USS MOINESTER FF-1097, while homeported Norfolk, VA ~ early'85
3 original sea-stories
Welcome to the Mickey-Moe Homepage, while MickeyMoe was our affectionate name for our ship, and this is my un-offical personal webpage, OUR Ship was a VERY serious ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) ship that protected Everybody East of the Rockies from a Nuclear Attack launched by Soviet submarines in the Atlantic during our nowhere cruises always searching them out! As a deterrant for the "Detente", our ship went beyond its duty in diligence with many hours, days, and months maintaining an alert patrol against the Ultimate Threat.
More info now that after 25 years ago AND soon after also the collapse of the Soviet Union is to be no longer anything Top Secret about OUR Vigilance, this website will hopefully bring together the Fine Sailors that wish to remember instead of forget as we were told to do, Our silent glory in a Job well done protecting the USA serving during the Cold War.
If you served aboard the Moinester at anytime, please email me at DKDixon@dancom.com.
I served aboard 80-85 as QM3 to QM1 Dixon.
I don't have many snapshot photos of the crew, and almost none of myself since the few I got were taken by me.
Scan and send me any photos you may have with permission to post.
ET2 Hughes has sent to me 67 photos !! Thanks Dale !
Enjoy!! the ET2 Hughes Photo Gallery
ALSO, if you have some good non-profit Links about our Ship or Crews, email me to add here:
Destroyers Escort Sailors Association :
Voluntary Ship Rosters at HullNumber :
Voluntary Ship Rosters at NavySite :
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After over 20-25 years later, I've decided to write a few short episodes from my 5 years aboard my ship, mainly as to help recollect my memories, for others a brief reminder of the Early 80's ASW duty underway:
You may download my recent creative writing projects brief sea-stories here:
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My ship's motto was
"Mare Est Vita Mea"
"The Sea is My Life"
SOLD to EGYTIAN NAVY as
USS Moinester (FF-1097)
Ordered: August 25, 1966
Builder: Avondale Shipyard, Westwego, Louisiana
Laid down: 25 August 1972
Launched: 12 May 1973
Acquired: October 17, 1974
Commissioned: November 2, 1974
Decommissioned: July 28, 1994
Status: Sold to Egypt, renamed Rasheed (F962)
Displacement: 3,011 tons (3,877 full load)
Length: 438 ft (133.5 m)
Beam: 46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)
Draught: 24 ft 9 in (7.6 m)
Propulsion: 2 × CE 1200psi boilers
1 Westinghouse geared turbine
1 shaft, 35,000 SHP (26 MW)
Speed: over 27 knots
Complement: 18 officers, 267 enlisted
Sensors and processing systems: AN/SPS-40 Air Search Radar
AN/SPS-67 Surface Search Radar
AN/SQR-18 Towed array sonar system
Mk68 Gun Fire Control System
Electronic warfare and decoys: AN/SLQ-32 Electronics Warfare System
Armament: one Mk-16 8 cell missile launcher for ASROC and Harpoon missiles
one Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber gun
Mark 46 torpedoes from four single tube launchers)
Aircraft carried: one SH-2 Seasprite (LAMPS I) helicopter
Motto: Mare est vita Mea
The Sea is My Life
Robert William Moinester
Lieutenant (junior grade)
HUE DETACHMENT, NAVSUPACT DANANG, USNAVFORV
United States Navy
15 July 1943 - 31 January 1968
Lynbrook, New York
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Robert Moinester Vietnam Wall virtual page