USS VOGE (FF-1047)
Voge (DE-1047) was laid down on 21 November 1963 at Bay City, Mich., by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co.;
launched on 4 February 1965;
sponsored by Mrs. Alice Voge Getting,
widow of Rear Admiral Voge; and commissioned
at the Boston Naval Shipyard on 25 November 1966, Comdr. William F.
Keller in command.
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, R.I.,
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 Guantanamo 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 reentered 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 (Cort-Ron) 6 at Newport and began duty supporting the development and testing of sophisticated antisubmarine
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-Lisbon, Portugal-later that month, after conducting hunter/killer ASW exercises
with ships of the Spanish and Portugese 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.
The warship 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 the 12th for her refresher training cruise to the Guantanamo Bay operating area. The ocean escort 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 Portugese 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 22d. 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, Du Pont (DD-941), and set
course for Newport where she arrived
on the 18th.
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, Pla., on 15 August; and,
four days later, she got underway for the south. She arrived in Mayport on the 22d and began local operations which kept
her busy until near the end of the
Late in December, the warship 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 (DDG-5) 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 multilateral 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. 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, Voge's
overhaul was completed, and the
frigate 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, S.C., 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 near Greece, she collided with a Soviet E-2-class submarine and sustained serious
structural demage that necessitated drydocking at Toulon, France. 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 Saratoga (CV-60) and Koelsch
(FF-1049) for duty with the 6th
Fleet. However, she soon was ordered
back to Mayport because of
contaminated potable water tanks and reached home on the 13th. On the 27th, 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 2d Fleet at Gibraltar and headed back toward Mayport. The frigate arrived home two days
before Christmas and began post-deployment stand-down.
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 offload 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.
[Note: The above USS VOGE (FF-1047) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS VOGE (FF-1047), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]