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USS O'Callahan (DE 1051)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Z - K - I
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Raintunnel"
Motto: Faithful and Brave      Nickname: Irish Song

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon
Second Row: Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" (2) - National Defense Service Medal w/star
Third Row: Vietnam Service Medal w/ 3 stars - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 4 stars - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Class: Garcia
Type: SCB No. 199A / 1961 - 1963
Number in Class: 10
Displacement: 2,620 tons (std), 3,400 tons (full)
Length: 390' 0" (wl), 414' 6" (oa)
Beam: 44' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Foster Wheeler 1200-psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,000 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 13 / 234
Guns: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30 Gun (2x1) (350 rounds)
ASW Weapons: 1 - Mk16 ASROC launcher (1x8) (16 missiles), 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos (18)
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-26AXR in DE 1040 - 1045, AN/SQS-26BX in DE 1047 - 1051
Fire Control Systems: Mk56 Mod 43 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 8/11 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
O'Callahan (DE 1051) Building and Operational Data:
  • 21 March 1963: Building contract awarded to the Defoe Shipbuilding Co.
  • 19 February 1964: Keel laid at the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mich.
  • 20 October 1965: Launched and christened, sponsored by Sister Rose Marie O’Callahan of the Philippines Maryknoll College, sister of Chaplain O’Callahan and the first nun to sponsor a U.S. Navy ship
  • 13 July 1968: Commissioned at the Boston Naval Shipyard, Charlestown, Mass., Cmdr Robert L. Brown in command
  • 31 August 1968: Transits the Panama Canal, assigned to the U.S. Pacific Fleet as a unit of DesRon 33 (CruDesFlot 9) homeported at San Diego, Cal.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1051)
  • 20 December 1988: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 20 years and 5 months of service
  • 08 February 1989: Leased to Pakistan, renamed PNS Aslat (F-267)
  • 14 November 1993: Struck from the NVR
  • 11 December 1993: Returned to U.S. possession at Singapore
  • 29 March 1994: Sold to Trusha Investments Pte. Ltd. c/o Jacques Pierot, Jr. & Sons Inc., New York City, N.Y. for $602,100
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    69k Joseph Timothy O'Callahan was born on 14 May 1905 at Boston, Mass. and joined the Jesuit Order of the Roman Catholic Church in 1922. After graduation from preparatory school, he subsequently received degrees from several institutions of higher learning. Ordained in 1934, he was a Professor of Mathematics, Philosophy and Physics at Boston College between 1929-37, Professor of Philosophy at the Jesuit Seminary of Weston College in 1937-38 and Director of the Mathematics Department at Holy Cross College, Worcester, Mass. in 1938-40.

    Father O'Callahan was commissioned as a Lieutenant (Junior Grade) in the Naval Reserve Chaplain Corps in August 1940. He was assigned to the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla. in 1940-42, to the aircraft carrier Ranger in 1942-44 and to the Naval Air Stations at Alameda, Cal. and Pearl Harbor, Hi. into early 1945. Lcdr O'Callahan joined the the aircraft carrier Franklin in early March 1945. A few weeks later, when his ship was badly damaged by a Japanese air attack, he distinguished himself comforting the injured and leading damage control and ammunition jettisoning parties. The ship's Commanding Officer described O'Callahan as "the bravest man I ever saw". For his heroism on board Franklin, Lcdr O'Callahan was awarded the Medal of Honor.

    Promoted to the rank of Commander in July 1945, O'Callahan served at the Navy Department and at the Naval Training Station, Newport, R.I. until October 1945, when he reported on board the new aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1946, he served as Escort Chaplain as the body of the late Philippines President Manuel Quezon was carried from the United States to Manila. Released from active duty in November 1946, Commander O'Callahan returned to Holy Cross College as Professor of Philosophy. Upon his retirement from the Naval Reserve in November 1953, he was advanced to the rank of Captain on the basis of his combat awards. Joseph O'Callahan died at Worcester, Mass. on 18 March 1964.

    USS O'Callahan (DE 1051) (1968-1989) was the first ship named in his honor.    (U.S. Navy photo #80-G-K-5003-B from the US Naval Historical Center)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    O' Callahan
    53k date / location unknown -
    O' Callahan
    92k date / location unknown Wendell R. McLaughlin Jr.
    O' Callahan
    60k August 1968: At sea off the Virginia Coast - en route to her homeport of San Diego, Cal. after being commissioned on 13 July 1968 in Boston, Mass. This photo shows the USS O'Callahan (DE 1051) in her original configuration, without the sliding hangar bay that was installed later, post 1972. Bill Scroggins, GMG1
    212k 20 October 1968: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - Bow view of the USS O'Callahan (DE 1051) docked at Vancouver.
    (Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-7260.1 from the City of Vancouver Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    171k 1970: Subic Bay PI - O'Callahan, taken as she passed USS Niagara Falls (AFS 3) while entering port. William P. Jones, M.D.
    former Medical Officer
    USS Niagara Falls AFS 3
    89k 1974 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan

    (Photos © Karsten Petersen)
    Karsten Petersen
    Middelfart, Denmark
    436k 15 October 1982: At sea - Aerial port bow view of O'Callahan underway.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-07601 by PHAN Mellendorf from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    511k 30 August 1988: San Diego, Cal. - O'Callahan passes Point Loma as she returns to her homeport of San Diego.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-04-09151 by PH2 Self from the DVIC)
    458k 30 August 1988: San Diego, Cal. - An aerial stern view of O'Callahan as sailors prepare to man the rails as she enters the bay returning to her homeport.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-04-09154 by PH2 Self from the DVIC)
    594k 30 August 1988: San Diego, Cal. - Sailors man the rails of O'Callahan, the first ship in the Navy to honor Captain Joseph Timothy O'Callahan, as she passes Naval Air Station North Island as she returns to her homeport.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DNSC-04-09153 by PH2 Self from the DVIC)
    587k 30 August 1988: San Diego, Cal. - Sailors man the rails of O'Callahan, as she passes the San Diego Convention Center and Marina as she returns to her homeport.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-04-09150 by PH2 Self from the DVIC)
    565k 30 August 1988: San Diego, Cal. - Sailors man the rails of O'Callahan, as she passes under the Coronado Bridge on her return to homeport.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-04-09152 by PH2 Self from the DVIC)
    95k 08 February 1989: Naval Station San Diego, Cal. - Vice Admiral Robert K.U. Kihune, commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; shakes hands with Jamshaid A. Marker, Pakistani's ambassador to the U.S., following the official transfer of former U.S. Navy ships, the Guided Missile Frigate USS Brooke (FFG 1) and the Frigate USS O'Callahan (FF 1051), to the Pakistani navy. Brooke will be commissioned as PNS Khaibar (D 163) while O'Callahan will become PNS Aslat (F 265).
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-89-06021 by PH1 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    169k 08 February 1989: Naval Station San Diego, Cal. - Pakistani naval officers and crewmen assemble for the ceremony during which the former U.S. Navy ships, the guided missile frigate USS Brooke (FFG 1) and the frigate USS O'Callahan (FF 1051), will be transferred to the Pakistani navy.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-89-06019 by PH1 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    **Brooke / O'Callahan**
    148k 8 February 1989: Naval Station San Diego, Cal. - The Pakistani navy ships PNS Aslat (F-265), left, and PNS Khaibar (D-163) lay tied up at a pier following their commissioning. The Aslat and Khaibar, formerly the frigate O'Callahan and the guided missile frigate USS Brooke (FFG 1), respectively, are being leased to the government of Pakistan for five years.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DNST9003785 by PH1 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)

    O'Callahan Memorabilia
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    O'Callahan History
    View the USS O'Callahan (DE 1051) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    O'Callahan's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  13 Jul. 1968 - 12 Dec. 1969 Cmdr. Robert L. Brown (OCS '51) (Birmingham, Ala.)
    2.)  12 Dec. 1969 - 13 May 1971 Cmdr. John Alfred Coiner (USNA '52) (Washington, D.C.)
    3.)  13 May 1971 - 21 Jul. 1972 Cmdr. Marvin Gilford (Jack) Smith Jr.
    4.)  21 Jul. 1972 - 18 Jan. 1974 Cmdr. William Carl Dunham
    5.)  18 Jan. 1974 - 06 Oct. 1975 Cmdr. Fred Wilkin Bailey (OCS '58) (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
    6.)  06 Oct. 1975 - 11 Oct. 1977 Cmdr. Clarence E. McRight Jr. (OCS '57) (Opelousas, La.)
    7.)  11 Oct. 1977 - 19 Oct. 1979 Cmdr. Joseph Charles Strasser (USNA '63) (Camden, N.J.) (ret. as Radm.)
    8.)  19 Oct. 1979 - 10 Oct. 1981 Cmdr. Robert Terrell Bunnell (Memphis, Tenn.)
    9.)  10 Oct. 1981 - 15 Jul. 1983 Cmdr. Frederick M. Frick (Wickensburg, Ariz.)
    10.) 15 Jul. 1983 - 16 Aug. 1985Cmdr. Mark Chester Skoog (OCS '65) (St. Paul, Minn.)
    11.) 16 Aug. 1985 - 15 Aug. 1987 Cmdr. Leslie Wilsdon Hewett (OCS '68) (New Bedford, Mass.)
    12.) 15 Aug. 1987 - 20 Dec. 1988 Cmdr. Gary Werner Schnurrpusch (Mundelin, Ill.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    O'Callahan's Next Reunion:
    25 - 29 September 2022 at Houston, Tex.
    Contact Name: Mike Goodwin
    Address: 3518 Dora Lane
    City/State: West Palm Beach, Fla. 33417
    Phone: 561-307-9766
    E-mail: M. Goodwin

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