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USS Hepburn (DE-1055/FF-1055)

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Hepburn (DE-1055/FF-1055)

USS Hepburn (FF-1055) was laid down 1 June 1966, by Todd Shipyard Corp., San Pedro, Calif.; and launched 25 March 1967; sponsored by Mrs. Arthur J. Hepburn and Mrs. Joseph R. Barse. 

USS Hepburn (FF-1055) was outfitted in 1969 and proceeded for a “shakedown” cruise to San Francisco, Bremerton, WA, Nanaimo and Vancouver, BC and Pearl Harbor, HI. In 1970 she sailed with a contingent of Midshipmen and then a dependents cruise. Hepburn left for her first WESTPAC in January 1971 participating in NGFS operations on the coast of Vietnam and plane guarding carriers in the Gulf of Tonkin. USS Hepburn (FF-1055) transited the Sea of Japan and performed operations while being tailed by two Soviet cruisers. She visited Midway, Guam, Subic Bay in the Philippines, Hong Kong and Sasebo and Yokosuka Japan. USS Hepburn (FF-1055) escorted the carrier USS Ranger back to the States in June 1971.

USS Hepburn (FF-1055) was an escorting member of the Indian Ocean Task Group of 1976. The task group consisted of the cruiser USS Fox, frigate USS Gray, and oiler USS Passumpsic cruiser USS Fox. The task group sailed from Subic Bay in December 1975. The task group made port calls at Singapore, Karachi, Mombasa, Reunion, and Diego Garcia. While transiting from Karachi to the southern Indian Ocean, the group passed through the anchorage area of the Soviety task forces anchored off the island of Scotra. During their time in the  Arabian Sea, the task group conducted the first ever acoustical survey of this body of water. The Task group returned to Subic Bay on March 1976.

USS Hepburn (FF-1055) was decommissioned 20 December 1991 and struck 11 January 1995.