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|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|
|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
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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|273k||01 September 1982: At sea - Aerial port beam view of Clifton Sprague underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-82-11540 from the DVIC)
|340k||01 September 1982: At sea - Aerial starboard beam view of Clifton Sprague underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-82-11541 from the DVIC)
|268k||01 September 1982: At sea - Aerial bow view of Clifton Sprague underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-82-11542 from the DVIC)
|282k||01 September 1982: At sea - Aerial port quarter view of Clifton Sprague underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-82-11543 from the DVIC)
|301k||05 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)
|53||undated image, probably after she was transferred to New York City for duty as a reserve training ship||-|
|107k||undated (U.S. Navy photo)||Wendell R. McLaughlin, Jr.|
|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|
|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)
|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|
|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)|
|311k||25 June 2016" The Mediterranean Sea - The Turkish G-Class frigate TCG Gaziantep (F-490) is underway in formation with the Arleigh Burke-class
guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) during an exercise with the Turkish and United States navies.
(U.S. Navy photo #160625-N-OR652-213 by MC3 J. Alexander Delgado from America's Navy)
|Clifton Sprague Memorabilia
Pamphlet (Circa 1982)
Robert M. Cieri
Pamphlet (Circa 1985)
|Christmas Card from|
Inside of Card
|Clifton Sprague 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. 1983||Cmdr. George Meredith Musick III (USNA '63) (Denver, Col.)|
|2.) 06 Jul. 1983 - 31 Mar. 1985||Cmdr. James Beatty Ferguson II (ret. as Radm.)|
|3.) 31 Mar. 1985 - 16 Apr. 1987||Cmdr. Walter Michael Migrala, Jr. (NROTC '67) (Philadelphia, Pa.)|
|4.) 16 Apr. 1987 - 21 Jul. 1987||Cmdr. Paul F. Richardson (Narrows, Va.)|
|5.) 21 Jul. 1987 - 26 Jul. 1991||Cmdr. James Kilpatrick Cross (Jacksonville, Fla.)|
|6.) 26 Jul. 1991 - 28 Mar. 1992||Cmdr. Martin Edward Torrey|
|7.) 28 Mar. 1992 - 13 Nov. 1993||Cmdr. Vincent Peter Mocini (USNA '73) (Saugatuck, Mich.)|
|8.) 13 Nov. 1993 - 02 Jun. 1995||Cmdr. William S. Marlowe, Jr., USNR|
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