USS Valdez
FF 1096 (Knox class)

courtesey of EWSN Gary Walters
USS Valdez anchored out at Villefranche, France
in early March of 1977 on the French Rivera.


Authorized:       August 25, 1966
Builder:          Avondale
Laid Down:        June 30, 1972
Launched:         March 24, 1973 
Commissioned:     July 27, 1974
Decommissioned:   December 16, 1991
Fate:             Sold to Tiawan April 29, 1998
                  Completed re-fit in 
                  Charleston, SC July, 1999

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The Knox Class as Constructed


Displacement: 4,260 tons fully loaded.
Length:       438'        
Beam:         47'          
Draught:      16' (keel);  26' (Sonar dome)       
Machinery:    Two combustion Engineering boilers;               
              One  Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp;     
              1 shaft.   
Performance:  27 kts.  
Bunkerage:    200,000 gallons  
Range:        4,000 miles at 22 knots on 1 boiler.          
Guns:         1 FMC  5"   54 cal  Mk-42
Torpedoes:    MK 32  


CMDR Joe Peden USN
The First C.O.
Contributed by: Barry Willette


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