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USS Estocin (FFG 15)


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



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star
Second Row: Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Reserve Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon


"Courage, Honor, Tenacity"
Specifications:
Class: Oliver Hazard Perry (Short Hull, As Built)
Type: SCB No. 201 / 1973 - 1978
Number in Class: 25 (7, 9 - 34) / 26
Displacement: 3109 tons (std), 3993 tons (full)
Length: 408' (wl), 445' (oa)
Beam: 45.4' (extreme)
Draft: 24' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 GE LM 2500 gas turbine engines; 41,000 shp; 1 shaft, cp propeller, 325 hp retractable propeller pods
Speed: 29 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots, 5400 nm @ 16 knots
Complement: 13 / 206 (includes 19 man air detachment)
Missiles: 1-Mk 13 Mod 4 launcher, 4-SSM McDonnell-Douglas Harpoon missiles, 36-GDC-Pomona Standard SM-1MR missiles
Guns: 1 OTO Melara Mk 75 3"/62 cal., 1 Vulcan Phalanx CIS, 4-.50 cal. MGs
ASW Weapons: 6-324mm Mk 32 (2 triple) tubes / Mk 46 torpedoes
Radars: AN/SPS-55 (surface), AN/SPS-49(V)214 (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-56, AN/SQR-19 TACTAS (Towed Array)
Elec. Warfare: SLQ-25 Nixie System, SLQ-32(V)2 Electronic Countermeasures System
Fire Control Systems: 1 Mk13 Weapon-Direction System, 1 Mk92 weapons FCS, 1 modified SPG-60 STIR radar (Separate Target Illumination Radar)
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Estocin (FFG 15) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 February 1976: Building contract awarded to Bath Iron Works Corp.
  • 02 April 1979: Keel laid by the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Me.
  • 03 November 1979: Launched and christened
  • 10 January 1981: Commissioned, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 8 at Mayport, Fla.
  • 01 October 1986: Assigned to the Atlantic Naval Reserve Force at Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Summer 1991: Made a U.S. Navy Recruiting Cruise through the Great Lakes
  • 17 August 1992: Rejoined the active fleet, homeported at Newport, R.I.
  • January 1994: Changed homeport to Norfolk, Va.
  • Summer 1994: Made a second U.S. Navy Recruiting Cruise through the Great Lakes
  • 03 April 2003: Decommissioned at Mayport, Fla. after 22.2 years of service; struck from the NVR; transferred to Turkey, renamed TCG Göksu (F-497)
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    Estocin 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
    Estocin 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])
    Bill Gonyo
    Estocin 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) Navsource
    Estocin 315k 8 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)
    Estocin 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)
    Estocin 78k 8 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)
    Estocin 127k 8 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)
    Estocin 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)
    Estocin 215k 1 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)
    Estocin 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) John Hummel
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    Estocin 65k October 1987: at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (Both Photos © Karsten Petersen) Karsten Petersen,
    Middelfart, Denmark
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    Estocin 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) Bill Gonyo
    Estocin 162k 5 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) Navsource
    Estocin 197k 5 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)
    Estocin 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)
    Estocin 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)
    Estocin 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)
    Estocin 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)
    Estocin 111k 3 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)
    Estocin 89k as TCG Göksu (F-497), date & location unknown Yucel M.Umar
    CPO (Ret.), Turkish Navy

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    USS Estocin FFG 15 History
    Note: History is unavailable at this time
    This class of ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project
    Estocin's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Number, Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  10 Jan. 1981 - 17 Feb. 1983Cmdr. John Hendrick Todd
    2.)  17 Feb. 1983 - 26 Apr. 1985Cmdr. Robert J. Maloit, Jr.
    3.)  26 Apr. 1985 - 15 Mar. 1987Cmdr. James T. Williams
    4.)  15 Mar. 1987 - 18 Feb. 1989Cmdr. John Baptist Foley III (ret. as Radm.)
    5.)  18 Feb. 1989 - 15 Dec. 1990Cmdr. William Jeffrey Steelman
    6.)  15 Dec. 1990 - 27 Sep. 1992Cmdr. Joseph Krenzel
    8.)  27 Sep. 1992 - 12 Jul. 1994Cmdr. John Patrick Debbout, Jr. (ret. as Radm.)
    8.)  12 Jul. 1994 - 04 May 1996Cmdr. Joseph A. Ottum
    9.)  04 May 1996 - 15 Nov. 1997Cmdr. John Cameron MacKercher, Jr.
    10.) 15 Nov. 1997 - 10 May 1999Cmdr. David William Prothero
    11.) 10 May 1999 - 10 Feb. 2001Cmdr. Robert Emmett Oldani
    12.) 10 Feb. 2001 - 23 Feb. 2002Cmdr. James Joseph Shannon (ret. as Radm.)
    13.) 23 Feb. 2002 - 03 Apr. 2003Cmdr. Scott Jon Phillpott *
    * Assumed command upon crew swap with FFG-13
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Last Known Reunion:
    October 2012 at Newport, R.I.

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    Additional Resources

    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Estocin
    USS Estocin Page on Military.Com

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