USS STEIN was the 15th KNOX - class frigate and the first ship named after Corporal Tony Stein, USMC, a World War II Medal of Honor winner.
During her 20 years of service, USS STEIN completed 9 major overseas deployments, including one world cruise in 1987. She was present in the Middle East during the Iran-Iraq War and was part of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storum in 1990/91. USS STEIN was awarded two Meritorious Unit Citations, two Navy Expeditionary Medals, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Southwest Asia Service Medal. The frigate's last homeport was San Diego, Ca.
On January 29, 1997, USS STEIN was purchased by Mexico where she was recommissioned as IGNACIO ALLENDE.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: July 22, 1964|
|Keel laid: June 1, 1970|
|Launched: December 19, 1970|
|Commissioned: January 8, 1972|
|Decommissioned: March 19, 1992|
|Builder: Lockheed Shipbuilding & Construction Co., 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 STEIN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
About the Ship's Name:
Tony Stein was born on 30 September 1921 in Dayton, Ohio. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on 22 September 1942. After service in the South Pacific and home leave, Corporal Stein served overseas again with the 8th Marines; and, on 19 February 1945, he was the first man in his unit to be on station after hitting the beach at Iwo Jima. For his repeated single-handed assaults against the enemy and his valor in aiding wounded marines, Corporal Stein was awarded the Medal of Honor. Less than two weeks after the heroics which won him the nation's highest decoration, he fell mortally wounded during a charge against an enemy machine gun emplacement on Iwo Jima.
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