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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
Construction of permanent S/P building completed in 1955
Station rebuilt 1961
Constructed by:

Fisher Construction Company

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 (Emergency LORAN Mobile Operation) 7
LORAN C: PACE IV (1962 SEASIA Chain) 1963 Cancelled

Station Unit Number: FPO – NAVY 961 – Box 10
1969 - Box 10, FPO, San Francisco, CA 96652
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: 1969 - 125 ft Transmission Antenna
JUL 1976 - Replacement of Tower
Personnel Allowance:
 
Miscellaneous: 18JAN53 - 27JUL54 - Koran War Service Medal
Went on-air as Emergency LORAN Mobile Operation Unit #7 (ELMO 7)
21-22 SEP 1956 - Typhoon GILDA struck with damage to station
JUN 1957 - Typhoon struck station - staion off air 24 hours
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 R B Bacon JUN 1957 - JUN 1958
CO: LTJG Thomas Tyler JUN 1958 - JUN 1959
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
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. Must click on download this film.

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:

08 MAY 1953 OPORDER 32-53 - Establishment of ELMO 7, 8 and 9 - pdf
08 MAY 1953 OPORDER 32-53 - ANNEX B - pdf
22 APR 1955 - Request for Publications - pdf
AUG 1969 - Station Information Book - 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.

Photo retierved from Coast Guard Historian Office

Construction of the station c./1953

 

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

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

LORSTA Batan 1956

ET2 Cy Potts in front of an UE-1B

ET2 Potts kicking back

Batan local daily life

Batan local daily life

Local Scenery

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

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

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

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

ET2 Cy Potts on cleanup detail (Typhoon GILDA)

Thanks CY!

The 1957 Christmas Card was sent to John LaBella (Matsumae) from James Coffey

Thanks John!