USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG-13)

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USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG-13)
USS Samuel Eliot Morison during sea trials in 1980
United States
Name: USS Samuel Eliot Morison
Namesake: Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison
Ordered: 27 February 1976
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Laid down: 4 December 1978
Launched: 14 July 1979
Commissioned: 11 October 1980
Decommissioned: 10 April 2002
Struck: 23 July 2002
Motto: "The Past is Prologue"
Fate: sold to Turkey on 11 April 2002
Badge: FFG-13 COA.png
Turkish TCG F-496 Gökova Frigate
Turkish TCG Gökova
Name: Gökova
Namesake: Municipality of Gökova
Acquired: 11 April 2002
Identification: F 496
Status: in active service
General characteristics [1]
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
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Aircraft carried: 1 × SH-2F LAMPS I[2] But may have never been modified to carry LAMPS (ie "poop deck")Lack of funding for NRF ships.
Aviation facilities: Hangar Bay, Helicopter Deck

USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG-13), was the seventh Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate in service with the United States Navy. She was named for Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison (1887–1976), one of America's most distinguished naval historians, who wrote more than 40 books on naval history.

Samuel Eliot Morison was the first ship of that name in the U.S. Navy.

TCG Gökova (F 496)[edit]

On 11 April 2002, Samuel Eliot Morison was decommissioned and transferred to Turkey, where she was renamed as TCG Gökova (F 496) and joined the other Oliver Hazard Perry-class vessels acquired by the Turkish Navy as G-class frigates. As of 2015, she is still in active service.


  1. ^ "USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG 13)". Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ "USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG 13)". Retrieved April 10, 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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