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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Jesse L. Brown (DE-1089; later FF-1089 and FFT-1089), 1973-1994

USS Jesse L. Brown, a 3963-ton Knox class escort ship built at Westwego, Louisiana, was commissioned in February 1973. In July 1975, she was reclassified as a frigate and designated FF-1089. Her career was spent with the Atlantic Fleet, and included several deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, the Persian Gulf and northern European waters. Jesse L. Brown also participated in two joint operations with Latin American Navies, UNITAS XX in 1979 and UNITAS XXX a decade later. During the later 1980s and early 1990s, she engaged in counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean area.

USS Jesse L. Brown was transferred to the Naval Reserve in January 1992, and was redesignated FFT-1089. Based in Mobile, Alabama, after October 1992, she was actively involved in training reservists while participating in operations in the western Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico area. In 1993, she transited the Panama Canal and paid a visit to Ecuador. Jesse L. Brown was decommissioned in July 1994 and transferred to the Egyptian Navy, in which she serves as Damietta (F-961).

USS Jesse L. Brown was named in honor of Ensign Jesse LeRoy Brown, USN, who became the first African-American Naval Aviator in 1948.

This page features views related to USS Jesse L. Brown.

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Photo #: NH 96767

USS Jesse L. Brown (DE-1089)


Underway off the Maine coast.
Photograph was received in January 1979.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 92KB; 740 x 525 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 96768

USS Jesse L. Brown (DE-1089)


Ties up at the Charleston Naval Base, South Carolina, as she returns from maneuvers in the Mediterranean Sea with other ships of Destroyer Squadron Four, 5 December 1974.
Photographed by PH1 Milt Putnam.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 105KB; 740 x 585 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 96770

USS Jesse L. Brown (DE-1089)


Tied up alongside a seawall at the Charleston Naval Base, South Carolina, following her return from maneuvers in the Mediterranean Sea, 5 December 1974. She was a unit of Destroyer Squadron Four.
Photographed by PH1 Milt Putnam.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 100KB; 575 x 765 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 96769

USS Jesse L. Brown (DE-1089)


Ready for launching, at Avondale Shipyards, Westwego, Louisiana, 18 March 1972.
Photographed by PH2 Robert W. Weeks.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 114KB; 595 x 765 pixels

 
Photo #: USN 1151107

USS Jesse L. Brown (DE-1089)


Sponsor and others on the christening platform, during launching ceremonies at Avondale Shipyards, Westwego, Louisiana, 18 March 1972.
Those present are (from left to right):
Rear Admiral John W. Dolan, Jr., USN, Deputy Commander for Shipyard Management and Program Director for Shipyard Modernization, Naval Ship Systems Command;
Mrs. Gilbert W. Thorne, Ship's Sponsor;
Mr. Henry Z. Carter, President, Avondale Shipyards, Inc.;
Captain Thomas J. Hudner, USN, Head, Aviation Technical Training, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

Online Image: 89KB; 740 x 510 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system as Photo # 428-N-1151107.

 
Photo #: NH 94599-KN (Color)

"Black History" Poster


Featuring Ensign Jesse L. Brown, the first African-American Naval Aviator, and the ship named in his honor, USS Jesse L. Brown (FF-1089).
The original artwork was created circa 1976 by William M. Moser, of the Navy Recruiting Command.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 83KB; 740 x 605 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 84221-KN (Color)

USS Jesse L. Brown (DE-1089)


Ship's insignia, adopted circa 1973.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 80KB; 650 x 765 pixels

 

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18 December 1998