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USS Capodanno (DE 1093)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - F - V - C
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Blue Knight"

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
Second Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (4) - Navy Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star
Third Row: Southwest Asia Service Medal - Armed Forces Service Ribbon - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon


"Duty With Honor"
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
Capodanno (DE 1093) Building and Operational Data:
  • 25 August 1966: Building contract awarded to the Avondale Shipyard, Inc.
  • 25 February 1972: Keel laid by the Avondale Shipyard, Inc., Westwego, La.
  • 21 October 1972: Launched
  • 17 November 1973: Commissioned at Mayport, Fla., Cmdr. George W. Horsley Jr. in command, assigned to the Atlantic Cruiser-Destroyer Force
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate FF 1093
  • 21 December 1978: Homeport changed to Newport, R.I. as a unit of Surface Squadron 4
  • 30 July 1993: Decommissioned after 19.7 years of service; leased to Turkey, renamed TCG Mauvenet (F-250), still in service
  • 11 January 1995: Struck from the NVR
  • 22 February 2002: Transferred to Turkey through the Security Assistance Program (SAP)
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    Capodanno 54k Vincent Robert Capodanno was born in Richmond County, New York, on 13 February 1929. He was educated at Fordham University and Maryknoll Seminaries in Illinois, Massachusetts and New York. Ordained a Catholic Priest in June 1957, he served as a missionary in Taiwan and Hong Kong in 1958-65. In December 1965, Father Capodanno received his commission as a Lieutenant in the Navy Chaplain Corps. He was assigned to the First Marine Division in Vietnam in April 1966. While serving as Chaplain with the Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, during combat with enemy forces in Quang Tin Province on 04 September 1967, he lost his life as he provided assistance and comfort to Marine casualties. For his heroism on this occasion, Lieutenant Vincent R. Capodanno was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

    USS Capodanno (DE 1093) was the first ship named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 91758 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
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    Capodanno 104k This photo shows Father Vincent Capodanno, namesake of DE 1093, celebrating services for the troops. Lawrence W. Lee, Jr.
    Capodanno 153k Father Vincent's grave in Saint Peter's Cemetery, Staten Island, New York.
    Capodanno 94k A monument to Father Capodanno which is on Father Capodanno Boulevard (formerly known as Seaside Boulevard), in Father Vincent's hometown of Staten Island, New York.
    Capodanno 136k 21 October 1972: Westwego, La. - The USS Capodanno (DE 1093) is side launched at the Main Yard of Avondale Shipyards.
    Capodanno 106k 21 October 1972: Westwego, La. - Capodanno, minutes after launching at Avondale Shipyards.
    Capodanno 51k date / location unknown -
    Capodanno 129k date / location unknown William D. Hooper
    MRC(SW) (1981-1985)
    Capodanno 184k 1977: Panama - USS Capodanno (FF 1093) in the Panama Canal.
    (U.S. Navy photo, Catalog #2015.16.01 from the Michael Ribble Collection of the Naval History and Heritage Command)
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    Capodanno 159k Newport (R.I.) Daily News, Thursday, 21 December 1978 John Conway
    (1978 - 1980)
    Capodanno 104k Newport (R.I.) Daily News, Thursday, 21 December 1978
    Capodanno 101k
    Capodanno 95k A certificate mounted in a display case onboard Capodanno from Pope John Paul II's blessing of the ship on 04 September 1981, the 14th anniversary of Father Vincent's death. Lawrence W. Lee, Jr.
    Capodanno 72k 01 June 1983: at sea - Crewmen man their stations in the fire control spaces aboard the Knox class frigate Capodanno during a naval gunfire support training exercise. Photo from June 1983 All Hands Magazine.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-08724 from the Defense Visual Information Center)
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    Capodanno 167k 01 June 1983: at sea - A fire control technician sits in the control mount of 5-inch 54-cal. Mark 43 gun on Capodanno during a naval gunfire support training exercise. Photo from June 1983 All Hands Magazine.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-08722 from the DVIC)
    Capodanno 123k circa 1983: U.S. Navy crewmen man their stations in the fire control center aboard the Knox-class frigate Capodanno during a naval gunfire support training exercise in Chesapeake Bay.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #6397296 from the United States National Archives)
    Capodanno 191k circa 1986 - 1987: Marseille, France - Capodanno photographed by Philippe while on a port visit to Marseille. Philippe Gonzales
    Capodanno 70k 26 February 1988: at sea - A crewman aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) fires an M14 .308 caliber line-throwing rifle toward the frigate Capodanno as the Capodanno comes alongside the carrier during underway replenishment operations.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-04284 by PH2 Gary P. Bonaccorso from the DVIC)
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    Capodanno 87k 26 February 1988: at sea - A forward port view of the Capodanno underway.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-04282 by PH2 Gary P. Bonaccorso from the DVIC)
    Capodanno 89k 26 February 1988: at sea - An aft port view of the Capodanno underway.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-04283 by PH2 Gary P. Bonaccorso from the DVIC)
    Capodanno 344k 12 March 1988: at sea - An starboard bow view of the Capodanno underway.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-88-05447 by PH2 Tracy Didas from the DVIC)
    Capodanno 434k 12 March 1988: at sea - The U.S. Navy frigate USS Capodanno underway. The guided missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 45), frigate USS Thomas C. Hart (FF 1092), the destroyer tender USS Yosemite (AD 19), and a Spruance-class destroyer are in the background. Note the Kaman SH-2F Seasprite and the H-3 Sea King helicopters on the flight decks.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-88-05372 by PH1 Bean from the DVIC)
    Capodanno 276k 16 October 1992: at sea - A starboard bow view of the Capodanno underway. The Capodanno is en route to the Mediterranean Sea as part of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CV 67) battle group.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-00860 by CWO2 Kenneth H. Brewer from the DVIC)
    Capodanno 95k 28 May 1993: Staten Island, N.Y. - Capodanno visiting Naval Station New York at Staten Island. Lawrence W. Lee, Jr.
    Capodanno 74k 28 May 1993: Staten Island, N.Y. - Close-up of the starboard stern showing the ship's name and hull number.
    Capodanno 212k A standard Navy photo of the ship which I obtained from the ship's crew shortly before her decommissioning.
    Capodanno 100k undated: The Turkish frigate TCG Mauvenet (F-250), formerly the USS Capodanno (FF 1093).
    Capodanno 202k 06 October 2005: the Mediterranean Sea - The U.S. Sixth Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) leads a NATO Response Force off the Italian coast of Sardinia during exercise Destined Glory (Loyal Midas) 2005. In the forground is the Turkish frigate TCG Mauvenet (F-250), formerly the USS Capodanno (FF 1093). The exercise is a medium-scale NATO amphibious live exercise designed to certify selected NATO units and assigned forces. U.S. participation is to enhance the training for NATO partners, provide training for U.S. forces and to show U.S. commitment.
    (U.S. Navy photo #051007-N-0057D-210 by PH1 Timm Duckworth from the Navy News Stand)
    Robert M. Cieri

    Capodanno Memorabilia
    Navy Times Ship in the Spotlight
    © 1986 Mario DeMarco
    Capodanno
    Courtesy of
    Eric Curtis
    Change of Command
    Booklet (7 April 1986)
    Capodanno
    Courtesy of
    Manuel Garcia Garcia
    Ship's Belt
    Buckle
    Capodanno
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Postal Cover
    PMed Onboard (7 May 1986)
    Capodanno
    Courtesy of
    Manuel Garcia Garcia
    Ship's
    Lighter
    Capodanno
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Counter Drug Operations Patch
    with Helicopter (Light) Squadron 32
    Capodanno
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Capodanno History
    The USS Capodanno (DE 1093) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site is not presently available.

    Capodanno's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)   17 Nov. 1973 - 04 Apr. 1975Cmdr. George William Horsley, Jr. (OCS ) (Springfield, Ill.)
    2.)   04 Apr. 1975 - 09 Apr. 1977Cmdr. Robert D. Frey (East Peoria, Ill.)
    3.)   09 Apr. 1977 - 14 Mar. 1980Cmdr. Francis William Boufford
    4.)   14 Mar. 1980 - 26 Mar. 1982Cmdr. Bernard Leo Patterson III (USNA '63) (Rockaway, N.Y.)
    5.)   26 Mar. 1982 - 03 Mar. 1984Capt. Robert Anson, Jr. (Kingston, R.I.)
    6.)   03 Mar. 1984 - 07 Apr. 1986Cmdr. Thomas Stephen O'Keefe, Jr. (USNA '66) (Hagerstown, Md.)
    7.)   07 Apr. 1986 - 20 Jul. 1988Cmdr. Terry Randolph Sheffield (OCS '67) (Cleveland, Oh.)
    8.)   20 Jul. 1988 - 18 May 1990Cmdr. Thomas Stephen Zysk
    9.)   18 May 1990 - 26 Mar. 1992Cmdr. Bud Stanwood Gear (USNA '72) (York Harbor, Me.)
    10.) 26 Mar. 1992 - 30 Jul. 1993Cmdr. Thomas Paul Gallagher III (USNA '73) (Tulsa, Okla.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Mike Ryder, HTC (ret.)
    E-mail: USN1093@aol.com

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