USS Taylor (FFG-50)
USS Taylor (FFG-50) leaving Mayport in January 2014
|Namesake:||Commander Jesse J. Taylor|
|Builder:||Bath Iron Works|
|Laid down:||May 5, 1983|
|Launched:||November 5, 1983|
|Commissioned:||December 1, 1984|
|Maiden voyage:||January 1984 Bath ME to Norfolk VA|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2014[update]|
|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|
|AN/SPS-49 air-search radar
AN/SPS-55 surface-search radar
CAS and STIR fire-control radar
|Aircraft carried:||2 × SH-60 LAMPS 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.
On 17 November 1965, Commander Commander Jesse Junior Taylor (1925-1965) was flying his Douglas A-1 Skyraider during attacks on a key bridge near the North Vietnamese port of Haiphong. Anti-aircraft fire had downed one of the attacking aircraft and its pilot had ejected from his doomed plane in a densely populated and heavily-defended area. Taylor heard the radio transmission about the pilot's plight. Although it was not his assigned mission, realizing that time was of the essence in any attempt to rescue the downed pilot, Taylor made a courageous decision. Despite intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire, Taylor proceeded to the scene and found the downed pilot still in his parachute harness in shallow water. To cover the approach of the rescue helicopter, he attacked the anti-aircraft gun sites, despite the fact that his own plane had sustained damage. The storm of enemy ground fire soon made it obvious that the helicopter would not be able to extricate the man on the ground. Meanwhile, because of fire in his own aircraft, Commander Taylor was forced to break off his own persistent attacks. Rather than try to abandon his plane in enemy territory, he elected to try to ditch in the Gulf of Tonkin. However, the fire burned through the wing of his plane and it crashed before he had time to leave it. For his heroic determination to save a fellow pilot, even at great risk to his own life, Commander Taylor was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.
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.
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.
In September 2010, Taylor was buzzed by a Russian Tu-95 bomber. 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.
On 12 February 2014, Taylor ran aground while mooring in Samsun, Turkey during operations supporting the 2014 Winter Olympics. "A senior Turkish port official said the ship's propeller scraped the surface as it was mooring at Samsun." The ship's skipper, Commander Dennis Volpe, was subsequently relieved and reassigned.
- "Namesake". Retrieved Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.
- Tran, Mark (August 21, 2008). "Russia suspends military cooperation with Nato". Guardian (London). Retrieved August 21, 2008.
- "U.S. Navy Warship In Black Sea Ahead of Sochi Olympics". February 5, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
- "USS Taylor being inspected after running aground off Turkey". February 18, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2014.
- "U.S. Warship Deployed Near Sochi Runs Aground". Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014. Retrieved Friday, Feb. 21.
- Beardsley, Steven, "Navy relieves USS Taylor's commander after ship ran aground", Stars & Stripes, 25 February 2014
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