USS Reid (FFG-30)

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USS Reid (FFG-30)
United States
Name: Reid
Namesake: Sailing Master Samuel Chester Reid
Awarded: 23 January 1978
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards, Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, California
Laid down: 8 October 1980
Launched: 27 June 1981
Sponsored by: Mrs. William C. Abhau, her daughter Miss Elliot Abhau assisting.
Commissioned: 19 February 1983
Decommissioned: 25 September 1998
Motto: "Pride – Distinction – Honor"
Nickname(s): Reidski
Fate: 5 January 1999 transferred to Turkey
Badge: FFG-30 COA.png
TCG Gelibolu (F-493).jpg
TCG Gelibolu (F-493)
Name: Gelibolu
Namesake: District of Gelibolu
Acquired: 5 January 1999
Status: in active service
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Oliver Hazard Perry-class
Displacement: 4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load
Length: 445 feet (136 m), overall
Beam: 45 feet (14 m)
Draught: 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
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Aircraft carried: 1 × SH-2F LAMPS I[1]

USS Reid (FFG-30), twenty-second ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class of guided-missile frigates, was named for Sailing Master Samuel Chester Reid (1783–1861).

Ordered from Todd Pacific Shipyards, Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, California on 23 January 1978 as part of the FY78 program, Reid was laid down on 8 October 1980, launched on 27 June 1981, sponsored by Mrs. William C. Abhau, her daughter Miss Elliot Abhau assisting, Mrs. Abhau is the great-great granddaughter of Sailing Master Chester Reid, and commissioned on 19 February 1983.

On 18 August 1990, Reid fired the first shots of Operation Desert Shield when she fired across the bow of an Iraqi tanker who had refused to change course when ordered.

The Reid's unofficial nickname Reidski, used during the 1980s, came into use as Reid found herself, more often than not, playing on the side of the "orange" team during fleet exercises.

TCG Gelibolu (F 493)[edit]

Decommissioned and stricken on 25 September 1998, she was transferred to Turkey on 5 January 1999 as that nation's TCG Gelibolu (F 493). As of 2013, she is still in active service.


  1. ^ a b "USS Reid (FFG 30)". Retrieved 11 April 2015.

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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