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USS LUCE (DDG-38) - a Farragut class guided missile destroyer

In Commission 1961 to 1991

DDG-38 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT 1957 - Keel Date: 1 OCT 1957
at Bethlehem Steel Corporation Fore River Shipyard
DEC 1958 - Launch Date: 11 DEC 1958
MAY 1961 - Commissioned: 20 MAY 1961
SEP 1968 - APR 1969 COMMIDEASTFOR-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf-Red Sea
JUL 1973 - JUL 1973 Homeport changed from Newport to Mayport
MAY 1975 - OCT 1975 Mediterranean
AUG 1976 - OCT 1976 North Atlantic
SEP 1976 - SEP 1976 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
NOV 1976 - OCT 1977 Dry Dock
FEB 1978 - MAR 1978 Guantanamo Bay
SEP 1980 - MAR 1981 Mediterranean
AUG 1981 - OCT 1981 North Atlantic
MAR 1982 - APR 1983 Dry Dock
JUN 1983 - AUG 1983 Guantanamo Bay
FEB 1984 - AUG 1984 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 1985 - OCT 1985 North Atlantic
FEB 1986 - AUG 1986 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB 1988 - AUG 1988 Mediterranean
APR 1991 - Decommissioned: 1 APR 1991

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


The third Luce (DLG-7) was laid down by Bethlehem Steel Co. Quincy Mass. 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 Fla. 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 trained midshipmen and engaged in independent exercises along the Atlantic coast

On 20 August 1963 she steamed to the Caribbean for independent air surface 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 French Greek 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 she r 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 Charleston 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 Brazil 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]