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The Knox Class Frigates such as Bowen were not beloved by their snipes as the Navy in its Infinite Wisdom fitted them with single screw torque configurations and 1200 pound steam plants.

The US Navy deploys them no longer as they have all been disseminated to various Allied Navies.I worked in Mexico (as an Irish Contractor) assisting the Mexican Navy in the improvising of maintenance and operational techniques to improve the sea keeping viability of the Frigates they got from Uncle Sam. My advice was secondary however as the most successful manner in keeping this class of ships at sea was to emulate the Yanks and throw money at them. I spent a happy nine months or so in Manzenillo on the Pacific Coast of Mexico and had a lovely beech front villa complete with maids and a cook and there I’d dine on the veranda in solitary splendor amidst the scent of Bougainvillea while pondering the follies of my misspent youth.

Hugh Curran aka Beartracks
 

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