USS Taylor (FFG-50)

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USS Taylor (FFG-50) leaving Mayport in January 2014
USS Taylor (FFG-50) leaving Mayport in January 2014
United States
Name: Taylor
Namesake: Commander Jesse J. Taylor
Awarded: 22 May 1981
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Laid down: 5 May 1983
Launched: 5 November 1983
Sponsored by: Barbara A. Taylor, widow of namesake
Commissioned: 1 December 1984
Decommissioned: 8 May 2015
Motto: "Proud Defender"
Status: Slated for sale to Taiwan by the Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2013
Badge: USS Taylor FFG-50 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and 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)
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: 2 × SH-60B LAMPS Mk III helicopters
Aviation facilities:

USS Taylor (FFG-50), an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, was 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.


Taylor's keel was laid down by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Maine, on 5 May 1983. She was launched 5 November 1983, and commissioned 1 December 1984 in Bath, Maine. Taylor was sponsored by Barbara A. Taylor, the widow of the ship's namesake, and Diane Taylor-Oeland as matron of honor.


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 Station.

Up to 2015, Taylor was homeported at NS Mayport, Florida, and was part of Destroyer Squadron 14.

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.[1]

In September 2010, Taylor was buzzed by a Russian Tu-95 bomber.[2] 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. On 5 February 2014, Taylor was scheduled to enter the Black Sea along with Mount Whitney in support of the Sochi Olympics.[3]

On 12 February 2014, Taylor ran aground while mooring in Samsun, Turkey during operations supporting the 2014 Winter Olympics.[4] "A senior Turkish port official said the ship's propeller scraped the surface as it was mooring at Samsun."[5] The ship's skipper, Commander Dennis Volpe, was subsequently relieved and reassigned.[6]

Taylor was decommissioned on 8 May 2015, and is slated for transfer to Taiwan .[7]


  1. ^ Tran, Mark (21 August 2008). "Russia suspends military cooperation with Nato". Guardian. London. Retrieved 21 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "DoD details Russian buzzing of U.S. frigate". 17 September 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Navy Warship In Black Sea Ahead of Sochi Olympics". 5 February 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "USS Taylor being inspected after running aground off Turkey". February 18, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Warship Deployed Near Sochi Runs Aground". 19 Feb 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Beardsley, Steven, "Navy relieves USS Taylor's commander after ship ran aground", Stars & Stripes, 25 February 2014
  7. ^ "Six Things to Know About USS Taylor (FFG-50)", U.S. Navy, retrieved 9 May 2015

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here. 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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