USS Badger FF-1071

Temporary Assign Duty (TAD)

30 December 1980 - April 3 1981

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USS Badger FF-1071

FF-1071 (1970-1991)

Class & type: Knox-class frigate
Displacement: 3,249 tons (4,245 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 x CE 1200psi boilers
    1 Westinghouse geared turbine
    1 shaft, 35,000 shp (26 MW)
Speed: over 27 knots (50 km/h)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km) @ 20 knots (37 km/h)
Complement: 18 officers, 267 enlisted
Sensors and processing systems:
    AN/SPS-40 Air Search Radar
    AN/SPS-67 Surface Search Radar
    AN/SQS-26 Sonar
    AN/SQR-18 Towed array sonar system
    Mk68 Gun Fire Control System
Electronic warfare & 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)
    one Mk-25 BPDMS launcher for Sea Sparrow missiles
Aircraft carried:
    one SH-2 Seasprite (LAMPS I) helicopter

I was temporarily assigned duty aboard the USS Badger FF-1071 flying out of the Philippines to Diego Garcia on a Lockheed C-130 Hercules and then on to Mombasa, Kenya where I met the ship. This was during the Iranian Hostage Crisis. After a short stay I returned to the USS Elliot.

Taken from ussbadger-1071.org:

26 September 1980, BADGER departed Pearl Harbor in company with the Ranger task group bound for an extended assignment with the 7th Fleet. The warships entered Subic Bay on 15 October, and BADGER began a 10-day availability. Late in the evening of the 26th, she put to sea to rendezvous with the rest of the Ranger task group. On 30 October, the ships began the transit of the Strait of Malacca and, the next day, entered the Indian Ocean, the appearance of this task group in the Indian Ocean reflecting the seizure of the American embassy in Tehran by Iranian militants almost a year before and the holding of embassy people as hostages. Though the task group never entered the Persian Gulf, its training evolutions kept it within rapid steaming time of that troubled area. BADGER and the task group remained in the Indian Ocean through the end of the year and into 1981 conducting intensive training of all types including multilateral exercises with Allied navies.

19 January 1981, Iran released American hostages, but BADGER and the task group to which she was assigned, continued training evolutions in the Indian Ocean for eight weeks thereafter. On 11 March, group retransited the Strait of Malacca and left the Indian Ocean behind.


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