FF 1096 (Knox class)
USS Valdez anchored out at Villefranche, France
in early March of 1977 on the French Rivera.
We are seeking information on the USS Valdez and her crews.
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Authorized: August 25, 1966
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.
Draught: 16' (keel); 26' (Sonar dome)
Machinery: Two combustion Engineering boilers;
One Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp;
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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