On This Day: The Commissioning of USS Marvin G. Shields (FF 1066)

USS Marvin Shields FF1066_launch

Launch photos from Todd Shipyard Corp. October 23, 1969: Seattle, Wash.

April 10, 1971

USS Marvin G. Shields (DE 1066, later reclassified to FF 1066) was commissioned at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard with Cmdr. William J. Hunter in command and later assigned to Pacific Cruiser-Destroyer Force in San Diego. It was named for Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Marvin G. Shields, the first and only Medal of Honor recipient in the Seabee community. Shields gave his life during the Battle of Dong Xoai in June 1965 while assigned to Seabee Team 1104 attached to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces.

On June 10, U.S. Navy Seabee Museum director, Dr. Lara Godbille, will present a lecture on the events of the Battle of Dong Xoai, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the those events. The evening event will begin at 6:30p.m. Be sure to mark your calendars to attend this special event as we honor the life of one who embodied the “Can Do” spirit of the Seabees.

USS Marvin Shields FF1066

Here are some general specs, courtesy of the Naval Vessel Registry:

Build
Class: Knox
Number in Class: 46
Displacement: 3020 tons (std), 4065 tons (full)
Length: 415′ (wl), 438′ (oa)
Beam: 46′ 9″ (extreme)
Draft: 24′ 9″ (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Combustion Engineering 1200psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 20 Officer / 255 Enlisted

Armament
Missiles: 1 8-tube Mk25 Sea Sparrow BPDMS in DE 1052-1069, 1071-1083, 1 8-tube Mk29 NATO Sea Sparrow IPDMS in DE 1070, Harpoon missiles from modified ASROC launcher
Guns: 1 x 5″/54 cal. DP Mk 42 (600 rds)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk16 ASROC launcher (16 missiles), 4-12.75″ (324mm) Mk 32 (4×1 fixed) tubes / Mk 46 torpedos (6)
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air), AN/SPS-58 threat warning in some ships
Sonars: AN/SQS-26CX, AN/SQS-35 IVDS in FF-1052, 1056, 1063-1071, 1073-1076, 1078-1097
Fire Control Systems: Mk68 Mod. 11/13/14 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 14/16 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 – SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter

Awards & Citations

Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation Second Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 star Third Row: Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 2 stars - Humanitarian Service Ribbon - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon Fourth Row: Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon – Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row: Navy Battle “E” Ribbon – National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star – Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 star
Third Row: Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 2 stars – Humanitarian Service Ribbon – Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Fourth Row: Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal – Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) – Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

2 comments on “On This Day: The Commissioning of USS Marvin G. Shields (FF 1066)

  1. John Powell says:

    For those of us who live out of state how about streaming Dr. Lara Godbille’s presentation?

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    • seabeemuseum says:

      Hi John. At the moment, we currently plan to record the presentation and post it to our YouTube account. Live-streaming is not something we’re capable of doing inside the museum space due to connectivity and bandwidth limitations.

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