USS Reasoner (FF-1063)

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USS Reasoner (FF-1063)
USS Reasoner (FF-1063)
Career (US)
Namesake: Frank S. Reasoner
Ordered: 22 July 1964
Builder: Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company, Seattle, Washington
Laid down: 6 January 1969
Launched: 1 August 1970
Acquired: 22 June 1971
Commissioned: 31 July 1971
Decommissioned: 28 August 1993
Motto: Fidelity
Fate: Sold to Turkey, renamed Kocatepe
General characteristics
Displacement: 3,011 tons (3,877 full load)
Length: 438 ft (134 m)
Beam: 46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)
Draught: 24 ft 9 in (7.54 m)
Propulsion: 2 - 1200 psi boilers; 1 geared turbine, 1 shaft; 35,000 shaft horsepower
Speed: over 27 knots
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 with Phalanx CIWS)
Aircraft carried: one SH-2 Seasprite (LAMPS I) helicopter

USS Reasoner (FF-1063) was a Knox class frigate of the US Navy, named in honor of 1st Lt. Frank S. Reasoner, awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously in the Vietnam War. Reasoner, originally (DE-1063), was laid down 6 January 1969 by Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company, Seattle, Washington and launched 1 August 1970; cosponsored by Mrs. James C. Curry and Mrs. Robert Svinger. Reasoner was commissioned 31 July 1971, Cmdr. Francisco Velazquez-Suarez, USN, commanding. Reasoner was decommissioned on 28 August 1993, and subsequently leased to Turkey, where the ship was recommissioned as Kocatepe. On 22 February 2002, she was finally purchased by Turkey. On 4 May 2005, the ship was used as a target and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea.[1]

The ship was featured in the music video for The Village People single "In the Navy".


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