USS Lockwood

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USS Lockwood (FF-1064)
United States
Name: Lockwood
Namesake: Charles A. Lockwood
Ordered: 22 July 1964
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, Washington
Laid down: 3 November 1967
Launched: 5 September 1968
Acquired: 1 December 1970
Commissioned: 5 December 1970
Decommissioned: 27 September 1993
Struck: 27 September 1993
Motto: Secure Against the Waves
Fate: Scrapped, 4 August 2000
General characteristics
Class and type: Knox-class frigate
Displacement: 3,192 tons (4,154 full load)
Length: 438 ft (134 m)
Beam: 46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)
Draft: 24 ft 9 in (7.54 m)
  • 2 × CE 1200psi boilers
  • 1 Westinghouse geared turbine
  • 1 shaft, 35,000 shp (26,000 kW)
Speed: over 27 knots (31 mph; 50 km/h)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,330 km) at 20 knots (23 mph; 37 km/h)
Complement: 18 officers, 267 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • AN/SPS-40 Air Search Radar
  • AN/SPS-67 Surface Search Radar
  • AN/SQS-26CX[1] Sonar
  • AN/SQQ-17A(V)2 sonobuoy system
  • AN/SQR-18 Towed array sonar system
  • AN/SQS-35 IVDS [1]
  • Mk68 Gun Fire Control System
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
AN/SLQ-32 Electronics Warfare System
Aircraft carried: one SH-2 Seasprite (LAMPS I) helicopter

USS Lockwood (FF-1064) was the 13th Knox-class destroyer escort, redesignated a frigate in 1975. She was named for Charles A. Lockwood.

Design and description[edit]

The Knox-class design was derived from the Brooke-class frigate modified to extend range and without a long-range missile system. The ships had an overall length of 438 feet (133.5 m), a beam of 47 feet (14.3 m) and a draft of 25 feet (7.6 m). They displaced 4,066 long tons (4,131 t) at full load. Their crew consisted of 13 officers and 211 enlisted men.[2]

The ships were equipped with one Westinghouse geared steam turbine that drove the single propeller shaft. The turbine was designed to produce 35,000 shaft horsepower (26,000 kW), using steam provided by 2 C-E boilers, to reach the designed speed of 27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph). The Knox class had a range of 4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at a speed of 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph).[3]

The Knox-class ships were armed with a 5"/54 caliber Mark 42 gun forward and a single 3"/50 caliber gun aft. They mounted an eight-round ASROC launcher between the 5-inch (127 mm) gun and the bridge. Close-range anti-submarine defense was provided by two twin 12.75-inch (324 mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes. The ships were equipped with a torpedo-carrying DASH drone helicopter; its telescoping hangar and landing pad were positioned amidships aft of the mack. Beginning in the 1970s, the DASH was replaced by a SH-2 Seasprite LAMPS I helicopter and the hangar and landing deck were accordingly enlarged. Most ships also had the 3-inch (76 mm) gun replaced by an eight-cell BPDMS missile launcher in the early 1970s.[4]

Construction and career[edit]

She was constructed by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, Washington, laid down 3 November 1967, launched 5 September 1968 and delivered 1 December 1970. Lockwood was commissioned 5 December 1970 as destroyer escort (DE-1064) under the command of Commander Robert C. Woods USN.

In May 1975 USS Lockwood was reassigned to forward deployed Destroyer Squadron 15, changing her homeport to Yokosuka, Japan to be part of the USS Midway (CV-41) and her battle group. On 30 June 1975 USS Lockwood was reclassified as a frigate (FF 1064).

From 27 September - 21 December 1977 USS Lockwood sailed with the Midway battle group. during the cruise USS Lockwood visited ports, including Karachi, Pakistan, Singapore, and Bunbury, Western Australia.

On 1 November 1978 USS Lockwood, along with her sister ship USS Kirk (FF-1087) and oiler USS Ashtabula (AO-51) arrived in Perth/Fremantle, Western Australia, for an R&R visit. They departed on 11 November.

From 24 February to 5 June 1981 USS Lockwood sailed with the Midway battle group. during the cruise USS Lockwood again visited Bunbury, Western Australia, from 6-11 May 1981.

In July 1988, USS Lockwood changed Homeport to Naval Station Long Beach, CA. where she would remain until her decommissioning on 30 September 1993, struck from the NVR after 22.8 years of service

Contract awarded 29 September 1999 for $3.7 million to Ship Dismantling & Recycling Joint Venture, San Francisco, California for towing/scrapping and Disposed of by Recycling, 4 August 2000.


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ Friedman, pp. 357–60, 425
  3. ^ Gardiner, Chumley & Budzbon, p. 598
  4. ^ Friedman, pp. 360–61; Gardiner, Chumley & Budzbon, p. 598


  • Friedman, Norman (1982). U.S. Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-733-X.
  • Gardiner, Robert; Chumbley, Stephen & Budzbon, Przemysław (1995). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-132-7.

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