USS W. S. Sims
FF 1059 (Knox Class)

submitted by: Steven Donofrio

Authorized:      July 22, 1964
Builder:         Avondale
Laid Down:       April 10, 1967    
Launched:        January 4, 1969       
Commissioned:    January 3, 1970   
Decommissioned:  September 6, 1991.
Fate:            To Turkey - December 21, 1999

We are seeking information on the USS William S. Sims and her crews. Files and photos may be emailed to us and we will incorporate them into this page. When enough information has been assembled we will then build the ship her own section.

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The Knox Class as Constructed

Displacement: 4,260 tons fully loaded.
Length:       438'        
Beam:         47'          
Draught:      16' (keel);  26' (Sonar dome)       
Machinery:    Two combustion Engineering boilers;               
              One  Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp;     
              1 shaft.   
Performance:  27 kts.  
Bunkerage:    200,000 gallons  
Range:        4,000 miles at 22 knots on 1 boiler.          
Guns:         1 FMC  5"   54 cal  Mk-42
Torpedoes:    MK 32  

W. S. Sims was named for Admiral William Sowden Sims, the father of modern naval gunnery.

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