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USS W. S. Sims (DE 1059)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - W - S - S
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Joint Meritorious Unit Award - CG Meritorious Unit Award - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star
Second Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon w/ 3 stars


Specifications:
Class: Knox
Type: SCB No. 199C / 1964
Number in Class: 46
Displacement: 3020 tons (std), 4065 tons (full)
Length: 415' (wl), 438' (oa)
Beam: 46' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Combustion Engineering 1200psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 16 / 211
Missiles: 1 8-tube Mk25 Sea Sparrow BPDMS in DE 1052-1069, 1071-1083, 1 8-tube Mk29 NATO Sea Sparrow IPDMS in DE 1070, Harpoon missiles from modified ASROC launcher
Guns: 1 x 5"/54 cal. DP Mk 42 (600 rds)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk16 ASROC launcher (16 missiles), 4-12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 (4x1 fixed) tubes / Mk 46 torpedos (6)
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air), AN/SPS-58 threat warning in some ships
Sonars: AN/SQS-26CX, AN/SQS-35 IVDS in FF-1052, 1056, 1063-1071, 1073-1076, 1078-1097
Fire Control Systems: Mk68 Mod. 11/13/14 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 14/16 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
W.S. Sims (DE 1059) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 July 1964: Building contract awarded to Avondale Shipyards, Inc.
  • 10 April 1967: Keel laid by the Avondale Shipyards, Inc., Westwego La.
  • 04 January 1969: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Robert H. Hopkins, eldest daugher of the late Admiral Sims
  • 03 January 1970: Commissioned at Naval Station Charleston, S.C., Comdr. Charles M. Plumly in command, assigned to CruDesLant at Mayport, Fla.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1059)
  • 30 September 1990: Assigned to Naval Reserve Force, Atlantic, at Mayport, Fla.
  • 06 September 1991: Decommissioned at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. after 21.7 years of service (first Knox frigate decommissioned)
  • 11 January 1995: Struck from the NVR
  • 31 December 1998: Grant aid to Turkey as parts hulk
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    ***Sims*** 96k William S. Sims, born in 1858 in Ontario, Canada, was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1876 and graduated in 1880. Seventeen years of sea duty were followed by assignments as Naval Attaché to Paris, St. Petersburg, and Madrid. Sims next served as Inspector of Target Practice; and, under his supervision, the naval gunnery system increased the rapidity of hits 100 percent and the general effectiveness of fire 500 percent. He also served as Naval Aide to President Theodore Roosevelt for two and one-half years.

    On 11 February 1917, Sims became President of the Naval War College. In March 1917, he was designated by the Secretary of the Navy as Representative of the Navy Department in London. With the entry of the United States into World War I in April, he was ordered to assume command of all American destroyers, tenders, and auxiliaries operating from British bases. In May, he was designated as Commander of United States Destroyers Operating from British Bases, with the rank of Vice Admiral; and, in June, his title was changed to Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. On 10 December 1917, he assumed additional duty as Naval Attaché, London, England. The North Sea Mine Barrage was laid under his direction.

    Admiral Sims again became President of the Naval War College in April 1919 and served in that capacity until his retirement on 15 October 1922. He died at Boston, Mass., on 25 September 1936.

    USS W.S. Sims (DE 1059) was the third ship named in his honor, she was preceded by DD 409 (1939-1942), and DE 154 (1943-1946).
    Bill Gonyo
    W.S.Sims 57k 4 January 1969: Launch photo, from the decommissioning brochure. Steven Donofrio
    W.S.Sims 197k date / location unknown, pre-1980 hull refit -
    W.S.Sims 82k Pre-1980 Overhaul and Refit: Refueling at Sea. Steven Donofrio
    W.S.Sims 76k November 1976: North Atlantic (Both photos © Richard Leonhardt) Richard Leonhardt
    W.S.Sims 61k
    W.S.Sims 64k April 1977: Cartagena, Spain - Inport view of W.S. Sims (Photo © Gary Smoyer) Gary Smoyer
    HMC(SW) USN(ret.)
    W.S.Sims 39k date / location unknown, post-1980 hull refit -
    W.S.Sims 132k date / location unknown, post-1980 hull refit Wendell R. McLaughlin, Jr.
    W.S. Sims 148k 1 June 1981: At sea - A starboard bow view of W.S. Sims underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-07950 by PH1 Douglas Tesner from the Defense Visual Information Center ) Navsource
    W.S.Sims 171k 23 July 1981: taken off the Virginia coast (Both photos © Atlantic Fleet Sales by Nobe Smith) Steven Donofrio
    W.S.Sims 185k
    W.S. Sims 130k May 1982: Crewmen aboard W.S. Sims clean the deck while the ship is anchored for a port visit. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-07001 by PH1 Douglas Tesner from the DVIC ) Navsource
    W.S. Sims 112k May 1982: Starboard bow view of W.S. Sims tied at the pier. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-06997 by PH1 Douglas Tesner from the DVIC )
    W.S. Sims 183k May 1982: A view of W.S. Sims as seen from the stern of the destroyer USS John Rodgers (DD983). (US Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-82-06586 by PH1 Douglas Tesner from the DVIC )
    W.S. Sims 124k May 1982: Starboard bow view of W.S. Sims, tied at the pier during a port visit. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-82-06571 by PH1 Douglas Tesner from the DVIC )
    W.S. Sims 104k May 1982: Port quarter view of W.S. Sims leaving port after a visit. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-06996 by PH1 Douglas Tesner from the DVIC )
    W.S. Sims 130k May 1982: Port quarter view of W.S. Sims leaving port after a visit. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-82-06589 by PH1 Douglas Tesner from the DVIC )
    W.S. Sims 123k May 1982: Port bow view of W.S. Sims underway in the harbor after a port visit. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-82-06587 by PH1 Douglas Tesner from the DVIC )
    W.S. Sims 94k 9 December 1983: At sea - A crewman on the deck of the battleship USS New Jersey (BB 62) looks out toward the frigate USS W.S. Sims (FF 1059) during underway replenishment operations off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-05335 by JO2 Lance Johnson from the DVIC )
    W.S. Sims 198k 5 February 1987: The Mediterranean Sea - A starboard view of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) and the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and their escorts underway off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon. The escorts are, from front to back: the frigate W.S. Sims (FF 1059) replenishment oilers USS Savannah (AOR 4) and USS Kalamazoo (AOR 6) and the guided missile destroyer USS Richard E. Byrd (DDG 23). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-04835 by PH1 Ron Beno from the DVIC ) Bill Gonyo
    W.S. Sims 130k 17 June 1987: At sea - An aerial starboard bow view of W.S. Sims underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-09254 by PH2 Hensley from the DVIC ) Navsource
    W.S. Sims 619k 29 April 1989: New York Harbor - Port bow view of W.S. Sims underway during Fleet Week. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-89-07762 by PHCM Dittmar from the DVIC )
    W.S. Sims 112k 2 May 1989: New York Harbor - The Coast Guard cutter USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715) is moored in front of the frigate USS Pharris (FF 1094) and W.S. Sims while the ships are in port for Navy Fleet Week activities. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-09397 by PH2 Randy Waterman from the DVIC )
    W.S. Sims 74k 2 May 1989: New York Harbor - Visitors and crew members gather on the bridge of W.S. Sims during Navy Fleet Week activities. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-09401 by PH2 Randy Waterman from the DVIC )
    W.S. Sims 82k 2 May 1989: New York Harbor - A close-up view of the Destroyer Squadron 12 (DesRon 12) emblem on W.S. Sims. The ship is visiting New York during Navy Fleet Week activities. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-09400 by PH2 Randy Waterman from the DVIC )
    W.S. Sims Memorabilia
    Ship's Store Postcard
    circa 1978
    W.S. Sims
    Courtesy of
    Steven Donofrio
    Navy Exchange Postcard
    © Atlantic Fleet Sales
    W.S. Sims
    Courtesy of
    Nobe Smith
    Navy Times Ship in the Spotlight
    © Mario DeMarco
    W.S. Sims
    Courtesy of Mike Smolinski

    View the USS W. S. Sims (DE 1059) DANFS history
    entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website.
    W. S. Sims' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  03 Jan 1970 - 09 Jul 1971Cmdr. Charles Moulton Plumly
    2.)  09 Jul 1971 - 21 Feb 1973Cmdr. Gerrish Cecil Flynn
    3.)  21 Feb 1973 - 15 Jul 1974Cmdr. Thomas J. Moore
    4.)  15 Jul 1974 - 07 Jul 1976Cmdr. James Raymond Williams
    5.)  07 Jul 1976 - 21 Jun 1978Cmdr. Thomas P. Jones
    6.)  21 Jun 1978 - 18 Apr 1980Cmdr. Robert Dulaney Reeves II
    7.)  18 Apr 1980 -10 May 1982Capt. Robert Louis Hicks
    8.)  10 May 1982 - 02 Jul 1984Cmdr. James Stuart Schultz (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    9.)  02 Jul 1984 - 24 Aug 1986Cmdr. Andrew C. Arje
    10.) 24 Aug 1986 - 24 Feb 1989Cmdr. Charles Todd Creekman, Jr.
    11.) 24 Feb 1989 - 06 Sep 1991Cmdr. Ira James Eick

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    2008 at San Diego CA
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    Additional Resources

    USS Sims Web Site
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS W.S. Sims
    USS W. S. Sims Page on Destroyers Online
    USS W. S. Sims Page on Military.Com
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