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USS Kirk (DE 1087)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - B - M - R
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 2 stars
Second Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star w/star
Third Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 1 star - Humanitarian Service Medal
Fourth Row: Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 1 star - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


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
Kirk (DE 1087) Building and Operational Data:
  • 25 August 1966: Building contract awarded to Avondale Shipyards, Inc.
  • 4 December 1970: Keel laid by the Avondale Shipyard, Inc., Westwego, La.
  • 25 September 1971: Launched
  • 9 September 1972: Commissioned, Cmdr. James P. Kvederis in command
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1087)
  • 6 August 1993: Decommissioned at Naval Station Long Beach after 20.9 years of service; leased to Taiwan, renamed ROCS Fong Yang (FF-934)
  • 11 January 1995: Struck from the NVR
  • 29 September 1999: Sold to Taiwan, still in service
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    Kirk 62k Alan Goodrich Kirk (born 30 October 1888 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; died October 1963 at Washington, D.C.) was an admiral in the United States Navy and an American diplomat. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1909 and served in the United States Navy during World War I and World War II. During his wartime naval service, Alan Kirk became the U.S. naval attache in London (1939 to 1941). He was Director of the Office of Naval Intelligence from March 1941 but, obstructed and opposed by Rear Admiral Richmond Turner, he was unable to develop the office into an effective centre along the lines of the British Royal Naval Operational Intelligence Centre (which he had seen whilst in London). Eventually, he requested a transfer to an Atlantic destroyer squadron. Kirk served as an amphibious commander in the Mediterranean in 1942 and 1943 (the Allied invasion of Sicily and Italy). In addition, he was the senior U.S. naval commander during the Normandy landings of June 6, 1944 embarked on the heavy cruiser USS Augusta (CA 31), and as Commander U.S. Naval Forces, France during 1944 and 1945. He retired from the Navy as a full admiral in 1946. Kirk subsequently served as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, 1946-49; Soviet Union, 1949-51; China (Taiwan), 1962-63 and as U.S. Minister to Luxembourg, 1946-49. Admiral Alan G. Kirk took his post as the second president of Amcomlib, in February 1952. As a former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union, he oversaw the recruitment of emigres in New York and Munich, a group that would later form the core of Radio Liberty's staff. Less than a year after taking office, Kirk was forced to resign due to poor health. Also in 1952, he served briefly as Director of the Psychological Strategy Board, which planned for and coordinated government psychological operations. Kirk served as United States Ambassador to the Republic of China (Taiwan) from June 1962 to January 1963 during the Kennedy administration. Admiral Kirk died in Washington, D.C. on 15 October 1963. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

    USS Kirk (DE 1087) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (US Navy photo #80-G-701764 from the U.S. Naval Historical Center)
    Bill Gonyo
    Kirk 50k undated D. N. Dunham
    Kirk 99k undated (Photo ©Steven Schenk) Steven Schenk (1976-1978)
    Kirk 219k May 1975: The South China Sea - The South Vietnamese fleet follows the USS Kirk to Subic Bay in the Philippines. Kirk's final mission at the end of the Vietnam War was to bring the remnants of the South's navy to safety in the Philippines. (Photo from NPR Web Site Article based on an essay by NPR Senior Foreign Editor Loren Jenkins) Michael Guerin
    Kirk 365k 14 September 1981: Naval Station Subic Bay, P.I. - An aerial view of the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV 41) approaching Naval Facility Subic. In the floating dry dock in the foreground is the Spruance class destroyer USS David R. Ray (DD 971). Moored side-by-side at the pier are the Knox class frigates Kirk and USS Francis Hammond (FF 1067). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00330 by PHCS Steven Harris from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    Kirk 207k 14 September 1981: Naval Station Subic Bay - An aerial view of the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV 41) approaching Naval Facility Subic. In the floating dry dock in the foreground is the Spruance class destroyer USS David R. Ray (DD 971). Moored side-by-side at the pier are the Knox class frigates Kirk and USS Francis Hammond (FF 1067). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00331 by PHCS Steven Harris from the DVIC)
    Kirk 252k 24 January 1983: At sea - An aerial port beam view of Kirk underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-05762 by PH1 Loveall from the DVIC)
    Kirk 148k 23 May 1984: At sea - Port view of Kirk entering port at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-09427 by PHAN Cheryl R. George from the DVIC)
    Kirk 182k 23 May 1984: At sea - Port bow view of Kirk entering port at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-09426 by PHAN Cheryl R. George from the DVIC)
    Kirk 358k Summer 1984: the Sea of Japan - Photo of Kirk taken from the fantail of USS Lockwood (FF 1064). (Photo by Steven Hadley) Steven Hadley
    Kirk 89k mid '80's (exact date unknown): in Hong Kong Harbor (Photo ©Karsten Petersen) Karsten Petersen,
    Middelfart, Denmark
    Kirk 181k undated (Official USN photo) Wendell R. McLaughlin, Jr.
    Kirk 174k 28 September 1985: At sea - Aerial starboard view of Kirk underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00931 from the DVIC) Navsource
    Kirk 172k 28 September 1985: At sea - Aerial starboard beam view of Kirk underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00699 from the DVIC)
    **Knox / Kirk** 122k 1 October 1987: At sea - Five ships of the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV 41) battle group steam alongside one another. The ships are, from left to right: the frigates USS Kirk (FF 1087), USS Francis Hammond (FF 1067), USS Lockwood (FF 1064) and USS Knox (FF 1052), and the guided missile destroyer USS Towers (DDG 9). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-04059 from the DVIC)
    Kirk 201k circa 1987: the Indian Ocean - USS Midway (CVA 41) escorted by Kirk (DE 1087) and HMS Brazen (F-91) to starboard and Francis Hammond (DE 1067) with an unidentified Royal Navy ship to port during Naval exercises in the Indian Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo from the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum / Naval Aviation Museum, Photo #1996.488.116.103) Mike Green
    Kirk 536k 11 June 1989: off Vancouver, B.C. - Kirk inbound for a port visit to Vancouver, British Columbia. (Both photos by Rick Garcia, from the collection of  Chris Howell) Chris Howell
    Southland Ship Stores Ltd
    Port of Bluff, New Zealand
    Kirk 564k
    Kirk 78k 24 September 1992: At sea - A Light Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 33 (HSL-33) SH-2F Sea Sprite helicopter lands on the flight deck of the frigate USS Fanning (FF 1076) during Exercise Eager Sentry 92-4. The destroyer USS Kincaid (DD 965) and Kirk are in the background. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-00420by JO1 Sharie Derrickson from the DVIC) Navsource
    Kirk 159k January 1992 (exact date unknown): At sea - A UH-46 Sea Knight Helicopter prepares to deliver an external load of cargo to the deck of Kirk. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-01262 from the DVIC)
    Kirk 117k January 1992 (exact date unknown): At sea - An overhead view of Kirk underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-01288 from the DVIC) (Note: As pointed out by Steve Cunningham, this photo is NOT Kirk since it has a Sea Sparrow launcher and not CIWS. Since we have no idea which ship this is, the photo was left here.)
    Kirk 293k January 1992 (exact date unknown): At sea - A UH-46 Sea Knight Helicopter lowers an external load of cargo to the deck of Kirk. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-01263 from the DVIC)
    Kirk 174k 20 January 1994: Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton WA - View of several ships in storage at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility. The ships include the battleship Missouri (BB 63) and the frigates Lockwood (FF 1064), Kirk, and Knox (FF 1052). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-04477 by Lt. Corrine Kelley from the DVIC)
    Kirk 145k 2006: Keelung, Taiwan - ROCS Feng Yang (FF-934) at Keelung Harbor. Perry Huang
    Kirk 158k 2006: Keelung, Taiwan - Feng Yang at Keelung Harbor.
    Kirk 85k 2006: Keelung, Taiwan - Feng Yang at Keelung Harbor.
    Kirk 71k 2006: Keelung, Taiwan - Feng Yang at Keelung Harbor.
    Kirk 146k 2006: Keelung, Taiwan - Feng Yang at Keelung Harbor.

    Kirk Memorabilia
    Navy Times Ship in the Spotlight
    © Mario DeMarco
    Kirk
    Courtesy of Mike Smolinski

    The USS Kirk (DE 1087) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site is not available.
    Kirk's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)   09 Sep. 1972 - 17 Aug. 1973Cmdr. James Paul Kvederis
    2.)   17 Aug. 1973 - 29 Aug. 1974Cmdr. Harold Ernest Burgess, Jr.
    3.)   29 Aug. 1974 - 10 Jul. 1976Cmdr. Paul H. Jacobs
    4.)   10 Jul. 1976 - 12 Aug. 1977Cmdr. James H. Langen
    5.)   12 Aug. 1977 - 07 Sep. 1979Cmdr. Fletcher J. Barnes III
    6.)   07 Sep. 1979 - 10 Dec. 1982Cmdr. Richard Clinton Davis
    7.)   10 Dec. 1982 - 04 Jan. 1984Cmdr. Edmund L. Pratt, Jr.
    8.)   04 Jan. 1984 - 23 Jun. 1985Cmdr. James Francis Giblin, Jr.
    9.)   23 Jun. 1985 - 03 Aug. 1985Cmdr. Stanton V. Mahoney, Jr.
    10.) 03 Aug. 1985 - 05 Aug. 1987Cmdr. Emil Richard Diamond, Jr.
    11.) 05 Aug. 1987 - 30 Sep. 1989Cmdr. Larry Wayne Darling
    12.) 30 Sep. 1989 - 01 Nov. 1991Cmdr. Thomas Morken Keithly
    13.) 01 Nov. 1991 - 06 Aug. 1993Capt. John Bradley (Brad) Bell

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Next Reunion:
    19 - 23 October 2012 at Newport, R.I.
    USS Kirk Association Website
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    Additional Resources
    USS Kirk Association Website
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Kirk
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