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USS McCloy (FF 1038)

- formerly DE 1038 -
- decommissioned -

USS McCLOY was the second and final ship in the BRONSTEIN - class. Commisioned as a destroyer escort, the McCLOY was redesignated as frigate on June 30, 1975. Decommissioned on December 14, 1990, and stricken from the Navy list on October 4, 1991, the McCLOY was sold to Mexico on November 12, 1993, where she was recommissioned as NICOLAS BRAVO.

General Characteristics:Awarded: June 13, 1960
Keel laid: September 15, 1961
Launched: June 9, 1962
Commissioned: October 21, 1963
Decommissioned: December 14, 1990
Builder: Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, La.
Propulsion system: 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000shp; 1 shaft
Length: 371.4 feet (113.2 meters)
Beam: 40.4 feet (12.3 meters)
Draft: 23 feet (7 meters)
Displacement: approx. 2,650 tons full load
Speed: 26 knots
Armament: one Mk-16 missile launcher for ASROC missiles, two Mk-33 3-inch/50 caliber guns (one mount), Mk-46 torpedoes from two Mk-32 triple tube mounts
Aircraft: none
Crew: 16 officers, 183 enlisted

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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS McCLOY. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

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Accidents aboard USS McCLOY:

October 31, 1983west of BermudaThe USS McCLOY is towing a sonar array when suddenly the cable goes slack. The next day a Soviet Victor III - class nuclear-powered attack submarine is sighted motionless on the surface 282 miles west of Bermuda and 470 miles east of Charleston, SC, by a US P-3 Orion patrol aircraft. US Navy officials believe that while the submarine was following the McCLOY, the sonar array caught in the submarine's propeller. There is no indication of leaking radiation, according to a Navy spokesman. On November 5, the submarine is taken under tow by a Soviet salvage ship in the direction of the Cuban port of Cienfuegos. Further observations while the submarine is under tow leads the Navy to believe the damage is relatively minor and relates to the submarine's propeller.

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About the Ship's Name:

Lt. Comdr. John McCloy, recipient of two Medals of Honor, was born 30 January 1876 at Brewster, N.Y. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy 7 March 1903, was warranted boatswain 30 July 1903 and commissioned ensign 1 July 1917. He received his first Medal of Honor “for distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy in battles of the 13th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd of June 1900, while with the relief expedition of the Allied Forces in China.” His second Medal of Honor was awarded to him “for distinguished conduct in battle and extraordinary heroism; engagement of Vera Cruz, April 22, 1914.” Immediately after World War I, he commanded minesweeper CURLEW clearing the mines of the North Sea mine barrage. For this work he was decorated with the Navy Cross. He retired from active duty, as lieutenant, 15 October 1928 and on 23 February 1942 was promoted to lieutenant commander, retired. He died 25 May 1945 at Leonia, N.J., and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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