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LORAN STATION CATANDUANES

Station Information

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:
Commissioned:
JUL 1953


Decommissioned:
Disestablished:
01 APR 1971

 
Operated by:


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

Project code name:

LORAN A: ELMO 8 (Emergency LORAN Mobile Operation)
LORAN C: PACE II (1962 – SEASIA CHAIN) 1963 CANCELLED - planned however not implemented

Unit Identifier:



Mail address: 1956: USNS Navy 961, Box 10, FPO, San Francisco, Calif.
1961: USNS Navy 961, Box 11, FPO, San Francisco, Calif.
 
AKA:

PANAY ISLAND, ELMO 8

HAM Call Sign:



Personnel Allowance:

Station Mascot:

Station events: 1961 DEC 9/10: Typhoon ELLEN - Secured xmission 090303 DEC 1961 due to high tides tower ground by sea water. Station off air for approximately 36 hours.

1967 FEB 24: Assisted in the MEDIVAC for Mrs. Lupe Arve

1967 DEC 15: Assisted in the MEDIVAC for Mario Vesina wound in the upper chest

1968 APR 19: Assisted CGNR 2131 with USS MAURY XO MEDIVAC
Commanding Officers: 1953 - 1954 LTJG William G. Dick
1954 - 1955 LTJG James H. C. Lowe
1955 - 1956 LTJG Joseph Stech
1956 - 1957 LTJG Paul T. Anderson (? - JUN)
1957 - 1958 LTJG James L. Fear (JUN - JUN)
1958 - 1959
1959 - 1960 LTJG Walter W. White (MAY - MAY)
1960 - 1961 LTJG Robert J. Cardinal (MAY - MAY)
1961 - 1962 LTJG Ira B. Jacobson (MAY - MAY)
1962 - 1963 LTJG Lawrence Graham (MAY - MAY)
1963 - 1964 LTJG Charles W. Craycroft (MAY - JUN)
1964 - 1965
1965 - 1966
1966 - 1967 LTJG Richard R. Bock (? - 21 APR)
1967 - 1968 LTJG Charles A. Eichleberger (21 APR - 26 APR)
1968 - 1969 LTJG Jerome L. Olin (26 APR - ?)
1969 - 1970
1970 - 1971 LTJG Arthur A. Minklein (? - APR) Decomm CO

Station Operations

LORAN-A

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

Chain: EAST PHILIPPINE SEA
 
Station Letter designation: "D"
 
Radio Call Sign:  
 
Declared Operational date: 01 AUG 1953
Operations terminated: 312400Z MAR 1971 - USCG xfer operations to GOPR
312400Z DEC 1977 - GOPR terminated service
 
Station Operation: Single MASTER (SM)
Station pair:
Loran rate:
Coding delay:
Baseline:


CATANDUANES (M) - BATAN (S)
1L5, 2H3
N/A
Approx. 402 Nautical miles
On-air testing date: 1L5 - 20 JUL 1953
 
On-Air: 1L5 – 1 AUG 1953
2H3 - 01 JAN 1964
 
Off-Air: 1L5 - 01 JAN 1964 Rate change
2H3 - 31 MAR 1971 Station transferred to GOP
2H3 - 31 DEC 1977 Service terminated

 
Monitor Rate: cross rate monitor
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
 
Radiator: 127ft AS-1088/TRN
 

Fred's Place Reunion Hall: OLD

Awards:

Coast Guard Restricted Duty Ribbon

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Documents:

20 APR 1953 - OPORDER 32-53 - Establishment of ELMO 7, 8 and 9 - pdf

08 MAY 1953 - OPORDER 32-53 - ANNEX B - pdf

13 JUN 1956 - Loran Station Overseas Survey - pdf

DEC 1961 - Typhoon Ellen Weather Service Report - pdf

Pictures:

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Taken by Robert Cardinal (CO 1960-61)
Courtesy of his son David
My Dad’s years in the Coast Guard were some of his most treasured. I think he was the Lt. in
command at the station and had many stories about it. One was that he caught an iguana in
the radar building and traded it to the natives for two chickens. I still have a woven sleeping
mat with my name woven into it that the locals made as a gift.

Thanks David!

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(Courtesty of U.S. Coast Guard c./1963)

Bill McCullough photos c./1966

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Thanks Bill!

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USCGC KUKUI supplying the station c./1966

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The CGC BLACKHAW c./1970
(From the album of QM2 Hans Burkhardt
Contributed by Emilo Garcia)

Thanks Emilo!

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