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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Knox Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid June 1 1966 - Launched March 25 1967

  1. USS HEPBURN DE-1055
    Commissioned July 3 1969

  2. USS HEPBURN FF-1055
    Reclassified Frigate (FF) July 1 1975
    Assigned to Naval Reserve Force, Pacific, at San Diego October 1 1989
    Decommissioned December 20 1991

    Struck from Naval Register January 11 1995
    Sunk as Target June 4 2002

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Hepburn Covers Page 1    (1973-90)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.



Locy Type
2(n+) (DE,USS)


As DE-1055

Locy Type
2tnu FF/1055

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. H-47


As FF-1055

Locy Type
2-1(n+) (FF,D1,USS)


As FF-1055

Locy Type
2-1(n+) (D1,USS,USN)


As FF-1055

Locy Type
9ef(n+u) (DE,USS)


As DE-1055

Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS,USN)


As FF-1055


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 2 stars - Humanitarian Service Ribbon - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

NAMESAKE - Arthur Japy Hepburn USN (October 15 1877 - May 31 1964)
Hepburn graduated from the Naval Academy June 5 1897. During the Spanish-American War he served as Passed Midshipman in Battleship USS IOWA BB-4, and he participated in the defeat of Admiral Cervera's Spanish Squadron off Santiago, Cuba, July 3 1898. Commissioned Ensign July 1 1899, during the next two decades he assisted in making oceanic surveys in the Pacific and performed a variety of duties ashore and afloat. During World War I he commanded the seized German liner KAISER WILHELM II and the Submarine Chaser Base, New London, Conn., until ordered to Europe in July 1918 to command the subchaser base at Queenstown, Ireland. After the armistice, he served in USS CHESTER CS-1, inspecting German naval ships and aircraft in accordance with naval terms of the Armistice. From 1919 to 1922 he was Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Steam Engineering, and from 1922 to 1924 he served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Naval Detachment in Turkish Waters. During the years prior to World War II, he served a wide variety of important posts both ashore and afloat. He took command of USS WST VIRGINIA BB-48 in May 1925; became Director of Naval Intelligence in July 1926. From 1927 to 1930 he served as Chief of Staff with Battle Fleet and U.S. Fleet and on 23 May 1931 took command of Submarine Forces, U.S. Fleet. Between June 1932 and July 1933, he served as a naval member to the three-power Limitations of Arms Conference as Naval Adviser to the Geneva Delegation in Switzerland and to the American Representative at the London Naval Conference. After serving as Commander 4th Naval District, and commanding destroyers of the U.S. Fleet, he became Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Fleet June 24 1936, serving in the rank of Admiral. Two years later he headed a board which reviewed America's national defense structure during the deteriorating international situation. The "Hepburn Board Report" was the basis for the massive Shore Establishment expansion that took place prior to World War II. In 1942, Admiral Hepburn was appointed Chairman of the General Board of the Navy, serving in that capacity throughout the war. He also served as a delegate to the Dumbarton Oaks meetings, which established guidelines for founding the United Nations. Admiral Hepburn retired from active duty December 10 1945, and died May 31 1964



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