FF-1038 General Specifications
Class: Bronstein-class frigate
Named for: John C. McCloy
Complement: 16 Officers and 183 Enlisted
Displacement: 2650 tons
Length: 371.4 feet
Beam: 40.4 feet
Flank Speed: 26 knots
Final Disposition: Sold to Mexico November 12 1993
USS MCCLOY (FF-1038)
McCloy was laid down by the Avondale Shipyards,
Inc., Westwego, La., 15 September 1961; launched 9 June 1962; sponsored by Mrs.
Arthur Winstead; and commissioned 21 October 1963 at Charleston, S.C., Comdr.
Thomas Sherman in command.
Following outfitting and shakedown McCloy,
assigned to Escort Squadron 10, reported to her home port, Newport, R.I., in
January 1964. In October, after further specialized training, she commenced
training sonar technicians. Employed primarily as a schoolship throughout 1965,
she also tested new ASW weapons systems for the Operational Test and Evaluation
Force. During this period she enhanced her training and testing capabilities as
well as her operational abilities by participating in joint United States‑Canadian
exercises in the spring and fall and in ASW exercises at the end of the year.
In 1966 cruises saw her in the Bermuda area for
NATO exercises (April); off the New England and Virginia coasts for convoy
escort and ASW exercises (June, July, and August); and in the Caribbean for
fleet tactical exercises (November‑December). From 16 January until 24
May 1967 she participated in Match Maker 11. This operation, which took McCloy
from the Caribbean to northern Europe, was conducted jointly by American,
Dutch, British, and Canadian ships. In what was called Cross Pollinization, McCloy
men transferred to the Dutch destroyer Limburg (D‑814) and the
British frigate Berwick (F‑115) while men of those ships came on
board the American escort vessel.
McCloy spent the last half of 1967 and the first
months of 1968 at Boston, undergoing overhaul. She got underway again in March
and sailed south, the next month, for refresher training at Guantanamo Bay.
Returning to Newport in June, she departed again 8 July for another extended
cruise. On the 11th she arrived at San Juan where she joined naval units of the
United States, Brazil, and Colombia for UNITAS IX. On the 15th, they commenced
a clockwise circumnavigation of South America which first involved ships and
planes of eight nations in exercises in the Atlantic, then around the Horn to
the Pacific for more of the same, and finally through the Panama Canal back
into the Caribbean before the end of the year. She continues her operations in
the Atlantic into 1969.
[Note: The above USS MCCLOY (FF-1038) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS MCCLOY (FF-1038), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]