USS Voge (FF-1047)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
USS Voge (FF-1047)
Career (US)
Namesake: Richard George Voge
Ordered: 21 March 1963
Builder: Defoe Shipbuilding Company, Bay City, Michigan
Laid down: 21 November 1963
Launched: 4 February 1965
Acquired: 15 November 1966
Commissioned: 25 November 1966
Decommissioned: 23 August 1989
Struck: 15 December 1992
Fate: Disposed of by scrapping, dismantling, 19 January 2001
General characteristics
Class & type: Garcia-class frigate
Displacement: 2,624 tons (light)
3,400 tons full
Length: 414 ft 6 in (126.34 m)
Beam: 44 ft 1 in (13.44 m)
Draft: 24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)
Propulsion: 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers, 1 steam turbine, 35,000 shp, single screw
Speed: 27 knots
Range: 4,000 nautical miles (7,000 km) at 20 knots (40 km/h)
Complement: 16 officers
231 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPS-40 air search radar
AN/SPS-10 surface search radar
AN/SQS-26 bow mounted sonar
Armament: 2 x 5"/38 Mk 30(2x1)
1 8-tube ASROC Mk16 launcher (16 missiles)
6 x 12.75 in (324mm) Mk 32 (2x3) torpedo tubes, Mk 46 torpedoes
2 x MK 37 torpedo tubes (fixed, stern) (removed later)
Aircraft carried: Gyrodyne QH-50 (planned) / SH-2 LAMPS

The USS Voge (FF-1047), a Garcia-class frigate of the US Navy named after Richard George Voge, was laid down on 21 November 1963 at the Defoe Shipbuilding Company in Bay City, Michigan. She was launched on 4 February 1965, sponsored by Mrs. Alice Voge Oetting, widow of Rear Admiral Voge; and commissioned at the Boston Naval Shipyard on 25 November 1966, with Commander William F. Keller in command. Voge fulfilled a Protection of Shipping (POS) mission as anti-submarine warfare (ASW) combatants for amphibious expeditionary forces, underway replenishment groups and merchant convoys. Voge made notable contributions to submarine 'hold-down' tactics with sister ship USS Koelsch (FF-1049).[1] She collided with a Soviet submarine in 1976.[2]

History[edit]

Voge remained at the Boston Naval Shipyard until 11 April 1967, completing her outfitting. On that day, she stood out of Boston, bound for her home port, Newport, Rhode Island, whence she operated until mid-May. On 15 May, she departed Newport for her shakedown cruise, which lasted until 24 June, and during which she operated out of Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The ocean escort returned to Newport on 24 June and conducted local operations from there through the end of July. On 1 August, she re-entered the Boston Naval Shipyard for her post-shakedown availability. That yard period occupied her for the remainder of 1967 and during the first two months of 1968.

In March 1968, she rejoined Escort Squadron (CortRon) 6 at Newport, and began duty supporting the development and testing of sophisticated anti-submarine warfare tactics and related equipment. Her operations out of Newport continued through the end of 1968.

In February 1969, she began preparations for a brief cruise to northern Europe to participate in a NATO exercise. She departed Newport on 1 April, and made her first port call at Lisbon, Portugal later that month, after conducting hunter/killer ASW exercises with ships of the Spanish and Portuguese navies. From Portugal, she moved to Spithead, England, for a Royal Review of the NATO Fleet in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the treaty organization. In late May and early June, she made port visits to Cherbourg, France; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Bremen, Germany; conducting further hunter/killer exercises when at sea between ports.

From Bremen, Voge headed back to Newport, and, en route home, encountered a submarine contact later confirmed as a Soviet "Yankee-type" submarine. Voge successfully applied hold-down tactics on the Russian submarine, and later received the Meritorious Unit Commendation for her efforts. Upon completing the usual post-cruise leave and repair period, the ocean escort resumed her duties out of Newport, practicing and testing ASW tactics and testing newly developed ASW equipment. Such a routine occupied her until August 1970 when she entered the Boston Naval Shipyard for her first regular overhaul.

Voge completed her yard period late in January and spent February completing post-overhaul sea trials. After gunnery exercises in the Virginia Capes operating area early in March, she got underway on 12 March for her refresher training cruise to the Guantanamo Bay operating area. Voge returned to Newport on 10 May, and after a tender availability, resumed operations in the Narragansett Bay area. She continued that routine until the following spring when she crossed the Atlantic for bilateral United States-Spanish ASW exercises and another with ships of the Portuguese Navy. Voge returned home through very heavy weather and reentered Newport on 24 April 1972.

The ocean escort immediately began preparations for her first deployment with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea. On 13 June, the warship began her voyage to Rota, Spain, where she arrived on the 22nd. During the ensuing six months, Voge joined other ships of the 6th Fleet in a series of unilateral and bilateral exercises and made port visits throughout the Mediterranean. Of special interest were her visit to the Turkish Naval War College on Heybeliada Island in the Sea of Marmara in early August, and her participation in the multinational NATO Exercise "Deep Furrow" late in September. In early November, she was assigned special duty shadowing Soviet submarines reporting to and leaving the Mediterranean.

On one occasion, she followed a departing Soviet submarine some 300 miles into the Atlantic before breaking contact and returning to the Mediterranean. On 10 December, she completed turnover to her relief USS Du Pont, and set course for Newport where she arrived on 18 December.

After completing the usual month of post-deployment leave and repairs, Voge resumed normal East Coast operations in January 1973. That routine occupied her through most of 1973, and included two major exercises in March, a brief tour as destroyer school ship in April, participation in bilateral exercises with ships of the French Navy in June, and a midshipman training cruise in July. She received orders changing her home port to Mayport, Florida, on 16 August; and four days later, she got underway for the south. She arrived in Mayport on the 22nd, and began local operations which kept her busy until near the end of the year.

Late in December, Voge began preparations to return to the Mediterranean. On 4 January 1974, Voge stood out of Mayport on her way to join the 6th Fleet. She arrived in Rota on the 14th, and relieved Claude V. Ricketts before joining Task Group (TG) 60.1 near Golfe Juan, France, on the 19th. Again, the warship joined units of the 6th Fleet and of Allied navies in a series of unilateral and bilateral exercises as well as in at least one multi-lateral exercise. She again made port visits all along the Mediterranean littoral before she departed Rota on 24 June, for home.

After reentering Mayport on 3 July, the ship devoted July to post-deployment leave and upkeep; and a tender availability in Mayport, preparatory to regular overhaul, took care of August. On 4 September, she departed Mayport, and the following day, arrived in Charleston, South Carolina. She entered the Charleston Naval Shipyard late on the 6th, and commenced a 10-month overhaul. While at Charleston, she was reclassified a frigate and redesignated FF-1047 on 1 July 1975.

A fortnight later, her overhaul was completed, and Voge returned to Mayport. Refresher training and naval gunfire support exercises engaged her until October, at which time she returned to Charleston for a three-month restricted availability to correct problems in her main propulsion plant. Late in December, the warship returned to Mayport.

Voge remained at her home port until mid-February 1976, when she put to sea to participate in exercises conducted in the Caribbean with units of the Netherlands and British navies. Upon her return to port, the frigate began preparations for her third deployment to the Mediterranean. After a brief visit to Charleston, South Carolina, she departed that port on 14 April, and headed for Rota where she arrived on the 26th. During much of that deployment, port visits all along the Mediterranean punctuated a series of training exercises conducted with units of the 6th Fleet and from foreign navies. Late in the deployment, she also resumed surveillance duties on Soviet naval forces operating in the Mediterranean. On 28 August, while operating in the Ionian Sea at 36°2'N and 20°36'E near Greece, the Soviet Echo II class submarine K-22 collided with her, and she sustained serious structural damage that necessitated drydocking at Toulon, France.[3] On 7 November, Voge successfully completed post-drydock sea trials, and then headed for Rota for turnover. On the 20th, she stood out of Rota bound for Mayport. The frigate reentered her home port on 2 December.

Voge spent almost all of the ensuing seven months in port at Mayport, putting to sea only to test the main propulsion plant. On 11 July 1977, she headed back toward Rota in company with the aircraft carrier Saratoga, and the frigate Koelsch for duty with the 6th Fleet. However, she soon was ordered back to Mayport because of contaminated potable water tanks, and reached home on 13 July. On 27 July, the frigate got underway and, after an independent transit of the Atlantic, finally arrived in Rota on 3 August. Again port visits and exercises - unilateral, bilateral, and multilateral — kept her busy during that tour of duty in the "middle sea." On 12 December, she changed operational control back to the 2nd Fleet at Gibraltar, and headed back toward Mayport. The frigate arrived home two days before Christmas and began post-deployment standdown.

Voge spent the first five months of 1978 engaged in training exercises out of Mayport. Early in June, she departed for the Bahamas where she provided services to submarines. The frigate then proceeded to Charleston to load ammunition and continued on to Boston. On 12 July, Voge commenced a scheduled overhaul at Braswell Shipyard in South Boston which continued on into 1979.

[1979-1989]

ASW Ships Command & Control System[edit]

ASW Ships Command & Control System (ASWSC&CS) was a Naval Tactical Data System (NTDS) system for antisubmarine warfare. It was implemented only on the Voge, USS Koelsch (FF-1049) and the ASW aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CVS-18) in 1966. The ASWSC&CS allowed the development of improvements in antisubmarine warfare using digital computers, which were implemented in other ASW ship classes. The three ships operated together as a submarine hunter/killer group and gained the reputation as the best in the fleet. In 1969 Voge detected a submerged Soviet submarine and used hold-down tactics on the sub to the point that she forced the sub to surface. For this action Voge was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation.[4]

UNIVAC was contracted to define the hardware and develop the software to incorporate ASW functions. [5]

Fate[edit]

After de-commissioning on 23 August 1989, Voge was put into mothballs at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Voge was sold for scrapping on 25 July 1995, but was repossessed by the Navy from the scrapper. A contract to scrap the ship was finally issued on 26 May 2000 to the Metro Machine Corporation of Philadelphia, Pa for $2,600,000. Voge was then scrapped by Metro Machine Corporation with the contract being completed on 16 January 2001.

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons[edit]

Bronze star
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (with one bronze service star)
Gold star
Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation (with one gold award star)
Battle-e-ribbon 3rd award.png Navy "E" Ribbon (3)
Navy Expeditionary ribbon.svg Navy Expeditionary Medal
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg National Defense Service Medal
Humanitarian Service ribbon.svg Humanitarian Service Ribbon
NavySEASERVICE.gif Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Special Operations Service Ribbon (with three bronze service stars)

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Photos includes Soviet Echo 2 nuclear-propelled submarine collision of 28 August 1976