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USS Luce (DDG 38)

- formerly DL 7 -
- formerly DEWEY -
- formerly DLG 7 -
- decommissioned -


USS LUCE was the second ship in the FARRAGUT - class of guided missile ships. Commissioned as a guided missile frigate (DLG), the USS LUCE was reclassified as guided missile destroyer (DDG) on June 30, 1975, changing its hullnumber from DLG 7 to DDG 38. The ship was decommissioned on April 1, 1991, and stricken from the Navy list on November 20, 1992. On December 16, 1994, the LUCE was finally sold for scrapping.

General Characteristics:Awarded: January 27, 1956
Keel laid: October 1, 1957
Launched: December 11, 1958
Commissioned: May 20, 1961
Decommissioned: April 1, 1991
Builder: Bethlehem Steel Company Shipyard, Quincy, Mass.
Propulsion system:4 - 1200 psi boilers; 2 geared turbines
Propellers: two
Length: 512.5 feet (156.2 meters)
Beam: 52 feet (15.9 meters)
Draft: 25 feet (7.6 meters)
Displacement: approx. 5,800 tons
Speed: 33 knots
Aircraft: none
Armament: one Mk 42 5-inch/54 caliber gun, Mk 46 torpedoes from two Mk-32 triple mounts, one Mk 16 ASROC Missile Launcher, one Mk 10 Mod.0 Missile Launcher for Standard (MR) Missiles, two Mk 141 Harpoon missile launchers
Crew: 21 officers and 356 enlisted


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS LUCE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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Accidents aboard USS LUCE:

DateWhereEvents
January 19, 1966Mayport Naval Station, FL
An "actual nuclear incident" occurs when the nuclear warhead on a Terrier anti-air missile separates from the missile and drops about eight feet on the USS LUCE while the ship is docked at Mayport Naval Station. It is recorded that "there were no personnel casualties, and aside from the dent in the warhead, no equipment was damaged."


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USS LUCE Patch Gallery:

Med '84


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