DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO SERVED ONBOARD
USS Bradley, the second
of ten 2,620-ton Garcia class escort ships, was built at San Francisco,
California, and commissioned in May 1965. Her first deployment to the
Westen Pacific between July and December 1966 included four months of
gunfire support along the coast of South Vietnam and carrier escort
duty in the Gulf of Tonkin. In February 1967 Bradley received the prototype
destroyer installation of the Sea Sparrow Basic Point Defense Missile
System (BPDMS). After intensive trials between May and September, the
system was removed in September.
In June 1975 Bradley began a year-long overhaul which included the enlargement of her helicopter hangar. In July 1975 she was reclassifed from escort ship (DE) to frigate (FF). After trials in mid 1976, Bradley conducted two more deployments, each of which included lengthy operations in the Indian Ocean, before entering the shipyard in mid-1979 for another one year overhaul. Repeating this pattern, she conducted another two deployments, this time ranging between Korea and Malaysia, before starting another year-long overhaul in mid-1983, primarily to remedy boiler problems. The ship made one more Western Pacific deployment between mid-1986 and January 1987 and a Northern Pacific cruise in May-June 1988 before decommissioning in September 1988.
In September 1989 Bradley was leased to Brazil at San Diego and became the destroyer Pernambuco (D 30). She was stricken from the U. S. Navy and sold outright to Brazil in January 2001. She remains active in the Brazilian Navy into her 40th year afloat, having participated at sea in seven exercises between early 2001 and early 2003.
On March 11, 2004, Pernambuco was placed in the reserve, having served 15 years in the Brazilian Navy with 670 days at sea and 135,691 miles steamed. This event brings to a close the final chapter in the history of this most gallant vessel.
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