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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

1953 - 1954
1954 - 1955
1956 - 1957 LTJG H. J. Straut
1957 - 1958 LTJG Robert B. Bacon (JUN - JUN)
1958 - 1959 LTJG Thomas Tyler (JUN - JUN)
1959 - 1960 LTJG William Roland (JUN - ?)
1960 - 1961
1961 - 1962 LTJG Marshall E. Gilbert
1962 - 1963 LTJG Thomas J. Cunningham 1962 - 1963
1963 - 1963 LTJG Weiskettle
1963 - 1964 LTJG H. E. Obedin (? - MAY)
1964 - 1964 LTJG Robert C. Eddy (MAY - DEC)
1964 - 1965 LTJG Robert Shank (DEC - NOV)
1965 - 1966
1966 - 1967
1967 - 1968 LTJG Michael O'Connor
1968 - 1969 LTJG Baker
1969 - 1970
1970 1971 LTJG George Baldwin (NOV - 31 MAR)
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!

Documents:

20 APR 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

U. S. Coast Guard Photos

Loran Station Batan

Picture from google earth.

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!