USS WHIPPLE was the eleventh KNOX - class frigate and the third ship in the Navy named after Commodore Abraham Whipple of the Continental Navy.
Decommissioned on February 14, 1992, and stricken from the Navy list on January 11, 1995, the WHIPPLE spent the following years berthed at the NAVSEA Inactive Ships On-site Maintenance Office, Pearl Harbor, HI. In 2005, preparations started for WHIPPLE's upcoming transfer to the Mexican Navy. Equipped with new boilers, the frigate lit off her new boilers for the first time since she was decommissioned on September 30, 2005. Sea trials lasted until October 2, and after completion the frigate was transfered to the Mexican Navy where she was recommissioned as MINA.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: July 22, 1964|
|Keel laid: April 24, 1967|
|Launched: April 12, 1968|
|Commissioned: August 22, 1970|
|Decommissioned: February 14, 1992|
|Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, Wash.|
|Propulsion system: 2 - 1200 psi boilers; 1 geared turbine, 1 shaft; 35,000 shaft horsepower|
|Length: 438 feet (133.5 meters)|
|Beam: 47 feet (14.4 meters)|
|Draft: 25 feet (7.6 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 4,200 tons full load|
|Speed: 27 knots|
|Armament: one Mk-16 missile launcher for ASROC and Harpoon missiles, one Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber gun, Mk-46 torpedoes from single tube launchers, one Mk-25 BPDMS launcher for Sea Sparrow missiles|
|Aircraft: one SH-2F (LAMPS I) helicopter|
|Crew: 18 officers, 267 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS WHIPPLE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS WHIPPLE Image Gallery:
The photo below is an official US Navy photo taken on June 4, 2000. It shows the WHIPPLE at the Pearl Harbor Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility.
The photo below was contributed by Jeffrey R. Smith and shows the WHIPPLE during her seatrials prior to transfer to the Mexican Navy in 2005.