USS Garcia (FF-1040)

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USS Garcia
United States
Name: USS Garcia
Awarded: 22 June 1961
Builder: Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco, California
Laid down: 16 October 1962
Launched: 31 October 1963
Sponsored by: Daisy Garcia de Alvarez
Acquired: 3 December 1964
Commissioned: 21 December 1964
Decommissioned: 31 January 1989
Out of service: 1989
Reclassified: 30 June 1975*
Struck: 31 January 1989
Homeport: Charleston, South Carolina
  • DE-1040 (1964)
  • FF-1040 (1975)
Nickname(s): Greasy-G
Fate: Scrapped 29 March 1994
Acquired: 31 January 1989
Out of service: 1994
Renamed: Siaf
Identification: F264
General characteristics
Class and type:
Displacement: 2,624 tons (light)
Length: 414 ft 6 in (126.34 m)
Beam: 44 ft 1 in (13.44 m)
Draught: 24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)
Propulsion: 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers, 1 Westinghouse turbine, 35,000 shp (26,000 kW), single screw
Speed: 27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph)
  • 16 officers
  • 231 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
Aircraft carried: 1 x SH-2F Seasprite LAMPS I

USS Garcia (FF-1040) was the lead ship of her class of destroyer escort ships, later reclassified as frigates, in the United States Navy. She was named for U.S. Marine Private First Class Fernando Luis Garcia,The First Puerto Rican Medal of Honor Recipient.

Laid down on 16 October 1962 by Bethlehem Steel of San Francisco, California, Garcia was launched on 31 October 1963 and commissioned on 21 December 1964. Originally designated DE-1040, she was redesignated FF-1040 in 1975 as part of the Navy's 1975 ship reclassification.

She served in the Atlantic Fleet and was homeported in Charleston, South Carolina.

Following her decommissioning on 31 January 1989, she was transferred to Pakistan on the same day. Renamed Saif, she was returned to the United States on 13 January 1994 and was then sold for scrap on 29 March 1994.

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons[edit]

Bronze star
Navy Unit Commendation (with one star)
Navy "E" Ribbon
Navy Expeditionary Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal


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