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USS LUCE (DLG-7) - a Farragut class guided missile destroyer

In Commission 1961 to 1991

DLG-7 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 - APR 1963 Commander David H. Bagley in Command
DEC 1958 - Launch Date: 11 DEC 1958
DEC 1958 - DEC 1958 Launched at Bethlehem Steel Quincy Mass
FEB 1961 - MAY 1961 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
MAY 1961 - Commissioned: 20 MAY 1961
AUG 1961 - AUG 1961 Arrived Homeport first time at Mayport Fla.
JUN 1962 - JUN 1962 Caribbean
AUG 1962 - FEB 1963 Mediterranean
AUG 1962 - Shellback Initiation - 15 AUG 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1962 - Shellback Initiation - 15 AUG 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC 1963 - JUN 1964 Mediterranean
JAN 1964 - JUL 1964 Guantanamo Bay
JAN 1964 - AUG 1964 Guantanamo Bay
APR 1964 - APR 1964 Hosted Sec of Navy off coast of France
SEP 1964 - JAN 1965 Dry Dock Charleston S. C.
MAR 1965 - APR 1965 Guantanamo Bay
APR 1965 - MAY 1965 Guantanamo Bay
APR 1965 - APR 1965 Dominican Republic Crisis
MAY 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 13 MAY 1965 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY 1965 - MAY 1965 Dominican Republic
JUN 1965 - NOV 1965 Mediterranean
AUG 1967 - JAN 1968 Naval Ship Yards/Dry Dock Charleston SC
FEB 1968 - APR 1968 Guantanamo Bay
APR 1968 - APR 1968 Search and Rescue Operation for sunken sub USS Scorpion SSN 598
SEP 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 23 SEP 1968 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP 1968 - MAR 1969 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 23 SEP 1968 - Indian Ocean
DEC 1968 - JAN 1969 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1969 - MAY 1970 Guantanamo Bay
FEB 1970 - MAY 1971 Decommissioned at Phil. Naval Shipyard for Combat Sys Update
NOV 1970 - DEC 1970 Guantanamo Bay
MAY 1971 - MAY 1971 Recommisioning
AUG 1971 - SEP 1971 Guantanamo Bay
JUN 1972 - DEC 1972 Mediterranean
JAN 1974 - JUL 1974 Mediterranean
APR 1975 - OCT 1975 Mediterranean
FEB 1976 - MAR 1976 Caribbean
SEP 1976 - OCT 1976 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
SEP 1976 - OCT 1976 North Atlantic
SEP 1976 - SEP 1976 Narvik Norway
NOV 1976 - NOV 1977 Dry Dock- Philadelphia Shipyard
NOV 1977 - NOV 1977 Dry Dock
FEB 1978 - MAR 1978 Sea Trials- Guantanamo BAy
APR 1991 - Decommissioned: 1 APR 1991

DLG-7 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 1963. 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 for 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 Efficiency "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 disturbed 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 the 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 returned 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 coasts of Africa. She arrived at Bahrain 29 October and continued to stand watch over the troubled Middle East into 1969.

[Note: The above USS LUCE (DLG-7) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS LUCE (DLG-7) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]