DDG-38 General Specifications
Class: Farragut class guided missile destroyer
Named for: Stephen B. Luce
Complement: 360 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 5648 tons
Length: 512 feet 6 inches
Beam: 52 feet 4 inches
Flank Speed: 33 Knots
Range: 5 000 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition:Scrapped by Metro Machine June 17 2005 in Philadelphia PA
USS LUCE (DDG-38)
The third Luce (DLG-7) was laid down by Bethlehem Steel Co.
1 October 1957; launched 11 December 1958; sponsored by Mrs. Felix B. Stump; and commissioned 20 May 1961
Comdr. David H. Bagley in command.
Luce departed Mayport
on her shakedown cruise 14 February 1962. She spent the month of April with the 6th Fleet in her first task force operations
and returned home 11 May where Capt. H. J. Ereckson
Commander Destroyer Division 84
made her his flagship. She departed 3 August to rejoin the 6th Fleet
en route participating in NATO exercises Riptide III with units of the British and French Navies. In the next 7 months she joined in three major NATO exercises before returning home 2 March 196
3. During the spring and early summer
the frigate conducted missile tests
and engaged in independent exercises along the Atlantic coast
On 20 August 1963 she steamed to the Caribbean for independent air
and shore bombardment firings and returned Mayport 4 September. She joined TF 23 for intensive ASW and AA exercises 28 October
and after a short operation with Enterprise (CVA(N)-65) was back in Mayport for tender availability.
On 8 February 1964 she again joined the 6th Fleet
and was called upon to stand guard for 3 weeks near the trouble-ridden island of Cyprus to evacuate American citizens if necessary. She hosted the Secretary of the Navy and Commander 6th Fleet 24 April fo
r a missile firing demonstration
and then escorted Shangri-La (CVA-38) on a high-speed Atlantic crossing to Mayport
where she arrived 23 May.
In July the ship steamed to New York City to participate in operation "Sail" with a regatta of sailing craft from all over the world. She returned to Mayport after a 4-month overhaul 28 January 1965. The frigate had won both the Engineering and Battle Eff
iciency "E"s during 1964.
Luce returned to the Caribbean for intensive refresher training in March 1965. On 29 April she embarked a company of marines at Guantanamo Bay and proceeded to the troubled Dominican Republic 30 April. She patrolled the coast of the politically dis
turbed island until 8 May. She returned to the Mediterranean in June for 4 months of operations with units of the Spanish
and Italian Navies In September she operated with Correy ( DD-817 ) in the Black Sea
and she returned to the
Mediterranean late in 1965. She arrived Mayport 6 November and embarked Commander Destroyer Squadron 8. In December she engaged in missile firing and after a brief time in port in 1966 continued testing and improving missile techniques and carrying out th
e fleet's widespread peacekeeping activities which guard the free world.
On 13 June 1966 Luce got underway for deployment with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean. After participating in various exercises with United States and other Allied ships
and representing the United States at two international trade fairs
eturned to Mayport on 26 October. The first half of 1967 saw Luce operating again with the 2nd Fleet in the Atlantic and Caribbean
and participating in a midshipmen training cruise in June. On 7 August
Luce began a regular overhaul at the
U.S. Naval Shipyard
S.C. She continued in orerhaul until early 1968
then operated locally and in the Caribbean until departing Mayport 14 September for the Persian Gulf
sailing via Recife
and various ports along the west and east c
oasts of Africa. She arrived at Bahrein 29 October and continued to stand watch over the troubled Middle East into 1969.
[Note: The above USS LUCE (DDG-38) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS LUCE (DDG-38) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]