USS Clifton Sprague (FFG-16)
USS Clifton Sprague, 17 November 1980
|Namesake:||Vice Admiral Clifton A. F. Sprague|
|Ordered:||27 February 1976|
|Builder:||Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine|
|Laid down:||30 July 1979|
|Launched:||16 February 1980|
|Sponsored by:||Courtney Sprague Vaughan, daughter of Adm. Sprague|
|Commissioned:||21 March 1981|
|Decommissioned:||2 June 1995|
|Struck:||4 September 1997|
|Homeport:||Naval Station Mayport|
|Motto:||"Nunc Paratus" (Ready Now)|
|Fate:||Disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP)|
|Namesake:||City of Gaziantep|
|Acquired:||27 August 1997|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate|
|Displacement:||4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load|
|Length:||445 feet (136 m), overall|
|Beam:||45 feet (14 m)|
|Draft:||22 feet (6.7 m)|
|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|
|Aircraft carried:||1 × SH-2F LAMPS I helicopter|
USS Clifton Sprague (FFG-16), is an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate of the United States Navy, the tenth ship of that class. She was named for Vice Admiral Clifton A. F. Sprague (1896–1955), hero of the Battle off Samar action of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, where he received the Navy Cross. Clifton Sprague (FFG-16) was the first ship of that name in the US Navy.
Ordered from Bath Iron Works on 27 February 1976 as part of the FY76 program, Clifton Sprague was laid down 30 July 1979, launched 16 February 1980, and commissioned 21 March 1981.
In July 1993, the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg and Clifton Sprague participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with three Russian ships, cruiser Marshal Ustinov, destroyer Admiral Kharlamov and the replenishment ship Dnester. This was noteworthy because the two navies had an adversarial relationship for decades prior to the Dissolution of the Soviet Union.
TCG Gaziantep (F 490)
She was transferred to Turkey on 27 August 1997 as that nation's TCG Gaziantep (F 490), and then immediately modified into a G-class frigate by the Turkish Naval Yard. As of 2011, she was still in active service.
Clifton Sprague and her crew received the following unit awards, according to the US Navy unit awards website:
- Navy E Ribbon, 1 October 1980 to 30 September 1981
- Navy E Ribbon, 1 October 1981 to 30 September 1982
- Navy Expeditionary Medal, 18 April 1983 to 22 April 1983, 1983 United States embassy bombing, Lebanon
- Meritorious Unit Commendation, 23 October 1983 to 2 November 1983, Invasion of Grenada / Operation Urgent Fury
- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, 23 October 1983 to 18 November 1983, Invasion of Grenada / Operation Urgent Fury
- Navy E Ribbon 1 October 1983 to 31 March 1985
- Navy E Ribbon 1 April 1985 to 30 September 1986
- Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon for 1 April 1989
- Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon, 1 July 1989 to 30 September 1989
- Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation, 1 December 1989 to 1 April 1990
- Joint Meritorious Unit Award, 28 January 1991 to 25 February 1991, this was in the Desert Storm time period, but FFG-16 was not listed as participating in the Gulf War.
- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, 16 September 1994 to 24 September 1994, Operation Uphold Democracy Haiti
- Meritorious Unit Commendation, 11 September 1994 to 31 March 1995, Operation Uphold Democracy Haiti
- National Defense Service Medal for service during the Gulf War era
Clifton Sprague was also nominated for the United States Public Health Service Outstanding Unit Citation for operations from 24 June 1994 to 12 July 1994, but did not receive the award. This was around the time that many refugees were fleeing Haiti in small boats.
- "USS Clifton Sprague (FFG 16)". Navysite.de. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
- "Facts: 30th Anniversary of the U-S-Caribbean Intervention in Grenada". US Southern Command.
- Associated Press (7 July 1993). "USS Gettysburg trains with Russian Ships". Gettysburg Times.
- Associated Press (15 September 1994). "American Flotilla". Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph.
- "Unit Awards". US Navy.
- "Desert Storm Apdx B". US Naval History and Heritage Command.
- Associated Press (29 June 1994). "Haitians to go to Guantanamo". Syracuse Herald-Journal. Syracuse, New York.
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