Laid down by Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle in 1967, the USS Whipple was a Knox-class frigate that served in the U.S. Navy between 1970 and 1995. The ship was the third in the U.S. Navy to be named in honor of Captain Abraham Whipple, who served in the Continental Navy. It was sponsored by Mrs. Kirkland B. Alexander and had Commander Jack Campbell in command.
Like the vast majority of military ships built between 1920 and 1980, the USS Whipple was laden with asbestos, which is why today, numerous people who served aboard it came to struggle with terrible diseases such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. If you are a veteran who was on this ship, we strongly advise you to seek medical attention if you experience bothersome symptoms, as you may have developed a disease as a result of military asbestos exposure. In 2002, the ship was donated to the Mexican Navy and renamed ARM Mina (F-214).