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USS Brewton (DE 1086)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - B - C - Q
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 - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon
Second Row: National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star w/star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 1 star
Third Row: Humanitarian Service Medal - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 1 star - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


"Dedicated - Determined - Prepared"
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
Brewton (DE 1086) Building and Operational Data:
  • 25 August 1966: Building contract awarded to Avondale Shipyards, Inc.
  • 02 October 1970: Keel laid by the Avondale Shipyard, Inc., Westwego, La.
  • 24 July 1971: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr.
  • 08 July 1972: Commissioned at Naval Station Long Beach, Cmdr. John W. Kinnier in command, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 33 at Pearl Harbor
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1086)
  • 02 July 1992: Decommissioned at Naval Station Pearl Harbor after 20 years of service
  • 23 July 1992: Leased to Taiwan, renamed ROCS Fong Yang (FF-933)
  • 11 January 1995: Struck from the NVR
  • 29 September 1999: Sold to Taiwan, still in service
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    Brewton 72k John (Bubba) Cooke Brewton was born, one of twin boys, to Henry and Carol Cooke Brewton of Mobile, Alabama, on 5 September 1943. He attended elementary and junior high school in Mobile, entering Murphy High School in 1958. Before graduation in 1961 he had served as president of his fraternity, Phi Sigma Chi, had written for the school newspaper, and was also a letter winner in track and cross country. In 1961, at age eighteen, he entered the University of Alabama. While there he continued his active pursuit of extracurricular activities, joining the Debate Club, Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, and the Young Republican Club. A member of the cross country track team, he was a cheer leader for the Crimson Tide Football Team for four years . He graduated with the class of 1966 and enlisted in the Naval Reserve.

    Accepted as an Officer Candidate, he received his commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in April of 1967. He had been an avid skin diver in college, and this interest led him to volunteer for UDT and later for SEAL Team training. In late 1969, following arduous training and a promotion, Lieutenant junior grade Brewton was serving as a platoon officer in SEAL Team Two, in combat against Communist forces in South Vietnam. On 24 November 1969, LT(jg) Brewton led his platoon in fierce action against a numerically superior force. Despite suffering painful arm and back wounds, he directed the disposition of his forces, and refused medical treatment for himself until all of his men had been tended. After receiving an additional wound, he continued to direct helicopter attacks against enemy positions from a forward vantage point. After the action, LT(jg) Brewton was evacuated to a Saigon field hospital for treatment. Despite a courageous fight for his life, he succumbed to his wounds and infection on 11 January 1970.

    As a result of the action which led to his death, LT(jg) Brewton was posthumously promoted to Lieutenant and awarded the Silver Star for 'valiant leadership and courageous fighting spirit in the face of grave enemy opposition and serious personal injuries." He also earned the Bronze Star with one gold star and a Combat "V"; Purple Heart with one gold star; the Combat Action Ribbon; the Vietnam Service Medal. In addition, Lieutenant Brewton was awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

    USS Brewton (DE 1086) (1972-1992) was the first ship named in his honor.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Brewton 44k date / location unknown Mark Lookabaugh
    Brewton 93k date / location unknown Robert Hurst
    Brewton 122k date / location unknown Robert M. Cieri
    Brewton 103k 1970's: USS Brewton (DE 1086) in Hong Kong Harbor (Karsten is a retired professional seaman with an excellent website called Sailor, On the Blue Path of the World) © Karsten Petersen,
    Middelfart, Denmark
    Brewton 111k 1970's: at Hong Kong
    Brewton 202k July 1975: the Pacific Ocean - The frigates Brewton and USS Bronstein (FF 1037) underway escorting USS Hancock (CV 19). (U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum / Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.488.054.113 Mike Green
    Brewton 249k 23 March 1981: Auckland, N.Z. - Two views of Brewton arriving for a port visit to Auckland. (Photos from the collection of  Chris Howell) Chris Howell
    Southland Ship Stores Ltd
    Port of Bluff, New Zealand
    Brewton 312k
    Whipple 194k ***1 January 1993: Naval Station Subic Bay, P.I. - A view of the repair ship USS Ajax (AR 6) moored at the Boton pier. The three frigates nested with the Ajax are USS Brewton (FF 1086), USS Whipple (FF 1062) and USS Ouellet (FF 1077). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-01096 by Don S. Montgomery from the DVIC) (This, and the next photo are dated 1 January 1993. However, as pointed out by Carl Musselman, Ajax was decommissioned in 1986. In addition, Brewton hadn't received her hull upgrade in these shots. The date has to be incorrect, and the real date has to be prior to 1984.) Navsource
    Whipple 228k ***1 January 1993: Naval Station Subic Bay - A view of the repair ship Ajax moored at the Boton pier. The three frigates nested with the Ajax are Brewton, Whipple and Ouellet. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-01095 by Don S. Montgomery from the DVIC)
    Brewton 49k date / location unknown Mark Lookabaugh
    Brewton 66k date / location unknown -
    Brewton 140k 17 May 1984: Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hi. - The Fleet Marine Force Pacific Band leads honor guards from the various military services to the dock area at the beginning of the Designation and Departure Ceremony for the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DA-SC-85-01324 by PH2 Mike Flynn-, from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    Brewton 101k 17 May 1984: Naval Station Pearl Harbor - Navy and Marine Corps honor guards march with a joint services color guard during the Designation and Departure Ceremony for the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era. After the ceremony the Unknown Serviceman will be placed aboard Brewton for transport to Naval Air Station, Alameda, California. Crew members man the Brewton's rails in the background. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DF-ST-85-01531 by Tsgt Bob Fehringer from the DVIC)
    Brewton 107k 17 May 1984: Naval Station Pearl Harbor - A joint services color guard participates in the Designation and Departure Ceremony for the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DF-ST-85-01530 by Tsgt Bob Fehringer from the DVIC)
    Brewton 89k 17 May 1984: Naval Station Pearl Harbor - A joint services casket team removes the casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era from a hearse for a Designation and Departure Ceremony. After the ceremony the Unknown will be placed aboard Brewton. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DA-SC-85-07782 from the DVIC)
    Brewton 92k 17 May 1984: Naval Station Pearl Harbor - Marine Sergeant Major Allan J. Kellogg, right, Medal of Honor recipient for duty in Vietnam, presents a wreath and Purple Heart to honor the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DA-SC-85-00348 by PH1 David B. Loveall from the DVIC)
    Brewton 85k 17 May 1984: Naval Station Pearl Harbor - Marine Sergeant Major Allan J. Kellogg, right, Medal of Honor recipient for duty in Vietnam, and Air Force General Jerome F. O'Malley, commander-in-chief of Pacific Air Forces, salute during a ceremony to honor the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DA-SC-85-00338 by PH1 David B. Loveall from the DVIC)
    Brewton 122k 17 May 1984: Naval Station Pearl Harbor - A Coast Guard honor guard salutes and howitzers are fired during the Designation and Departure Ceremony for the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DA-SC-85-00588 by PH1 David Loveall from the DVIC)
    Brewton 122k 17 May 1984: Naval Station Pearl Harbor - A joint services casket team carries the flag-draped casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era toward Brewton, at the conclusion of a wreath-laying ceremony. USS Ouellet (FF 1077) is in background. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DA-SC-85-00351 by PH1 David Loveall from the DVIC)
    Brewton 141k 17 May 1984: Naval Station Pearl Harbor - The large harbor tug Waxahatchie (YTB-814) escorts Brewton away from the pier at the conclusion of the Designation and Departure Ceremony for the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DA-SC-85-00589 from the DVIC)
    Brewton 173k 17 May 1984: Naval Station Pearl Harbor - Brewton leaves the pier at the conclusion of the Designation and Departure Ceremony for the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era. On the pier in front of the repair ship USS Jason (AR 8) are howitzers that were used to fire a 21-gun salute during the ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DA-SC-85-00590, from the DVIC)
    Brewton 152k 17 May 1984: Naval Station Pearl Harbor - Waxahatchie (YTB-814) escorts Brewton away from the pier at the conclusion of the Designation and Departure Ceremony for the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DA-SC-85-01322 by PH1 David B. Loveall from the DVIC)
    Brewton 193k 17 May 1984: Naval Station Pearl Harbor - An aerial starboard quarter view of Brewton leaving port at the conclusion of the Designation and Departure Ceremony for the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era. Brewton is transporting the Unknown Serviceman to Naval Air Station, Alameda, California. The large harbor tug Waxahatchie (YTB-814) is visible in the foreground. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DF-ST-85-01541 by Sgt Robert Brown from the DVIC)
    Brewton 172k 17 May 1984: Naval Station Pearl Harbor - An aerial port beam view of Brewton leaving port at the conclusion of the Designation and Departure Ceremony for the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era. Brewton is transporting the Unknown Serviceman to Naval Air Station, Alameda, California. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DF-ST-85-01542 by Sgt Robert Brown-, from the DVIC)
    Brewton 349k 1 August 1984: At sea - An aerial starboard bow view of the Knox class frigate USS Brewton (FF 1086) underway. Note the Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) on the stern. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-11120 from the DVIC)
    Brewton 108k 9 April 1986: Coronado Roads, Cal. - A starboard beam view of Brewton anchored off the coast of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-06642 by PH3 Protz from the DVIC)
    Brewton 141k 1 June 1986: Naval Station Pearl Harbor - A starboard beam view of Brewton during Exercise RIMPAC '86. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-03990 from the DVIC)
    Brewton 127k 7 June 1986: At sea - Brewton pulls alongside the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) for underway replenishment. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-11517 by PH2 R. Galaviz from the DVIC)
    Brewton 000k 7 June 1986: At sea - A crewman from Brewton is secured in a transfer-at-sea chair aboard Carl Vinson prior to being returned to his ship via highline. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-11521 by PH2 R. Galaviz from the DVIC)
    Brewton 111k 7 June 1986: At sea - A transfer-at-sea chair on a highline rig is used to return a crewmember from Carl Vinson to Brewton during an underway replenishment. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-11520 by PH2 R. Galaviz from the DVIC)
    Brewton 132k 7 June 1986: At sea - A transfer-at-sea chair on a highline rig is used to return a crewmember from Carl Vinson to Brewton. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-11518 by PH2 R. Galaviz, from the DVIC)
    Brewton 109k 1 March 1990: At sea - A port beam view of Brewton, foreground, and the oiler USS Cimarron (AO 177), background, underway off the coast of southern California. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04824 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Brewton 97k 1 March 1990: At sea - Crew members stand by on the stern of the guided missile destroyer USS Goldsborough (DDG 20) as the vessel prepares to tow Brewton during towing exercises off the coast of southern California. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04845 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Brewton 142k 1 March 1990: At sea - Goldsborough (DDG 20) begins to tow Brewton during exercises. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04844 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Brewton 184k 2 August 1990: At sea - A starboard bow view of Brewton underway north of Diego Garcia en route to the Persian Gulf after the invasion of Kuwait by Iraqi forces. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-06597 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Brewton 138k 2 August 1990: At sea - Brewton passes off the stern of the oiler USS Cimarron (AO 177) while the ships are en route to the Persian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-05674 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Brewton 145k 2 August 1990: At sea - Underway north of Diego Garcia are, from left to right, Brewton, the frigate USS Reasoner (FF 1063), the guided missile cruiser USS Jouett (CG 29) and the guided missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54). The ships are en route to the Persian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-05668 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Brewton 174k 1 September 1990: A port quarter view of Brewton in the gulf during Operation Desert Shield. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-00553 by PH1(AC) Scott Allen from the DVIC)
    Brewton 144k 1 September 1990: A Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 4 (HC-4) CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter hovers over the flight deck of Brewton during Operation Desert Shield. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-00556 by PH1(AC) Scott Allen from the DVIC)
    Brewton 143k 1 September 1990: A Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 4 (HC-4) CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter hovers over the flight deck of Brewton during Operation Desert Shield. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-00557 by PH1(AC) Scott Allen from the DVIC)
    Brewton 100k 1993: ROCS Fong Yang (FF-933) at sea. Perry Huang
    Brewton 54k 1996: Fong Yang at sea.
    Brewton 49k 2005: Fong Yang moored at Suan Harbor, Taiwan.
    Brewton 66k 2005: Fong Yang moored at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
    Brewton 80k 2006: Fong Yang moored at Keelung, Taiwan.
    Brewton 58k 2006: Fong Yang launching an SM-1 missile Waldo
    Brewton 470k 2012: ROCS Fong Yang (FF-933) in port in Taiwan. This photo was taken by Pat while he was on a cruise ship visiting Taiwan. Pat Johnston
    Brewton Memorabilia
    Commissioning
    Booklet - 8 July 1972
    Brewton
    Courtesy of
    Robert M. Cieri
    Welcome Aboard
    Pamphlet - 1984
    Brewton
    Courtesy of
    Robert M. Cieri

    View the USS Brewton (DE 1086) DANFS history entry
    located on the US Naval Historical Center web site.
    Brewton's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)   08 Jul. 1972 - 15 Aug 1974Cmdr. John Wesley Kinnier (Spalding, Nebr.)
    2.)   15 Aug. 1974 - 05 Oct 1975Lcdr. Thomas Joseph Marti
    3.)   05 Oct. 1975 - 15 Oct 1977Cmdr. William Henry Dawson ('58)
    4.)   15 Oct. 1977 - 17 Nov. 1979Cmdr. Henderson (Jim) Alison Hodge III
    5.)   17 Nov. 1979 - 26 May 1982Cmdr. Owen Carmin Martin, Jr. (Maben, W.V.)
    6.)   26 May 1982 - 19 Mar. 1984Cmdr. Robert Kevin Bolger ('64)
    7.)   19 Mar. 1984 - 27 Jun. 1986Cap't. Ronald D. Horner (Woodhull, Ill.)
    8.)   27 Jun. 1986 - 17 Aug. 1988Cmdr. Paul Douglas Mallett (San Antonio, Tex.)
    9.)   17 Aug. 1988 - 18 Sep. 1990Cmdr. Kraig M. Kennedy (Seattle, Wash.)
    10.) 18 Sep. 1990 - 02 Jul. 1992Cmdr. Charlie Anthony Jones, Jr.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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