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USS Marvin Shields (FF-1066)
USS Marvin Shields (FF-1066)
USS Marvin Shields (FF-1066)
Career (US)
Ordered: 22 July 1964
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, Washington
Laid down: 12 April 1968
Launched: 23 October 1969
Acquired: 1 April 1971
Commissioned: 10 April 1971
Decommissioned: 2 July 1992
Struck: 11 January 1995
Motto: Can Do
Nickname: Marvy Do
Fate: Donated to Mexico
General characteristics
Class & type: Knox-class frigate
Displacement: 3,229 tons (4,210 full load)
Length: 438 ft (133.5 m)
Beam: 46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)
Draught: 24 ft 9 in (7.6 m)
Propulsion: 2 × CE 1200psi boilers
1 Westinghouse geared turbine
1 shaft, 35,000 shp (26 MW)
Speed: over 27 knots (31 mph; 50 km/h)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,330 km) @ 20 knots (23 mph; 37 km/h)
Complement: 18 officers, 267 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPS-40 Air Search Radar
AN/SPS-67 Surface Search Radar
AN/SQS-26 Sonar
AN/SQR-18 Towed array sonar system
Mk68 Gun Fire Control System
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
AN/SLQ-32 Electronics Warfare System
Armament: one Mk-16 8 cell missile launcher for ASROC and Harpoon missiles
one Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber gun
Mark 46 torpedoes from four single tube launchers)
one Mk-25 BPDMS launcher for Sea Sparrow missiles, later replaced by one Phalanx CIWS
Aircraft carried: one SH-2 Seasprite (LAMPS I) helicopter

USS Marvin Shields (FF-1066) was a Knox-class frigate of the US Navy. The ship was named after the only Seabee to receive the Medal of Honor. CM3 Marvin Glenn Shields was awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War. Constructed by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, Washington, laid down 12 April 1968, launched 23 October 1969, and delivered 1 April 1971. Marvin Shields was commissioned 10 April 1971, decommissioned 2 July 1992, and struck 11 January 1995. She was subsequently transferred to Mexican Navy and renamed ARM Abasolo.

1983 Deployment

On 20 July 1983, the New York Times reported that the Marvin Shields along with seven other vessels in the Carrier Ranger Battle Group left San Diego on Friday, 15 July 1983, and were headed for the West Pacific when they were rerouted and ordered to steam for Central America to conduct training and flight operations in areas off the coasts of Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras as part of major military exercises planned for that summer.

Besides the Marvin Shields, the battle group was composed of the carrier Ranger, the cruiser Horne, the guided missile destroyer Lynde McCormick, the destroyers Fletcher and Fife, the oiler Wichita, and the support ship Camden.

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Ship's Association Formed

In June 2006, at the first shipmate's reunion in San Diego, the ship's association was formed. Twenty shipmates were in attendance. The second reunion was held in September 2008 in St. Louis. San Diego was the location for the October 2010 reunion. The next reunion is currently being planned for Las Vegas in October 2012. For more information about the association check out the association website.

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