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Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
N - H - G - M
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Husky Pup"
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon
Second Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/star - Navy Navy Battle "E"
- Navy Expeditionary Medal
Third Row: National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
w/star - Vietnam Service Medal w/7 stars
Fourth Row: Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Vietnam Gallantry Cross
Unit Citation (2) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
CLASS: Garcia (As Built) FY / SCB No.:
Displacement: 2620 tons (std), 3400 tons (full)
414' 6"(oa), 390" (wl) x 44 x 24'
Armament: 2 x 5"/38 Mk 30, 1 ASROC Mk16 (16 missiles), 4-324mm Mk 32
(4x1 fixed) tubes / Mk 46 torpedos
Machinery: 2 FW 1200-psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine;
35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 knots
Range: 4,000 nm @ 20 knots
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Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air)
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Avondale Marine, Avondale LA on 30 September 1963
Launched 2 October 1964, Commissioned 7 December 1965
Reclassified Frigate (FF-1045) on 30 June 1975
Decommissioned 8 December 1988
Fate: Leased to Brazil 15 April 1989, renamed NAe
Sold to Brazil 24 January 2001,
Decommissioned from Brazilian Navy 26 July 2002
Sank in early 2005 at Lat. 23 Deg. 05', 745 S, Long. 042 Deg. 59', 521 W at
of 60 meters (just off the coast of Brazil) while being towed from Brazil to
scrapping yards in India, in company with ex-USS Sample (FF-1048)
I scanned my copies of the 2 cruise books
from my tour and converted them to PDF files.
To view - click on each picture.
They are 16.2 MB and 14.4 MB in size.
(Additional Cruise Books below)
VIDEO CLIPS OF DAVIDSON IN DAVY JONES' LOCKER
I downloaded these video clips from
Wreckfinder's web site
USS Davidson Ceremony - Nov 07, 2009
"Tribute to the USS Davidson in memory of the veterans who were in
Vietnam, and in missions following. Members of the USS DAVIDSON REUNION
ASSOCIATION sent us the American Flag, medals, flag of prisoners of war (POW
flag), dog tags and photos. We packed in a metal box and deposited in the
sinking through the chimney, there to remain for eternity. Participants: Edu
Kossatz, Captain Basilio, Bob Light, DOC, Conti, Azoury, Joe Costa, Frugoni,
Daniel Correia, Ziba and Rick Namen."
Hawaii Navy News articles
1980 - Click HERE
1983 - Click HERE
The complete OpOrder
size: 5.6 MB
A video clip from a helo fly over of
Diego Garcia, B.I.O.T. in the early 1990s.
Diego Garcia B.I.O.T. 1980
Just after main space fire during repairs.
We sure were tiny, huh????? Especially next to our nuke
"tug-boat". I think we were the only FF that could claim
"Underway under nuclear power".
Yearly Command History for
(Click on each year for a PDF file)
Mike Peck scanned these copies of cruise books
and I converted them to a PDF file.
To view - click on the picture.
Bill Allen put together a collage of pictures from WESTPAC 82 and posted
it on YouTube.
HERE to view