USS Moinester

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USS Moinester (FF-1097)
United States
Name: Moinester
Namesake: LTJG Robert William Moinester
Ordered: 25 August 1966
Builder: Avondale Shipyard, Westwego, Louisiana
Yard number: 1165
Laid down: 25 August 1972
Launched: 12 May 1973
Sponsored by: Mrs. Gertrude Mahoney Moinester, mother of namesake
Acquired: 17 October 1974
Commissioned: 2 November 1974
Decommissioned: 28 July 1994
Identification: FF-1097
  • Mare est vita Mea
  • The Sea is My Life
Fate: Transferred to Egypt, 28 June 1994
Badge: USS Moinester (FF-1097) COA.png
Name: Rasheed
Leased: 28 June 1994
Purchased: 25 March 1998
Identification: F966
Status: in active service, as of 2017[1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Knox-class frigate
Displacement: 3,011 tons (3,877 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 (50 km/h; 31 mph)
Complement: 18 officers, 267 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • AN/SPS-40 Air Search Radar
  • AN/SPS-67 Surface Search Radar
  • AN/SQS-26 Sonar
  • AN/SQR-18 Towed array sonar system
  • Mk68 Gun Fire Control System
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
AN/SLQ-32 Electronics Warfare System
Aircraft carried: one SH-2 Seasprite (LAMPS I) helicopter

USS Moinester (FF-1097) was a Knox-class frigate. The ship was named for LTJG Robert W. Moinester who was posthumously awarded the Silver Star during the Vietnam War in 1968.[2] Moinester was christened by Mrs. Gertrude Mahoney Moinester, the mother of the ship's namesake and ship sponsor.[3]

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.[4]

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).[5]

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 mast. 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.[6]

Construction and career[edit]

Moinester was decommissioned and sold to the Egyptian Navy and became the Egyptian frigate Rasheed (F966). As of 2007, Rasheed remained active in the Egyptian Navy.[1]

Awards, citations and campaign ribbons[edit]

Joint Meritorious Unit Award ribbon.svg Joint Meritorious Unit Award
U.S. Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Unit Commendation
NavyE.gif Navy "E" Ribbon (4)
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal ribbon.svg Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal ribbon.svg Humanitarian Service Ribbon
Navy and Marine Corps Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.svg Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Special Operations Service Ribbon.svg Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon


  1. ^ a b Wertheim, Eric, ed. (2017). "Egypt". The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Systems (15th ed.). Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. p. 172. ISBN 978-1-59114-955-2. OCLC 140283156. 
  2. ^ "Robert William Moinester". Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  3. ^ Maritime Reporter. June 1973.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Friedman, pp. 357–60, 425
  5. ^ Gardiner, Chumley & Budzbon, p. 598
  6. ^ 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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