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USS Joseph Hewes (DE 1078)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - E - L - P
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Gallant Steed"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/ oak leaf cluster
Second Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star
Third Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 2 stars - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 star - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

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
Joseph Hewes (DE 1078) Building and Operational Data:
  • 25 August 1966: Building contract awarded to Avondale Shipyard, Inc.
  • 15 May 1969: Keel laid by the Avondale Shipyard, Inc., Westwego, La.
  • 07 March 1970: Launched, sponsored by Mrs. Caroline Groves Gayler, wife of Vadm. Noel A. M. Gayler of the National Security Agency
  • 24 April 1971: Commissioned at the Boston Naval Shipyard, Cmdr. Robert E. Klee in command, assigned to CruDesLant at Newport, R.I.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1078)
  • 30 September 1991: Assigned to Naval Reserve Force, Atlantic, at Charleston, S.C.
  • 15 December 1991: Reclassified Training Frigate (FFT 1078)
  • 30 June 1994: Decommissioned at Ingleside, Tex. after 23 years and 2 months of service; Leased to Taiwan, renamed ROCS Lan Yang (FF-935)
  • 11 January 1995: Struck from the NVR
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    Joseph Hewes
    10k Joseph Hewes was born in 1730, at Kingston, New Jersey, and was educated at what is now Princeton University. After engaging in business in Philadelphia, he moved to Edenton, North Carolina in 1763 where he became a prosperous and influential merchant skipper. He was elected to the Continental Congress in 1774, and in 1775 became a member of the Marine Committee. In this capacity Hewes played a major part in the procurement and outfitting of Continental vessels, and had the distinction of securing a commission in the Continental Navy in December 1775 for one of the sea's greatest heroes-to-be, John Paul Jones. John Adams often said that Hewes "laid the foundation, the cornerstone of the American Navy." Alongside General George Washington, Hewes became one of the greatest military achievers in American history. He was also involved with the secret committee of claims, which further promoted the independence of the colonies. Hewes was one of the primary reasons why North Carolina submitted to independence before any other colony. He was also one of the few reasons why the Declaration of Independence was ever signed. Hewes continued to take an active part in the movement for independence in North Carolina. He also took part in the discussions leading to the Declaration of Independence and signed the historic document. He died 29 October 1779 shortly after his return to the Continental Congress.

    USS Joseph Hewes (DE 1078) (1971-1994) was the second ship to be named in his honor, she was preceded by AP 50 (1942-1942).
    (Engraving by James B. Longacre from the National Park Service Website)
    Robert M. Cieri
    Joseph Hewes
    367k 07 March 1970: Westwego, La. - Two shots of the future USS Joseph Hewes being side launched after being christened. S. Dale Hargrave
    Newport News, Va.
    Joseph Hewes
    Joseph Hewes
    89k date / location unknown Walter Bengtson
    Joseph Hewes
    74k 04 August 1979: Barcelona, Spain Fabio Peña
    Barcelona, Spain

    Archive Manager
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    Joseph Hewes
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    Joseph Hewes
    525k undated: An aerial starboard quarter view of Joseph Hewes underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-01564 from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    Joseph Hewes
    301k Summer 1987: The Mediterranean Sea - My all time favorite photo of the ship. Joseph Hewes is at flight quarters awaiting a helo returning her CO (me), and proceeding to station at high speed. I was returning from a COs conference on board Saratoga with Rear Admiral Mike Boorda. The ship is heading to station in a photo formation. It was a typical Boorda move to call a COs meeting, then execute a photo formation with all the COs off their ships to let the XOs have a little situational stress test. Carl Lundquist
    Captain, USN (ret.)
    Summerville, S.C.
    Joseph Hewes
    270k 17 October 1987: An aerial port bow view of Joseph Hewes underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-11749 by PH3 Michael Skeens from the DVIC)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    Joseph Hewes
    138k 01 June 1991: An bow view of Joseph Hewes moored to a pier.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-03403 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Joseph Hewes
    74k 2000: At sea - port bow view of ROCS Lan Yang (FFG-935) (ex-USS Joseph Hewes FF 1078) Perry Huang
    Joseph Hewes
    68k 2000: Su-Ao Harbor - Lan Yang moored at a pier inboard of ROCS Fong Yang (FFG-933) (ex-USS Brewton FF 1086).
    Joseph Hewes
    147k 2006: Keelung Harbor - port view of Lan Yang moored inport.
    Joseph Hewes
    148k 2006: Keelung Harbor - starboard bow view of Lan Yang moored inport.

    Joseph Hewes History
    The DANFS history entry for USS Joseph Hewes (DE 1078), located on the Naval History
    and Heritage Command web site is not presently available.
    View the Wikipedia history for USS Joseph Hewes (DE 1078).

    Joseph Hewes's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  24 Apr. 1971 - 30 Jun 1972Cmdr. Robert Erhart Klee (USNA '53) (Tacoma, Wash.) (ret. as Radm.)
    2.)  30 Jun. 1972 - 07 Dec.1973Cmdr. Jerry Ray Haynes
    3.)  07 Dec. 1973 - 05 Sep 1975Cmdr. Thomas Bingham Buell
    4.)  05 Sep. 1975 - 16 Aug 1977Cmdr. Zeanious Lee Newcomb (NROTC '56) (Roanoke, Va.)
    5.)  16 Aug. 1977 - 01 Aug 1979Cmdr. Richard John Fromholtz
    6.)  01 Aug. 1979 - 18 Nov 1982Cmdr. Guy Reeder Campbell III (NROTC '62) (Salina, Kan.)
    7.)  18 Nov. 1982 - 05 Apr 1985Capt. Lorry Michael Hardt
    8.)  05 Apr. 1985 - 05 Aug 1987Cmdr. Carl I. Lundquist (NROTC '68) (Newton, Mass.)
    9.)  05 Aug. 1987 - 15 Dec.1989Cmdr. Gary S. Nelson
    10.) 15 Dec.1989 - 26 Jul 1991Cmdr. Frank Joseph Dobrydney
    11.) 26 Jul. 1991 - 26 Mar 1993Cmdr. Kristopher M. Kennedy
    12.) 26 Mar. 1993 - 30 Jun 1994Cmdr. Wayne K. Frey

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Last Known Reunion:
    16 - 20 March 2022
    at New Orleans, La.
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    Additional Resources

    USS Joseph Hewes Website
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    USS Joseph Hewes Page on Military.Com
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Joseph Hewes
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