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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 July 11 1969 - Launched May 2 1970

  1. USS BOWEN DE-1079
    Commissioned May 22 1971

  2. USS BOWEN FF-1079
    Reclassified Frigate (FF) June 30 1975
    Assigned to Naval Reserve Force Atlantic at Norfolk VA September 30 1991

  3. USS BOWEN FFT-1079
    Reclassified Training Frigate (FFT) December 15 1991
    Decommissioned March 6 1994

    Struck from Naval Register January 11 1995

  4. TCG AKDENIZ F-257 (Turkish Naval Service)
    Leased to Turkey March 6 1994
    Decommissioned 2002
Bowen FF1079 Crest.jpg

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. Bowen Covers Page 1    (1971-94)



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.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type
FDC 2(n)


JonBurdett bowen de1079 19710522 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bowen de1079 19710522.JPG

As DE-1079
First Day in Commission


Locy Type
FDC 9ef(nu)


JonBurdett bowen de1079 19710522-1 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett bowen de1079 19710522-1.jpg

As DE-1079
First Day in Commission


Locy Type
2(n) (USS)


JonBurdett bowen de1079 19730226 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bowen de1079 19730226.jpg

As DE-1079


Locy Type
2-1n+ (D2,USS)


JonBurdett bowen ff1079 19790519 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bowen ff1079 19790519-1.jpg

As FF-1079


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


GregCiesielski Bowen FF1079 19840213 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bowen FF1079 19840213 1 Front.jpg

As FF-1079


Locy Type
9ef(nu) (USS)


JonBurdett bowen de1079 19710706 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett bowen de1079 19710706.JPG

As DE-1079


Locy Type
9-1n+u (USS)


JonBurdett bowen ff1079 19790519-1 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett bowen ff1079 19790519-1.jpg

As FF-1079


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


JonBurdett bowen ff1079 19860421 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett bowen ff1079 19860421.jpg

As FF-1079


Locy Type
LDC 9-1(n+u)


JonBurdett bowen ff1079 19940603-1 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bowen ff1079 19940603-1.jpg

As FF-1079
Last Day in Commission


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Unit Commendation - CG Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon

NAMESAKE - Vice Admiral Harold Gardiner Bowen, Jr. USN.
Bowen presided over the investigation of the USS Pueblo incident. USS Bowen was one of the few U.S. ships named after someone still living.
Vice Adm. Bowen's decorations include a Distinguished Service medal with gold star, two Legion of Merit medals with Combat V, three Bronze Star medals with gold star and Combat V, and three Navy Commendation medals.



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