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USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG 13)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - S - E - M
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Second Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon w/ 1 star


"The Past Is Prologue"
Specifications:
Class: Oliver Hazard Perry (Short Hull, As Built)
Type: SCB No. 201 / 1973 - 1978
Number in Class: 25 (7, 9 - 34) / 26
Displacement: 3109 tons (std), 3993 tons (full)
Length: 408' (wl), 445' (oa)
Beam: 45.4' (extreme)
Draft: 24' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 GE LM 2500 gas turbine engines; 41,000 shp; 1 shaft, cp propeller, 325 hp retractable propeller pods
Speed: 29 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots, 5400 nm @ 16 knots
Complement: 13 / 206 (includes 19 man air detachment)
Missiles: 1-Mk 13 Mod 4 launcher, 4-SSM McDonnell-Douglas Harpoon missiles, 36-GDC-Pomona Standard SM-1MR missiles
Guns: 1 OTO Melara Mk 75 3"/62 cal., 1 Vulcan Phalanx CIS, 4-.50 cal. MGs
ASW Weapons: 6-324mm Mk 32 (2 triple) tubes / Mk 46 torpedoes
Radars: AN/SPS-55 (surface), AN/SPS-49(V)214 (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-56, AN/SQR-19 TACTAS (Towed Array)
Elec. Warfare: SLQ-25 Nixie System, SLQ-32(V)2 Electronic Countermeasures System
Fire Control Systems: 1 Mk13 Weapon-Direction System, 1 Mk92 weapons FCS, 1 modified SPG-60 STIR radar (Separate Target Illumination Radar)
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG 13) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 February 1976: Building contract awarded to the Bath Iron Works Corp.
  • 04 December 1978: Keel laid by the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Me.
  • 14 July 1979: Launched and christened
  • 11 October 1980: Commissioned at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston; Cdr Larry J. Andrews in command; assigned to Mayport, Fla. as a unit of Destroyer Squadron 8
  • 30 June 1986: Assigned to Naval Reserve Force at Charleston, S.C.
  • 10 April 2002: Decommissioned after 21.5 years of service, Transferred as Grant Aid to Turkey, renamed TCG Gorkova (F-496)
  • 23 July 2002: Struck from the NVR
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    Samuel Eliot Morison 86k Artist's conception of Samuel Eliot Morison by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company, Navy Yard Associates, offers prints of most destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL the guided missile frigates ARE available. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource. Navy Yard Associates
    Samuel Eliot Morison 89k Samuel Eliot Morison (9 July 1887 - 15 May 1976) was born and died in Boston, Mass., the city he loved. A college professor with a deep love of the sea at the beginning of WWII, he was the premier Naval Historian of the Twentieth Century by the end of it. This link is for an expanded biography of Rear Admiral Morison.



    USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG 13) (1980-2002) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Samuel Eliot Morison 449k 10 June 1980: At sea - An aerial port bow view of the guided missile frigate Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG 13) underway during sea trials, on 10 Jun 1980. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-8310708 by the Bath Iron Works Corporation from the DVIC) Robert Hurst
    Samuel Eliot Morison 123k October 1980: Boston, Mass. - Here are two photos I took of the crew of Samuel Eliot Morison rehearsing the commissioning ceremony during the week preceding the 11 October 1980 ceremony. The location is Pier 1 West at the Charlestown Navy Yard (the former Boston Naval Shipyard). Stephen P. Carlson
    Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP
    Charlestown (Boston) Navy Yard
    Samuel Eliot Morison 107k
    Samuel Eliot Morison 131k 11 May 1981: Bath, Me. - An elevated stern view of the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigates USS Gallery (FFG 26), center, at 80 percent completion. The guided missile frigate USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG 13) is to the left and to the right, the USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04593 by Bath Iron Works from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    Samuel Eliot Morison 135k 11 May 1981: Bath, Me. - An elevated bow view of the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS Gallery (FFG 26), center, at 80 percent completion. The Samuel Eliot Morison is to the right and to the left, the USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04594 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Samuel Eliot Morison 128k 11 May 1981: Bath, Me. - An elevated bow view of three Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigates at Bath Iron Works Corp. Shipyard. Left to right: USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) at 70 percent completion; USS Gallery (FFG 26), approximately 80 percent complete; and the Samuel Eliot Morison. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04644 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Samuel Eliot Morison 127k 11 May 1981: Bath, Me. - An elevated stern view of three Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigates at Bath Iron Works Corp. Shipyard. Right to left: USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) at 70 percent completion; USS Gallery (FFG 26), approximately 80 percent complete; and the Samuel Eliot Morison. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04645 by Bath Iron Works from the DVIC)
    Samuel Eliot Morison 381k 25 August 1981: Genoa, Italy - Samuel Eliot Morison, at "Dress Ship," moored alongside another unidentified FFG. Carlo Martinelli
    Samuel Eliot Morison 132k 1 August 1982: Bath, Me. - A port bow view of the Samuel Eliot Morison entering port. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-10538 from the DVIC) Navsource
    Samuel Eliot Morison 102k 7 April 1984: At sea - A bow view of the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV 60) underway in heavy seas while en route to the Mediterranean Sea. The Samuel Eliot Morison is off the carrier's starboard side. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-08949 and DN-SC-84-08948 by PH3 Lance Hilley from the DVIC)
    Samuel Eliot Morison 99k
    Samuel Eliot Morison 180k 4 July 1987: Boston Harbor - An aerial port bow view of the Samuel Eliot Morison and a U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat escorting the 44-gun sail frigate USS Constitution during the its annual turnaround cruise in the harbor. After a 21-gun salute to the nation, the Constitution will be returned to its berth facing the opposite way to help it weather evenly and preserve the wood. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-11236 by Lt. Emmett Francois from the DVIC)
    Samuel Eliot Morison 236k 4 July 1987: Boston Harbor - An aerial port view of the Samuel Eliot Morison anchored in the harbor while serving as an escort ship during the annual turnaround cruise for the 44-gun sail frigate USS Constitution. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-11269 by Lt. Emmett Francois from the DVIC)
    Samuel Eliot Morison 141k 30 March 1988: At sea - A starboard view of the Samuel Eliot Morison underway off the coast of Puerto Rico during Exercise Ocean Venture '88. The Morison is part of the Naval Reserve Force Atlantic Fleet. The maritime prepositioning ship USNS Pfc. Eugene A. Obregon (T-AK 3006) is in the background. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DM-ST-90-10208 from the DVIC)
    Samuel Eliot Morison 115k 30 March 1988: At sea - The Samuel Eliot Morison passes another ship near the coast of Puerto Rico during exercise Ocean Venture '88. The Morison is part of the Naval Reserve Force Atlantic Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DM-ST-90-10207 from the DVIC)
    Samuel Eliot Morison 118k 15 April 1995: At sea - A port side view of the Samuel Eliot Morison underway. The Morison is assigned to the Naval Reserve Force. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-96-00241 by PH3 Christian Viera from the DVIC)
    ***O.H. Perry / S.E. Morison*** 160k 18 December 1995: Naval Station Mayport, Fla. - The guided missile frigate Samuel E. Morison moors to a pier. FC2 Steve Loitsch throws a "monkey fist" to EW3 Lloyd Reeves. The guided missile frigates Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG 7) and Stark (FFG 31) are in the background. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-96-00855 by PH2 Antonio Borges from the DVIC)
    Samuel Eliot Morison 374k circa 2001: Mayport, Fla. - Samuel Eliot Morison either arriving or leaving NavSta Mayport. Ron Reeves
    Samuel Eliot Morison 131k 10 April 2002: Naval Station Norfolk, Va. - Turkish Sailors board the USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG 13) during a transfer ceremony for the guided missile frigate to the Turkish Navy as TCG Gokova (F-496). (U.S. Navy photo #020410-N-1110A-502 by PH1 Tina M. Ackerman from the Navy Newstand) Navsource
    Samuel Eliot Morison 105k 10 April 2002: Naval Station Norfolk, Va. - U.S. and Turkish Sailors display their national flags during the transfer ceremony for the guided missile frigate ex-USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG 13). The frigate was originally commissioned 1 October 1980, and was the 7th ship in the Oliver Hazard Perry class. It was named for Rear Adm. Samuel Eliot Morison, one of America's most distinguished naval historians, who wrote more than 40 books on naval history. The frigate was transferred to the Turkish Republic as TCG Gorkova (F-496). (U.S. Navy photo #020410-N-1110A-501 by PH1 Tina M. Ackerman from the Navy Newstand) Fabio Peņa
    Samuel Eliot Morison 17k The Turkish Navy frigate Gorkova. The Gorkova visited the port of Palma de Mallorca, as part of a NATO group from 15 to 19 October 2005. Jesus Oliver

    Samuel Eliot Morison Memorabilia
    Commissioning
    Invitation
    Morison
    Courtesy of
    Robert M. Cieri

    Commissioning Reception
    Invitation
    Morison
    Courtesy of
    Robert M. Cieri

    Commissioning
    Booklet Cover
    Morison
    Courtesy of
    Robert M. Cieri

    Welcome Aboard
    Pamphlet (Circa 1984)
    Morison
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Ship's Plaque

    Morison
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Engineering
    Dep't Patch
    Morison
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski


    USS Samuel Eliot Morison FFG 13 History
    Note: History is unavailable at this time
    This class of ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

    Samuel Eliot Morison's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Number, Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  11 Oct. 1980 - 23 Nov. 1982Cmdr. Larry Joe Andrews
    2.)  23 Nov. 1982 - 21 Feb. 1985Cmdr. Laurence Joseph Gionet, Jr. (Kansas City, Kan.)
    3.)  21 Feb. 1985 - 11 Feb. 1987Cmdr. Walter Browne Woodson IV
    4.)  11 Feb. 1987 - 04 Aug. 1989Cmdr. Bernard Guy Hollenbeck, Jr.
    5.)  04 Aug. 1989 - 26 Aug. 1991Cmdr. Richard Joseph Parish
    6.)  26 Aug. 1991 - 28 May 1993Cmdr. Timothy Jefferson Dull
    7.)  28 May 1993 - 10 Feb. 1995Cmdr. Charles G. Belcher
    8.)  10 Feb. 1995 - 13 Dec. 1996Cmdr. Thomas Raymond Daniel, Jr.
    9.)  13 Dec. 1996 - 30 Oct. 1998Cmdr. James Roger Martin
    10.)  30 Oct. 1998 - 24 Mar. 2000Cmdr. Mark Donald Klatt
    11.)  24 Mar. 2000 - 22 Sep. 2001Cmdr. Frederick Paul McKenna, Jr.
    12.)  22 Sep. 2001 - 23 Feb. 2002Cmdr. Scott Jon Philpot
    13.)  23 Feb. 2002 - 11 Apr. 2002Cmdr. James Joseph Shannon (later Radm.) *
    * Assumed command upon crew swap with FFG-15
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Crew Contact
    Contact Name: Dave Potter (former HT3)
    Address: 2480 Home Street / Indiana PA 15701
    Phone: (724) 463-8651
    E-mail: mmzd60@hotmail.com or dpotter@pah.org

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    Additional Resources

    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Samuel Eliot Morison
    USS Samuel Eliot Morison Page on Military.Com
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