USS Glover (FF-1098)

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USS Glover underway in 1982.
United States
Name: USS Glover
Namesake: John Glover
Awarded: 28 June 1961
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 29 July 1963
Launched: 17 April 1965
Commissioned: 13 November 1965

15 June 1990

Ship transferred to Military Sealift Command as a research vessel
Struck: 20 November 1992
Identification: FF-1098
Fate: Sold for scrap 15 April 1994
Badge: USS Glover (FF-1098) Crest.png
General characteristics as (AGDE-1)
Class and type: Garcia-class frigate
Displacement: 3,426 tons
Length: 414 ft 6 in (126.34 m)
Beam: 44 ft 1 in (13.44 m)
Draft: 24 ft 2 in (7.37 m)
Speed: 27.5 knots (50.9 km/h; 31.6 mph)
Complement: 239+12 FAST Company Marines for security detail
Sensors and
processing systems:
Sonar AN/SQS-26AXR, AN/SQS-35 IVDS. Test platform for LFAS and RMASS Sonars

USS Glover (FF-1098) was a Garcia-class frigate originally modified for research use and commissioned as (AGDE-1) on 3 November 1965, with Commander William W. Wilson in command. Glover was laid down 29 July 1963 by the Bath Iron Works, in Bath, Maine and launched on 17 April 1965 with sponsors Mrs. William S. Pederson, Sr., and Mrs. Claude V. Signer, great-great-great-granddaughters of General John Glover.

Fitted out with advanced sonar and antisubmarine weapons, Glover was designed to serve as an experimental research escort for developing and testing the latest antisubmarine weapons systems. As a research ship, she tested equipment designed to more readily detect and track enemy submarines, and evaluated tactics and procedures which were used on future classes of escorts. Capable of participating in offensive operations against submarines, she provided support for hunter killer groups, amphibious forces, and ocean convoys.


Glover joined the U.S. Atlantic Fleet in 1966 as a unit of Cruiser-Destroyer Forces and operated along the Atlantic Coast and in the Caribbean.


In 1966 Glover was modified in the Boston Naval Shipyard with electronic testing and data recording hardware and one of the first digital computers on a surface ship, a Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) PDP-8. She was also outftted with a prototype Naval Tactical Data System (NTDS) for a time. In 1968 she re-entered the Boston Naval Shipyard for more modifications and the addition of a Variable Depth Sonar (VDS) device. In 1970, she made her first Atlantic crossing and Mediterranean cruise visiting ports in Spain, France, Italy, and Greece. While conducting sonar tests in the Mediterranean, she was observed very closely by Soviet Navy vessels. One almost rear ended the ship while attempting to obtain a close look at the Variable Depth sonar. In September 1974 she entered Boston Naval Shipyard for modifications.

Current Florida Governor Rick Scott was a radar operator on the USS Glover from 1971-1974.


Glover was redesignated (AGFF-1) in 1975, and redesignated a frigate (FF-1098) in 1979. Glover went through a major overhaul at South Boston Shipyard in 1988, getting a boiler refit and new sonar overhaul. She was decommissioned on 15 June 1990, transferred to MSC as a research vessel for EDO Corp and NUSC and reclassified as T-AGFF 1. She was scrapped at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in 1994.


In addition to the above, Glover received a letter of commendation from the Secretary of the Navy.