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USS Fanning (FF-1076)

The USS Fanning (FF-1076) was the third US Navy ship to bear the name honoring Nathaniel Fanning (1755-1805)—a Connecticut native who rose to the rank of Lieutenant during his time in service in the Continental Navy/US Navy and who valiantly served aboard the US vessel Bonhomme Richard during her notorious battle with the British frigate Serapis. In commission for 22 years, the USS Fanning—the 25th Knox-class frigate to be constructed—bore the motto “Indomitable” as a tribute to the life and career of her namesake as well as a way to honor the spirit of the other two ships (DD-37 and DD-385) in the Navy’s fleet that bore the same name.

Construction

The keel of the USS Fanning was laid down by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Los Angeles Division (San Pedro, California) on December 7, 1968. Originally constructed as a destroyer escort (DE-1076), the Fanning was later redesignated as a frigate (FF-1076) in June of 1975 along with all of the other vessels that comprised the Knox class. Mrs. Robert D. Lathrop, great-great-great granddaughter of Nathaniel Fanning, served as the USS Fanning’s sponsor at a ceremony held on January 24, 1970 to commemorate her christening and launch. July 23, 1971 marked the official commissioning of this vessel at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard. She entered into active duty with Commander Paul E. Treagy, Jr. leading her initial crew of 18 officers and 267 enlisted men and women.

The USS Fanning displaced approximately 4,200 tons (full load) and housed one aircraft on board—a SH-2 Seasprite Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) helicopter—for use during deployments that necessitated further manpower from the air. Her power source consisted of two Combustion Engineering boilers and one Westinghouse geared turbine that permitted her to reach speeds that exceeded 27 knots. This vessel was outfitted with armament that included one MK-16 eight-cell missile launcher for antisubmarine rocket (ASROC) and Harpoon missiles, one MK-42 five-inch/54 caliber gun, MK-46 torpedoes from single tube launchers, and one MK-25 basic point defense missile system (BPDMS) launcher for Sea Sparrow missiles (which was later replaced with the Phalanx Close-In Weapons System [CIWS]). Highly developed radar and sonar systems—AN/SPS-40 air search radar, AN/SPS-67 surface search radar, AN/SQS-26 sonar, and AN/SQR-18 towed array sonar —supported the ship’s navigational efforts.

Naval History

Subsequent to a period of shakedown training, the USS Fanning departed on her first deployment on December 6, 1972. Reporting to the Gulf of Tonkin, she performed escort duties and provided gunfire support to assist with US efforts during the Vietnam War. The USS Fanning remained on active duty in this region until her return to the US in late June of 1973.

The USS Fanning was deployed for a second time on September 2, 1974. Operating with the US Seventh Fleet, Fanning conducted escort duties for the USS Midway (CV-41) in the Indian Ocean.

A regular overhaul in San Francisco in 1977 gave way to a regular schedule of deployments for the USS Fanning as her career progressed. She participated in operations in the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf with specific assignments concentrated in the East Asia Sea and the North Arabian Sea.

The USS Fanning entered a second regular overhaul period in July of 1983 in San Diego. Following this period of upkeep, Fanning conducted a series of antisubmarine warfare (ASW) exercises and served as a participant in several key military exercises conducted with the navies of as many as five other countries.

Officially decommissioned on July 31, 1993 at the San Diego Naval Station, the USS Fanning was leased to Turkey where she resumed operations under the name TCG Adatepe (F-251). After being struck from the US Naval Vessel Register on January 11, 1995, she was eventually sold to Turkey in May of 1999. At last word, Turkey had decommissioned the vessel and placed her in reserve.

Asbestos Risk on the USS Fanning (FF-1076)

US Navy vessels, such as the USS Fanning, were environments conducive to asbestos exposure and the resultant illnesses such exposure can cause. High concentrations of asbestos and asbestos products (e.g., insulation materials, paints, adhesives, pipe coverings, gaskets, and valves) combined with tight quarters and limited airspace gave rise to increasingly high numbers of sailors and shipyard workers who years later presented with symptoms indicating the presence of an illness directly derived from the inhalation and/or ingestion of toxic asbestos fibers.

Asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma are the top illnesses that have been directly linked to asbestos exposure. Year after year, navy veterans are cited as one of the greatest populations within these mortality statistics.

Asbestos-related diseases are serious in nature, and in many cases, prove to be fatal. In an attempt to ease some of the burden for victims and families, we have prepared a free, informational packet designed to answer many of the medical and legal questions associated with the onset of an asbestos-related ailment. Please fill out the form on this page to request yours.

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