USS Reasoner (FF-1063)

Knox Class Destroyer Escort
Displacement:3020 tons (std), 4065 tons (full)
Dimensions:438'(oa), 415" (wl) x 46' 9" x 24' 9"
Armament: 1 x 5"/54 Mk 42, 1 ASROC Mk16 (16 missiles), 4-324mm Mk 32 (4x1 fixed) tubes / Mk 46 torpedoes
Machinery: 2 CE 1200psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shaft horsepower; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 knots   Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots
Crew: 13 Officers, 211 Enlisted

Laid down by Lockheed Shipbuilding, Seattle WA on January 6, 1969
Launched  August 1,1970, Commissioned July 31, 1971
Reclassified Frigate (FF-1063) on June 30,1975
Decommissioned August 28,1993, Stricken January 11,1995
Leased to Turkey 28 August 28,1993
renamed Kocatepe (F-252)
Lease to Turkey renewed August 29, 1997
Sold to Turkey February 22, 2002
Used as a target and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea

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My Duties with USS Reasoner
TAD Apr 1981 - Jul 1981

I was assigned to USS Sacramento (AOE-1) which was in overhaul at Lockheed shipyard, Seattle.

Reasoner was in overhaul in nearby
Todd Shipyard.  The leading QM on the Reasoner had been discharged from the Navy and I was transferred TAD to Reasoner until a replacement could be ordered in.  Because Sacramento was in overhaul just across the waterway in West Seattle, my commute by bicycle via the Bremerton/Seattle ferry was basically the same.

I set up and re-organized the Navigation department on Reasoner to be just like we did it on the USS Hamner and the USS Sacramento.  To me it was just logical, but it was all new to the folks on Reasoner.  They loved it and gave me a letter of commendation.

In July 1981, while cycling to work, I hit a slick spot in the road and crashed my bicycle.  I landed on my head and left elbow and then slid some 15 ft on the asphalt.  (I was only 5 blocks from home.)  In those days helmets were not required or even in vogue, but I wore a Skid Lid and believe that it have saved my life, however my left elbow was shattered. 
I went to the Naval Hospital, Bremerton where they performed emergency surgery and they put me back together with 7 pins and a screw.  After the surgery I was assigned to the Limited Duty Division at Naval Station, Bremerton. (Now part of NavBase, Kitsap)

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