USS ALBERT DAVID (FF-1050)
Albert David (DE-1050) was laid down on 28 April 1964 at Seattle,
Wash., by the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Co.; launched on 19
December 1964; sponsored by Mrs. Lynda Mae David; and commissioned at the Puget
Sound Naval Shipyard on 19 October 1968, Comdr. Roy S. Reynolds in command.
the remainder of 1968, Albert, David completed outfitting at Bremerton, Wash., and
conducted post-commissioning trials and tests. Those examinations continued into 1969.
A voyage to Hawaii
followed in March. Early in April, the ocean escort began five weeks of refresher training out of San
Diego. On 1 May 1969, she was assigned to
Long Beach, Calif., as her home port. She
concluded refresher training eight days later and arrived in Long Beach on the 10th. On the 12th, however, Albert
David headed back to Bremerton for an eight-week, post-shakedown availability at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
The warship returned to sea on 7
July, bound for the coast of southern California and several days of operations
out of San Diego. She returned to
Long Beach on the 18th.
Albert David carried out normal operations from the base at Long Beach
until the beginning of the second week in October. On 8 October, she stood
out of Long Beach on her first deployment to the western Pacific. After steaming via
Pearl Harbor and
Midway Island, the warship arrived in Yokosuka, Japan, on 31 October. Albert
David then served two weeks on the Taiwan Strait patrol and visited Subic Bay in the
Philippines before reporting at Danang, South Vietnam, on 24 November to begin gunfire
support duty. That assignment lasted until 10 December when, after a brief stop
at Danang, the ocean escort headed for the Gulf of Tonkin. From the llth to the 18th, she operated on the south SAR (sea-air rescue) station in the
gulf. On 16 December, Albert David
joined company with Hancock (CVA-19) for two days of plane guard duty. The warship left
station in the Gulf of Tonkin on 18
December and headed for Bangkok, Thailand, where her crew enjoyed a five-day port visit. On 30 December, she rendezvoused with Coral Sea (CVA-43)
and began five weeks of plane guard
duty with the carriers of Task Force (TF) 77.
in February 1970, she left the Gulf of Tonkin to make port visits at Subic Bay
and Hong Kong. On her way back to Vietnamese waters, Albert David visited Okinawa
and, during that visit, put to
sea to investigate a Soviet trawler loitering in the area. She returned to Vietnam at Danang on 27 February to resume gunfire support missions for the troops
fighting ashore. At the beginning of
the second week in March, the ocean escort left the gunline to rejoin
the carriers of TF 77 in the Gulf of Tonkin.
Eight days later, she pulled into Subic Bay to make preparations for the voyage back to the United
States. On 21 March, Albert. David
stood out of Subic Bay on her way home.
warship made stops at Guam, Midway, and Pearl Harbor before arriving in Long
Beach, Calif., on 9 April. Following post-deployment standdown, Albert David settled
into the normal
schedule of training operations carried out by warships between overseas
deployments. Those evolutions occupied her time until the beginning of November when she
entered the Long
Beach Naval Shipyard. Albert David's first regular overhaul lasted more
than eight months. On 1 July 1971, she put to sea for post-overhaul trials and drills, and she
remained so occupied for the remainder of the month. August brought refresher training
out of San Diego, and September saw her resume normal 1st Fleet operations out of Long Beach.
12 November 1971, Albert David departed Long Beach on her second deployment to
the Far East. En route, she spent more than a week in the Hawaiian Islands before
continuing on to the Philippines. The ocean escort arrived in Subic Bay on 9
December and remained there almost a week. On the 15th, she put to sea bound for the
Gulf of Tonkin, arriving on station two days later. Albert David spent the following
six weeks on gunfire support station off the coast of Vietnam. At the end of January 1972, she headed back to
Subic Bay to rest, rearm, and reprp-vision. The warship returned to the combat
zone-this time in the Gulf of Siam off the shores of South Vietnam's Military Region IV-on 6 February and
resumed duty as a seaborne heavy artillery battery supporting ground forces ashore.
Albert David left the Gulf of Siam on 24 February bound for the Gulf of Tonkin. She
rendezvoused with Constellation (CVA-64) on 29 February and served as the carrier's
escort for two
days of operations in the Gulf of Tonkin as well as during the voyage to Subic Bay. After
10 days of upkeep and repairs at Subic Bay, the ocean escort departed the Philippines for
Hong Kong on 14 March. The port
visit at Hong Kong lasted from 16 to 22
March. On the latter day, the warship laid in a course that took her via
Okinawa to the Sea of Japan. She conducted antisubmarine warfare (ASW) exercises between 26 and 29 March and made a port
call at Yokosuka, Japan, from 30 March to 5 April.
a false start for home on the 5th and a return to Japan to reload necessary
equipment, Albert David headed back to Vietnamese waters that same day. Reporting for
duty off the DMZ between North Vietnam and South Vietnam on 10 April she performed a variety of
other tasks as well. After four days of gunfire support missions, the warship joined Long Beach (CGN-9) for 10 clays
of escort duty on picket station. From 28
April to 12 May, she again provided gunfire support. Albert. David concluded that tour of duty in the combat zone
with four days of service with Denver (LPD-9) on the notification line established to warn merchant ships
about mines in North Vietnamese
17 May, the ocean escort set out for Subic Bay in company with Constellation. The
two warships visited Subic Bay from 19 to 22 May and then got underway for Singapore.
After a four-day port call at Singapore, they returned to sea on 30 May on their way back to the
waters surrounding Vietnam. Albert David parted company with Constellation on 2 June
to render gunfire
support to troops in Military Regions I and II in South Vietnam. At the end of 10
days on the gunline, she formed up with Constellation again on the 12th. The two
warships stopped at Subic Bay on
the 15th and returned to sea almost immediately. On 20 June, they arrived in Yokosuka for a two-day port call before beginning the voyage across the Pacific. Albert
David and Constellation cleared
Yokosuka on 22 June bound for the United
States. Albert David escorted the carrier until 30 June when she received orders to proceed independently.
The ocean escort entered Long Beach the
a month-long post-deployment leave and upkeep period, the ocean escort began
normal 1st Fleet operations on 3 August with plane guard services for Ranger (CVA-61)
in the southern
California operating area. On 26 August, she put to sea from Long Beach to
participate in Operation "RimPac-72," conducted in the Hawaiian
Islands with units of the navies of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. Albert David returned
Beach from that exercise on 19 September and remained in port for three weeks. At
that time, she resumed normal operations along the California coast.
warship performed training duties out of Long Beach until near the end of the
first week in January 1973. On the 5th, she stood out to sea on her way back to the Far
East. Steaming in company with Constellation, Albert David completed the
the Pacific at Subic Bay on 22 January. Four days later, she embarked upon the voyage to the
Gulf of Tonkin, again escorting Constellation.
For the next three weeks, she provided
plane guard services and antisubmarine protection for the carriers of TF 77 during what proved to be her
last tour of duty in the gulf before
the United States pulled out of the conflict in Vietnam. Albert David returned to Subic Bay on 14 February and
spent the next three weeks undergoing minor repairs and conducting training in the Philippines.
6 March, Albert David departed Iloilo on the island of Panay to return to
Vietnamese waters. This time, however, her mission was a peaceful one. She was part of
Operation "End-sweep," the removal of minefields from the waters adjacent to North
Vietnam. Her participation in that effort-punctuated by port visits to Sasebo in
Japan, Subic Bay in the Philippines, and Hong Kong-lasted until the second week
in June. The warship cleared Vietnamese waters on 9 June, visited Keelung on Taiwan on the 12th and 13th,
and arrived in Yokosuka on the 17th. Two days later, the ocean escort returned to sea
for the voyage back to the United States. She made brief stops for fuel at Midway Island and Pearl
Harbor before reaching Long Beach on 3 July.
standdown followed by a lengthy restricted availability at the Todd Shipyard in San Pedro
occupied her time until late November. She returned to Long Beach on 21 November but remained there
only long enough to make preparations to move to San Diego, the new home port to which
she had been assigned
on 20 August. Albert David made the home port shift on 1 December and commenced local operations
out of San Diego six days later. The warship
continued that employment through the
end of 1973 and during the first four months of 1974. On 23 April 1974, she left San Diego in company with Leonard
F. Mason (DD-852) and Waddell (DDG-24) bound for the
western Pacific. Albert David and
her travelling companions made fuel stops
at Pearl Harbor and Midway Island before arriving in Yokosuka on 14 May.
On 25 May, the ocean escort put to sea in a task
group built around Midway (CVA-41) to conduct operations off the island of Honshu. Thus she began her first
period of service with the 7th Fleet
in which combat duty off the Vietnamese coast played no role. The warship
alternated between periods of training
at sea and port calls at such places as Yokosuka, Hong Kong, Guam, and Subic Bay.
she returned to San Diego on 22 October 1974, Albert David embarked upon
a period of almost 42 months without a deployment to the Far East. She spent most of the
remainder of 1974 in port, initially engaged in post-deployment standdown and later in holiday
routine. The ocean escort conducted a number of exercises in 1975. Late March
and early April brought a voyage
to Hawaii for Operation "RIMPAC" 1-75, a multinational exercise conducted in cooperation with the navies
of Australia, New Zealand, and
Canada. In mid-April, she returned to the west coast and resumed local
operations. On 30 June 1975, Albert David
was reclassified a frigate and
redesignated FF-1050. In September,
she made another cruise to the Hawaiian Islands where she spent four weeks engaged in exercises before returning to San
Diego early in November. Local operations again occupied her time until the
spring of 1976. Late in April 1976, the frigate sailed to Long Beach where she
began an 11-month regular overhaul on
the 22d. Albert David concluded her repairs at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard on St. Patrick's
Day 1977 and returned to San Diego
nine days later. She operated on a normal training schedule out of her home port until the beginning of August when she voyaged to Hawaii again for
training purposes. Returning to San
Diego on 29 August, the frigate settled into a normal west coast training schedule once more.
hiatus in Far Eastern deployments came to an end in the spring of 1978. Albert
David stood out of San Diego on 4 April and set a course for Hawaii. En route there, she
participated in "RIMPAC" 1-78. After a stop at Pearl Harbor on the 23d and the
frigate continued her voyage west on the 25th. She arrived in Subic Bay on 16 May. During the
ensuing five months, Albert David conducted exercises with units of the 7th Fleet
and participated in the binational
Exercise "Sharkhunt XXVII" with elements of the Taiwanese Navy. She also visited ports in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. The frigate concluded that tour
of duty in the Far East with a readiness exercise and a series of special operations. After a visit to Guam between 11 and 14
October, Albert David embarked upon the voyage back to the United States. She reentered San Diego on 29 October and,
except for a two-day period underway locally, spent the remainder of
1978 in port.
days into 1979, the warship began the usual schedule of training operations,
trials and inspections. That employment occupied her time through the first 10 months of
the year. On 13 November 1979, she left San Diego to return to the western Pacific. Albert David made
a very brief stop at Pearl Harbor on 21 November resuming her voyage west that same day.
at Subic Bay on 9 December and spent the remainder of the year in port. The frigate
operated locally out of Luzon ports until the second week in February 1980 when she
a voyage to Singapore in company with Long Beach (CGN-9), Wor(fett.(CG-18),andBro«sfera(FF-1037).
A mainengine casualty, however, forced her return to Subic Bay under tow of Long Beach and, later, of USNS Ute
(T-ATF-76). She remained in Subic Bay from 12 February through the end of the month.
The warship returned to sea on 1 March for two weeks of exercises followed by a port visit
at Buckner Bay, Okinawa.
an antisubmarine warfare exercise and another stop at Buckner Bay, Albert,
David set a course for Pusan, Korea, on 23 March. The warship spent the last week of the month
liberty at Pusan. From there, she moved on to Sasebo, Japan, for a repair and upkeep
period preparatory to her return to the United States. On 9 April 1980, the frigate departed
Sasebo and embarked
upon the voyage home by way of Guam, Kwajalein, and Pearl Harbor. She reentered
San Diego on 2 May. Post deployment standdown occupied the remainder of May while June and July brought a
resumption of local operations. Early in August, she visited Alaskan waters before beginning
at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at mid-month.
repairs occupied the frigate for the rest of 1980 and for the first nine months of
1981. Early in October 1981, Albert David resumed local
operations out of San Diego. That duty kept her
busy until near the end of May 1982. On the 29th, she got underway for the western Pacific via Pearl Harbor.
The frigate arrived in Subic Bay on 2
July. After almost three weeks at that base in the Philippines, Albert David
moved north to Sasebo, Japan,
where she stayed from 26 July until 12 August. The warship arrived back in Subic Bay on 17 August but
set sail again four days later on the
21st in company with John Young (DD-973)
and Saw Jose (AFS-7) bound for the Arabian Sea and a tour of duty with the Middle East Force. She
performed surveillance chores in the Arabian Sea from 7 September to 18
October. On 19 October, Albert David started
out on the long voyage back to the
United States. She entered San Diego on 30 November and spent the
remainder of 1982 engaged in post-deployment leave
carried over well into the third week of 1983. On 20 January, Albert. David took
up local operations out of San Diego with a three-day readiness exercise. A
variety of training evolutions conducted in the waters off the coast of
southern California occupied her time during the nine months between January and October 1983.
On 4 October, however, the frigate stood out to sea on her way to the Far East once more.
She made a
five-day stop at Pearl Harbor and conducted a battle problem in the Mariana
Islands before steaming into Subic Bay at the beginning of the second week in November. At
mid-month, Albert David put to sea again to participate in a series of bilateral exercises with units of
the Royal Malaysian Navy, the Royal Singapore Navy, and the Navy of the
Republic of Korea. Interspersed among those exercises were goodwill and liberty
calls at Lumut
in Malaysia, Singapore, Chinhae in Korea, and at Hong Kong. On 28 December, she
returned to the Philippines at Manila where she ushered in the new year.
Albert David's western Pacific deployment continued until early April 1984. January
brought a visit to Cebu City in the Philippines, a brief return to Subic Bay, and
another bilateral exercise, this time with the Royal Thai Navy. Exercises with other units
of the 7th Fleet followed. At the end of January, the frigate sailed north to
Japan for upkeep and repairs at Yokosuka. At the beginning of the last week in February, the
repairs and put to sea to conduct antisubmarine warfare exercises with
elements of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. The end of February and beginning of
visits to Sasebo and Fukuoka in Japan. During mid-March, she operated with
South Korean Navy units again and then made port visits at Chinhae and Pusan, Korea, and at Sasebo, Japan. Albert David
departed Sasebo on 3 April on her way back to the United States. En route, she
lingered in the Marianas to participate in another battle problem and stopped at Pearl
Harbor on 21 and 22 April. The warship pulled into San Diego on 30 April.
Post-deployment standdown took up the month of May, and operations along the California coast
occupied the summer and early fall of 1984. At the beginning of November, Albert David began restricted
availability at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard.
repair period carried her into 1985. Back in San Diego by 5 January, she resumed local operations by the
end of the month. The frigate settled into a
schedule of training exercises along the west coast, highlighted by port visits to Canadian and United States cities, that kept her busy throughout 1985
and nearly through 1986. On 29
September 1986, Albert David entered the yard of the National Steel
& Shipbuilding Co. at San Diego to begin
[Note: The above USS ALBERT DAVID (FF-1050) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS ALBERT DAVID (FF-1050), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]