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USS Glover (AGDE 1)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - F - E - N
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Fleetwood"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: CG Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 1 star - Navy Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star - National Defense Service Medal w/ star

"Look Out Sharp"
Class: Glover (modified Garcia)
Type: SCB No. 198 / 1961
Number in Class: 1
Displacement: 2,643 tons (std), 3,426 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: 21 / 235
Guns: 1 - 5"/38 Mk30 Gun (1x1) (350 rounds)
ASW Weapons: 1 - Mk16 ASROC launcher (1x8) (16 missiles), 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos (18), 2 Mk 24 Long ASW torpedo tubes (2x1) / (8)
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-26AXR
Fire Control Systems: Mk56 Mod 43 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 15 ASW FCS
Helicopter: DASH capable
Glover (AGDE1) Building and Operational Data:
  • 28 June 1961: Building contract awarded to the Bath Iron Works Corp.
  • 29 July 1963: Laid down by the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Me.
  • 17 April 1965: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. William S. Pederson, Sr., and Mrs. Claude V. Signer, great-great-great-granddaughters of General Glover
  • 13 November 1965: Commissioned at the Boston Naval Shipyard, Cmdr. William W. Wilson in command, assigned to Destroyer Development Group 2 at Newport, R.I.
  • 1974: Homeport changed to Norfolk, Va.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Experimental Frigate (AGFF 1)
  • 01 October 1979: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1098)
  • 15 June 1990: Decommissioned, reclassified as Sonar Trials Ship (T-AGFF 1) and placed "in service" with the Military Sealift Command
  • 20 November 1992: Taken "out of service" with MSC after 27 years of service, struck from the NVR
  • 15 April 1994: Sold for scrapping to N.R. Acquisitions Co., New York City, N.Y. for $80,743.79.
  • 08 November 1995: Scrapped at Wilmington, N.C.
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    Glover 93k John Glover was born on 5 November 1732 in Salem, Mass. and later moved to Marblehead where he grew up. A few years after his marriage to Hannah Gale, Glover was appointed an ensign in the Third Military Foot Company, a Marblehead Militia Regiment of 1,000 men. He quickly rose through the ranks, eventually becoming a Colonel in 1775, in command of the Regiment. In June of 1775, Glover's Regiment was ordered to join the Continental Army encamped at Cambridge, Mass. Recognizing Glover's leadership skills and resourcefulness, Gen'l Washington sent Glover to Beverly to protect that port against three British warships threatening attack. Soon after, Washington ordered Glover to commission and man two small naval vessels, the forerunners of Washington's Navy.

    At the start of 1776, the Marblehead Militia Regiment formally became the 14th Continental Regiment and was ordered in July to march to New York and then Long Island. In August, Glover organized and supervised the evacuation from Long Island of 9,000 Continental troops and all of their equipment at night and under appalling weather conditions. In mid-October, Glover and 750 of his soldiers fought to a standstill a British force of more than 4,000 regulars. On Christmas night, 1776, Glover again proved his mettle when the 14th Continental Regiment ferried Washington and 2,400 men across the Delaware River at night in desperate weather, marched them nine miles into Trenton, fought a 36-hour successful battle there, marched back to the Delaware with 900 Hessian captives, and crossed the river again.

    Following additional distinguished roles in the war, including at the Battle of Saratoga and its aftermath, Glover retired from the Army in 1782. He returned to Marblehead, rebuilt his business, and went on to serve two terms in the Massachusetts Legislature and six terms on the Marblehead Board of Selectmen. He died on 30 January 1797, at age 64.

    USS Glover (AGDE 1) was the first ship named in his honor.    (Photo from the New York Public Library Digital Gallery)
    Glover 96k 17 April 1965: Bath, Maine - USS Glover (AGDE 1) awaiting launch at Bath Iron Works, Inc. (Photo and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships) Robert Hurst
    Glover 78k date / location unknown
    Glover 80k date / location unknown
    Glover 158k 1968: Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - USS Glover (AGDE 1) sits moored to the pier across from Norris (DD 859) at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station. USS Wasp (CVS 18) can be seen in the background. (Photo by N. Rabinowitz) Neal Rabinowitz
    ETR3, DD 859
    Glover 248k 1968: Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - A closer view of Glover moored across from Norris (DD 859) at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station. (Photo by N. Rabinowitz)
    Glover 110k circa 1970: USS Glover, as AGDE 1, off New London CT Vin Morgan, Lt(jg) USN
    CIC / OPS Officer
    Glover 142k circa 1978: Portsmouth, Va. - Glover tied up at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard outboard of USS John King (DDG 3). On the opposite side of the pier is guided missile cruiser USS Biddle (CG 34). (Photo © Karsten Peterson, Karsten is a retired merchant seaman with an excellent website called Sailor, On the Blue Path of the World) Robert Hurst
    Glover 611k 01 June 1982: At sea: An aerial starboard view of the Glover underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-82-08146 by PH1 Gregory D. Toon from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    Glover 276k 01 June 1982: At sea: Another aerial starboard view of Glover underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-82-08148 by PH1 Gregory D. Toon from the DVIC)
    Glover 445k 01 June 1982: At sea: An overhead starboard quarter view of Glover underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-82-08149 by PH1 Gregory D. Toon from the DVIC)
    Glover 216k 01 June 1982: At sea: An overhead port bow view of Glover underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-82-08150 by PH1 Gregory D. Toon from the DVIC)
    Glover 253k 01 June 1982: At sea: A port bow view of the Glover underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-82-08151 by PH1 Gregory D. Toon from the DVIC)
    Glover 133k 01 June 1982: At sea: A starboard quarter view of Glover underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-82-08152 by PH1 Gregory D. Toon from the DVIC)
    Glover 266k July 1987: Portsmouth, England (British Navy Photo) Curt Kuhn
    GMC, USN (ret.)
    USS Glover (1986 - 1990)
    Glover 103k ASROC launcher replacement
    Glover 112k Glover's stern door assembly
    Glover 145k crewmembers assemble a fantail awning
    Glover 126k 14 July 1990: Naval Station Norfolk, Va.: The frigates USS Bowen (FF 1079), left, USS Trippe (FF 1075), center, and USS Glover (FF 1098) lie tied up at Pier 7. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-11101 by Don S. Montgomery, USN (ret.) from the DVIC) Navsource
    ***Trippe / Glover*** 111k 14 July 1990: Naval Station Norfolk - The frigates USS Bowen (FF 1079), left, USS Trippe (FF 1075), center, and USS Glover (FF 1098) lie tied up at Pier 7. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-11102 by Don S. Montgomery from the DVIC)
    Glover 97k Undated postcard of Norfolk, Va. showing Glover at the pier tied up ahead of USS Richard L. Page (FFG 5) and USS King (DDG 41). Omar Rubido

    Glover Memorabilia
    Welcome Aboard
    Pamphlet, circa '67-'68
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Ship's Emblem
    Courtesy of
    Curt Kuhn
    1987 Cruise Book
    History Page
    Courtesy of
    Curt Kuhn

    Glover History
    View the USS Glover (AGDE 1) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Glover's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
    Number, Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  13 Nov 1965 - 17 Jan 1967Cmdr. William W. Wilson
    2.)  17 Jan 1967 - 08 Nov 1968Cmdr. William Henry DeMers II ('50) (Troy, N.Y.)
    3.)  08 Nov 1968 - 16 Sep 1970Cmdr. John W. Peterson (Boston, Mass.)
    4.)  16 Sep 1970 - 29 Feb 1972Cmdr. Bennet Stocum Simonton
    5.)  29 Feb 1972 - 25 Aug 1973Cmdr. David F. Pitzinger
    6.)  25 Aug 1973 - 03 Jul 1975Cmdr. John J. Kristof (Caldwell, Tex.)
    7.)  03 Jul 1975 - 03 Jun 1977Cmdr. Ned Henderson Mayo
    8.)  03 Jun 1977 - 03 Jun 1978Cmdr. Walter Jay Wylie
    9.)  03 Jun 1978 - 25 Jun 1978Cmdr. John Robert Dalrymple, Jr. (Dunn, N.C.) (ret. as Radm.)
    10.) 25 Jun 1978 - 23 Aug 1980Cmdr. Niles W. Berry (Beverly, Mass.)
    11.) 23 Aug 1980 - 04 Sep 1982Cmdr. Peter Keith Glasier
    12.) 04 Sep 1982 - 09 Feb 1986Capt. Robert James Norman, Jr.
    13.) 09 Feb 1986 - 09 Apr 1988Cmdr. David Garth McCullough (Cumberland. Md.)
    14.) 09 Apr 1988 - 11 Jun 1990Cmdr. Kenneth John Taplett (Mitchell, S.D.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Next Reunion:
    13 - 17 February 2017
    A cruise from Port Canaveral, Fla.
    Contact Name: Jay Conti, Sr.
    Address: 5398 N. Bedstrow Blvd, Beverly Hills FL 35465
    Phone: (352) 287-1400
    E-mail: jconti3547 at

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    USS Glover Page on Destroyers Online
    USS Glover Page on Military.Com
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Glover
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