USS Knox (DE-1052/FF-1052) was the prototype and lead ship in a new class of destroyer escorts in the United States Navy. She was the second ship to be named for Commodore Dudley Wright Knox.

Knox was laid down 5 October 1965, by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, Washington; launched 19 November 1966; sponsored by Mrs. Peter A. Sturtevant, granddaughter of Commodore Knox; and was commissioned on 12 April 1969 with Commander William A. Lamm in command.

Knox performed search and rescue operations and provided evacuation, blockade, and surveillance support, when necessary, for the Pacific Fleet. Knox was redesignated a frigate on 30 June 1975 as FF-1052. Decommissioned on 14 February 1992, Knox was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 11 January 1995. NAVSEA temporarily placed the Knox on the donation hold list but removed her from the list around 2003.

Knox is now at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard scheduled for sinking to become an artificial reef sometime in 2007.
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By: kjfitz



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@ 2008-03-03 23:04:48
Update: She now sits at the bottom off Guam. 9/2007
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@ 2011-09-24 09:24:41
Knox was sunk as a target off Guam during an exercise on 7 August 2007.
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@ 2011-12-02 00:39:48
I hate she's at the bottom of the Pacific now, I sailed many good journeys on board her in the early 80's while her Home Port was Yokosuka, Japan. she was a Escort ship for the U.S.S. Midway (CV41)
one of her offspring was there with us too the U.S.S. Francis Hammond (FF1067) at that time they were called Fast Frigate's and not Destroyer Escorts. Frigates, Destroyers and Cruisers were all part of the Midway Battle Group we all escorted the Midway and was there to protect her if she was to be attacked
my Brother and I were both stationed on board the Knox together at the same time. it seemed to me that we spent more time in P.I. (The Philippines) Subic Bay area Olongapo City lots of great cruises all over Asia, The Pacific and down Australia.
a Wespac (Western u.s. Pacific ocean) cruise was probably the best cruise a sailor could ever go on in the U.S. Navy. I joined the Navy in 81' when I was just past the age of 17 on my Birthday the year (July 4th) we were in our home port and my Brother went in to Tokyo to celebrate Independence Day and my 18th Birthday. it was one of the best times in my life and most memorable, reason being cause I got to share it with my Brother. just over a month later we got to spend his 20th Birthday in P.I.

I wonder if my Gold Pocket Watch was found on board before they sunk her?
Sorry to get long winded, but seeing her picture brought back so many great memories.

Thanks for allowing me to share and relive those days.