USS McCandless (FF-1084)

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USS McCandless (FF-1084)
USS McCandless (FF-1084)
Career (United States)
Name: USS McCandless
Namesake: Commodore Byron McCandless (5 September 1881 – 30 May 1967) and Admiral Bruce McCandless I (12 August 1911 – 24 January 1968)
Ordered: 25 August 1966
Builder: Avondale Shipyard, Westwego, Louisiana
Laid down: 4 June 1970
Launched: 20 March 1971
Completed: 1972
Commissioned: 18 March 1972
Decommissioned: 6 May 1994
In service: 1972
Out of service: 1994
Struck: 11 January 1995
Identification: FF-1084/FFT-1084
Motto: Illumino Marem
Nickname: The Mac
Fate: Disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP), transferred, Foreign Assistance Act (FAA) Section 516, Southern Region Amendment, to Turkey 2 February 2002
Career (Turkey)
Name: TCG Trakya
Acquired: February 2002
Commissioned: 6 May 1994
Identification: F-257
Status: in active service, as of 2015
General characteristics
Class and type: Knox-class frigate
Type: Frigate
Displacement: 3,195 tons (4,175 full load)
Length: 438 ft (134 m)
Beam: 46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)
Draft: 24 ft 9 in (7.54 m)
Installed power: 2 × CE 1200psi boilers
35,000 shp (26,000 kW)
Propulsion: 1 Westinghouse geared turbine
1 shaft
Speed: over 27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 18 officers, 267 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPS-40 Air Search Radar
AN/SPS-67 Surface Search Radar
AN/SQS-26CX Sonar
AN/SQS-35 Towed array sonar system
Mk68 Gun Fire Control System
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
AN/SLQ-32 Electronics Warfare System
Armament: one Mk-16 8 cell missile launcher for ASROC and Harpoon missiles
one Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber gun
Mark 46 torpedoes from four single tube launchers)
one Phalanx CIWS
Aircraft carried: one SH-2 Seasprite (LAMPS I) helicopter
Aviation facilities: Helipad, Hangar Bay

USS McCandless (FF-1084) was a Knox-class frigate of the US Navy. Commissioned in 1972, she served for 22 years before being decommissioned as a traning frigate, and sold to the Turkish Navy. She also participated in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Today, she is TCG Trakya (F-257).

Ship History[edit]

USS McCandless’s first deployment was a cruise to the Middle East that began in August 1973 and lasted through January of the following year. Subsequent to this initial voyage overseas, McCandless adopted a regular schedule of deployments which took her to the waters of the North Atlantic, Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Persian Gulf. McCandless’s last tactical missions were in support of Operation Desert Storm—a US-led coalition force of 34 nations against Iraq in response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait— from January through May 1990 and June through December 1991. McCandless was awarded the Kuwait Liberation Medal by Kuwait for her efforts during these deployments.

31 December 1991 marked McCandless’s assignment to the Naval Reserve Force, Atlantic (Norfolk, Virginia) where she was reclassified as a training frigate (FFT-1084). McCandless was one of only eight ships of her class subject to this redesignation. Simultaneously decommissioned and leased to Turkey under the new name of TCG Trakya (F-257) on 6 May 1994, McCandless was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 11 January. Turkey purchased the vessel in February 2002. She is currently in active service.

Ship Awards[edit]

  • Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
  • Humanitarian Service Ribbon
  • CG Meritorious Unit Commendation
  • National Defense Service Medal w/1 star
  • Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 1 star
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


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