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USS Badger (FF 1071)

- formerly DE 1071 -
- decommissioned -
- sunk as a target -

USS BADGER was the 20th KNOX - class frigate. Decommissioned on December 20, 1991, and stricken from the Navy list on January 11, 1995, the BADGER was finally sunk as a target during RIMPAC '98. The exercise to sink the BADGER started on July 21, 1998. The BADGER absorbed hits from Penguin, Hellfire, Maverick and telemetry Harpoon missiles, and was still afloat at sunset. Anyway, search aircraft were not able to locate the BADGER on the next morning. So it is assumed that the frigate sunk during the evening of July 21.

General Characteristics:Awarded: July 22, 1964
Keel laid: February 17, 1968
Launched: December 7, 1968
Commissioned: December 1, 1970
Decommissioned: December 20, 1991
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards, San Pedro, Calif.
Propulsion system: 2 - 1200 psi boilers; 1 geared turbine, 1 shaft; 35,000 shaft horsepower
Length: 438 feet (133.5 meters)
Beam: 47 feet (14.4 meters)
Draft: 25 feet (7.6 meters)
Displacement: approx. 4,200 tons full load
Speed: 27 knots
Armament: one Mk-16 missile launcher for ASROC and Harpoon missiles, one Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber gun, Mk-46 torpedoes from single tube launchers, one Mk-25 BPDMS launcher for Sea Sparrow missiles
Aircraft: one SH-2F (LAMPS I) helicopter
Crew: 18 officers, 267 enlisted

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Crew List:

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

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