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USS Aylwin (DE 1081)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - J - H - C
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Top Row: Navy Unit Commendation w/ 1 star - CG Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 1 star
Second Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal w/ 2 stars - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star
Third Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 3 stars - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon


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
Aylwin (DE 1081) Building and Operational Data:
  • 25 August 1966: Building contract awarded to Avondale Shipyards Corp.
  • 13 November 1969: Keel laid by the Avondale Shipyards, Inc., Westwego, La.
  • 29 August 1970: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Charles K. Duncan
  • 18 September 1971: Commissioned at the Boston Naval Shipyard, Cmdr. Dan E. Fenn in command, assigned to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet at Norfolk, Va.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1081)
  • 6 June 1977: Following a major overhaul at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard (begun on 26 July 1976), homeport assignment changed to Charleston, S.C. as a unit of Destroyer Squadron 20
  • 1988: Homeport assignment changed to Newport, R.I.
  • 15 May 1992: Decommissioned at Newport, R.I. after 20.7 years of service
  • 11 January 1995: Stricken from the NVR
  • 29 April 1998: Transferred to Taiwan through the Security Assistance Program (SAP)
  • 4 October 1999: Arrived in Taiwan, renamed ROCS Ning Yang (FF-938)
  • 18 October 1999: Commissioned into the ROC Navy (still in service)
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    Aylwin 89k date / location unknown: USS Aylwin (DE 1081) fires an ASROC Robert Hurst
    Aylwin 64k 1970's: postcard purchased in Charleston, S.C. Eric W. Dahlstrom
    Aylwin 198k June 1975: Chesapeake Bay - port beam view of USS Aylwin underway. (Photo © Richard Leonhardt) Richard Leonhardt
    Aylwin 58k circa 1978: location unknown - USS Aylwin (FF 1081) underway. (Photo from the U.S. Naval Historical Centre, Photo #USN 1173470 as printed in ""The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships"") Robert Hurst
    Aylwin 114k 1 October 1985: At sea - The frigate USS Aylwin (FF 1081) operates alongside the battleship USS Iowa (BB 61) during NATO Exercise Baltic Operations '85. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-04964 by PH1 Jeff Hilton from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    Aylwin 108k 1 October 1985: At sea - A port quarter view of Aylwin breaking away from the battleship Iowa during NATO Exercise Baltic Operations '85. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-04930 by PH1 Jeff Hilton from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 184k 1 November 1985: At sea - An elevated port bow view of Aylwin underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-04864 by PH3 J. Elliott from the DVIC)
    ***Halyburton / Aylwin*** 119k 1 November 1985: The Atlantic Ocean - A port bow view of USS Merrimack (AO 179), center, refueling USS Halyburton (FFG 40), left, and Aylwin. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-05141 by PH3 Jeff Elliot from the DVIC)
    ***Halyburton / Aylwin*** 243k 1 November 1985: The Atlantic Ocean - A stern view of Merrimack, center, refueling Halyburton, right, and Aylwin. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-05140 by PH3 Jeff Elliot from the DVIC)
    ***Halyburton / Aylwin*** 233k 1 November 1985: The Atlantic Ocean - A port quarter view of Merrimack, center, refueling Halyburton, right, and Aylwin. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-05143 by PH3 Jeff Elliot from the DVIC)
    ***Vreeland / Aylwin*** 224k 1 January 1987: location unknown - A view of the frigate USS Aylwin (FF 1081), the destroyer tender USS Shenandoah (AD 44) and the frigate USS Vreeland (FF 1068) at anchor. The Shenandoah is performing repairs on Aylwin and Vreeland. (U.S. Navy photo VIRIN #DN-SC-88-04641 by PH3 Don Koralewski from DefenseImagery.mil) Navsource
    Aylwin 212k circa 1987 - 1988: Marseilles, France - Aylwin moored at Marseilles outboard of USS Shenandoah (AD 44) and USS Compte de Grasse (DD 974). (Photo by Philippe Gonzales) Philippe Gonzales
    Aylwin 199k 1 September 1988: Off Hampton Roads, Va. - A port bow view of Aylwin underway as it leaves Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia. This nine photo series walks the compass around Aylwin. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-90-06090 from the DVIC) Navsource
    Aylwin 147k 1 September 1988: Off Hampton Roads, Va. - A bow view of Aylwin underway as it leaves Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-90-06091 from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 209k 1 September 1988: Off Hampton Roads, Va. - A starboard bow view of Aylwin underway as it leaves Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-90-06087 from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 186k 1 September 1988: Off Hampton Roads, Va. - A starboard amidships close-in view of Aylwin underway as it leaves Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-90-06086 from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 234k 1 September 1988: Off Hampton Roads, Va. - A starboard close-in view of Aylwin underway as it leaves Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-90-06085 from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 187k 1 September 1988: Off Hampton Roads, Va. - A starboard close-in stern view of Aylwin underway as it leaves Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-90-06088 from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 227k 1 September 1988: Off Hampton Roads, Va. - A starboard quarter view of Aylwin underway as it leaves Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-90-06089 from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 256k 1 September 1988: Off Hampton Roads, Va. - A stern view of Aylwin underway as it leaves Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-90-06084 from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 254k 1 September 1988: Off Hampton Roads, Va. - A port quarter view of Aylwin underway as it leaves Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-90-06093 from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 165k undated image Jerrod W. Brown
    SM1(SW), USN (ret.)
    USS Aylwin '90 to '92
    Aylwin 242k unknown publication image
    Aylwin 172k August 1991 (exact date / location unknown): Aylwin, left, and the tank landing ship USS Barnstable County (LST 1197) lie tied up alongside one another during Unitas XXXII, a combined exercise involving the naval forces of the United States and nine South American nations. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-03554 by PH2 John D. Bivera from the DVIC) Navsource
    Aylwin 153k August 1991 (exact date / location unknown): Aylwin, left, the tank landing ship USS Barnstable County (LST 1197), center, and the guided missile destroyer USS Dahlgren (DDG43) lie tied up alongside one another during Unitas XXXII. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-03556 by PH2 John D. Bivera from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 150k 8 August 1991: A port beam view of Aylwin underway during Unitas XXXII. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-03560 by PH2 John D. Bivera from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 126k 14 September 1991: Valparaiso, Chile - Crew members man the rails aboard Aylwin as the vessel arrives in port. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-03982 by PH2 John D. Bivera from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 129k 14 September 1991: Valparaiso, Chile - A harbor tug maneuvers Aylwin as the vessel arrives in port. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-10351 by PH2 John D. Bivera from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 75k 14 September 1991: Valparaiso, Chile - An officer on the bridge wing of Aylwin communicates information as the vessel prepares to dock in port. Aylwin is in Valparaiso during exercise UNITAS XXXII. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-03983 by PH2 John D. Bivera from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 139k 14 September 1991: Valparaiso, Chile - Crew members man the rails aboard Aylwin as the vessel arrives in port. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-03984 by PH2 John D. Bivera from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 121k 22 September 1991: The Chilean destroyer Almirante Riveros (18), center, and Aylwin sail off the coast of Chile during the multinational naval exercise Unitas XXXII. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-01276 by Lt. Richard Boyle from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 132k 18 October 1991: Aylwin lies tied up to the pier while on a port visit. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-04065 by PH2 John D. Bivera from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 149k 6 November 1991: The guided missile destroyer USS Dahlgren (DDG 43), left, Aylwin, second from left, the Brazilian dock landing ship Ceara (G-30), right, and another ship steam in formation during Unitas XXXII, a combined exercise involving naval forces from the United States and eight South American nations. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-04072 by PH2 John D. Bivera from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 75k 22 November 1991: Two tug boats come alongside Aylwin to assist the ship to the pier. Aylwin is visiting the city as part of Unitas XXXII. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-04852 by PH2 John D. Bivera from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 99k 22 November 1991: Crew members man the rails aboard Aylwin as the ship waits in the harbor for tug boats to assist it to the pier. Aylwin is visiting the city as part of Unitas XXXII. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-04850 by PH2 John D. Bivera from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 110k 22 November 1991: Line handlers on the pier pick up a messenger line thrown from Aylwin. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-04848 by PH2 John D. Bivera from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 116k 22 November 1991: Line handlers from aboard Aylwin haul in on a line from the pier as the ship arrives for a visit. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-04849< by PH2 John D. Bivera from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 119k 4 December 1991: Aylwin, left, and the guided missile destroyer USS Dahlgren (DDG 43), lie tied up behind the Venezuelan frigate General Salom (F-25), right, during Unitas XXXII. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-04855 by PH2 John D. Bivera from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 112k 8 December 1991: Aylwin is silhouetted against the sunlit water while en route to its home port of Newport, R.I. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-04859 by PH2 John D. Bivera from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 127k December 1991: A man dressed as Santa Claus waves from a bridge wing aboard Aylwin as the ship passes another vessel. The Aylwin is en route to its home port of Newport. R.I., following Unitas XXXII. Some crew members have brought guests aboard the ship for the final leg of its journey home. (U.S. Navy Photo DVID #DN-ST-92-04858 by PH2 John D. Bivera from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 58k December 1991: An SH-2F Seasprite helicopter flies over the destroyer USS O'Bannon (DD 987), left, and Aylwin as the ships sail alongside one another before heading for their respective home ports. They are returning home after taking part in Unitas XXXII. (U.S. Navy Photo DVID #DN-ST-92-04857 by PH2 John D. Bivera from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 114k December 1991: A starboard bow view of Aylwin underway. The Aylwin is en route to its home port of Newport, R.I. (U.S. Navy Photo DVID #DN-ST-92-04846 by PH2 John D. Bivera from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 186k February 1992: Newport, R.I. newspaper photo Jerrod W. Brown
    Aylwin 138k May 1992: Newport, R.I. newspaper photo
    Aylwin 600k 8 October 1994: Portsmouth, Va. - A view of a portion of the mothball fleet in storage near Portsmouth. From left to right is the salvage vessel Preserver (ARS 8) the Knox class frigates Pharris (FF 1094) and Aylwin and several Newport class tank landing ships. (U.S. Navy Photo DVID #DN-SC-95-01400 by Don S. Montgomery from the DVIC) Navsource
    Aylwin 115k 15 July 1999: Yorktown, Va. - Port bow view of the Taiwanese frigate Ning Yyang (FF-938) underway, departing the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station. The Ning Yang was recently transferred to Nationalist China and is the former Knox class frigate Aylwin (FF1081). (U.S. Navy Photo DVID #DN-SC-02-05481 by William H. Clark, USN employee, from the DVIC)
    Aylwin 81k 26 May 2006: Keelung, Taiwan - Port view of ROCS Ning Yang (FF- 938) moored at Keelung Harbor. Perry Huang
    Aylwin 66k 26 May 2006: Keelung, Taiwan - View of Ning Yang’s stern from the pier.
    Aylwin 117k 26 May 2006: Keelung, Taiwan - Ning Yang’s builder‘s plaque.
    Aylwin 66k 26 May 2006: Keelung, Taiwan - Ning Yang’s 5"54 cal. gun.
    Aylwin 57k 26 May 2006: Keelung, Taiwan - View into Ning Yang’s hangar.

    Aylwin Memorabilia
    Ship's Zippo
    Lighter
    Aylwin
    Courtesy of
    John A. Altfeltis
    Ship's Emblem
    Key Ring

    Aylwin

    Courtesy of
    John A. Altfeltis
    Ship's Zippo
    Slimline Lighter
    Aylwin
    Courtesy of
    John A. Altfeltis
    Ship's Belt
    Buckle

    Aylwin

    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    View the USS Aylwin (DE 1081) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Aylwin's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, & Russ Moody
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  18 Sep. 1971 - 21 Nov. 1972Cmdr. Dan Edward Fenn
    2.)  21 Nov. 1972 - 06 Jul. 1974Lcdr. William Burns Marsh, Jr.
    3.)  06 Jul. 1974 - 01 May 1976Cmdr. Gordon Stewart Jones
    4.)  01 May 1976 - 05 Jan. 1978Cmdr. James Ellsworth Eyer
    5.)  05 Jan. 1978 - 13 Sep. 1980Cmdr. James T. McCormick
    6.)  13 Sep. 1980 - 13 Sep. 1982Cmdr. James R. Kott
    7.)  13 Sep. 1982 - 08 Dec. 1984Cmdr. Michael J. Marchetti
    8.)  08 Dec. 1984 - 10 Feb. 1987Cmdr. John St.Clair Craighill
    9.)  10 Feb. 1987 - 15 May 1988Cmdr. Edward George Schwier
    10.) 15 May 1988 - 27 Jul. 1990Cmdr. Mark William Hess
    11.) 27 Jul. 1990 - 15 May 1992Cmdr. Eugene Francis Uricoli

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    Additional Resources

    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Aylwin
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