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U.S.S. GARCIA

(FF-1040)

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USS GARCIA (FF-1040) - a Garcia class frigate

In Commission 1964 to 1989

FF-1040 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT1962-Keel Date: 16 OCT 1962
at Bethlehem Steel San Francisco CA
OCT1963-Launch Date: 31 OCT 1963
DEC1964-Commissioned: 21 DEC 1964
JAN1965-JAN1970Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
SEP1967-APR1968Mediterranean
FEB1968-JUN1968Guantanamo Bay
JUL1968-MAY1969Dry Dock
MAY1970-SEP1970North Atlantic
JUL1970-JUL1970Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
FEB1972-APR1972Dry Dock
OCT1972-NOV1972Guantanamo Bay
DEC1972-AUG1973Mediterranean
MAY1974-NOV1974Mediterranean
JAN1976-JUL1976Operation Deep Freeze
JAN1976-JUL1976North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JAN1976-JUL1976Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB1976-Shellback Initiation - 14 FEB 1976 - Indian Ocean
JUN1976- Shellback Initiation - 10 JUN 1976 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP1976-SEP1976Blue Nose - 9/21/76 Crossed Arctic Cir. @ 008 deg 50 min E Long.
OCT1976-DEC1976Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
JUN1977-DEC1977Dry Dock
JUN1977-DEC1978Dry Dock
MAY1979-DEC1979Mediterranean
SEP1980-MAR1981Mediterranean
NOV1981-OCT1982Dry Dock
OCT1983-MAY1984Mediterranean-Lebanon
AUG1985-MAR1986Mediterranean
SEP1986-NOV1988Dry Dock
JAN1989-Decommissioned: 31 JAN 1989

FF-1040 General Specifications

Class: Garcia class frigate

Complement: 16 Officers and 231 Enlisted

Displacement: 2624 tons

Length: 414 feet 6 inches

Beam: 44 feet 1 inches

Draft: 24 feet 6 in

Final Disposition: Scrapped March 29 1994



USS GARCIA (FF-1040)



Garcia (DE-1040) one of a new and powerful class of escort vessels, was launched 31 October 1963; by Bethlehem Steel Co., San Francisco, Calif.; sponsored by Mrs. Daisy Garcia de Alvarez, sister; and commissioned 21 December 1964, Comdr. Donald A. Smith in command.

After trials and training off the Pacific Coast, the new destroyer escort departed San Diego 22 March 1965; transited the Panama Canal; and arrived her homeport Newport, R.I., 7 April. Following ship qualification tests, she sailed for the Caribbean 7 May for shakedown. She returned Newport 16 July. For the remainder of 1965 and through 1966, Garcia operated out of Newport perfecting her ASW and sonar techniques.

[Note: The above USS GARCIA (FF-1040) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS GARCIA (FF-1040), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]