Bordelon After Collision

 

Kennedy After Collision

 

On 14 September 1976, while refueling alongside USS John F. Kennedy, the ships came together and collided. Bordelon‍ 's port bow and some of the superstructure were damaged and the main mast snapped and fell on the signal shack, injuring some of the handling team.

The ammunition ship USS Mount Baker (AE-34) was also involved in the rescue of Bordelon by escorting her to an ammunition depot where Mount Baker‍ 'explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team off-loaded her entire cargo of ammunition while providing electric and water services.

Due to the damage to the superstructure and electronics and the age and condition of the hull, Bordelon was decommissioned and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 February 1977, transferred to Iran in July 1977, and cannibalized for spare parts.