USS Bradley (FF-1041)

USS Bradley (FF-1041)

USS "Bradley" (FF-1041) was the second of ten 2,620-ton "Garcia"-class destroyer escort ships, later reclassified as frigates, in the United States Navy. She was named for Captain Willis Winter Bradley, Jr.. She was later sold into the Brazilian Navy as "Pernambuco" (D 30).

As "Bradley"

"Bradley" was laid down at San Francisco, California on 17 January 1963, launched on 26 March 1964, and commissioned on 15 May 1965. Her first deployment to the Western Pacific between July and December 1966 included four months of gunfire support along the coast of South Vietnam and carrier escort duty in the Gulf of Tonkin. In February 1967 Bradley received the prototype destroyer installation of the Sea Sparrow Basic Point Defense Missile System (BPDMS). After intensive trials between May and September, the system was removed in September.

"Bradley" commenced her second deployment to Southeast Asia in December 1967 but was diverted to the Sea of Japan in response to the North Korean capture of USS "Pueblo". In March she resumed carrier escort and gunfire support duties off South Vietnam. After a final tour on the gun line in June, during which she fired 3,247 rounds in 10 days from her two 5"/38 guns, she returned to San Diego, California in July 1968. Her first regular overhaul between October 1968 and May 1969 featured a major upgrade to her SQS-26 sonar and extensive work on her two temperamental pressure-fired boilers. "Bradley's" third deployment featured a gun line tour in January 1970, surveillance of the Soviet Navy's worldwide "Okean" exercise in April, and more carrier escort and gunfire support duty lasting into June. During the next five years "Bradley" conducted three additional deployments to Southeast Asia, interrupted by a second regular overhaul in 1971-72.

In June 1975 "Bradley" began a year-long overhaul which included the enlargement of her helicopter hangar. In July 1975 she was reclassified from escort ship (DE) to frigate (FF). After trials in mid 1976, "Bradley" conducted two more deployments, each of which included lengthy operations in the Indian Ocean, before entering the shipyard in mid-1979 for another one year overhaul. Repeating this pattern, she conducted another two deployments, this time ranging between Korea and Malaysia, before starting another year-long overhaul in mid-1983, primarily to remedy boiler problems. The ship made one more Western Pacific deployment between mid-1986 and January 1987 and a Northern Pacific cruise in May-June 1988 before decommissioning on 30 September 1988.

As "Pernambuco"

In September 1989 "Bradley" was leased to Brazil at San Diego and became the destroyer "Pernambuco" (D 30). She was stricken from the U. S. Navy and sold outright to Brazil in January 2001. She remained active in the Brazilian Navy into her 39th year afloat, having participated at sea in seven exercises between early 2001 and early 2003. On 11 March 2004, she was decommissioned and placed in reserve.



External links

* [ The USS "Bradley" Association]
* [ Destroyers Online: The USS Bradley] . Contains ship's statistics, a list of crew members, etc.

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