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USS Rathburne (FF-1057)
USS Rathburne (FF-1057)
Career (US)
Name: USS Rathburne
Namesake: Variant spelling of the last name of John Rathbun (1746-1782), a Continental Navy officer
Ordered: 22 July 1964
Builder: Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company, Seattle, Washington
Laid down: 8 January 1968
Launched: 2 May 1969
Sponsored by: Mrs. Charles A. Bowsher
Commissioned: 16 May 1970
Decommissioned: 14 February 1992
Struck: 11 January 1995
Motto: Proud Defender
Fate: Sunk as target 5 July 2002
Notes: delivered 8 May 1970
General characteristics
Class and type: Knox-class frigate
Displacement: 3,305 tons (4,295 full load)
Length: 438 ft (134 m)
Beam: 46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)
Draught: 24 ft 9 in (7.54 m)
Propulsion: 2 × CE 1200psi boilers
1 Westinghouse geared turbine
1 shaft, 35,000 SHP (26 MW)
Speed: over 27 knots
Range: 4,500 nautical miles @ 20 knots
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
and decoys:
AN/SLQ-32 Electronics Warfare System
Armament: one Mk-16 8 cell missile launcher for ASROC and Harpoon missiles
one Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber gun
Mark 46 torpedoes from four single tube launchers)
one Mk-25 BPDMS launcher for Sea Sparrow missiles, later replaced by Phalanx CIWS
Aircraft carried: one SH-2 Seasprite (LAMPS I) helicopter

The USS Rathburne (FF-1057) was a Knox class frigate of the US Navy. Despite the different spelling, she was named for Continental Navy officer John Rathbun (1746-1782), and was laid down 8 January 1968 by Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company at Seattle, Washington. She was launched on 2 May 1969, sponsored by Mrs. Charles A. Bowsher, and commissioned on 16 May 1970 with Commander Richard B. Evans in command.

Rathburne appeared in a 1972 episode of the television series Hawaii Five-O.

Rathburne was decommissioned on 14 February 1992 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 11 January 1995. She was sunk as a target during fleet training exercise RIMPAC 2002 on 5 July 2002.

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