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    Posted 11 years ago

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    This Navy buckle was given to me several years ago by a retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer. He was on the USS Van Voorhis DE 1028 a Destoryer Escort that was built in 1955 and sold for scrap in 1973.

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    1. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 11 years ago
      Kevin, I have heard that Navy ships have about a twenty year life?
    2. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 11 years ago
      Thank you kerry10456, Pop_abides
    3. beachbomb beachbomb, 11 years ago
      Here's a little more info if it helps. Nice buckle!

      Class: Courtney
      Type: SCB No. 72 / 1954 - 55
      Number in Class: 10
      Displacement: 1,314 tons (light), 1,877 tons (full)
      Length: 308' (wl), 314' 6" (oa)
      Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
      Draft: 19' 6" (draft limit)
      Propulsion: 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers; 1 De Laval geared turbine; 20,000 shp; 1 shaft
      Speed: 26 kts
      Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
      Complement: 12 / 161
      Guns: 4 - 3"/50 (76mm) Mk33 Guns (2x2)
      ASW Weapons: 1 Mk 108 ASW rocket launcher, 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos
      Radars: AN/SPS-5 (surface), AN/SPS-6C (air)
      Sonars: AN/SQS-4
      Fire Control Systems: Mk63 Gun FCS, Mk105 Underwater Battery FCS
      Van Voorhis (DE 1028) Building and Operational Data:
      29 August 1955: Keel laid at the New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, N.J.
      26 July 1956: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Kathryn Van Voorhis, the widow of Lt. Comdr. Van Voorhis
      22 April 1957: Commissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Yard, Lcdr Joseph J. Doak, Jr., in command, assigned to CortRon 14 at Newport, R.I.
      8 August 1964: Reassigned as flagship for CortRon 8 at Newport, R.I.
      1 July 1972: Decommissioned at Newport, R.I., Struck from the NVR
      15 June 1973: Sold for scrapping to the Union Minerals and Alloys Corp., of New York City, N.Y.
    4. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 11 years ago
      Thanks for the information beachbomb

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