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USS VALDEZ (FF-1096) - a Knox-class frigate

In Commission 1974 to 1991

FF-1096 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
APR 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 16 APR 1965 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN 1972 - Keel Date: 30 JUN 1972
at Avondale Shipyard Inc. Westwego LA
MAR 1973 - Launch Date: 24 MAR 1973
JUL 1974 - Commissioned: 27 JUL 1974
NOV 1974 - DEC 1974 Guantanamo Bay
AUG 1975 - FEB 1976 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1976 - Shellback Initiation - 9 JAN 1976 - Indian Ocean
SEP 1976 - APR 1977 Mediterranean
SEP 1977 - DEC 1977 North Atlantic
JAN 1978 - APR 1978 South Atlantic Goodwill Cruise
FEB 1978 - Shellback Initiation - 26 FEB 1978 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1978 - JUL 1979 East Boston Yards/ Overhaul
SEP 1979 - DEC 1979 GITMO and Carb cruise
JUN 1980 - JUL 1982 Inchon Landing
AUG 1980 - FEB 1981 North Atlantic
FEB 1981 - AUG 1981 North Atlantic
JUL 1981 - AUG 1981 North Atlantic
DEC 1981 - JUL 1982 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR 1983 - JUN 1983 Caribbean
JUN 1983 - SEP 1983 Guantanamo Bay
JUN 1983 - DEC 1983 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
OCT 1990 - FEB 1991 Dry Dock
MAR 1991 - MAY 1991 Caribbean
DEC 1991 - Decommissioned: 16 DEC 1991

FF-1096 General Specifications

Class: Knox-class frigate

Complement: 18 Officers and 267 Enlisted

Displacement: 3011 tons

Length: 438 feet

Beam: 46 feet 9 inches

Draft: 24 feet 9 in

Final Disposition: Transferred to Taiwan Yi Yang (F 939)


Valdez (DE-1096) was laid down on 30 June 1972 at Oswego, La., by the Avondale Shipyard; launched on 24 March 1973; sponsored by Mrs. Manuelita Valdez, the mother of Hospitalman Third Class Valdez; and commissioned on 27 July 1974 at Charleston, S.C., Comdr. Joe D. Peden in command.

Valdez spent the following three months in Charleston fitting out and completing final trials. She departed Charleston on 27 October, bound for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, whence she operated for the next seven weeks. Upon completion of her shakedown cruise, she returned to Charleston for a month of leave and upkeep followed by inspections and preparations for post-shakedown availability. That availability began on 25 February 1975 and ended on 11 April. At that juncture, she began normal operations out of Charleston and, later, participated in Exercise "Solid Shield," an amphibious landing and convoy protection exercise conducted during the last week in May and the first week in June near Morehead City, N.C. On 6 June, the ocean escort returned to Charleston and resumed the normal routine until 18 August. During that period, she was reclassified a frigate and redesignated FF-1096 on 30 June 1975.

On 18 August, the frigate steamed out of Charleston for her first overseas deployment. She changed operational control to the 6th Fleet upon arrival at Rota, Spain, on the 29th. From there, the frigate moved into and across the Mediterranean Sea to Egypt. She transited the Suez Canal on 5 September and the next day reported for duty with the Middle East Force at Djibouti in the French Territory of the Afars and Issas. During her tour of duty with the Middle East Force, Valdez participated in bilateral exercises with units of the naval forces of France, Iran, Abu Dhabi, and Pakistan as well as of the Air Force of Kuwait. She also embarked officers of the Saudi Arabian Navy for training and participated in the multinational CENTO exercise codenamed MidLink-75. Ports of call included Bandar Abbas, Iran; Bahrain; Kuwait; Shar-jah and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates; Karachi, Pakistan; Assab, Ethiopia; Victoria in the Seychelles; and Jidda, Saudi Arabia.

On 31 January 1976, Valdez retransited the Suez Canal on her way home. She recrossed the Mediterranean Sea and arrived back in Rota on 5 February where she remained until the 8th. Between 11 and 14 February, she visited Brest, France, where she participated in a gun salute symbolic of the first salute ever fired to the flag of the independent United States. From there, she set course-via the Azores and Bermuda- to return to Charleston. Valdez reentered her home port on 25 February.

After leave and upkeep, she resumed normal 2d Fleet operations out of Charleston. That duty lasted until September when she began preparations for another 6th Fleet deployment.

On 4 October, she stood out of Charleston and arrived in Rota 10 days later. On the 16th, Valdez reentered the Mediterranean. The ship spent the remainder of the year and the initial months of 1977 engaged in operations with the 6th Fleet. Valdez returned to Charleston on 21 April and commenced 30 days of leave and upkeep.

Following a summer devoted to operations off the east coast, the fleet frigate began preparations for another overseas period, this time a deployment to the North Atlantic. She departed Charleston on 27 September to join a NATO task group for Exercise "Combined Effort." During the next two months, Valdez engaged in other NATO exercises at sea interspersed with port visits. Her ports of call included Lisbon, Portugal; Portsmouth, England; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Bremerhaven, Germany; and Cherbourg, France. Valdez returned to Charleston on 2 December and remained there into the new year.

The ship got underway on 16 January 1978 for a three-month good will cruise to West Africa and South America. Countries on her agenda consisted of Morocco, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Togo, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal, and Brazil. Valdez returned to Charleston on 18 April. A month of repairs and leave followed. The summer was spent conducting operations out of her home port. On 12 September, Valdez departed Charleston for Boston where she commenced a regular overhaul on 15 September at the Bethlehem Steel shipyard. The ship remained there into 1979.

[Note: The above USS VALDEZ (FF-1096) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS VALDEZ (FF-1096), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]