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USS Bowen (DE 1079)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - T - M
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Buzzsaw"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row: CG Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star
Third Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - CG Special Operations Service 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
Bowen (DE 1079) Building and Operational Data:
  • 25 August 1966: Building contract awarded to Avondale Shipyard, Inc.
  • 11 July 1969: Keel laid at the Avondale Shipyard, Westwego, La.
  • 02 May 1970: Launched and christened by co-sponsors Mrs. Harold G. Bowen, Jr. and Mrs. Peter W. Camp (Admiral Bowen's daughter-in-law and daughter)
  • 22 May 1971: Commissioned at the Boston Naval Shipyard, Cmdr. Donald L. Howard in command, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 20 at Newport, R.I.
  • .. August 1973: Homeport assignment changed to Norfolk, Va.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1079)
  • 30 September 1991: Assigned to Naval Reserve Force, Atlantic, at Norfolk Va.
  • 15 December 1991: Reclassified Training Frigate (FFT 1079)
  • 03 June 1994: Decommissioned at Norfolk, Va. after 23.1 years of service; Leased to Turkey, renamed TCG Akdeniz (F257)
  • 11 January 1995: Struck from the NVR
  • 22 February 2002: Sold to Turkey under the Security Assistance Program
  • 2011: TCG Akdeniz (F257) Decommissioned; Sold for scrapping
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    Bowen 86k Harold G. Bowen was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on 06 November 1883. Graduating from the Naval Academy in 1905, he was commissioned in 1907, and in 1914 received a masterís degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University. This set him into a lifelong naval career with the mission to improve the Navyís machinery. Throughout the 1930s he served as Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Engineering (1931-1935) and then as Chief of the Bureau (1935-1939). In that position he modernized the Navy with such changes as high-pressure, high-temperature steam for propulsion, high-speed turbines, and alternating current. Appointed Director of the Naval Research Laboratory in 1939, Bowen was also Technical Aide to the Secretary of the Navy. As such Bowen proposed, on 11 October 1940, a program for development of radio ranging equipment (radar) which formed the basis for the Navyís pre-war development program. In addition to identification equipment and ship-based radar, this program included an airborne radar for surface search.

    When his assignment to the NRL came to an end, Bowen became Special Assistant to James V. Forrestal, Undersecretary of the Navy (1942-1944) and then Secretary of the Navy (1944-1947). Sec. Forrestal established the Office of Research and Inventions (ORI, soon renamed Office of Naval Research [ONR]) on 19 May 1945 and appointed Radm. Bowen as its first Chief. On 26 January 1946 Bowen sent a six-point policy proposal to the Secretary of the Navy and the CNO, on the subject "Nuclear Energy for the Navy." Although Admiral Bowen did not succeed in making the NRL a center of nuclear research, he secured for the Laboratory the right to do the kind of basic research that would earn it respect in the scientific community at large. Bowen relinquished his post in 1947 and retired with the rank of Vice Admiral. Vadm. Harold G. Bowen died on 01 August 1965 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The Admiral Bowen Award, named after him, annually honors one patent which is determined to have had a significant impact upon the operation of the Navy.

    USS Bowen (DE 1079) was the first ship to be named in his honor.      (U.S. Navy photo #80-G-603565 now in the collections of the National Archives)
    Bill Gonyo
    Bowen 334k 02 May 1970: Westwego, La. - The future USS Bowen being side launched after being christened. S. Dale Hargrave
    Bowen 45k 1972: Norfolk, Va. - in drydock Douglas C. Rahn

    All 3 Photos
    © Douglas C. Rahn
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    Bowen 78k November 1975: North Atlantic Richard Leonhardt

    Both Photos
    © Richard Leonhardt
    Bowen 120k November 1975: North Atlantic
    Bowen 116k undated image, taken prior to hull upgrade Robert M. Cieri
    Bowen 81k 11 November 1979: Barcellona, Spain Fabio PeŮa
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    Bowen 105k undated image, taken after hull upgrade John Rutherford
    Bowen 123k 27 April 1983: At sea - The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) steams with its battle group during exercise Bright Star '83. Front to Back: the frigate USS Bowen (FF 1079), the guided missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 42), the guided missile cruiser USS Belknap (CG 26), Eisenhower and three Egyptian fast missile craft. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-04854 from the Defense Visual Iinformation Center) Navsource
    Bowen 153k 22 October 1984: At sea - Port bow view of Bowen coming along the flagship USS LaSalle (AGF 3). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-01696 from the DVIC)
    Bowen 368k 22 October 1984: At sea - Port bow view of Bowen underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-01693 from the DVIC)
    Bowen 130k 22 October 1984: At sea - A low oblique port beam view of Bowen underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-01692 from the DVIC)
    Bowen 171k 22 October 1984: At sea - Aerial starboard view of Bowen underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-01691 from the DVIC)
    Bowen 175k .. January 1985: At sea - Aerial port bow view of Bowen underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-01690 from the DVIC)
    Bowen 104k 26 September 1988: Hampton Roads - A starboard bow view of Bowen underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-90-04545 from the DVIC)
    Bowen 128k 26 September 1988: Hampton Roads - A partial starboard amidships view. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-90-04554 from the DVIC)
    Bowen 130k 26 September 1988: Hampton Roads - A close-up partial starboard view. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-90-04549 from the DVIC)
    Bowen 119k 26 September 1988: Hampton Roads - A view of the SPS-40 air search radar, upper left, and the Mark 68 gunfire control system (GFCS), right. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-90-04552 from the DVIC)
    Bowen 131k 26 September 1988: Hampton Roads - A partial starboard bow view, showing that portion of the ship between the funnel and the Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) helicopter hangar. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-90-04550 from the DVIC)
    Bowen 95k 26 September 1988: Hampton Roads - A close-up view of the SPS-40 air search radar, center, and the smaller SPS-10 surface search radar, right. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-90-04548 from the DVIC)
    Bowen 109k 26 September 1988: Hampton Roads - A partial bow view of Bowen) underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-9004546 from the DVIC)
    ***Glover / Bowen*** 126k 14 July 1990: Naval Station Norfolk, Va.: The frigates Bowen (FF 1079), left, USS Trippe (FF 1075), center, and USS Glover (FF 1098) lie tied up at Pier 7. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-11101 by Don S. Montgomery, USN (ret.) from the DVIC)
    ***Trippe / Bowen*** 111k 14 July 1990: Naval Station Norfolk - The frigates USS Bowen (FF 1079), left, USS Trippe (FF 1075), center, and USS Glover (FF 1098) lie tied up at Pier 7. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-11102 by Don S. Montgomery from the DVIC)
    Bowen 181k 01 July 1993: Naval Station Staten Island, N.Y. - A view of the training frigate USS Bowen) (FFT 1079) and other ships moored at a pier at Naval Station, New York. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-05464 by CWO3 Ed Bailey from the DVIC)

    Bowen History
    The USS Bowen (DE 1079) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site is not available.

    Bowen's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, & Russ Moody
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  22 May 1971 - 10 Nov. 1972Cmdr. Donald Lee Howard (Williamsport, Ind.)
    2.)  10 Nov. 1972 - 17 Jan. 1974Cmdr. Harry K. Fiske (ret. as Radm.)
    3.)  17 Jan. 1974 - 03 Jan. 1976Cmdr. John P. Burke (Fort Collins, Colo.)
    4.)  03 Jan. 1976 - 06 Dec. 1977Cmdr. Clarence Thomas Vaught
    5.)  06 Dec. 1977 - 25 Jan. 1980Cmdr. William Ferguson Story
    6.)  25 Jan. 1980 - 07 Jan. 1983Cmdr. William A. Estell, Jr. (Cincinnati, Oh.)
    7.)  07 Jan. 1983 - 15 Jun. 1985Cmdr. Arthur Paul Drennan II ('64) (Elkton, Md.)
    8.)  15 Jun. 1985 - 29 May 1987Cmdr. Robert D. Moser (Cincinnati, Oh.)
    9.)  29 May 1987 -20 May 1989Cmdr. Richard Alan Robbins
    10.)20 May 1989 - 27 Jul. 1991Cmdr. Gregory Garver Heath ('71) (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    11.)27 Jul. 1991 - 29 May 1993Cmdr. James Thomas Fry (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
    12.)29 May 1993 - 03 Jun. 1994Cmdr. Anthony J. Abbruzzi, Jr. (prior enl.) (Plattsburgh, N.Y.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact: Frederick Olsen QMC
    Phone: 888-758-5646
    E-mail: F. Olsen

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