sep. 1978
CDR Charles E. Ryan 10 Sep. 1978 25 Sep. 1979
CDR Frank Peter Zmorzenski 25 Sep. 1979 15 Jan. 1982
CDR Gerald M. Vanderweir 15 Jan. 1982 17 Jun. 1983
CDR James Arthur Roorbach II 17 Jun. 1983 10 Jul. 1986
CDR Jerome V. Diekemper 10 Jul. 1986 14 Jul. 1988
CDR James J. McCallum 14 Jul. 1988 30 Sep. 1988


USS Edward McDonnell was decommissioned on September 30, 1988 and struck from the Naval Register on December 15, 1992. She was moored at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard awaiting disposal. She was sold for scrapping on July 25, 1995 and scrapping was completed at PNSY by August 21, 2002. The scrap value of the ship was $842 per ton.[6][7]


  1. ^ MOH Citation for Edward McDonnell
  2. ^ US Edward McDonnell (DE-1043) -
  3. ^ USS Edward McDonnell (DE-1043)
  4. ^ USS Edward McDonnell (DE-1043)
  5. ^ Edward McDonnell's Commanding Officers -
  6. ^ USS Edward McDonnell (FF 1043) -
  7. ^ USS Edward McDonnell (DE 1043) -

This article includes information collected from the public domain sources Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships and Naval Vessel Register.

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