In late January 1972, Bordelon deployed to Guantanamo, Cuba assigned to "Operation Johnny Express" She escorted freighters past Cuba for approximately 30 days. Early one morning (0030 hrs) Bordelon received a distress call from the USS Beacon, PG99 which had collided with a small freighter, MS Suriname, a Dutch cargo ship, and suffered several gasoline fires, took on water in the main engine room, and lost engine power. In 12-14 foot seas, Bordelon put men and equipment aboard Beacon and kept her afloat.

During this activity, Bordelon and Beacon collided and Bordelon sustained a 4-foot diameter hole in her port bow. Bordelon was able to tow Beacon until a fleet tug could take over and Bordelon returned to Gitmo for repairs and resumed her mission several days later.

 

 

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 In late January 1972, Bordelon deployed to Guantanamo, Cuba assigned to "Operation Johnny Express" She escorted freighters past Cuba for approximately 30 days. Early one morning (0030 hrs), Bordelon received a distress call from the USS Beacon, PG99 which had collided with a small freighter, MS Suriname, a Dutch cargo ship, and suffered several gasoline fires, took on water in the main engine room, and lost engine power. In 12-14 foot seas, Bordelon put men and equipment aboard Beacon and kept her afloat.

 

During this activity, Bordelon and Beacon collided and Bordelon sustained a 4-foot diameter hole in her port bow. Bordelon was able to tow Beacon until a fleet tug could take over and Bordelon returned to Gitmo for repairs and resumed her mission several days later.