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USS Jesse L. Brown (DE 1089)


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



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/ 2 oak leaf clusters - Navy Unit Commendation w/ 1 star
Second Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3) - Navy Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star
Third Row: National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon


"Versatility - Valor - Victory"
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
Jesse L. Brown (DE 1089) Building and Operational Data:
  • 25 August 1966: Building contract awarded to Avondale Shipyards, Inc.
  • 08 April 1971: Keel laid by the Avondale Shipyard, Inc., Westwego, La.
  • 18 March 1972: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Gilbert W. (Daisy) Thorne, Ensign Brown's widow
  • 17 February 1973: Commissioned at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, Cmdr. William M. Fogarty in command, assigned to DesRon 4 at Charleston, S.C.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1089)
  • 31 December 1991: Reclassified Training Frigate (FFT 1089); assigned to the Naval Reserve Force, Atlantic, at Charleston S.C.
  • October 1992: Reassigned to NRT duty at Mobile, Ala.
  • 27 July 1994: Decommissioned at Mobile after 21.4 years of service, leased to Egypt, renamed Dumyat (F961)
  • 11 January 1995: Struck from the NVR
  • 25 March 1998: Sold to Egypt, still in service
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    Jesse L. Brown 121k Jesse LeRoy Brown was born in Hattiesburg, Miss. on 13 October 1926, and enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1946. He was appointed a Midshipman, at the Ohio State University NROTC the following year. After attending Navy pre-flight school and flight training, he was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1948, the first African-American naval aviator in the United States Navy. Midshipman Brown was then assigned to Fighter Squadron 32. He received his commission as Ensign in April 1949.

    During the Korean War, his squadron operated from USS Leyte (CV 32), flying F4U-4 Corsair fighters in support of United Nations forces. On 4 December 1950, while on a close air support mission near the Chosin Reservoir, Ensign Brown's plane was hit by enemy fire and crashed. Despite heroic efforts by other aviators, notably Lt.(jg) Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., he could not be rescued and died in his aircraft. Ensign Jesse L. Brown was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his Korean War combat service.

    USS Jesse L. Brown (DE 1089) was the first ship named in his honor.

    (Official U.S. Navy Photograph: #80-G-708014 and 030318-N-0000X-002, now in the collections of the National Archives)
    Bill Gonyo
    Jesse L. Brown 113k 18 March 1972: Westwego, La. - USS Jesse L. Brown (DE 1089) is ready for launching at Avondale Shipyards. (U.S. Navy photo #NH96769 from the Naval History and Heritage Command) -
    Jesse L. Brown 82k 18 March 1972: Westwego, La. - The ship’s sponsor and others on the christening platform during launching ceremonies at Avondale Shipyards. Present are (left to right): Radm John W. Dolan, Jr., USN, Deputy Commander for Shipyard Management and Program Director for Shipyard Modernization, Naval Ship Systems Command; Mrs. Gilbert W. Thorne, Ship's Sponsor; Mr. Henry Z. Carter, President, Avondale Shipyards, Inc.; Captain Thomas J. Hudner, USN, Head of Aviation Technical Training, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. (U.S. Navy photo #1151107 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Jesse L. Brown 135k 5 December 1974: Naval Station Charleston, S.C. - Jesse L. Brown ties up as she returns from maneuvers in the Mediterranean Sea with other ships of Destroyer Squadron Four. (U.S. Navy photo #NH96768 by PH1 Milt Putnam from the Naval History and Heritage Command) Fred Weiss
    Jesse L. Brown 163k 5 December 1974: Naval Station Charleston, S.C. - The destroyer escort USS Jesse L. Brown tied up alongside a seawall at the Charleston Naval Base, South Carolina, following her return from maneuvers in the Mediterranean Sea. She was a unit of Destroyer Squadron Four. (U.S. Navy photo #NH96770 by PH1 Milt Putnam from the Naval History and Heritage Command) Robert Hurst
    Jesse L. Brown 135k January 1979: Underway off the Maine coast. (U.S. Navy photo #NH96767 by PH1 Milt Putnam from the Naval History and Heritage Command) John
    Jesse L. Brown 377k 14 January 1979: At sea - An aerial port beam view of the frigate USS Jesse L. Brown (FF 1089) underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-82-00352 by PH1 R.J. Lincoln from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    Jesse L. Brown 167k 1979 (exact date unknown, taken during UNITAS XX): Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, P.R. - The frigates Jesse L. Brown and USS Trippe (FF 1075) are at their pier while loading operations take place in preparation for exercise Unitas XX. Jesse L. Brown is tied up behind Forrestal. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-09472 by PH2 J. Vinson from the DVIC)
    Jesse L. Brown 167k 1979 (exact date unknown, taken during UNITAS XX): A port beam view of Jesse L. Brown. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-09534 by PH2 J. Vinson from the DVIC)
    Jesse L. Brown 191k 1979 (exact date unknown, taken during UNITAS XX): At sea - A port beam view of Jesse L. Brown with the city skyline in the background during exercise Unitas XX. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-09756 by PH2 J. Vinson from the DVIC/a>)
    Jesse L. Brown 156k 1979 (exact date unknown, taken during UNITAS XX): A port quarter view of the frigates USS Trippe (FF 1075) on the left and Jesse L. Brown on the right. Note the Argentine aircraft carrier Veinticinco De Mayo (V-2) in the background. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-09726 by PH2 K. Brewer from the DVIC)
    Jesse L. Brown 168k 1979 (exact date unknown, taken during UNITAS XX): A starboard bow view of the docked frigates USS Trippe (FF 1075), left, and Jesse L. Brown, right. (US Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-09754 by PH2 K. Brewer from the DVIC)
    Jesse L. Brown 212k 1979 (exact date unknown, taken during UNITAS XX): A starboard quarter view of Jesse L. Brown. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-09556 by PH2 K. Brewer from the DVIC)
    Jesse L. Brown 212k 1979 (exact date unknown, taken during UNITAS XX): A view of the pier and Jesse L. Brown, as seen from the deck of the guided missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 45), just before docking. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-09722 by PHAN R. Maxwell from the DVIC)
    Jesse L. Brown 143k 1979 (exact date unknown, taken during UNITAS XX): A bow view of the ships involved in exercise Unitas XX. From left to right, the guided missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 45), the frigates Jesse L. Brown and USS Trippe (FF 1075). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-09584 by PH2 K. Brewer from the DVIC)
    Jesse L. Brown 168k 1979 (exact date unknown, taken during UNITAS XX): A starboard quarter view of the Unitas XX ships after their arrival in port during the exercise. From left to right, the frigates USS Trippe (FF 1075), Jesse L. Brown and the guided missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 45). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-09712 by PH2 J. Vinson from the DVIC)
    Jesse L. Brown 80k 1979 (exact date unknown, taken during UNITAS XX): Two crewmen aboard Jesse L. Brown prepare a drone for launching. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-09689 by PHAN R. Maxwell from the DVIC)
    Jesse L. Brown 187k 1979 (exact date unknown, taken during UNITAS XX): A starboard beam view of Jesse L. Brown. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-09551 by PH2 K. Brewer from the DVIC)
    Jesse L. Brown 220k 1979 (exact date unknown, taken during UNITAS XX): A distant view of the frigate USS Trippe (FF 1075), Jesse L. Brown (foreground), the Venezuelan ships Almirante Clemente (F-11), General Jose Trinidad Moran (F-12), Falcon (D-22) and Carabobo (D-21) (background). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-09567 by PHAN R. Maxwell from the DVIC)
    Jesse L. Brown 260k 1979 (exact date unknown, taken during UNITAS XX): The frigates Jesse L. Brown and USS Trippe (FF 1075) are docked side by side. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-09563 by PHAN R. Maxwell from the DVIC)
    Jesse L. Brown 168k 1979 (exact date unknown, taken during UNITAS XX): A starboard beam view of Jesse L. Brown. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-09488 by PH2 K. Brewer from the DVIC)
    Jesse L. Brown 62k shot on return transit from Med Cruise of 87-88, by Lt. Simmons from Brown's LAMPS helo John
    Jesse L. Brown 159k 15 March 1989: Naval Station Mayport, Fla. - A Mark 16 Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) on the port bow sponson of the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV 59). Jesse L. Brown is tied up behind the Forrestal. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-89-08610 from the DVIC) Navsource
    Jesse L. Brown 206k 13 November 1989: Rodman Naval Station, Balboa, Panama - Tied up at the naval station during the multinational joint naval exercise Unitas XXX are, from top: the destroyer USS Briscoe (DD 977), the guided missile destroyer USS Richard E. Byrd (DDG 23), Jesse L. Brown, the tank landing ship USS Manitowoc (LST 1180), and the Colombian frigates ARC Independiente (54) and ARC Antioquia (53). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DA-SC-90-05821 by SPC Mark Wiliams from the DVIC)
    **Brown/Moinester** 189k 1 April 1993: Mobile, Ala. - Jesse L. Brown and USS Moinester (FF 1097) are moored together at a pier at a Mobile shipyard. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-04164 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Jesse L. Brown 191k 1 December 2011: Washington, D.C. - Medal of Honor recipient retired Capt. Thomas Hudner salutes while taps is played during the Centennial of Naval Aviation wreath laying ceremony at the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., Hudner received the medal of honor for his attempted rescue of Ens. Jesse Brown during the Korean War. Then Lt.(jg) Hudner crash landed his F4U Corsair alongside the aircraft wreckage Ensign Brown was pinned in. Unfortunately Ens. Brown could not be extricated and died in the wreck. (U.S. Navy photo #111201-N-KQ655-136 by MC3 Mikelle D. Smith from the Navy News Stand) Ron Reeves

    Jesse L. Brown Memorabilia
    Ship's Emblem
    Brown
    Courtesy of
    John
    Memorial Plaque
    Brown
    Courtesy of
    Bill Gonyo
    Dep't Patch
    Brown
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    The USS Jesse L. Brown (DE 1089) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site is not presently available.
    Carr's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  17 Feb 1973 - 26 Jun 1974Cmdr. William Miley Fogarty (later Radm.)
    2.)  26 Jun 1974 - 28 May 1976Cmdr. William F. Carey
    3.)  28 May 1976 - 09 Feb 1978Cmdr. Richard Arthur Lamporte
    4.)  09 Feb 1978 - 03 Jul 1980Cmdr. Hillar Sarepeara
    5.)  03 Jul 1980 - 03 Jul 1982Cmdr. Henry F. (Hammering Hank) Walker
    6.)  03 Jul 1982 - 16 Mar 1984Cmdr. David William Vail
    7.)  16 Mar 1984 - 13 Jan 1987Cmdr. Oliver Kelly Spears III
    8.)  13 Jan 1987 - 10 Mar 1989Cmdr. James Wynn Pattison
    9.)  10 Mar 1989 - 26 Mar 1991Cmdr. Michael George Mathis (later Radm.)
    10.) 26 Mar 1991 - 09 Jan 1993Cmdr. Herbert Ralph Hause
    11.) 09 Jan 1993 - 27 Jul 1994Cmdr. Billy R. Malone

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    Additional Resources

    USS Jesse L. Brown Web Site
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Jesse L. Brown
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