USS Trippe (FF-1075)

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The USS Trippe (FF-1075)
USS Trippe (FF-1075) underway off New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
Name: USS Trippe (DE-1075)
Namesake: John Trippe
Ordered: 22 July 1964
Builder: Avondale Shipyard, Westwego, Louisiana
Yard number: 1075
Laid down: 29 July 1968
Launched: 1 November 1969
Sponsored by: Mrs. John S. Foster
Acquired: 11 September 1970
Commissioned: 19 September 1970
Reclassified: FF-1075, 1 July 1975
Decommissioned: 30 July 1992
Struck: 11 January 1995
Fate: Transferred to Greece, July 1992
Name: Thraki (F457)
Acquired: July 1992
Commissioned: April 1993
Decommissioned: 6 March 2001
Fate: sunk as target
General characteristics
Class and type: Knox-class frigate
Displacement: 3,238 tons (4,218 full load)
Length: 438 ft (133.5 m)
Beam: 46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)
Draft: 24 ft 9 in (7.6 m)
  • 2 × CE 1200psi boilers
  • 1 Westinghouse geared turbine
  • 1 shaft, 35,000 shp (26 MW)
Speed: over 27 knots (31 mph; 50 km/h)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,330 km)
Complement: 18 officers, 267 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • AN/SPS-40 Air Search Radar
  • AN/SPS-10 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
Aircraft carried: one SH-2 Seasprite (LAMPS I) helicopter

USS Trippe (FF-1075) was a Knox-class frigate of the US Navy, built at Westwego, Louisiana, was commissioned in mid-September 1970. In July 1971, following shakedown training in the Caribbean area and a surveillance mission off Haiti, she entered the Boston Naval Shipyard for overhaul and installation of the Basic Point Defense Missile System, which featured short-range "Sea Sparrow" guided missiles in an eight-round launcher on her afterdeck. Trippe was the Navy's first destroyer-type ship to receive this later-widespread contribution to shipboard protection against air and missile attack. The first months of 1972 were spent testing her new weapons and participating in exercises. In June the ship passed through the Panama Canal en route to Southeast Asian waters, where she provided Vietnam War aircraft carrier escort and naval gunfire support services during July and August. Trippe then went to the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf areas, visiting many ports in a region that would see increasing U.S. Navy activity in the coming decades. She returned to the U.S. East Coast in December 1972, after a deployment that had taken her completely around the World.

During an overhaul in 1973, Trippe was refitted to allow her to operate the larger helicopters of the Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS). From August of that year into January 1974 she made her first tour with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. A second cruise to the Indian Ocean and Middle East followed in January–May 1975. Reclassified in mid-year as a frigate, with the new designation FF-1075, she spent the last three months of 1975 and the first five of 1976 in shipyard hands. Trippe returned to the Middle East Force in March–July 1977 and went back to the Mediterranean for her second Sixth Fleet deployment in April–October 1978. The next year she cruised around South American as part of exercise "Unitas XX" and operated off West Africa.

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The busy frigate made four more Mediterranean deployments during the following decade, in 1982, 1983, 1985 and 1987. Some of her 1983 tour also involved visiting ports in West Africa, the southern Atlantic, and the Indian Ocean. In the mid-'80s she was also modernized, receiving a seakeeping-enhancing bulwark on her bow and the Close-In Weapons System. The latter's fast shooting radar-controlled 20 mm gun mount was installed on her afterdeck to improve her defenses against cruise missiles.

On 19 April 1989, Trippe collided with fleet oiler Platte off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida.[1] Trippe returned to Charleston SC under her own power.[citation needed] This was the same day as the USS Iowa turret explosion, also part of FLEETEX 3-89.[2]

Shot from USS Stump DD 978 just prior to connecting tow line

She spent most of the late 1980s and the early 1990s operating in the Caribbean Sea area, with counter-narcotics service taking much of her effort. At the end of July 1992, Trippe was decommissioned and leased to Greece. The Hellenic Navy placed her in commission in April 1993 as Thraki, and she was formally sold to that nation in 2001.[3] A major lube oil fire occurred while at Naval Dock Crete in 2003 melting the superstructure and destroying the interior of the ship.[citation needed]

USS Trippe was named in honor of Lieutenant John Trippe (1785-1810), a hero of the Tripolitan War.


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Damage to port bridge wing