The Mexican Navy Knox (FF-1052)-class frigate Mariano Abasolo (ex-USS Marvin Shields, FF-106 is seen this March during UNITAS exercises in the Caribbean displaying her new pennant number, assigned during a fleetwide numbering change late in 2001. Now the F-212 (the prefix is not carried), the 4,260-ton frigate bore pennant number E-51 after her transfer on 29 January 1998 with sister Stein (FF-1065), which was renamed the Ignacio Allende. The ships had been purchased for only $7 million each and were reactivated in Mexico. A third Knox, the Pharris (FF-1094), became the Guadalupe Victoria and arrived in Mexico for activation on 8 March 2000. The purchase of a fourth, the Whipple (FF-1062), was intended for the fall of 2001 but was delayed, in part because of the need to repair $437,000 of damage done to the ship during the filming of the movie Pearl Harbor.
By A. D. Baker III