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LORAN STATION CATANDUANES

13 58 34.16 N 124 18 51.87 E (1960 Mercury Datum)
13 58 35.310N - 124 18 52.730E (08 NOV 1970)

Fact Sheet

Site Survey: 9 AUG – 24 SEP 1952 Including BATAN, ANGUAR, MIYAKO

Construction Date 23 NOV 1953 - Station construction completed
1955/56 - Permanent concrete block buildings replaced the trailers established in 1953

Constructed by: 1955 - constructed by Fisher Construction Company

Established: JUL 1953

Disestablished: 1978,

Operated by: 1953 – 31 MAR 1971 USCG
1 APR 1971 - 31 DEC 1977 Philippine Coast Guard

Chain: EAST PHILIPPINE

Station Letter designation: 2H3, “D”

Station code name: LORAN A: ELMO 8
LORAN C: PACE II (1962 – SEASIA CHAIN) 1963 CANCELLED - planed however not implemented

Station Unit Number: 1961 - FPO – NAVY 961 Box 11

Station AKA: PANAY ISLAND, ELMO

On-air testing date: 1L5 - 20 JUL 1953

Operational date: 1L5 – 1 AUG 1953

Operations Ceased: 2H3 - 312400Z DEC 1977

Station Operation: Single MASTER

Station pair: 1L5, 2H3, BATAN ISLAND

Loran Rate: 1L5, 2H3

On-Air: 1L5 – 1 AUG 1953
2H3 - 1 JAN 1964

Off-Air 1L5 – 1 JAN 1964
2H3 - 31 DEC 1977

Monitor Rate: 2H4 - 13 58 35.310 N 124 18 52.730 E

Equipment: MAR 1971 - T-137A s/n: 27 xfer from ULITHI after typhoon destroyed station; T-325 s/n: 10; IM105/U s/n: 66; SRT-21 s/n: 13 (Radio beacon); AN/FPA-2 s/n: 36; AN/FPN-30 s/n: 127 & 128; CU-815

Personnel Allowance:  

Miscellaneous: 7/8 DEC 1961 - Typhoon Ellen - Secured xmission 090303 DEC 1961 due to high tides tower ground by sea water

Commanding Officers /
Officers in Charge
CO: LTJG William G Dick 1953
CO: LTJG Lowe 1954 - 1955
CO: LTJG Joseph Stech 1955 - 1956
CO: LT Walter W White MAY 1959 – MAY 1960
CO: LTJG Robert J Cardinal MAY 1960 - MAY 1961
CO: LTJG Bernard Jacobson MAY 1961 - MAY 1962
CO: LTJG Lawrence Graham MAY 1962 - MAY 1963
CO: LTJG Charles W Craycroft MAY 1963 - JUN 1964
CO: LT Eichleberger 1966
Last CO: LTJG A A Minklein 1971

CO: LT James L Fear ???

Philippine Coast Guard:
CO: ENS Elevazo 1975

Fred's Place Reunion Hall:

OLD

Documentation:

OPORDER 32-53 - Establishment of ELMO 7, 8 and 9 - (pdf)
DEC 1961 - Typhoon Ellen - (pdf)
05 FEB 1971 - 2H3 Reliability - (pdf)
25 FEB 1971 - COMPHILSEC 1st Endorsement for JAN 1971 Report - (pdf)
02 MAR 1971 - COMPHILSEC 1st Endorsement of 5 FEB 1971 - (pdf)
23 APR 1971 - Reliability of Rate 2H3 APR 1971 (pdf)

Pictures

Loran Station Catanduanes

Picture from google earth.

Loran Station Catanduanes

Lorsta Catanduanes circa 1966

c./1966

Coast Guard Cutter Blakhaw logistics 1970

CGC BLACKHAW WLB 390 - c./1970
From the album of QM2 Hans Burkhardt
Contributed by Emilo Garcia

The below photos were contributed by Bill McCullough c./1966

Station sign circa 1966

1966 Crew

Aerial view of station circa 1966

Thanks Bill!