USS Moinester (FF-1097)
USS Moinester (FF-1097)
|Namesake:||LTJG Robert William Moinester|
|Ordered:||25 August 1966|
|Builder:||Avondale Shipyard, Westwego, Louisiana|
|Laid down:||25 August 1972|
|Launched:||12 May 1973|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Gertrude Mahoney Moinester, mother of namesake|
|Acquired:||17 October 1974|
|Commissioned:||2 November 1974|
|Decommissioned:||28 July 1994|
|Fate:||Transferred to Egypt, 28 June 1994|
|Leased:||28 June 1994|
|Purchased:||25 March 1998|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2017[update]|
|Class and type:||Knox-class frigate|
|Displacement:||3,011 tons (3,877 full load)|
|Length:||438 ft (134 m)|
|Beam:||46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)|
|Draft:||24 ft 9 in (7.54 m)|
|Speed:||over 27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph)|
|Complement:||18 officers, 267 enlisted|
|AN/SLQ-32 Electronics Warfare System|
|Aircraft carried:||one SH-2 Seasprite (LAMPS I) helicopter|
USS Moinester (FF-1097) was a Knox-class frigate. The ship was named for LTJG Robert W. Moinester who was posthumously awarded the Silver Star during the Vietnam War in 1968. Moinester was christened by Mrs. Gertrude Mahoney Moinester, the mother of the ship's namesake and ship sponsor.
Design and description
The Knox-class design was derived from the Brooke-class frigate modified to extend range and without a long-range missile system. The ships had an overall length of 438 feet (133.5 m), a beam of 47 feet (14.3 m) and a draft of 25 feet (7.6 m). They displaced 4,066 long tons (4,131 t) at full load. Their crew consisted of 13 officers and 211 enlisted men.
The ships were equipped with one Westinghouse geared steam turbine that drove the single propeller shaft. The turbine was designed to produce 35,000 shaft horsepower (26,000 kW), using steam provided by 2 C-E boilers, to reach the designed speed of 27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph). The Knox class had a range of 4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at a speed of 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph).
The Knox-class ships were armed with a 5"/54 caliber Mark 42 gun forward and a single 3″/50 caliber gun aft. They mounted an eight-round ASROC launcher between the 5-inch (127 mm) gun and the bridge. Close-range anti-submarine defense was provided by two twin 12.75-inch (324 mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes. The ships were equipped with a torpedo-carrying DASH drone helicopter; its telescoping hangar and landing pad were positioned amidships aft of the mast. Beginning in the 1970s, the DASH was replaced by a SH-2 Seasprite LAMPS I helicopter and the hangar and landing deck were accordingly enlarged. Most ships also had the 3-inch (76 mm) gun replaced by an eight-cell BPDMS missile launcher in the early 1970s.
Construction and career
Awards, citations and campaign ribbons
|Joint Meritorious Unit Award|
|Navy Unit Commendation|
|Navy "E" Ribbon (4)|
|National Defense Service Medal|
|Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal|
|Humanitarian Service Ribbon|
|Sea Service Deployment Ribbon|
|Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon|
- Wertheim, Eric, ed. (2017). "Egypt". The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Systems (15th ed.). Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. p. 172. ISBN 978-1-59114-955-2. OCLC 140283156.
- "Robert William Moinester". Militarytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
- Maritime Reporter. June 1973. Missing or empty
- Friedman, pp. 357–60, 425
- Gardiner, Chumley & Budzbon, p. 598
- Friedman, pp. 360–61; Gardiner, Chumley & Budzbon, p. 598
- Friedman, Norman (1982). U.S. Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-733-X.
- Gardiner, Robert; Chumbley, Stephen & Budzbon, Przemysław (1995). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-132-7.
- USS Moinester on NavSource.org
- USS Moinester (DE 1097)
- Naval Vessel Registry - FF1097
- Navsource images
- A Sailor's Homepage: http://FF1097.dancom.com; alt: http://www.dancom.com/ff1097