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USS Garcia (DE 1040)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - I - G - D
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Invader Jack"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Unit Commendation w/ 1 star - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon
Second Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Class: Garcia
Type: SCB No. 199A / 1961 - 1963
Number in Class: 10
Displacement: 2,620 tons (std), 3,400 tons (full)
Length: 390' 0" (wl), 414' 6" (oa)
Beam: 44' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Foster Wheeler 1200-psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,000 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 13 / 234
Guns: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30 Gun (2x1) (350 rounds)
ASW Weapons: 1 - Mk16 ASROC launcher (1x8) (16 missiles), 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos (18)
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-26AXR in DE 1040 - 1045, AN/SQS-26BX in DE 1047 - 1051
Fire Control Systems: Mk56 Mod 43 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 8/11 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Garcia (DE 1040) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 June 1961: Building contract awarded to the Bethlehem Steel Co.
  • 16 October 1962: Keel laid at the Bethlehem Steel Co., San Francisco, Cal.
  • 31 October 1963: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Daisy Garcia de Alvarez, sister of Private Garcia
  • 21 December 1964: Commissioned at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, Cmdr. Donald A. Smith in command, assigned to Escort Squadron 6 at Newport, R.I.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1040)
  • 10 November 1988: Decommissioned after 23 years and 11 months of service
  • 31 January 1989: Leased to Pakistan, renamed PNS Saif (F-264)
  • 13 January 1994: Struck from the NVR
  • 29 March 1994: Returned to the U.S. Maritime Administration for disposal at Singapore, and sold for scrapping to Trusha Investments Pte. Ltd. c/o Jacques Pierot, Jr. & Sons Inc., New York City, N.Y. for $597,600
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    Garcia 48k Fernando Luis Garcia was born 14 October 1929 at Utuado, P.R., and was inducted into the Marine Corps 19 September 1951. A member of the 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, Private Garcia served valiantly in Korea, particularly on 5 September 1952 when he threw himself on an enemy grenade to save the life of a comrade. Private Garcia was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism, the first native Puerto Rican to be so honored.

    USS Garcia (DE 1040) (1964-1988) was the first ship named in his honor.

    (U.S. Marine Corps photo from the U.S. Marine Corps History Division)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    Garcia 185k 31 October 1963: San Francisco, Cal. - Garcia (DE 1040) slides down the building way into the water of San Francisco Bay. (Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum) Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    Garcia 37k 22 October 1964: USS Garcia (DE 1040) underway on sea trials. (Photo and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships) Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Garcia 62k undated, aerial port bow view of USS Garcia (DE 1040)
    Garcia 100k 1969: Cuba in the background Steve Singlar
    ETCS, USNR (ret.)

    Photos © Steve Singlar
    Garcia 87k Garcia, Edward MacDonald and Wasp in Copenhagen, June or July 1970
    Garcia 71k Lead ship of the class and the prototype for 62 large ocean escort vessels. Two items of interest are the ASROC reloading crane stowed on the front of her bridge face and the torpedo launching cutout in her stern. -
    Garcia 33k Garcia in rough seas From the Destroyers Online
    Web Site
    Garcia 105k Garcia leaving San Juan, in 1969 or '70 Steve Singlar
    ETCS, USNR (ret.)
    Garcia 66k Night fire of her 5" gun in 1969 or '70 (Photo © Bill Voss) Bill Voss
    STG3, 1967 - 1970
    Garcia 76k An undated postcard view of Garcia as a DE.     (Postcard © Arnold Art Store, Newport, R.I.; shown at 125% of original size)

    Caption reads: A unit of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet home ported at Newport, R.I. on Narragansett Bay. Official U.S. Navy photograph.
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.
    Garcia 92k An undated postcard view of Garcia as an FF.     (Postcard #P6587 © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, Va.; shown at 125% of original size)

    Caption reads: U.S.S. Garcia (FF-1040) - The first of the "Garcia" class frigates of the United States Navy. Built by Bethlehem Steel Corporation, San Francisco, Calif., and commissioned on 21 December 1964.
    Garcia 52k An undated postcard view of Garcia as an FF.     (Postcard #P20882 © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, Va.; shown at 150% of original size)

    Caption reads: U.S.S. Garcia (FF-1040) - The first of the "Garcia" class frigates of the United States Navy. Built by Bethlehem Steel Corporation, San Francisco, Calif., and commissioned on 21 December 1964.
    Garcia 642k 18 August 1972: The Atlantic Ocean - The ocean escort USS Garcia (DE-1040) underway at sea off Newport, Rhode Island
    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 107500 by PHC Frederick W. Gotauco from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Garcia 96k undated image (early 80's) Thomas J. Comerford Jr.
    Garcia 299k Undated photo of USS Garcia (FF-1040) in dry dock at an unknown location. The Garcia was reclassified as (FF 1040) from (DE 1040) on 30 June 1975. (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #UA 570.32 from the Naval History and Heritage Command) Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Garcia 54k undated image Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Garcia 23k undated image
    Garcia 623k 21 October 1985: Mediterranean Sea - An elevated port bow view of the carrier Saratoga (CV 60), the fast combat support ship Seattle (AOE 3) and Garcia participating in an underway replenishment. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-03493 by PH1 P.D. Goodrich from the DVIC) Fred Weiss
    Garcia 490k 04 April 1987: the Atlantic Ocean - An aerial view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), underway. Ike's escorts are, clockwise from upper left, the destroyer USS Compte de Grasse (DD 974), the frigate Garcia, and the destroyers USS John Hancock (DD 981) and USS Nicholson (DD 982). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-05128 from the DVIC) Robert M. Cieri

    Garcia History
    View the USS Garcia (DE 1040) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Garcia's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)   21 Dec. 1964 -10 Jun. 1966Cmdr. Donald Asa Smith (USNA '49) (Roswell, N.M.)
    2.)   10 Jun. 1966 - 28 Sep. 1968Cmdr. Felix S. (Hap) Vecchione (OCS '50) (Neptune, N.J.)
    3.)   28 Sep. 1968 - 29 Aug. 1970Cmdr. Christopher J. Limerick, Jr. (OCS '53) (New Bedford, Mass.)
    4.)   29 Aug. 1970 - 03 Apr. 1972Cmdr. John McClellan Langford (USNA '52) (Austin, Tex.)
    5.)   03 Apr. 1972 - 25 Aug. 1973Cmdr. Robert Theodore Reiman (OCS '59) (Cambridge, Mass.) (ret. as Radm.)
    6.)   25 Aug. 1973 - 23 Aug. 1975Cmdr. John Edward Sherman (Wilkes Barre, Pa.)
    7.)   23 Aug. 1975 - 07 Oct. 1977Cmdr. Craig Neil Andersen
    8.)   07 Oct. 1977 - 22 Oct. 1979Cmdr. Vincent Paul McDonough
    9.)   22 Oct. 1979 - 31 Jul. 1981Cmdr. Francis William Harness (OCS '63) (Sharon, Wis.) (ret. as Radm.)
    10.) 31 Jul. 1981 - 15 Apr. 1982Cmdr. Richard F. Monsah
    11.) 15 Apr. 1982 - 05 Aug. 1983Cmdr. Thomas Smith Weaver (OCS '64) (Columbus, Oh.)
    12.) 05 Aug. 1983 - 23 Aug. 1985Cmdr. Frederick G. Prickett, Jr. (USNA '65) (Washington, D.C.)
    13.) 23 Aug. 1985 - 29 Jul. 1988Cmdr. David E. H. Secrest III (USNA '65) (Maitland, Fla.)
    14.) 29 Jul. 1988 - 10 Nov. 1988Cmdr. William Jeffrey Steelman

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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    The Destroyer History Foundation
    USS Garcia Page on Military.Com
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Garcia
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