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USS Clifton Sprague (FFG 16)


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




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 1 star
Second Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (4) - Navy Expeditionary Service Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 2 stars - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon w/ 1 star


"Nunc Paratus"
(Ready Now)
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
Clifton Sprague (FFG 16) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 February 1976: Building contract awarded to Bath Iron Works Corp.
  • 30 July 1979: Keel laid by the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Me.
  • 16 February 1980: Launched and christened, sponsored by Courtney Sprague Vaughan, Adm. Sprague's daughter
  • 21 March 1981: Commissioned atBath, Me., Cmdr. G. Meredith Musick III, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 8 at Mayport, Fla.
  • 31 August 1984: Assigned to the Atlantic Naval Reserve Force as a unit of Surface Group 4 at Philadelphia, Pa.
  • -- April 1988: Participated in New York City's Fleet Week, over 4,000 people visited the ship
  • 02 June 1995: Decommissioned at Mayport, Fla. after 14.2 years of service
  • 27 August 1997: Transferred on lease to Turkey, renamed TCG Gaziantepe (F-490)
  • 04 September 1997: Struck from the NVR
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    Clifton Sprague 86k Artist's conception of Clifton Sprague 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
    Clifton Sprague 55k Clifton Albert Frederick (Ziggy) Sprague was born on 8 January 1896 in Dorchester, Mass. and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1918. He served in the USS Wheeling (PG 14) and helped put USS Tennessee (BB 43) in commission before being designated a Naval Aviator in 1921. As an aviator he served in carriers Lexington, Saratoga, and Yorktown. At the outbreak of war he commanded USS Tangier (AV 8) at Pearl Harbor and later commanded the new Wasp (CV18) guiding her during raids on Wake and Marcus Island and the campaigns for Saipan, Tinian, and Guam.

    In August 1944 he commanded Carrier Division 25, later serving also as Commander of Task Unit 77.4.3 at the Battle Off Samar. His small force of six escort (or "Jeep") carriers, three destroyers, and three destroyer-escorts - known as "Taffy 3" - stood up against the might of the Japanese Fleet and saved the lives of thousands of sailors and soldiers on the beaches of Leyte Island. For his "aggressiveness and courage" during that battle he was awarded the Navy Cross. Following the war he commanded Joint Task Group 1.1.2 for the Pacific atomic bomb tests, Naval Air Basic and Advanced Training at Corpus Christi, Tex., Carrier Division 6, and was Commandant of the 17th Naval District and the Alaskan Sea Frontier. He retired from the Navy in 1951. Vice Admiral Sprague died at his home in San Diego on 11 April 1955.

    USS Clifton Sprague (FFG 16) (1981-1995) was the first ship to be named in his honor. (Photo from the ship's Commissioning Booklet)
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    Clifton Sprague 215k 17 November 1980: At sea - aerial starboard bow view of Clifton Sprague underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-10713 by Bath Iron Works Corp., from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Clifton Sprague 246k 17 November 1980: At sea - aerial port view of Clifton Sprague underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-10714 by Bath Iron Works Corp., from the DVIC)
    Clifton Sprague 237k 17 November 1980: At sea - aerial starboard view of Clifton Sprague underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-10712 by Bath Iron Works Corp., from the DVIC)
    Clifton Sprague 437k 10 February 1981: Bath, Me. - Elevated bow view of the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS Flatley (FFG 21), right, at 90 percent completion. The USS Clifton Sprague is moored on the left. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04476 by Bath Iron Works Corp., from the DVIC)
    Clifton Sprague 308k 10 February 1981: Bath, Me. - Elevated stern view of the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS Flatley (FFG 21), left, at 90 percent completion. The USS Clifton Sprague is moored on the right. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04477 by Bath Iron Works Corp., from the DVIC)
    Clifton Sprague 305k 10 April 1981: At sea - Aerial port beam view of the guided missile frigate USS Clifton Sprague, which is being used as a target for F-105 Delta Dart aircraft, during exercise Gangbuster XI. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DF-ST-82-06880 by A1C Sheryl D. Barnett, from the DVIC)
    Clifton Sprague 273k 1 September 1982: At sea - Aerial port beam view of Clifton Sprague underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-82-11540 from the DVIC)
    Clifton Sprague 340k 1 September 1982: At sea - Aerial starboard beam view of Clifton Sprague underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-82-11541 from the DVIC)
    Clifton Sprague 268k 1 September 1982: At sea - Aerial bow view of Clifton Sprague underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-82-11542 from the DVIC)
    Clifton Sprague 282k 1 September 1982: At sea - Aerial port quarter view of Clifton Sprague underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-82-11543 from the DVIC)
    Clifton Sprague 301k 5 May 1983: On the Kennebec River, Me. - An aerial starboard bow view of the Clifton Sprague underway during overhaul sea trials. The ship's deck are covered by a thin layer of snow. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-07310 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Clifton Sprague 53 undated image, probably after she was transferred to New York City for duty as a reserve training ship -
    Clifton Sprague 107k undated (U.S. Navy photo) Wendell R. McLaughlin, Jr.
    Clifton Sprague 119k circa 1996: Baltimore, Md. - Two views of Clifton Sprague tied up in Baltimore after her decommissioning. The photos were taken by Cody while on a Baltimore Inner Harbor Cruise. Cody Shaffer
    Clifton Sprague 140k
    Clifton Sprague 191k USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201) refuels TCG Gaziantep (F-490) (x-USS Clifton Sprague FFG 16 ), a Turkish warship that participated with Patuxent in Exercise Phoenix Express 2007. (Photo by Gillian Brigham from Sealift, the Magazine of MSC) Bill Gonyo
    Clifton Sprague 157k circa 2007: The Turkish frigate TCG Gaziantep (F-490, ex-USS Clifton Sprague (FFG 16) underway, location unknown. (Photo by DZ.K.K.) Robert Hurst
    Clifton Sprague 210k 31 May 2010: Cartagena, Spain - The guided missile frigate TCG Gaziantep (F-490, ex-USS Clifton Sprague) underway off Cartagena. (Photo courtesy Diego Quevedo Carmona)

    Clifton Sprague Memorabilia
    Commissioning
    Booklet
    Clifton Sprague
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Welcome Aboard
    Pamphlet (Circa 1982)
    Clifton Sprague
    Courtesy of
    Robert M. Cieri

    Welcome Aboard
    Pamphlet (Circa 1985)
    Clifton Sprague
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski


    Clifton Sprague
    Cocktail Napkin
    Clifton Sprague
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski


    Christmas Card from
    Sprague CO
    Clifton Sprague
    Inside of Card
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski


    Ship's Lighter
    Clifton Sprague
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski



    USS Clifton Sprague FFG 16 History
    Note: History is unavailable at this time
    This class of ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

    Clifton Sprague's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Number, Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 21 Mar. 1981 - 06 Jul. 1983Cmdr. George Meredith Musick III (Denver, Col.)
    2.) 06 Jul. 1983 - 31 Mar. 1985Cmdr. James Beatty Ferguson II (ret. as Radm.)
    3.) 31 Mar. 1985 - 16 Apr. 1987Cmdr. Walter Martin Migrala Jr. (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    4.) 16 Apr. 1987 - 21 Jul. 1987Cmdr. Paul F. Richardson
    5.) 21 Jul. 1987 - 26 Jul. 1991Cmdr. James Kilpatrick Cross
    6.) 26 Jul. 1991 - 28 Mar. 1992Cmdr. Martin Edward Torrey
    7.) 28 Mar. 1992 - 13 Nov. 1993Cmdr. Vincent Peter Mocini
    8.) 13 Nov. 1993 - 02 Jun. 1995Cmdr. William S. Marlowe Jr.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact: Don Seroka
    Phone: (724) 309-3151
    E-mail: donseroka at comcast.net
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    Additional Resources

    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Clifton Sprague
    USS Clifton Sprague Page on Military.Com
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