USS Borie (DD-704)
USS Borie (DD-704) wearing camouflage paint, date and location unknown.
|Namesake:||Adolph E. Borie|
|Builder:||Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company|
|Laid down:||29 February 1944|
|Launched:||4 July 1944|
|Commissioned:||21 September 1944|
|Decommissioned:||1 July 1972|
|Struck:||1 July 1972|
|Fate:||To Argentina 1 July 1972|
|Name:||Hipólito Bouchard (D-26)|
|Namesake:||Hippolyte de Bouchard|
|Acquired:||1 July 1972|
|Fate:||Broken up for scrap 1984|
|Class & type:||Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer|
|Length:||376 ft 6 in (114.8 m)|
|Beam:||40 ft (12.2 m)|
|Draft:||15 ft 8 in (4.8 m)|
|Propulsion:||60,000 shp (45 MW);
|Speed:||34 knots (63 km/h)|
|Range:||6500 nmi. (12,000 km) @ 15 kt|
|Armament:||6 × 5 in./38 guns (12 cm),
12 × 40mm AA guns,
11 × 20mm AA guns,
10 × 21 in. torpedo tubes,
6 × depth charge projectors,
2 × depth charge tracks
Borie (DD-704) was launched 4 July 1944 by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, New Jersey sponsored by Mrs. Albert Nalle (née Patty Neill Borie, great-grandniece of Adolph E. Borie); and commissioned 21 September 1944, Commander N. Adair, Jr. in command.
World War II
Borie joined the Pacific Fleet, arriving at Pearl Harbor 4 January 1945. She took part in the Iwo Jima bombardment (24 January) and invasion (19–23 February). After joining TF 58, she participated in the Tokyo raids (16-17 and 25 February), Okinawa raid (1 March), and the raids in support of the occupation of Okinawa (17 March-14 May). During 9 July-9 August, she served with TF 38 in its raids on the Japanese home islands. On 9 August, a kamikaze crashed into Borie's superstructure between the mast and the 5-inch gun director, causing extensive damage, killing 48 men, and wounding 66.
The damaged destroyer returned to Saipan and Pearl Harbor for temporary repairs and on 10 September entered dry dock at Hunter's Point, California, for permanent repairs. Repairs completed on 20 November, she departed San Diego 4 February 1946 to join the Atlantic Fleet. Borie remained in the Atlantic Fleet, except for one cruise to Korea (6 September 1950-9 June 1951), during which she served with TF 77 and took part in the Hungnam Evacuation. Borie made at least five European and Mediterranean cruises. During a cruise (28 July-4 December 1956), she assisted in the evacuation of American nationals and United Nations truce teams from Haifa, Israel, and Gaza, Egypt. She returned to more routine operations, with a few notable exceptions: her 1959 recovery of the Project Mercury nose cone and Sam, the space monkey; her 1960 surveillance duties with the Polaris missile submarines George Washington Carver and Robert E. Lee; and in 1961, a Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM) overhaul. In the Caribbean in 1962, she rescued nine Cubans seeking asylum in the U.S. and, later, three Jamaican fishermen, and then joined the U.S. blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis where Borie participated in forcing a diesel powered Russian submarine to the surface. She then offered the sub aid and supplies (an insult to the sub.) Borie, then along with two other destroyers, escorted it out of the area. During the night Borie received orders to head for the Panama Canal and wait for 20 amphibious ships from the west coast to establish an attack task force. Over the ensuing years, she acquired a Drone Antisubmarine Helicopter (DASH) system and during a Mediterranean deployment, rescued an F-8 Crusader pilot whose plane crashed in a landing attempt on Shangri-La. Ensign Robert N. Hendricks of the Borie went into the water to bring the pilot aboard.
Vietnam War and decommissioning
In February 1968, the Borie began her Vietnam deployment, serving in the Tonkin Gulf on plane guard and radar picket duty. On the gun line, her gunners fired over 7,000 rounds at enemy positions at Phan Thiet and in the Mekong Delta. Returning to peacetime operations in 1969, the Borie became a naval reserve training ship until June 1972, when she was decommissioned. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 July 1972.
She was sold to the Argentine Navy and renamed ARA Hipólito Bouchard (D-26). Bouchard saw action in the Falklands War where she escorted the ill-fated ARA General Belgrano, and on 2 May 1982 she was hit by one of the three torpedoes fired from HMS Conqueror, which failed to explode.
On the night of 17/18 May a helicopter was tracked by the radar of the Bouchard, who sent a message to her sister ship ARA Piedrabuena, patrolling on the north, and then to the naval base of Río Grande. In fact, a SH-3 Sea King reconnaissance mission on Río Grande had been launched by the British from HMS Invincible as a prelude to Operation Mikado, but after detecting the Argentine radar signal, the crew of the Sea King and members of the SAS fled to Chile, where they destroyed their aircraft. Argentine Navy reports claim that the Bouchard shelled a submarine and a number of inflatable boats while on patrol two miles off Rio Grande on the evening of 16 May 1982, during an alleged British attempt to land special forces on Tierra del Fuego.
She was broken up for scrap in 1984.
- Mikado: la operación que no fue (Spanish)
- Anderson, Duncan (2002). The Falklands War 1982. Volume 15 of Essential histories. Osprey Publishing, p. 43. ISBN 1-84176-422-1
- El Bouchard y el Fracaso de la Operación Británica Mikado by Eugenio L. Facchin y José L. Speroni (Spanish)