USS Harold E. Holt (FF-1074)

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USS Harold E. Holt (FF-1074)
USS Harold E. Holt (FF-1074) underway
Career (United States Navy)
Namesake: Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt
Ordered: 22 July 1964
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards - Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, California
Laid down: 11 May 1968
Launched: 3 May 1969
Commissioned: 26 March 1971
Decommissioned: 2 July 1992
Struck: 11 January 1995
Fate: Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise, RIMPAC 2002, 10 July 2002
General characteristics
Class & type: Knox class frigate
Displacement: 3,225 long tons (3,277 t) (4,218 long tons (4,286 t) full load)
Length: 438 feet (133.5 m)
Beam: 46 feet 9 inch (14.25 m)
Draught: 24 feet 9 inch (7.6 m)
Propulsion: 2 × CE 1,200 psi (8.3 MPa) boilers
1 Westinghouse geared turbine
1 shaft, 35,000 shp (26 MW)
Speed: over 27 knots (31 mph; 50 km/h)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,330 km) @ 20 knots (23 mph; 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

USS Harold E. Holt (FF-1074) was a Knox class frigate of the US Navy named after the Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt who had disappeared while swimming in 1967.

Harold E. Holt was built by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Los Angeles Division in San Pedro, California, laid down 11 May 1968, launched 3 May 1969 and delivered 19 March 1971. Harold E. Holt was commissioned 26 March 1971, decommissioned 2 July 1992 and struck 11 January 1995. The ex-Harold E. Holt hulk was sunk as a target during RIMPAC 2002.

Although not scheduled for deployment so soon after commissioning, Harold E. Holt was sent to the Gulf of Tonkin on short notice soon after the North Vietnamese Easter Offensive began in the spring of 1972. During deployment, she served as PIRAZ escort and provided gunfire support near Quang Tri. She came under fire from shore batteries several times and sustained two mine hits without serious damage. She returned to Long Beach in late November 1972, and was later awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation for this deployment.

In May 1975, Harold E. Holt was involved in the Mayaguez incident. During the recapture of the Mayaguez, Marines crossing from Harold E. Holt conducted the first hostile ship-to-ship boarding by the U.S. Navy since 1826.

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