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|86k||Artist's conception of Estocin by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company, Navy Yard Associates, offers prints of most destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL the guided missile frigates ARE available. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource.||Navy Yard Associates|
|16k||Michael John Estocin was born in Turtle Creek, Pa. on 27 April 1931. After graduating the Pennsylvania State Teachers College at Slippery Rock, he entered naval service
at Akron, Oh. as an aviation cadet in June 1954. Becoming a Naval aviator, he advanced in grade, and in April 1967 was a Lieutenant Commander with Attack Squadron 192 flying A-4 Skyhawks
from the USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14). Lcdr. Estocin’s specialty was SAM suppression, called "Iron Hand" missions. On 20 April 1967, while leading a three plane flight in support
of a coordinated strike against two thermal power plants in Haiphong, North Viet Nam, he provided continuous warnings to the strike groups of the surface-to-air missile (SAM) threats, and
personally neutralized three SAM sites. Although his aircraft was severely damaged by an exploding missile, he prosecuted a Shrike attack in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire. With
less than five minutes fuel remaining he departed the target area and commenced in-flight refueling which continued for over 100 miles. Three miles aft of Ticonderoga, and
without enough fuel for a second landing approach, he disengaged from the tanker and executed a fiery arrested landing. On 26 April, Estocin was tasked to support another mission to Haiphong.
He was escorted by an F-8 Crusader of VF-191 piloted by Lcdr. John "Pirate" Nichols. Besides protecting Estocin against MiGs, Nichols was to strafe SAM sites with 20 mm cannons after Estocin
had hit them with his Shrike missliles. They had been briefed to expect trouble from Site VN-99, a battery NNW of the target. The main strike proceeded, with the North Vietnamese radars remaining
quiet. As the strike planes were leaving the area, however, VN-99 went active, and launched a SAM. Both planes took evasive action, but the missile hit Estocin’s A-4, setting it aflame. The plane
plunged nose first into the ground, and no ejection was seen. It was thought for a time that he might have survived and become a POW, but when the American POWs were returned in 1973, Estocin was
not among them. Two decades later, the Joint Casualty Resolution Committee investigated, and in 1993, concluded that Michael Estocin had in fact never ejected, and died in the crash. For his
actions during the missions over Haiphong on 20 April 20, and 26 April 1967, Estocin was promoted to captain (in absentia) and awarded the Medal of Honor (the only Medal of Honor awarded to a
Naval aviator for his combat missions in the Vietnam War).
USS Estocin (FFG 15) (1981-2003) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photos from Find A Grave [top: as a Lieutenant) and the Home of Heroes [bottom: in his aircraft as a Lieutenant Commander])
|165k||10 June 1979: Bath, Me. - A bow view of the guided missile frigate USS Estocin (FFG 15) under construction.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-02703 by Bath Iron Works, from the Defense Visual Information Center)
|315k||08 September 1980: At sea - An aerial starboard bow view of the Estocin underway during sea trials.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-10709 by Bath Iron Works, from the DVIC)
|96k||20 December 1980: Bath, Me. - A starboard bow view of the Estocin, USS Flatley
(FFG 21), and USS Clifton Sprague (FFG 16) moored at a pier.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-86-04547 by JO1 Peter D. Sundberg, from the DVIC)
|78k||08 September 1981: Bath, Me. - An elevated stern view of two Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigates at Bath Iron Works Corp. Shipyard. The USS
John L. Hall (FFG 32), at 70 percent complete, is to the right, and the Estocin, to the left.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04707 by Bath Iron Works, from the DVIC)
|127k||08 September 1981: Bath, Me. - An elevated bow view of two Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigates at Bath Iron Works Corp. Shipyard. The USS John L. Hall
(FFG 32), at 70 percent complete, is to the left, and the Estocin, to the right. The USS Gallery (FFG 26) is in the background.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04706 by Bath Iron Works, from the DVIC)
|184k||26 March 1985: location unknown - A port bow view of the Estocin in port at sunset. The ship is stopping over while en route to the U.S. after a Persian Gulf deployment.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-04650 by HM2 Robert E. Wilson, from the DVIC)
|215k||01 October 1985: Solomons Island, Md. - An elevated starboard quarter view of the Estocin moored near the Elecro Magnetic Pulse Radiation Environmental
Simulator for Ships I (EMPRESS I) facility.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-03532 from the DVIC)
|130k||late '80's: Philadelphia, Pa. - Taken at Penns Landing in Philadelphia. I'm not sure of the year but she was there for a Fourth of July celebration one
year in the late 80's
(Both photos by Jon Cathcart, former Estocin SelRes crewmember)
|65k||October 1987: at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
(Both Photos © Karsten Petersen)
|221k||29 October 1988: At sea - The Estocin sails off the coast of Puerto Rico. Estocin participated in counter-narcotics training missions in the Caribbean.
(U.S. Navy photo #981029-N-0879R-001 by JO2 David Rush from Navy Newstand)
|162k||05 February 1994: Naval Station Mayport, Fla. - A port side view of the Estocin tied up to a pier at the naval station.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-94-02381 by OS2 John Bouvia, from the DVIC)
|197k||05 February 1994: Naval Station Mayport, Fla. - A port bow view of the Estocin tied up at a pier at the naval station. USS
Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) and an unidentified Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided
missile frigate are moored astern of Estocin.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-94-02382 by OS2 John Bouvia, from the DVIC)
|256k||20 August 1995: Hampton Roads, Va. - A port bow view of the Naval Reserve Force guided missile frigate Estocin entering the Hampton Roadstead upon
returning to port following Hurricane Felix moving out of the area off to the east.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-95-02290 by Don S. Montgomery, from the DVIC)
|319k||28 January 1996: Naval Station Norfolk, Va. - Aerial view of piers 4, 5 and 6 at the Norfolk Naval Base. The replenishment oiler USS
Kalamazoo (AOR 6) is moored on the north side of pier 4. The fast combat support ship
USS Supply (AOE 6) is moored at pier 5, south side of the Naval Reserve guided missile frigate
Estocin aft of her. The amphibious assault ship USS Saipan (LHA 2) is on the north
side of the pier. The decommissioned destroyer tender Puget Sound (AD 38) is tied up on the south
side of pier 6 awaiting removal to the James River Reserve Fleet. The amphibious assault ship USS Nassau
(LHA 4) is moored on the north side with the guided missile frigate USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49).
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-97-00616 by Robert J. Sitar, from the DVIC)
|470k||28 January 1996: Naval Station Norfolk, Va. - Aerial view, looking north-northeast, of a section of the Norfolk Naval Base showing piers 5 and 6. Tied up at the left is a large number of yard tug boats (YTB's). Tied on the north side of pier 6 is the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4) and the guided missile frigate USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) with the decommissioned destroyer tender Puget Sound (AD 38) moored to the south side. The amphibious assault ship USS Saipan (LHA 2) is moored on the north side of pier 5 with the fast combat support ship USS Supply (AOE 6) and the Naval Reserve guided missile frigate USS Estocin (FFG 15) moored on the south side. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-97-00617 by Robert J. Sitar, from the DVIC)|
|149k||29 October 1998: At sea - A view from onboard Estocin, showing a USN SH-3H Sea King helicopter assigned to Fleet Composite Squadron Eight (VC-8) landing on the ships flight deck. Estocin and VC-8 are participated in counter-narcotics training missions in the Caribbean Sea. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SD-04-13147 by JO2 David Rush, from the DVIC)|
|111k||03 April 2003: Naval Station Mayport, Fla. - The crew of the Estocin departs the ship for the last time during her decommissioning ceremony.
Estocin is scheduled to be transferred to the government of Turkey. Cmdr. Scott Phillpott, Estocin's commanding officer, stated that he is enthusiastic about
his ship's future, saying, "The Turkish Navy is getting a fine warship. My crew has Estocin in pristine condition, and it will serve the government of Turkey proudly."
(U.S. Navy photo #030403-N-4649C-001 by PH2 Chantel Chapman, from the Navy Newstand)
|89k||as TCG Göksu (F-497), date & location unknown||Yucel M.Umar
CPO (Ret.), Turkish Navy
|Note: History from the Naval Historical and Heritage Command is unavailable at this time
This class of ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project
|View the USS Estocin (FFG 15) history located on Wikipedia.|
|Estocin's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Number, Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 10 Jan. 1981 - 17 Feb. 1983||Cmdr. John Hendrick Todd|
|2.) 17 Feb. 1983 - 26 Apr. 1985||Cmdr. Robert J. Maloit, Jr.|
|3.) 26 Apr. 1985 - 15 Mar. 1987||Cmdr. James T. Williams|
|4.) 15 Mar. 1987 - 18 Feb. 1989||Cmdr. John Baptist Foley III (ret. as Radm.)|
|5.) 18 Feb. 1989 - 15 Dec. 1990||Cmdr. William Jeffrey Steelman|
|6.) 15 Dec. 1990 - 27 Sep. 1992||Cmdr. Joseph Krenzel|
|8.) 27 Sep. 1992 - 12 Jul. 1994||Cmdr. John Patrick Debbout, Jr. (ret. as Radm.)|
|8.) 12 Jul. 1994 - 04 May 1996||Cmdr. Joseph A. Ottum|
|9.) 04 May 1996 - 15 Nov. 1997||Cmdr. John Cameron MacKercher, Jr.|
|10.) 15 Nov. 1997 - 10 May 1999||Cmdr. David William Prothero|
|11.) 10 May 1999 - 10 Feb. 2001||Cmdr. Robert Emmett Oldani|
|12.) 10 Feb. 2001 - 23 Feb. 2002||Cmdr. James Joseph Shannon (ret. as Radm.)|
|13.) 23 Feb. 2002 - 03 Apr. 2003||Cmdr. Scott Jon Phillpott *|
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