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|86k||Arthur Japy Hepburn was born 15 October 1877 in Carlisle, Pa. and graduated from the Naval Academy on 5 June 1897. During the Spanish-American War he
served as Passed Midshipman in battleship Iowa, and he participated in the defeat of Admiral Cervera's Spanish Squadron off Santiago, Cuba, 3 July 1898. Commissioned
Ensign 1 July 1899, during the next two decades he assisted in making oceanic surveys in the Pacific and performed a variety of duties ashore and afloat, including service in Georgia,
Olympia, and South Carolina. During World War I he commanded the seized German liner Kaiser Wilhelm II and the Submarine Chaser Base, New London, Conn., until ordered
to Europe in July 1918 to command the subchaser base at Queenstown, Ireland. After the armistice, he served in Chester, inspecting German naval ships and aircraft in
accordance with naval terms of the Armistice. From 1919 to 1922 he was Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Steam Engineering, and from 1922 to 1924 he served as Chief of Staff of the
U.S. Naval Detachment in Turkish Waters. During the years prior to World War II, he served a wide variety of important posts both ashore and afloat. He took command of West Virginia (BB 48) in May 1925; became Director of Naval Intelligence in July 1926. From 1927 to 1930 he served as Chief of Staff with Battle Fleet and U.S. Fleet and on 23 May 1931 took command of Submarine Forces, U.S. Fleet. Between June 1932 and July 1933, he served as a naval member to the three-power Limitations of Arms Conference as Naval Adviser to the Geneva Delegation in Switzerland and to the American Representative at the London Naval Conference. After serving as Commander 4th Naval District, and commanding destroyers of the U.S. Fleet, he became Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Fleet 24 June 1936, serving in the rank of Admiral. Two years later he headed a board which reviewed America's national defense structure during the deteriorating international situation. The "Hepburn Board Report" was the basis for the massive Shore Establishment expansion that took place prior to World War II. In 1942, Admiral Hepburn was appointed Chairman of the General Board of the Navy, serving in that capacity throughout the war. He also served as a delegate to the Dumbarton Oaks meetings, which established guidelines for founding the United Nations. Admiral Hepburn retired from active duty 10 December 1945, and died 31 May 1964.
USS Hepburn (DE 1055) (1969-1991) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo scanned from the book, Admiral William Veazie Pratt, U.S. Navy: A Sailor's Life By Gerald E. Wheeler)
|110k||date / location unknown||-|
|88k||date / location unknown||Jerry Hays|
|368k||08 July 1970: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Hepburn (DE 1055) underway off Vancouver.
(Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #AM1506-S3-3-: CVA-7-5006 from the City of Vancouver Archives)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|76k||1972: Hawaii - entering Pearl Harbor||Chuck Howshall|
|200k||28 August 1981: Naval Station Subic Bay, Luzon, the Philippines - A view of the docked ships including the guided missile destroyer USS
Berkeley (DDG 15), the frigate USS Hepburn (FF 1055), the oiler USNS
Hassayampa (T-AO 145), the guided missile cruiser USS
Sterett (CG 31) and the guided missile destroyer USS
Henry B. Wilson (DDG 7).
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-82-01679 by PHC Larry Foster from the Defense Visual Information Center)
|76k||date / location unknown: USS Chicago (CG 11) and USS Hepburn (DE 1055) underway.||-|
|171k||October 1982: At sea, the Pacific Ocean - Aerial starboard side view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS
Enterprise (CVN 65) and the aircraft carrier USS
Midway (CV 41), background, underway with their task groups.
Hepburn is underway in the foreground.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-07596 by PHAN Mellendorf from the DVIC))
|171k||01 January 1983: At sea - The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders perform their USO show "America and Her Music" on the deck of the fast combat support ship USS
Sacramento (AOE 1). Hepburn maneuvers off the port side of Sacramento.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-83-04865 by PH2 Paul B. Souter from the DVIC)
|200k||01 January 1983: At sea - The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders perform their USO show "America and Her Music" on the deck of the fast combat
support ship USS Sacramento (AOE 1). Hepburn maneuvers off Sacramento's port side.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-83-04867 by PH2 Paul B. Souter from the DVIC)
|159k||06 January 1984: At sea - An aerial bow view of Hepburn underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-00372 by PH1 R. L. Matthews from the DVIC)
|222k||06 January 1984: At sea - An aerial port beam view of Hepburn underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-00368 by PH1 R. L. Matthews from the DVIC)
|143k||06 January 1984: At sea - A vertical view of Hepburn underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-00367 by PH1 R. L. Matthews from the DVIC)
|240k||02 June 1986: At sea - An aerial starboard bow view of Hepburn underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-05-06611 by PH2(NAC) Grzezdzinski from the DVIC)
|148k||02 June 1986: At sea - A starboard quarter view of Hepburn underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-05-06612 by PH2(NAC) Grzezdzinski from the DVIC)
|198k||02 June 1986: At sea - An aerial starboard quarter / stern view of Hepburn underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-05-06614 by PH2(NAC) Grzezdzinski from the DVIC)
|153k||02 June 1986: At sea - A starboard bow view of Hepburn underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-01817 by PH2(NAC) Grzezdzinski from the DVIC)
|263k||15 October 1986: Vallejo, Cal. - Hepburn departing Mare Island. She was in the San Francisco Bay area for Fleet Week.
(Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
PNCM, USNR (ret.)
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
|419k||08 June 1989: near Portland, Ore. - Hepburn underway on the Columbia River.
(Photo by Rick Garcia, from the collection of Chris Howell)
Southland Ship Stores Ltd
Port of Bluff, New Zealand
|173k||August 1989: Nanoose Torpedo Test Range - The Nanoose Torpedo Testing Range is maintained and operated by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center
Division Keyport (NUWCDIVKP). The range is a joint US-Canadian facility located in the Strait of Georgia on the eastern side of Vancouver Island, Vancouver, British Columbia.
(photo taken by Darryl Shaw)
|Robert M. Cieri|
|707k||01 October 1989: The Pacific Ocean - A starboard bow view of the frigate USS Hepburn (FF 1055) underway off the coast of California.
(U.S. Navy photo #DN-SC-90-02003 by Lcdr. Richard Benne, USNR from the National Archives and Records Administration, photo ID #6450034 )
|152k||01 October 1989: At sea - A starboard beam view of Hepburn underway off the coast of California.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-02005 by Lcdr Richard Benne from the DVIC)
|164k||1990: San Pedro, Cal. - Taken while on a harbor cruise.
(Both Photos © Michael McBroom)
|258k||27 July 1996: Naval Inactive ship Maintence Facility, Bremerton, Wash. - Meyerkord
(FF 1058), Hepburn and Knox (FF 1052) in mothballs, nested at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
(Photos by Gilbert Gyssels)
|Navy Times Ship in the Spotlight
© Mario DeMarco
|View the USS Hepburn (DE 1055) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Hepburn's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 03 Jul. 1969 - 29 Apr. 1971||Cmdr. Stuart D. Landersman (OCS '53) (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)|
|2.) 29 Apr. 1971 - 08 Aug. 1972||Cmdr. John William Sellers|
|3.) 08 Aug. 1972 - 21 Dec. 1973||Cmdr. William C. Manes|
|4.) 21 Dec. 1973 - 30 May 1975||Cmdr. Ramon Ronald Owens|
|5.) 30 May 1975 - 04 Feb. 1977||Cmdr. George William Culberson, Jr.|
|6.) 04 Feb. 1977 - 08 Jan. 1980||Cmdr. James Clarke Richardson, Jr.|
|7.) 08 Jan. 1980 - 20 Mar. 1982||Cmdr. Peter Wolcott Soverel|
|8.) 20 Mar. 1982 - 23 Jun. 1984||Cmdr. Harry James Miller, Jr.|
|9.) 23 Jun. 1984 - 23 Aug. 1986||Cmdr. John Thomas Lyons III (ret. as Radm.)|
|10.) 23 Aug. 1986 - 14 Dec. 1988||Cmdr. James Armand Boland|
|11.) 14 Dec. 1988 - 17 Nov. 1990||Cmdr. Charles Daniel Carey III|
|12.) 17 Nov. 1990 - 20 Dec. 1991||Cmdr. Kenneth A. Poorman|
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