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U.S.S. GARCIA

(FF-1040)

Worlds Finest Frigate

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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
OCT 1962 Keel Date: 16 OCT 1962
at Bethlehem Steel San Francisco CA
OCT 1963 Launch Date: 31 OCT 1963
DEC 1964 Commissioned: 21 DEC 1964
MAY 1970 - SEP 1970 North Atlantic
MAY 1970 - SEP 1970 North Atlantic
JUL 1970 - JUL 1970 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
OCT 1972 - NOV 1972 Guantanamo Bay
DEC 1972 - AUG 1973 Mediterranean
MAY 1974 - NOV 1974 Mediterranean
JAN 1976 - JUL 1976 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1976 - JUL 1976 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JAN 1976 - JUL 1976 Operation Deep Freeze
FEB 1976 - Shellback Initiation - 14 FEB 1976 - Indian Ocean
SEP 1976 - SEP 1976 Blue Nose - 9/21/76 Crossed Arctic Cir. @ 008 deg 50 min E Long.
OCT 1976 - DEC 1976 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
JUN 1977 - DEC 1977 Dry Dock
MAY 1979 - DEC 1979 Mediterranean
SEP 1980 - MAR 1981 Mediterranean
NOV 1981 - OCT 1982 Dry Dock
OCT 1983 - MAY 1984 Mediterranean-Lebanon
AUG 1985 - MAR 1986 Mediterranean
SEP 1986 - NOV 1988 Dry Dock
JAN 1989 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]