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HAROLD E. HOLT
USS HAROLD E. HOLT CFF1074J is
named in honor of the late Prime Minister of
Australia. Harold Edward Holt was elected
Prime Minister of Australia on 20 January
1966 and held office until his tragic drowning
on 17 December 1967. Prime Minister Holt
was a staunch anti-communist and an avid
supporter of the United States. His memory
serves as a symbol of the friendship and coo-
peration which exists between Australia and
the United States.
The mission of the HOLT is to conduct
prompt and sustained combat operations at
sea, worldwide, in support of national inter-
ests. She normally serves as part of a Battle
Group, Amphibious Group, Underway Re-
plenishment Group or Convoy. HAROLD E.
HOLT is especially capable of acting offen-
sively or defensively against enemy subma-
HOLT is part of the Surface Force, United
States Pacific Fleet, and is homeported in
historic Pearl Harbor as a member of De-
stroyer Squadron THIRTY-FIVE. HOLT'S
history includes the reclamation of the con-
tainership SS MAYAGUEZ in May of 1975.
MAYAGUEZ was Seized by the Cambodians
and the crew was held captive. HOLT
boarded the MAYAGUEZ and, together with
other Navy and Marine units, repatriated
KEEL LAID .1 ............. 11 MAY 1968
COMMISSIONED ....... 26 MARCH 1971
OVERALL LENGTH .......... 438 FEET
BEAM ............. 46 FEET, 9 INCHES
NAVIGATIONAL DRAFT . . .24 FEET, 11
PROPULSION ....... STEAM TURBINE
35,000 SHAFT HP.
SPEED ...... IN EXCESS OF 27 KNOTS
'DISPLACEMENT .... 4200 TONS CFULL
HELICOPTER ,..,... LIGHT AIRBORNE
MULTI-PURPOSE SYSTEM SH-2F
SEASPRITE CARRIES TORPEDOES
AND SENSORS FOR DETECTING
WEAPONS ...BASIC POINT DEFENSE
SURFACE MISSILE SYSTEM, ANTI-
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Commander William C. Keller
graduated from Colgate University,
attended Officers Candidate School
and was commissioned in December
1967. He earned his Master's Degree
in Financial Management in 1979
from the Naval Postgraduate School,
His first assignment was in the
Ocean minesweeper USS AVENGE
QMSO 4231 as Engineering Officer. In
1969, he joined the Patrol Gunboat
USS READY CPG 871 as Chief Engi-
neer. Subsequently he fleeted up to
Executive Officer. From 1973 to
1975, Commander Keller served as
Weapons Officer in the Guided Mis-
sile Cruiser, USS J OSEPHUS DAN-
IELS KCG 271. In 1976 he assumed
command of the towed array surveil-
lance ship CTASS1, USS ALACRITY
QAG 5201. From 1979 to 1981 Com-
mander Keller served as the Com-
missioning Executive Officer in USS
OBANNON QDD 9871, a Spruance
class destroyer. I
Commander Keller has served
ashore as Enlisted Programs Officer
for the five state Boston Recruiting
District, and as Professor of Manage-
ment at the Naval War College.
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