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 to 1968 and decommissioned between 1988 to 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 WWII destroyer escorts. All DEs, DEGs, and DERs were reclassified as FFs, FFGs, or FFRs on June 30, 1975 by the United States Navy 1975 ship reclassification.
After decommissioning, USS Bradley (FF-1041), USS Davidson (FF-1045), USS Sample (FF-1048), and USS Albert David (FF-1050), were transferred to the Brazilian Navy, as the Pernambuco (D 30), Paraíba (D 28), Paraná (D 29), and Pará (D 27), respectively. was a Garcia class modified for research use, commissioned as AGDE-1 in 1965, redesignated AGFF-1 in 1975, and redesignated FF-1098 in 1979.
|Ship Name||Hull No.||Builder||Commission–|
|Garcia||FF-1040||Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco||1964-1989||Disposed of by Navy title transfer to the Maritime Administration, 03/28/1994|
|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, 08/21/2002|
|Brumby||FF-1044||Avondale Shipyard, Louisiana||1965-1989||Disposed of by Navy title transfer to the Maritime Administration, 09/28/1994|
|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, 01/19/2001|
|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, 09/28/1994|
|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, 03/28/1994|
|Glover||FF-1098||Bath Iron Works||1965-1990||Disposed of, sold by DRMS for scrapping, 04/15/1994|