Commissioned as a Destroyer Escort, the USS GARCIA was the lead ship of the GARCIA - class. Redesignated as FF 1040 on June 30, 1975, the GARCIA was decommissioned on January 31, 1989. The same day, the ship was stricken from the Navy list and transferred to Pakistan where the GARCIA was recommissioned as SAIF. The ship was given back to the US Navy at Singapore on January 13, 1994, and transferred to the Maritime Administration. The GARCIA was finally sold for scrapping on March 29, 1994.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: June 22, 1961|
|Keel laid: October 16, 1962|
|Launched: October 31, 1963|
|Commissioned: December 21, 1964|
|Decommissioned: January 31, 1989|
|Builder: Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco, Calif.|
|Propulsion system: 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000shp; 1 shaft|
|Length: 414.4 feet (126.3 meters)|
|Beam: 44.3 feet (13.5 meters)|
|Draft: 25.9 feet (7.9 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 3,500 tons full load|
|Speed: 27 knots|
|Armament: one Mk-16 missile launcher for ASROC missiles, two Mk-30 5-inch/38 caliber guns, |
|Aircraft: one |
|Crew: 16 officers, 231 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS GARCIA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS GARCIA:
|April 20, 1982||Boston, Mass.||Seven people are injured in an explosion aboard the GARCIA while the ship is overhauled at Boston, Mass.|
About the Ship's Name:
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 3rd 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.
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