USS Garcia

Career (US)
Name: USS Garcia (FF-1040)
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: DE-1040 December 21, 1964
Decommissioned: 31 January 1989
Reclassified: FF-1040 June 30, 1975*
Struck: 31 January 1989
Homeport: Charleston, South Carolina
Fate: Scrapped 29 March 1994
Career (Pakistan)
Acquired: 31 January 1989
Out of service: 1994
Renamed: Siaf (F-264)
General characteristics
Class & type: Garcia class frigate
(Formerly destroyer escort)
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, single screw
Speed: 27 knots
Complement: 16 officers
231 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPS-40 air search radar
AN/SPS-10 surface search radar
AN/SQS-26 bow mounted sonar
Armament: 2 x 5"/38 Mk 30(2x1)
1 8-tube ASROC Mk16 launcher (16 missiles)
6 x 12.75 in (324mm) Mk 32 (2x3) torpedo tubes, Mk 46 torpedoes
2 x MK 37 torpedo tubes (fixed, stern) (removed later)
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 Private Fernando Luis Garcia.

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 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 sold for scrap on 29 March 1994.

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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


  • K. Jack Bauer and Stephen S. Roberts, “Register of Ships of the U. S. Navy, 1775-1990,” p.243.
  • Naval Institute “Proceedings,” May 1995, pp.219, 220.
  • This article incorporates text from the here.
  • This article includes information collected from the here.

External links

  • USS Garcia on NavSource Online: Destroyer Escort Photo Archive

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