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LORAN STATION BATAN

20 22 12.97 N 121 58 10.11 E (1960 Mercury Datum)
20 22 15.480 N 121 58 10.810 E (08 NOV 1970)

Fact Sheet

Site Survey: 9 AUG – 24 SEP 1952 Including MIYAKO, CATANDUANES, ANGUAR
 
Construction Date Completed 24 SEP 1953 by the Fisher Construction Company
Construction of permanent S/P building completed in 1955
Station rebuilt 1961
 
Constructed by:
 
Established: JUL 1953
 
Disestablished: 31 DEC 1977
 
Operated by: JUL 1953 – 31 MAR 1971 - U.S. Coast Guard
1 APR 1971 - 31 DEC1977 - Philippine Coast Guard
 
Chain: East Philippine
 
Station Letter designation: 2H3, 2H4 – “A”
 
Station code name: LORAN A: ELMO 7
LORAN C: PACE IV (1962 SEASIA Chain) 1963 Cancelled

Station Unit Number: FPO – NAVY 961 – Box 10
 
Station nickname:
 
On-air testing date: 1L4 – 20 JUL 1953
1L5 – 20 JUL 1953
 
Operational date: 1L4 – 1 AUG 1953
1L5 – 1 AUG 1953
 
Operations Ceased: 31 DEC 1977
 
Station Operation: Double SLAVE/SECONDARY
 
Station pair: 1L4, 2H4 - MIYAKO JIMA
1L5, 2H3 - CATANDUANES
 
Loran Rate: 1L4, 1L5, 2H3, 2H4
 
On-Air: 1L4 – 1 AUG 1953 - MIYAKO JIMA
1L5 – 1 AUG 1953 – CATANDUANES
2H3 – 1 JAN 1964 – CATANDUANES
2H4 – 1 JAN 1964 – MIYAKO JIMA
Off-Air 1L4 – 1 JAN 1964 – MIYAKO JIMA
1L5 – 1 JAN 1964 – CATANDUANES
2H3 – 31 DEC 1977 – CATANDUANES
2H4 – 1976 – MIYAKO JIMA
 
Monitor Rate: 2H5 - 20 22 15.480N - 121 58 10.810E
 
Equipment: 1956 - UE-1B
1956/57 UE-1B replaced by AN/FPN-30s
MAR 1971 - AN/FPN-30 s/n: 95, 94, 92 & 88; AN/FPA-2 s/n:35; T-325 s/n: 4 & 5; IM-105/U; SRT-21 s/n:17; Antenna Coupler CU-815/U
Antenna Type: JUL 1976 - Replacement of Tower
 
Personnel Allowance:
 
Miscellaneous: 18JAN53-27JUL54 - Koran War Service Medal
Went on-air as Mobile Unit #7 ELMO 7
21-22 SEP 1956 - Typhoon GILDA struck with damage to station
1961 - Station rebuilt - permanent hard buildings
1969 - Typhoon Elaine struck
17 MAR 1971 - Tragic accident took lives of ET3 Brower and HM1 Duke
JUL 1971 - station experience two typhoons strikes
JUL 1976 - Typhoon struck and damage electronic equipment.
 
Commanding Officers /
Officers in Charge
CO: LTJG H.J. Straut 1956 - 1957
CO: LTJG Thomas Tyler 1959 - 1960
CO: LTJG William (Bill) Roland 1960 - 1961
CO: LTJG Marshall E Gilbert 1961 - 1962
CO: LTJG Thomas J Cunningham 1962 - 1963
CO: LTJG Weiskettle 1963 –
CO: LTJG H E Obedin ? - MAY 1964
CO: LTJG Robert C Eddy MAY 1964 - DEC 1964
CO: LTJG Robert Shank DEC 1964 - NOV 1965
CO: LTJG Michael O'Connor 1967 - 1968
CO: LTJG Baker 1968 - 1969
CO: LTJG Conner 1969 - NOV 1970
Last CO: LTJG George (Andy) Baldwin NOV 1970 - 31 MAR 1971
Last OINC: BMC J. T. Taylor 31 MAR 1971 -

Philippine Coast Guard

CO: ENS Cueto
 

Fred's Place Reunion Hall:  OLD  NEW

NARA Film:

LORAN Comes to Batan, 1955 http://research.archives.gov/description/5960
The title indicates station built in 1955 however the film was in 1953.

http://www.360cities.net/nl/image/batanes-near-loran-station-philippines#-282.06,9.74.70.0
URL for an extraordinary 360 deg horizontal, 180 deg. vertical panoramic view of Batan and immediate area with zoom capability.

Thanks Cyrus Potts!

Documentation:

OPORDER 32-53 - Establishment of ELMO 7, 8 and 9 - (pdf)
22 APR 1955 - Request for Publications (pdf)
20 APR 1971 - Excessive Unauthorized Unusable Time (pdf)
27 APR 1971 - COMPHILSEC 1st Endorsement 1 -31 MAR 1971 Report (pdf)
17 APR 1975 - Tower Inspection report (pdf)
030015Z FEB 76 - Station SYNC Issue (pdf)
040539Z MAY 76 - Tower Replacement (pdf)
020647Z JUL 76 - Station Off Air (pdf)

Pictures

Loran Station Batan

Picture from google earth.

Station Building in the 1960s

Station in the 1960's
Photo contributed by Larry Bilski

Thanks Larry!

The below were found on Fred's Place -
Photo credit to Jack Walden c./1962

Rear side of lighter

Front side of lighter

station circa 2006

The remains of the station c./2006

Batan Station c./1969
Photo contributed by Bill Sewell

Station view from bay

Thanks Bill!

The photos below was contributed by Cy Potts c./1956

Station View
LORSTA Batan 1956

ET2 Cy Potts on watch
ET2 Cy Potts in front of an UE-1B

Cy Potts kicking back
ET2 Potts kicking back

Batan local daily life
Batan local daily life

Batan local daily life
Batan local daily life

Road near village
Local Scenery

Damage from typhoon Gilda
Damage from Typhoon GILDA (Sept 21-22, 1956)

Damage from typhoon Gilda
Damage from Typhoon GILDA (Sept 21-22, 1956)

Damage from typhoon Gilda
Damage from Typhoon GILDA (Sept 21-22, 1956)

Damage from typhoon Gilda
Damage from Typhoon GILDA (Sept 21-22, 1956)

ET2 Cy Potts on cleanup after typhoon Gilda
ET2 Cy Potts on cleanup detail (Typhoon GILDA)