USS Brooke (FFG-1)
|Builders:||Bath Iron Works|
|Preceded by:||Garcia class|
|Succeeded by:||Knox class and Oliver Hazard Perry class|
|Type:||Guided missile frigate|
|Length:||414 ft (126 m)|
|Beam:||44 ft (13 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 Foster-Wheeler boilers, 1 GE (1-3) or Westinghouse (4-6) geared turbine, 35,000 shp (26 MW), 1 screw|
|Speed:||27.2 knots (50.4 km/h; 31.3 mph)|
|Range:||4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km; 4,600 mi)|
|Complement:||14 officers, 214 crew|
|Sensors and |
|Electronic warfare |
|Aircraft carried:||1 SH-2 Seasprite|
The Brooke class was a United States Navy frigate class that is based on the Garcia class, but with the addition of the Tartar Guided Missile System. The first unit was commissioned in 1966 and the final sixth unit was decommissioned in 1989.
Brooke-class ships were nearly identical to the Garcia class, except the second 5-inch/38 caliber gun was replaced with a Tartar missile system and electronics. Brooke class ships also had the AN/SPS-52 3D air search radar instead of the two dimension AN/SPS-40 and added the AN/SPG-51 for target tracking and missile guidance. The Mk 22 single arm missile launcher was placed amidships. The magazine held 16 missiles.
FFG-1 through FFG-3 had a Westinghouse geared steam turbine while FFG-4 through FFG-6 employed a General Electric turbine. All ships had two Foster-Wheeler boilers. FFG-4 through FFG-6 had an angled base of the bridge structure behind the ASROC launcher for automatic reloading.
Initially authorized as guided missile destroyer escorts (DEG), FFG-1 through FFG-3 were authorized in FY1962 while FFG-4 through FFG-6 were authorized in FY1963. Plans called for ten more ships to be authorized in FY1964 and possibly three more in later years, but those plans were dropped because of the $11 million higher cost of the DEG over an FF.
|Ship name||Hull no.||Crest||Builder||Commission–
|Brooke||FFG-1||Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company, Seattle||1966–1988||Transferred to Pakistan in 1989; disposed of by Navy title transfer to the Maritime Administration, 28 March 1994|||
|Ramsey||FFG-2||1967–1988||Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise, 15 June 2000|||
|Schofield||FFG-3||1968–1988||Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise, 11/02/1999|||
|Talbot||FFG-4||Bath Iron Works||1967–1988||Transferred to Pakistan in 1989; disposed of by Navy title transfer to the Maritime Administration, 28 March 1994|||
|Richard L. Page||FFG-5||1967–1988||Transferred to Pakistan in 1989; disposed of by Navy title transfer to the Maritime Administration, 28 March 1994|||
|Julius A. Furer||FFG-6||1967–1989|||
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