USS Taylor (FFG-50)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Taylor.
USS Taylor (FFG-50) leaving Mayport in January 2014
USS Taylor (FFG-50) leaving Mayport in January 2014
Career (US)
Namesake: Commander Jesse J. Taylor
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: May 5, 1983
Launched: November 5, 1983
Sponsored by: Barbara A. Taylor, widow of namesake
Commissioned: December 1, 1984
Maiden voyage: January 1985 Bath ME to Norfolk VA
Homeport: Mayport, Florida
Motto: Proud Defender
Status: in active service, as of 2014
Badge: USS Taylor FFG-50 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate
Displacement: 4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load
Length: 453 feet (138 m), overall
Beam: 45 feet (14 m)
Draft: 22 feet (6.7 m)
Propulsion: 2 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines generating 41,000 shp (31 MW) through a single shaft and variable pitch propeller
2 × Auxiliary Propulsion Units, 350 hp (260 kW) retractable electric azimuth thrusters for maneuvering and docking.
Speed: over 29 knots (54 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots (9,300 km at 33 km/h)
Complement: 15 officers and 190 enlisted, plus SH-60 LAMPS detachment of roughly six officer pilots and 15 enlisted maintainers
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPS-49 air-search radar
AN/SPS-55 surface-search radar
CAS and STIR fire-control radar
AN/SQS-56 sonar.
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Armament: As built:
Note: As of 2004, Mk 13 systems removed from all active US vessels of this class.
  • Mk 38 Mod 2 in place of Mk 13
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60B LAMPS Mk III helicopters

USS Taylor (FFG-50), an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, is a ship of the United States Navy named for Commander Jesse J. Taylor (1925–1965), a naval aviator who was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for his heroism in the Vietnam War.


Taylor's keel was laid down by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Maine, on May 5, 1983. She was launched November 5, 1983, and commissioned December 1, 1984 in Bath Maine. Taylor was sponsored by Barbara A. Taylor, the widow of the ship's namesake, and Diane Taylor-Oeland as matron of honor.


Taylor was homeported in Charleston, South Carolina from 1985-1993. The ship deployed to Northern Europe as part of the Standing Naval Forces Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT) in 1987 and the Persian Gulf in 1988 and 1990. Participated in Operation Earnest Will. In 1993, the Taylor changed homeport to Mayport, Florida with the closing of Charleston Naval Shipyard.

As of 2014, Taylor is homeported at NS Mayport, Florida, and is part of Destroyer Squadron 14.

In August 2008 Taylor entered the Black Sea conducting a pre-planned routine visit to the region to interact and exercise with NATO partners Romania and Bulgaria. It joined ships from Poland, Germany and Spain.[1]

In September 2010, Taylor was buzzed by a Russian Tu-95 bomber.[2] However, as of 2004, all significant anti-aircraft capability was deleted from this class. On 8 January 2014, Taylor left Naval Station Mayport for her last 7-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleets. She is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2015. On 5 February 2014, Taylor was scheduled to enter the Black Sea along with the USS Mount Whitney in support of the Sochi Olympics.[3]

On 12 February 2014, Taylor ran aground while mooring in Samsun, Turkey during operations supporting the 2014 Winter Olympics.[4] "A senior Turkish port official said the ship's propeller scraped the surface as it was mooring at Samsun."[5] The ship's skipper, Commander Dennis Volpe, was subsequently relieved and reassigned.[6]


  1. ^ Tran, Mark (August 21, 2008). "Russia suspends military cooperation with Nato". Guardian (London). Retrieved August 21, 2008. 
  2. ^ "DoD details Russian buzzing of U.S. frigate". September 17, 2010. Retrieved September 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Navy Warship In Black Sea Ahead of Sochi Olympics". February 5, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ "USS Taylor being inspected after running aground off Turkey". February 18, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Warship Deployed Near Sochi Runs Aground". Feb 19, 2014. Retrieved Friday, Feb. 21.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ Beardsley, Steven, "Navy relieves USS Taylor's commander after ship ran aground", Stars & Stripes, 25 February 2014

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.

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