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USS Albert David underway in December 1975.
|Preceded by:||Bronstein class|
|Succeeded by:||Knox class|
|In commission:||1964–1990 (USN)|
|Completed:||10 + Glover|
|Laid up:||1 (as Para D27 in Brazilian service)|
|Retired:||9 + Glover|
|Displacement:||2,624 tons (light)|
|Length:||414 ft 6 in (126.34 m)|
|Beam:||44 ft 1 in (13.44 m)|
|Draft:||24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 Foster-Wheeler boilers, 1 steam turbine, 35,000 shp (26,000 kW), single screw|
|Speed:||27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph)|
|Range:||4,000 nmi (7,400 km; 4,600 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
|Aircraft carried:||Gyrodyne QH-50 (planned) / SH-2 LAMPS|
Garcia-class frigates were United States Navy warships. These frigates were originally ocean escorts bearing the hull classification DE or DEG until 1975. The ships were commissioned between 1964 and 1968 and decommissioned between 1988 and 1990.
The Garcia class was a larger version of the Bronstein class.
The Bronstein ocean escort was a response to the development of high speed nuclear submarines in the late 1950s. They were powered by steam engines instead of diesel engines and incorporated a first class anti-submarine warfare (ASW) weapon system: the SQS-26BX sonar, MK 112 ASROC rocket launcher, and MK 32 torpedo tubes. Gun (naval artillery) armament (MK 33 3 inch/50 caliber) was changed in the Garcia class to two MK 30 5 inch/38 caliber guns.
There were two distinct breeds of ships bearing the DE hull classification, the World War II destroyer escorts (some of which were converted to DERs) and the postwar DE/DEG classes, which were known as ocean escorts despite carrying the same type symbol as the World War II destroyer escorts. All DEs, DEGs, and DERs were reclassified as FFs, FFGs, or FFRs on 30 June 1975 by the United States Navy 1975 ship reclassification.
After decommissioning, Bradley, Davidson, Sample, and Albert David were transferred to the Brazilian Navy, as Pernambuco (D 30), Paraíba (D 28), Paraná (D 29), and Pará (D 27), respectively. Pará (D 27) remains in reserve as of 2015.
Glover was a Garcia-class frigate modified for research use, commissioned as AGDE-1 in 1965, redesignated AGFF-1 in 1975, and redesignated FF-1098 in 1979.
|Garcia||FF-1040||Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco||1964–1989||Disposed of by Navy title transfer to the Maritime Administration, 28 March 1994|||
|Bradley||FF-1041||Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco||1965–1988||Sold to Brazil as Pernambuco (D 30)|||
|Edward McDonnell||FF-1043||Avondale Shipyard, Louisiana||1965–1988||Disposed of by scrapping, dismantling, 21 August 2002|||
|Brumby||FF-1044||Avondale Shipyard, Louisiana||1965–1989||Disposed of by Navy title transfer to the Maritime Administration, 28 September 1994|||
|Davidson||FF-1045||Avondale Shipyard, Louisiana||1965–1988||Sold to Brazil as Paraiba (D28)|||
|Voge||FF-1047||Defoe Shipbuilding Company, Michigan||1966–1989||Disposed of by scrapping, dismantling, 19 January 2001|||
|Sample||FF-1048||Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company, Seattle||1968–1988||Sold to Brazil as Paraná (D 29), 2001|||
|Koelsch||FF-1049||Defoe Shipbuilding Company, Michigan||1967–1989||Disposed of by Navy title transfer to the Maritime Administration, 28 September 1994|||
|Albert David||FF-1050||Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company Seattle||1968–1989||Sold to Brazil as Pará (D 27), 2001|||
|O'Callahan||FF-1051||Defoe Shipbuilding Company, Michigan||1968–1988||Disposed of by Navy title transfer to the Maritime Administration, 28 March 1994|||
|Glover||FF-1098||Bath Iron Works||1965–1990||Disposed of, sold by DRMS for scrapping, 15 April 1994|||
Bradley with RIM-7 Sea Sparrow BPDMS installed. Installed and removed c.1967-1968.
Stern view of Bradley, note torpedo tubes installed in the transom, later removed.
- Polmar, Norman "The U.S. Navy: Sonars, Part 1" United States Naval Institute Proceedings July 1981 p.119
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Garcia class frigates.|
- Garcia-class frigates at Destroyer History Foundation
- Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships from Naval Historical Center - information about person whom ship was named after plus early ship history
- Frigate from Naval Vessel Register - all these ships have been decommissioned - see link for status
- The Garcia class from Destroyers OnLine - pictures, history, crews
- Destroyer Escort Sailors Association more information and history about DEs
- USS Voge former crewmember's site with pictures (archive link, was dead)