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USS Julius A. Furer (DEG 6)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

"Nulli Praeda"
(We Are A Prize For No One)
Class: Brooke
Type: SCB No. 199B / 1962 - 1963
Number in Class: 6
Displacement: 2,620 tons (std), 3,400 tons (full)
Length: 390' 0" (wl), 414' 6" (oa)
Beam: 44' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Foster Wheeler 1200-psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,000 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 17 / 219
Missiles: 1 single arm Mk22 Mod 0 launcher for Tartar / Standard-MR SAMs (16)
Guns: 1 - 5"/38 Mk30 Gun (1x1) (350 rounds)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk16 ASROC launcher (1x8) (16 missiles), 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos (18)
Radars: AN/SPS-10F (surface), AN/SPS-52 (3-D air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-26AX
Fire Control Systems: 1 - Mk56 Mod 43 Gun FCS, 1 - Mk74 Mod 2/6 missile FCS, 1 - AN/SPG-51C missile radar, 1 - Mk114 Mod 10/13 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Julius A. Furer (DEG 6) Building and Operational Data:
  • 24 May 1963: Building contract awarded to the Bath Iron Works Corp.
  • 12 July 1965: Keel laid at the Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Me.
  • 22 July 1966: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Julius A. Furer, widow of Rear Admiral Furer
  • 11 November 1967: Commissioned at the Boston Naval Shipyard, Cmdr. Peter A. Stark, Jr. in command
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FFG 6)
  • 31 January 1989: Decommissioned after 21 years and 1⅔ months of service, leased to Pakistan, renamed PNS Badr (D-161)
  • 02 January 1994: Struck from the NVR
  • 29 March 1994: Returned to U.S. Navy at Singapore, sold for scrapping to Trusha Investments Pte. Ltd. c/o Jacques Pierot, Jr. & Sons Inc., New York City, N.Y. for $660,600
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    Julius A. Furer

    46k Julius Augustus Furer was born 09 October 1880 at Mosel, Wisconsin. Appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1897, he graduated at the head of his class in 1901. After sea duty in Indiana (BB1) and Shubrick (TB 31), in 1905 he acquired a Master of Science degree from MIT. In the era of great naval expansion after the Spanish- American War, Furer established a reputation for professional competence in his expeditious outfitting of the Navy Base at Charleston, South Carolina, which at that time lacked a physical plant, natural resources, and a skilled shipbuilding labor force. While serving in the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1911, he applied new theories of scientific management. His advanced thinking and methods of procurement brought him the added task of purchasing all tools, machinery, and dock facilities for the Navy’s new base for the Pacific Fleet: Pearl Harbor. He installed the equipment in 18 months, but delayed his departure when submarine F-4 sank in 50 fathoms off Honolulu. He insisted on salvaging her, and invented a submersible pontoon which raised the boat and enabled her to be moved to drydock. An investigation of her hull revealed a design error which was corrected to avoid similar accidents. Returning to Washington late in 1915 he took charge of the Supply Division, Bureau of Construction and Repair. Against some opposition by advocates of smaller vessels, he proposed the construction of 110-foot submarine chasers to meet the threat of the German U-boat. His arguments persuaded the Navy’s General Board to order 450 vessels constructed on Furer’s basic design. These contributions to the American war effort earned him the Navy Cross. Following the war, he reported to the staff of the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet, devoting himself to the improvement of damage control, ship design, and crew comfort. From December 1922 to April 1927, he was a member of the U.S. Naval Mission to Brazil. He was next assigned to the Asiatic Station, where he developed extensively the aircraft facilities at Cavite, Philippine Islands. In 1928, he became Manager of the Industrial Department of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and supervised the modernization of battleships Pennsylvania (BB 38) and New Mexico (BB 40). Under his management, the yard set records for low costs and speed of construction. Between July 1935 and December 1937, Furer was Naval Attache at embassies in London, Paris, Berlin, and Rome. His technical advice aided the American delegation to the London Naval Conference in 1936. A Rear Admiral at the outbreak of World War II, he became the Coordinator of Research and Development, and the senior member of the National Research and Development Board. He coordinated widespread research that speeded development of modern weapons systems for the Navy. These services won Furer the Legion of Merit 30 June 1945. Julius Furer retired from active service in 1945, but was recalled to duty in the Navy’s History Division in 1951. During a second retirement, he wrote the widely acclaimed study, that the Naval History Division published: Admiral Furer's 1042-page volume titled "Administration of the Navy Department in World War II" (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1959). Rear Admiral Julius A. Furer died 06 June 1963 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

    USS Julius A. Furer (DEG 6) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
    Robert M. Cieri
    J.A. Furer
    106k 22 July 1966: Bath, Me. - USS Julius A. Furer (DEG 6) going down the launch way at Bath Iron Works Corp.

    (Photo and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    J.A. Furer
    188k September 1967: Bath, Me. - The future USS Julius A. Furer heads to the Atlantic Ocean for sea trials.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #USN1126066 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    J.A. Furer
    115k unknown date / location -
    J.A. Furer
    202k undated: Newport, R.I. - Postcard view of Pier 1. Julius A. Furer and USS Voge (DE 1047) are alongside USS Yosemite (AD 19). USS Dealey (DE 1006), USS Cromwell (DE 1014), and USS Compton (DD 705) are behind them nested alongside another tender.

    (Photo © The John Twomey Distributing Co., Newport, R.I.)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.
    J.A. Furer
    108k early 1968: Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - USS Julius A. Furer (DEG 6) taken from USS Wasp (CVS 18) during Wasp's ORI. Ben Brooks
    J.A. Furer
    75k 20 April 1970: Valletta, Malta - Julius A. Furer entering Grand Harbor. Tom Sirignano
    J.A. Furer
    124k unknown date / location Wendell R. McLaughlin, Jr.
    J.A. Furer
    31k June 1974: location unknown Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    J.A. Furer
    106k 1974: at sea - The NATO Standing Naval Force Atlantic ships underway: USS Julius A. Furer (DEG 6), U.S. Navy; HMS Sirius (F40), Royal Navy; FGS Augsburg (F222), West Germany; HMCS Annapolis (DDH 265), Royal Canadian Navy; NRP Almirante Pereira da Silva (F472), Portugal; Hr.Ms. Rotterdam (D818), the Netherlands; and KNM Narvik (F304), Norway.

    (Photo from the USS Julius A. Furer (DEG 6) 1974 Cruise Book)
    J. A. Furer
    114k An undated postcard view of Julius A. Furer as FFG 6.    (Postcard #P2903 © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, Va.; shown at 150% of original size)

    Caption reads: U.S.S. Julius A. Furer (FFG-5) "Guided Missile Frigate" Built by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Maine, and commissioned 11 November 1967.
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.
    J.A. Furer
    81k undated: Tartar missile launch from Furer

    (I was ship's photographer as a collateral duty for awhile).
    John Locke
    Austin, Tex.
    STG1, FFG 6, 1977-1980
    J.A. Furer
    141k 22 March 1976: the Atlantic Ocean - Julius A. Furer underway off Mayport, Fla.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #USN1166686 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    J.A. Furer
    150k 13 January 1978: the Indian Ocean off East Africa - Julius A. Furer lies to off the city of Victoria in the Seychelles Islands.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #K-119811 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    J.A. Furer
    39k November/December 1979: Naval Station, Charleston, S.C. - Julius A. Furer moored at pier Quebec. Walter Bengtson
    J.A. Furer
    150k 01 September 1984: At sea - A starboard beam view of the Brooke class guided missile frigate USS Julius A. Furer (FFG 6) underway in the Mediterranean.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-00432 from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager

    Julius A. Furer Memorabilia
    J.A. Furer
    Courtesy of
    Wolfgang Hechler
    J.A. Furer
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Window Decal
    Charleston Naval Shipyard
    J.A. Furer
    Courtesy of
    Tommy Trampp

    Julius A. Furer History
    View the USS Julius A. Furer (DEG 6) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Julius A. Furer's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  11 Nov. 1967 - 14 Aug. 1968Cmdr. Peter Amy Stark, Jr. (USNA '52) (Hibbing, Minn.)
    2.)  14 Aug. 1968 - 02 May 1970Cmdr. Gardner Barrett (Mass. MA '51) (Boston, Mass.)
    3.)  02 May 1970 - 08 Oct. 1971Cmdr. Richard Kingdon Albright (Lansdale, Pa.)
    4.)  08 Oct. 1971 - 29 Jun. 1973Cmdr. Robert Paul McVoy (NROTC '55) (Chicago, Ill.)
    5.)  29 Jun. 1973 - 31 May 1975Cmdr. Steven Hamilton Edwards (Albany, N.Y.)
    6.)  31 May 1975 - 26 Jul. 1977Cmdr. Douglas Frank Sommer (Lakewood, Oh.)
    7.)  26 Jul. 1977 - 13 Mar. 1979Cmdr. Bruce Walter Strong (USMMA '58) (Rockland, Me.)
    8.)  13 Mar. 1979 - 12 Jun. 1981Cmdr. William Dozier Andress, Jr. (USNA '61) (Dothan, Ala.)
    9.)  12 Jun. 1981 - 11 Mar. 1983Cmdr. James Reynolds Stark (USNA '65) (Arlington, Va.) (ret. as Radm.)
    10.) 11 Mar. 1983 - 30 Jan. 1986Cmdr. William Baile Hunt (Washington. D.C.)
    11.) 30 Jan. 1986 - 31 Jan. 1989Cmdr. Stanley B. Chepenik

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Last Known Reunion:
    November 2017 at Norfolk, Va.
    Contact Name: Robbie Robinson, RMC, USN/USCG (ret.)
    Phone: Toll free - (866) 965-6730 Local - (912) 756-5764
    E-mail: R. Robinson
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    Additional Resources

    Gerry Hervieux's Julius A. Furer Plankowner Website
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    USS Julius A. Furer's Page on Military.Com
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Julius A. Furer
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