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USS Copeland (FFG 25)


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


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal


"Force For Peace"
Specifications:
Class: Oliver Hazard Perry (Short Hull, As Built)
Type: SCB No. 201 / 1973 - 1978
Number in Class: 25 (7, 9 - 16, 19 - 34)
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
Copeland (FFG 25) Building and Operational Data:
  • 28 February 1977: Building contract awarded to the Todd Shipyard Corp.
  • 24 October 1979: Keel laid by the Todd Shipyard Corp., LA Division, San Pedro, Cal.
  • 26 July 1980: Launched and christened
  • 07 August 1982: Commissioned, Cmdr. Harry A. Seymour, Jr. in command
  • 30 September 1989: Assigned to Naval Reserve Force at San Diego, Cal.
  • 18 September 1996: Decommissioned at San Diego after 14.1 years of service, struck from the NVR; transferred as Grant Aid to Egypt, renamed Mubarak (F916)
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    Copeland 86k Artist's conception of Copeland 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
    Copeland 54k Robert Witcher Copeland was born on 9 September 1910 at Tacoma, Wash., enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1929 and was commissioned as a Naval Reserve officer in 1935. He practiced law from 1935 until 1940, when he was ordered to active duty during the Navy's pre-World War II expansion. During the War, he commanded USS Pawtucket (YT-7), USS Black Douglas (PYc45), USS Wyman (DE 38) and USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE 413).

    During the Battle off Samar, 25 October 1944, he commanded Samuel B. Roberts as a member of Task Unit 77.4.3, a small force of six escort (or "Jeep") carriers, three destroyers, and three destroyer-escorts - known as "Taffy 3." Lieutenant Commander Copeland led his ship and crew in an attack on a greatly superior Japanese battleship and cruiser force. Though his ship was lost, this action helped defeat the Japanese counter-offensive against the Leyte invasion, and for this, he was awarded the Navy Cross.

    Following World War II, Copeland resumed his law career while remaining a member of the Naval Reserve, in which he rose to the rank of Rear Admiral. Robert W. Copeland died at Tacoma, Washington, on 25 August 1973.

    USS Copeland (FFG 25) (1982-1996) was the first ship named in his honor.
       (U.S. Navy photo #NH 90680 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
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    Copeland 152k 18 May 1982: at sea - An aerial starboard beam view of the frigate USS Copeland (FFG 25) underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-11949 by Todd Pacific Shipyards, from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Copeland 183k 18 May 1982: at sea - An aerial port bow view of Copeland underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-11948 by Todd Pacific Shipyards, from the DVIC)
    Copeland 211k 18 May 1982: at sea - An aerial port quarter view of Copeland underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-11942 by Todd Pacific Shipyards, from the DVIC)
    Copeland 141k 18 May 1982: at sea - An aerial stern view of Copeland underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-11944 by Todd Pacific Shipyards, from the DVIC)
    Copeland 150k 18 May 1982: at sea - An aerial bow view of Copeland underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-11945 by Todd Pacific Shipyards, from the DVIC)
    Copeland 136k 18 May 1982: at sea - An starboard quarter view of Copeland underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-11946 by Todd Pacific Shipyards, from the DVIC)
    Copeland 151 date / location unknown -
    Copeland 91k date / location unknown Wendell R. McLaughlin, Jr.
    Copeland 106k 22 April 1984: A port quarter view of Copeland moored to a pier during operations with the Australian navy as part of the joint Australia/New Zealand/US Exercise Pitch Black '84. (U.S. Air Force photo DVID #DF-ST-85-06914 by Msgt David N. Craft, from the DVIC) Navsource
    Copeland 98k 22 April 1984: A Standard-2 (SM-2) medium range missile is loaded onto a Mark 13 launcher aboard Copeland, as the ship operates as part of the joint Australia/New Zealand/US Exercise Pitch Black '84. (U.S. Air Force photo DVID #DF-ST-85-06915 by Msgt David N. Craft, from the DVIC)
    Copeland 000k 22 April 1984: A view of a Standard-2 (SM-2) medium range missile loaded onto a Mark 13 launcher aboard Copeland, as the ship operates as part of the joint Australia/New Zealand/US Exercise Pitch Black '84. (U.S. Air Force photo DVID #DF-ST-85-06916 by Msgt David N. Craft, from the DVIC)
    Copeland 232k 27 February 1987: San Diego, Cal. - A port bow view of Copeland underway as it passes the Naval Submarine Base while departing San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-02305 by PH1 Dutkiewicz, from the DVIC)
    Copeland 194k 27 February 1987: San Diego, Cal. - A port bow view of Copeland underway as it departs San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-02308 by PH1 Dutkiewicz, from the DVIC)
    Copeland 173k 27 February 1987: San Diego, Cal. - A port quarter view of Copeland underway as it departs San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-02307 by PH1 Dutkiewicz, from the DVIC)
    Copeland 130k 27 February 1987: San Diego, Cal. - Aerial of Copeland underway in San Diego Bay with Point Loma in the background. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-05-07451 by PH1 Dutkiewicz, from the DVIC)
    Copeland 105 date / location unknown (apparently from this sequence of photos) Jerry Hays
    Copeland 128k 27 February 1987: San Diego, Cal. - A port bow view of Copeland underway as it departs San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-02298 by PH1 Dutkiewicz, from the DVIC) Navsource
    Copeland 147k 27 February 1987: San Diego, Cal. - A port bow view of Copeland underway as it departs San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-02309 by PH1 Dutkiewicz, from the DVIC)
    Copeland 135k 27 February 1987: San Diego, Cal. - A port quarter view of Copeland underway as it departs San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-02302 by PH1 Dutkiewicz, from the DVIC)
    Copeland 139k 27 February 1987: San Diego, Cal. - A stern view of Copeland heading out to sea after departing San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-02310 by PH1 Dutkiewicz, from the DVIC)
    Copeland 226k 8 June 1989: Vancouver, B.C. - Copeland lays to off Vancouver. (Photo by Rick Garcia, from the collection of  Chris Howell) Chris Howell
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    Port of Bluff, New Zealand
    Copeland 335k 14 July 1989: Vancouver, B.C. - Copeland heading into Vancouver. (Photo by Rick Garcia, from the collection of  Chris Howell)
    Copeland 121k 1 March 1990: San Diego Harbor CA - Copeland passes by the Naval Submarine Base San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-05698 by OS2 John Bouvia, from the DVIC) Navsource
    Copeland 98k 18 September 1990: at sea - Sailors onboard Copeland perform a ship to air refueling operation with a USN SH-2G Super Seasprite hovering above the ships helicopter deck. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-04-14294 by PH3 C. Weightman, from the DVIC)
    Copeland 102k 18 September 1990: at sea - Sailors onboard Copeland perform a ship to air refueling operation with a USN SH-3G Sea King, Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 1 (HC-1), Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI), California, hovering above the ships helicopter deck. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-04-14295 by PH3 C. Weightman, from the DVIC)
    Copeland 93k 18 September 1990: at sea - Sailors onboard Copeland perform a ship to air refueling operation with a USN H-46 Seaknight, Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 11 (HC-11), Detachment 2 (Det. 2), Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI), California, hovering above the ships helicopter deck. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-04-14296 by PH3 C. Weightman, from the DVIC)
    Copeland 86k 18 September 1990: at sea - Sailors onboard Copeland perform a ship-to-air refueling operation with a USN SH-60B Seahawk, from a Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light unit, hovering above the ships helicopter deck. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-04-14297 by PH3 C. Weightman, from the DVIC)
    Copeland 108k 24 May 1991: San Diego, Cal. - A garland decorates the bow of Copeland as it lies tied up shortly after its return from deployment. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-91-11570 by PH2 Norquist, from the DVIC)
    Copeland 89k 24 May 1991: San Diego, Cal. - Electronics Technician 2nd Class Craig Owens is reunited with one of his sons aboard Copeland. Copeland has returned to San Diego following a deployment to the Western Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-11747 by JO1 Robert Wilson, from the DVIC)

    Copeland Memorabilia
    Ship's Plaque
    Copeland

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    USS Copeland FFG 25 History
    Note: History is unavailable at this time
    This class of ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

    Copeland's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 07 Aug. 1982 - 18 Jul. 1984Cmdr. Harry Augustus Seymour, Jr.
    2.) 18 Jul. 1984 - 10 Oct. 1986Cmdr. Dale Raymond Dunn
    3.) 10 Oct. 1986 - 16 Dec. 1988Cmdr. Gay Marion Ziller, Jr.
    4.) 16 Dec. 1988 - 12 Jun. 1990Cmdr. Lee T. Womack, Jr.
    5.) 12 Jun. 1990 - 08 Feb. 1992Cmdr. Robert W. Condon
    6.) 08 Feb. 1992 - 26 Nov. 1993Cmdr. Vern F. Wing
    7.) 26 Nov. 1993 - 30 Sep. 1995Cmdr. Donald Alan Jagoe
    8.) 30 Sep. 1995 - 18 Sep. 1996Cmdr. Joseph Celano

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Next Reunion:
    12 September 2013 at San Diego, Calif.

    Contact Name: Jim Humphrey
    Address: 530 Wedgewood Circle / Belford NJ 07718
    Phone: (732) 832-5929
    E-mail: mollieone2000 at gmail.com

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    Additional Resources

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