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USS Cook (DE 1083)


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



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star
Third Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 2 stars - Humanitarian Service Ribbon w/ 2 stars - Sea Service Deployment 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
Cook (DE 1083) Building and Operational Data:
  • 25 August 1966: Building contract awarded to the Avondale Shipyard Corp.
  • 20 March 1970: Keel laid by the Avondale Shipyard Corp., Westwego, La.
  • 23 January 1971: Launched
  • 18 December 1971: Commissioned at the Boston Naval Shipyard, Cmdr. James R. Talbot in command
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1083)
  • 1 October 1989: Assigned to Naval Reserve Force, Pacific, at San Diego CA
  • 30 April 1992: Decommissioned at Naval Station San Diego, Cal. after 20.4 years of service
  • 11 January 1995: Stricken from the NVR
  • 31 May 1994: Leased To Taiwan, renamed ROCS Hae Yang (FF-936), still in service
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    Cook 382k Wilmer Paul Cook was born on 1 October 1932 and attended high school in Annapolis, Md., graduating the U.S. Naval Academy with the class of 1956. He became a naval aviator and an expert in the A-4E Skyhawk, serving in Attack Squadrons 125, 216, 192, and 112 before joining VA-155. He took command of VA-155 after the loss of the unit's commanding and executive officers. On 22 December 1967, Lcdr Cook perished when his plane was hit by enemy fire. (click on the photo for a more complete biography of Lcdr Cook.)

    USS Cook (DE 1083) (1971-1992) was the first ship named in his honor.

    "Cook has the distinction of being the only ship in the history of the U.S. Navy to have buried her own namesake. Lcdr Cook was shot down on 22 December 1967. In 1989 his remains were returned to the United States, and a memorial service was held on board Cook on 24 November 1989, at which time his ashes were buried at sea." (Jim Lavelle's note at Whatever Happened)
    Robert M. Cieri
    Cook 93k 11 November 1979: San Diego, Cal. - Cook photographed in port at San Diego. Carl T. Orbann
    Cook 423k 1 May 1981: At Sea - A port bow view of USS Cook (FF 1083) underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-00680 by PH3 Robert Swinland from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    Cook 206k 12 May 1981: At Sea - A port bow view of Cook underway while en route to Hawaii. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-90-11728 by PH3 Robert Swinland from the DVIC)
    Cook 149k 4 September 1981: At Sea - left rear view of an SH-2F Seasprite helicopter from Light Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 35 (HSL-35), assigned to Anti-submarine Warfare Wing Pacific, preparing to land on the helicopter pad aboard Cook. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-82-01147 by PH1 L.B. Foster from the DVIC)
    Cook 175k 8 September 1985: At Sea - A starboard beam view of Cook, foreground, and a Charles F. Adams class guided missile destroyer underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-10741 by PH3 Fred Brewer from the DVIC)
    Cook 66k January 1987: Southbound at 21 knots along the California coast enroute from Weapons Station, Seal Beach to San Diego. Picture was taken from the ship's gig and prints were included in the decommissioning ceremony program. (caption supplied by former CO Bob Lang) Walter Bengtson
    Cook 186k January 1987 (exact date shot unknown): At Sea - Cook, (foreground) and the Forrestal Class Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger (CV 61) underway. Airborne is a H-3 Sea King helicopter. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-05-06694 from the DVIC) Navsource
    Cook 219k 1 August 1987: At Sea - A starboard beam view of Cook underway with the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV 64) battle group. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-08858 by PH1 Barrett from the DVIC)
    Cook 130k 1 August 1987: At Sea - A port view of Cook underway with the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV 64) battle group. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-08881 by PH1 Barrett from the DVIC)
    Cook 103k July 1988: At Sea - A bow view of the ships composing the battleship USS Missouri (BB 63) battle group participating in the multinational Exercise RIMPAC '88. They are, front to back: Cook, the guided missile frigate USS McClusky (FFG 41), the destroyer USS John Young (DD 973) and the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS Long Beach (CGN 9). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-89-05371 by Terry Cosgrove from the DVIC)
    Cook 139k July 1988: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Cook with USS Joseph Strauss (DDG 16) outboard of her at Pearl Harbor during RIMPAC '88. Robert M. Cieri
    Cook 138k July 1988: Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hi. - A port beam view of Cook departing Pearl Harbor through the channel. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04843 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC) Navsource
    Cook 188k 1 June 1990: Diego Garcia - Cook is moored alongside the fast combat support ship USS Camden (AOE 2) in the lagoon at Diego Garcia with the Constellation Battle Group. USS Ouellet (FF 1077) is moored to the quay wall in the background. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-01106 from the DVIC)
    Cook 159k 1 June 1990: Diego Garcia - Cook is moored alongside the fast combat support ship USS Camden (AOE 2) in the lagoon at Diego Garcia with the Constellation Battle Group. The bow of USS Constellation (CV 64) can be seen in the background of this photo. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-01107 from the DVIC)
    Cook 94k 24 May 1991: Naval Station San Diego, Cal. - A crew member climbs scaffolding as he prepares to paint the bow of Cook. In the background, sailors man the rails aboard the guided missile frigate USS Mahlon S. Tisdale (FFG 27) as the vessel enters port following deployment in the Western Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-11786 by JO1(AW) Joseph F. Lancaster from the DVIC)
    Cook 91k 25 March 2006: Keelung, Taiwan - ROCS Hae Yang (FFG 936) moored in Keelung Harbor. Perry Huang
    Cook 70k 20 June 2006: Suao, Taiwan - Hae Yang moored in Suao Harbor.
    Cook 56k 20 June 2006: Suao, Taiwan - Hae Yang moored in Suao Harbor.
    Cook 84k 20 June 2006: Suao, Taiwan - Hae Yang moored in Suao Harbor.
    Cook 81k 20 June 2006: Suao, Taiwan - Hae Yang moored in Suao Harbor.

    Cook Memorabilia
    Commissioning Booklet Cover
    Cook
    Courtesy of
    Robert M. Cieri

    The USS Cook (DE 1083) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site is not presently available.
    Cook's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    18 Dec 1971 - 12 Apr 1973      Cmdr. James Robert Talbot
    12 Apr 1973 - 04 Apr 1975   Cmdr. Carl Alfred Nelson
    04 Apr 1975 - 03.06.1977   Cmdr. Jerry Charles McMurry
    03.06.1977 - 05 Jul 1979   Cmdr. Joseph B. Famme
    05 Jul 1979 - 14 Jul 1981   Cmdr. Michael B. Ferguson Sr.
    14 Jul 1981 - 02 Jul 1983   Cmdr. Robert Howard Joyce
    02 Jul 1983 - 19 Oct 1985   Cmdr. Donald James Degreef
    19 Oct 1985 - 13 Jan 1988   Cmdr. Robert Earle Lang
    13 Jan 1988 - 20 Jan 1990   Cmdr. Richard W. Kalb
    20 Jan 1990 - 30 Apr 1992   Cmdr. Larry E. Penix

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Proposed 2012 Reunion in Planning Stage

    Reunion Contact: Robert Dulaney Jr.
    Address: 21625 29th Avenue South, Unit C / Des Moines WA 98198
    Phone: (206) 878-1345
    E-mail: rdulaneyjr at yahoo.com
    Or
    Alt. Reunion Contact: David George Bentz
    Address: 243 Long Beach Terrace / Hot Springs AR 71913
    Phone: H- (501) 525-5892 C- (501) 617-2442
    E-mail: dgbentz at aol.com or usschiefbentz62 at aol.com


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    Additional Resources

    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Cook
    USS Cook Page on Destroyers Online
    USS Cook Page on Military.Com
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