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|72k||John Mercer Brooke was born on 18 December 1826 at Tampa Bay, Fla., the son of an Army officer. He became a U.S. Navy Midshipman in 1841, graduated from the U.S.
Naval Academy in 1847 and achieved the rank of Lieutenant in 1855. His Navy career was marked by sea duty and scientific assignments. While stationed at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.
during the early 1850s, he developed a device for accurately mapping the deep sea floor. He also took part in surveying and exploring expeditions in the Pacific during the middle and later parts
of the decade and helped instruct officers of the fledgling Japanese Navy.
As the secession crisis deepened, Brooke resigned his commission in April 1861 and "went south", joining the Confederate Navy soon after as a Lieutenant. He was deeply involved in the conversion of the burned steam frigate Merrimack into the ironclad CSS Virginia and in the design and production of heavy rifled guns for the Southern war effort. Promoted to Commander in September 1862, he became Chief of the Confederate Navy's Bureau of Ordnance and Hydrography in March 1863 and served in that post until the Civil War ended more than two years later. After the war, Brooke became a professor at the Virginia Military Institute, at Lexington VA while continuing his technological pursuits. After a long career of teaching, he retired in 1899 and made his home in Lexington until his death on 14 December 1906.
USS Brooke (DEG 1) was the first ship named in his honor. (U.S. Navy photo #NH58902 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|333k||19 July 1963: Seattle, Wash. - The launching of the future USS Brooke (DEG 1) shows her sliding down the ways at Puget Sound Bridge and Dry Dock Co.|
(U.S. Naval Historical Center catalog photo #L45-36.05.02 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|516k||12 March 1966: Puget Sound, Wash. - USS Brooke (DEG 1) underway shortly after her commissioning, transiting from her builder's yard in Seattle to the Puget Sound
(U.S. Naval Historical Center catalog photo #L45-36.05.01 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|118k||Nearly identical to the Garcia class frigates, except for the replacement of the aft 5"/38 gun with a Mk 22 missile launcher and radar improvements.|
|294k||Two undated views of Brooke. One of her departing San Diego, and another of her at sea. They appear to be ship portraits, more than likely from George Barbers' Marine Photos of San Diego.||Mike Smolinski|
|167k||unknown date/location, black & white photo of the same evolution as below, Brooke launching an ASROC missile during trials in the Pacific.|
|51k||unknown date/location, Brooke launching an ASROC missile during trials in the Pacific.||Bob Hurst|
England, United Kingdom
|46k||unknown date/location, Brooke underway during trials in the Pacific.|
|84k||An undated postcard view of Brooke as DEG 1. (Postcard #31385 © Marine Photos and Publishing Co., San Diego,
Cal.; shown at 150% of original size)
Caption reads: The first ship to bear the name of Lt. John Mercer Brooke, USN, Naval scientist and inventor of the "Brooke" gun. Built by Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Co. at Seattle, Wash. as the first of a new class of Guided Missile Ocean Escorts. Commissioned on 12 March 1966 at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash.
|149k||An undated postcard view of Brooke as FFG 1. (Postcard #P7563 © Marine Photos and Publishing Co., Spring
Valley, Cal.; shown at 200% of original size)|
Caption reads: U.S.S. Brooke (FFG-1), Guided Missile Frigate, The first of her Class built by the Lockheed Shipbuilding & Construction Co. of Seattle, Washington. Commissioned on 12 March 1966.
|211k||circa 1966: USS Brooke (DEG 1) underway.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. W.H. Davis; from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1966-67")
England, United Kingdom
|299k||28 May 1966: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Brooke (DEG-1) off Vancouver BC maneuvering with tug assistance.
(Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-3693 from the City of Vancouver Archives)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|362k||March 1970: Okinawa - USS Brooke (DEG 1) and USS Ramsey (DEG 2) at the White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa. This was before the Ryukyu Islands were returned to Japan. The ships were in port for fuel and supplies. I was not a member of the crew of either ship; I was assigned to the YO-179 which was stationed at White Beach.||Ed Arold|
|181k||15 June 1982: Naval Station Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippine Islands - An aerial view of the U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility. Berthed at the shipyard are
the Knox-class frigate USS Roark (FF 1053) and USS
Harold E. Holt (FF 1074). Moored alongside them is Brooke.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-06232 by PH1 David MacLean from the Defense Visual Information Center)
|333k||02 November 1983: Apra Harbor, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands - A port bow view of Brooke, front, and the frigate USS
Badger (FF 1071) moored at a pier.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-07741 by PHAN M. Anderson from the DVIC)
|151k||17 January 1988: off San Clemente Island, Cal. - Head-on aerial view.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-04-09284 by PHC T.R. Dupree from the DVIC)
|240k||17 January 1988: off San Clemente Island, Cal. - Starboard view.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-04-09283 by PHC T.R. Dupree from the DVIC)
|611k||17 January 1988: off San Clemente Island, Cal. - Port view.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-04-09282 by PHC T.R. Dupree from the DVIC)
|381k||1988: Vancouver, B.C. - Brooke underway off British Columbia.
(Photo by Rick Garcia, from the collection of Chris Howell)
Southland Ship Stores Ltd
Port of Bluff, New Zealand
|148k||08 February 1989: Naval Station San Diego, Cal. - The Pakistani navy ships PNS Aslat (F-265), left, and PNS Khaibar (D-163) lay tied up at a
pier following their commissioning. The Aslat and Khaibar, formerly the frigate USS
O'Callahan (FF 1051) and the guided missile frigate Brooke, respectively, are being leased to the government of Pakistan for five years.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-03785 by PH1 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
|WestPac '75 - '76
Weapons Dep't Patch
|View the USS Brooke (DEG 1) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Brooke's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 12 Mar. 1966 - 17 Mar. 1967||Cmdr. Robert Levi Walters (enl. '44; USNA '49) (Oblong, Ill.) (ret. as Vadm.)|
|2.) 17 Mar. 1967 - 20 Apr. 1968||Cmdr. Bruce Goodwin Stone (USNA '50) (Springfield, Mass.)|
|3.) 20 Apr. 1968 - 18 Feb. 1970||Cmdr. James Garfield Williams III|
|4.) 18 Feb. 1970 - 11 Jun. 1971||Cmdr. William Frederick (Scot) McCauley (USNA '55) (Omaha, Nebr.) (ret. as Vadm.)|
|5.) 11 Jun. 1971 - 11 Sep. 1972||Cmdr. Carl John Albrecht (USNA '59) (West Chester, Pa.)|
|6.) 11 Sep. 1972 - 22 Mar. 1974||Cmdr. William Dyer Pivarnik (USNA '59) (Darien, Conn.)|
|7.) 22 Mar. 1974 - 27 Aug. 1975||Cmdr. Robert Heber Ailes (San Francisco, Cal.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|8.) 27 Aug. 1975 - 12 Nov. 1976||Cmdr. Robert Louis Freehill|
|9.) 12 Nov. 1976 - 10 Jan. 1977||Cmdr. Stanley John Pryzby (Greenfield, Mass.)|
|10.) 10 Jan. 1977 - 19 Dec. 1978||Cmdr. Raymond Guy Zeller (Olney, Ill.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|11.) 19 Dec. 1978 - 06 Feb. 1981||Cmdr. Allan Dale Zabrocki|
|12.) 06 Feb. 1981 - 28 Feb. 1983||Cmdr. John Davidson Luke|
|13.) 28 Feb. 1983 - 17 Jun. 1985||Cmdr. Barry Merrill Plott|
|14.) 17 Jun. 1985 - 19 Dec. 1987||Cmdr. Albert Smith Paton (Providence, R.I.)|
|15.) 19 Dec. 1987 - 18 Aug. 1988||Cmdr. John T.O. Martin|
|16.) 18 Aug. 1988 - 08 Feb. 1989||Cmdr. William E. Gahnstrom|
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