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USS Brumby (DE 1044)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - E - R - A
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Huckster"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Class: Garcia
Type: SCB No. 199A / 1961 - 1963
Number in Class: 10
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: 13 / 234
Guns: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30 Gun (2x1) (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-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-26AXR in DE 1040 - 1045, AN/SQS-26BX in DE 1047 - 1051
Fire Control Systems: Mk56 Mod 43 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 8/11 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Brumby (DE 1044) Building and Operational Data:
  • 03 January 1962: Buiilding contract awarded to the Avondale Shipyards Corp.
  • 01 April 1963: Keel laid at the Avondale Shipyards, Westwego, La.
  • 06 June 1964: Launched and christened, co-sponsored by Misses Muriel Tuckerman Fitzgerald and Cornelia Truxtun Fitzgerald, Adm. Brumby's granddaughters
  • 05 August 1965: Commissioned at Charleston, S.C., Cdr George F. Tolson Jr. in command, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 4 homeported at Charleston
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1044)
  • 31 March 1989: Decommissioned after 23 years and 8¾ months of service, leased to Pakistan, renamed PNS Harbah (F-266)
  • 19 August 1994: Struck from the NVR
  • 09 September 1994: Transferred back to MARAD at Singapore, sold for scrap same date to Trusha Investments Pte. Ltd. c/o Jacques Pierot, Jr. & Sons Inc., New York City, N.Y. for $635,602.00
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    Brumby 40k Frank Hardeman Brumby was born in Athens, Ga. on 11 September 1874 to John Wallis and Arebella Hardeman Brumby. He attended the University of Georgia at Athens before his appointment as a Naval Cadet in 1891, the year he entered the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. from the Eigth Congressional District of Georgia. He completed the four year course and was detached on 07 June 1895 to serve two years at sea then required by law before final graduation. Commissioned Ensign in the U.S. Navy on 07 June 1897, he subsequently progressed in rank to that of Rear Admiral, to date from from 15 September 1927. He served in the rank of Vice Admiral from 20 May 1933 to 15 June 1934, and in the rank of Admiral from that date until 01 April 1935, and his susequent retirement on 01 October 1938. He was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List to date from 16 June 1942.

    Admiral Frank H. Brumby died in Norfolk, Va. on 16 July 1950, suvived by his wife, Mrs. Frank H. (Isabelle Truxtun) Brumby; a daughter, Mrs. Charles T. Fitzgerald of Washington, D.C.; and a son, Captain Frank H. Brumby Jr. USN (USNA Class of 1932).

    Admiral Brumby had the Sampson Medal, Spanish Campaign Medal, Philippine Campaign Medal, Cuban Pacification Medal, and the World War I Victory Medal

    USS Brumby (DE 1044) (1965-1989) was the first ship to be named in his honor.         (U.S. Navy photo #NH 56267 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

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    Brumby 104k June 1967: Kiel, Germany - A photo of the Belgian Navy command and logistic support ship RBNS Godetia (A 690) and the United States Navy frigate USS Brumby (DE 1044) tied up at the Tirpitzmole for the Kieler Woche (The Kiel Week or Kiel Regatta is an annual sailing event in Kiel, the capital of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is the largest sailing event in the world, and also one of the largest Volksfeste in Germany, attracting millions of people every year from all over Germany and neighbouring countries).

    (Photo ID#: 41.600 from the collection of Friedrich Magnussen [1914-1987])
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Brumby 45k March 1968: Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va. - These four shots were taken during Brumby's yard period.

    Top: Daylight shot of USS Brumby's sonar dome while in drydock.

    Second: Daylight shot of Brumby in drydock.

    Third: A night shot of Brumby in drydock.

    Fourth: A view of Brumby's pilothouse.
    Terry Hoffer
    QM2, '67 - 12/70
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    Brumby 65k 1968: the Atlantic Ocean - underway off Cape Hatteras.
    Brumby 30k 1968: the Atlantic Ocean - sunset at sea.
    Brumby 49k 1968: Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - full-dress ship while moored at Gitmo.
    Brumby 202k 1970: Antwerp, Belgium - A photo of Brumby, moored inboard of USS Edward McDonnell (DE 1043) and USS Biddle (DLG 34), while on a port visit to Antwerp. Gilbert Gyssels
    Brumby 423k circa early 1970's: the Atlantic Ocean - The frigate USS Brumby (FF 1044) underway at speed.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 107498 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

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    Brumby 156k June 1973: off Guantanamo Bay Cuba - a six picture series of USS Brumby (DE 1044) highlining with USCGC Ingham (WHEC-35). Brumby was in overhaul at the Charleston Naval Shipyard from November 1972 to April 1973 before sailing to Guantanamo Bay for refresher training.

    (Photos by ETN2 Greg Bevirt).
    Terrence Wright
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    Brumby 38k September 1972: location unknown Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Brumby 140k 27 November 1975: Puerto Cabello, Venezuela - USS William V. Pratt (DDG 44) tied up pierside along with USS Brumby centre, and USS Truett (FF 1095) outboard.

    (Photo © Karsten Peterson, Karsten is a retired professional seaman with an excellent website called Sailor, On the Blue Path of the World)
    Brumby 229k November 1976: Brumby in the North Atlantic.

    (Photos © Richard Leonhardt)
    Richard Leonhardt
    Bethlehem, Pa.
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    Brumby 341k 06 June 1979: Mediterranean Sea - NATO ships: Turkish DD Tinaztepe (D-355) [former USS Keppler DD 765]; the British frigate Charybdis F-75; the Italian frigate Carabiniere F-581; and USS Brumby FF 1044.

    (photographer unknown)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    Brumby 213k 18 May 1983: A port bow view of the frigate Brumby underway during the NATO Exercise Distant Drum.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-02017 from
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Brumby 517k October 1988: USS Brumby (FF 1044) heading down the Kennebec River for sea trials after departing the Bath Iron Works.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #L45-37.01.01 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Brumby 439k 31 October 1988: USS Brumby (FF 1044) leaving Portland, Maine for sea trials following a 14 month ROH at Bath Iron Works. Shawn Ward
    Crewmember '87 - '89
    Brumby 423k 31 March 1989: Charleston, S.C. - The crew of the frigate USS Brumby (FF 1044) departs the ship following its decommissioning at Naval Station Charleston. The Brumby will be transferred to the Pakistani navy and recomissioned as PNS Harbah (F-266).

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #DN-SN-89-06883 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    Brumby Memorabilia
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    Tommy Trampp
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    Mike Smolinski

    Thornhill History
    View the USS Brumby (DE 1044) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Brumby's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  05 Aug. 1965 -07 Jul. 1966Cmdr. George Franklin Tolson, Jr. (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
    2.)  07 Jul. 1966 - 19 Aug. 1968 Cmdr. Peter G. Brown
    3.)  19 Aug. 1968 - 21 Nov. 1970Cmdr. Peter Robert Walker (USNA '53) (Wyckoff, N.J.)
    4.)  21 Nov. 1970 - 15 Feb. 1972Cmdr. Luther C. Holder (OCS '54) (Wildorado, Tex.)
    5.)  15 Feb. 1972 - 07 Mar. 1972Cmdr. Stanley L. Turner
    6.)  07 Mar. 1972 - 13 April 1973Cmdr. Edward Courtland Snyder Jr. (USNA '54) (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
    7.)  13 Apr. 1973 - 14 Jul. 1973Cmdr. John James Kingston (prior enl. / OCS '55) (Brookline, Mass.)
    8.)  14 Jul. 1973 - 15 Jul. 1975Cmdr. Frederick N. Mangol (OCS '58) (Detroit, Mich.)
    9.)  15 Jul. 1975 - 14 Oct. 1976 Cmdr. William W. Pippinger (OCS '58) (Frankfort, In.)
    10.) 14 Oct. 1976 - 10 Jun. 1978Cmdr. David Gregory MacPherson
    11.) 10 Jun. 1978 - 16 Jun. 1980Cmdr. William F. Glover III
    12.) 16 Jun. 1980 - 13 Sep. 1982Cmdr. Jimmy Don Henderson
    13.) 13 Sep. 1982 - 14 Sep. 1984Cmdr. Franklin G. West, Jr. (Citadel '64) (Charleston, S.C.)
    14.) 14 Sep. 1984 - 14 Nov. 1986Cmdr. James D. Eldridge, Jr. (OCS '65) (Americus, Ga.)
    15.) 14 Nov. 1986 - 31 Mar. 1989 Cmdr. John Russell (Rusty) Wall (NROTC '68) (Army Jr., Bronxville, N.Y.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Last Reunion
    2004 at Ft. Mitchell KY

    Contact Name: Michael Pierce
    E-mail: Michael Pierce

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