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USS John A. Moore (FFG 19)


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



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2)
Second Row: National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon


"Never Give In"
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
John A. Moore (FFG 19) Building and Operational Data:
  • 28 February 1977: Building contract awarded to the Todd Shipyard Corp.
  • 19 December 1978: Keel laid by the Todd Shipyard Corp., Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, Cal.
  • 20 October 1979: Launched and christened, sponsored by Virginia Moore
  • 14 November 1981: Commissioned at Naval Station Long Beach, Cal., Cmdr. Alan W. Swinger in command, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 17 at San Diego, Cal.
  • 30 January 1987: Assigned to Naval Reserve Force,at San Diego, Cal.
  • 01 September 2000: Decommissioned at San Diego after 18.8 years of service, struck from the NVR; sold to Turkey, renamed TCG Gediz (F-495)
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    John A. Moore 86k Artist's conception of John A. Moore 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
    J.A. Moore 202k 1 November 1981: San Pedro, Cal. - Elevated port bow view of the guided missile frigate USS John A. Moore (FFG 19) docked. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-83-11916 by Joseph Ernest, from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    J.A. Moore 118k 14 November 1981: Naval Station Long Beach, Cal. - A joint Navy and Marine honor guard participates in the commissioning of the John A. Moore. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00672 by PH2 Gary Ballard, from the DVIC)
    J.A. Moore 76k 14 November 1981: Naval Station Long Beach, Cal. - Ship's Sponsor Virginia Moore and her grandchildren Laurel and John Swearengen attend the commissioning ceremony of the John A. Moore. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00643 by PH2 Gary Ballard, from the DVIC)
    J.A. Moore 81k 14 November 1981: Naval Station Long Beach, Cal. - Commander Alan W. Swinger, prospective commanding officer, speaks during the commissioning ceremony for the John A. Moore. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00646 by PH2 Gary Ballard, from the DVIC)
    J.A. Moore 91k 14 November 1981: Naval Station Long Beach, Cal. - Members of the crew go aboard John A. Moore during the commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00668 by PH2 Gary Ballard, from the DVIC)
    J.A. Moore 71k 14 November 1981: Naval Station Long Beach, Cal. - Lieutenant Commander Gregory L. Hansen, executive officer, sets the first watch during the commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00665 by PH2 Gary Ballard, from the DVIC)
    J.A. Moore 128k 14 November 1981: Naval Station Long Beach, Cal. - Guests tour John A. Moore at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony for the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate. Note the Mk 13 missile launcher armed with an RIM-66 Standard surface-to-air missile. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00651 by PH2 Gary Ballard, from the DVIC)
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    John A. Moore 236k from the image library of the National War College, date / location unknown Bill Gonyo
    J.A. Moore 141k 5 May 1982: At sea - An aerial starboard bow view of John A. Moore underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-07308 by Bath Iron Works, from the DVIC) Navsource
    J.A. Moore 142k 2 November 1983: Apra Harbor, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands - A partial port view of John A. Moore docked at the U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility. A large crane (YD-120-SRF) is positioned alongside the frigate. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-07738 by PHAN M. Anderson, from the DVIC)
    J.A. Moore 223k 2 November 1983: Apra Harbor, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands - A partial port view of John A. Moore docked at the U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility. A large crane (YD-120-SRF) is positioned alongside the frigate. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-07737 by PHAN M. Anderson, from the DVIC)
    John A. Moore 76k 16 June 1985: photographed off Cebu, Philippines (Three photo series © Karsten Petersen) Karsten Petersen,
    Middelfart, Denmark
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    J.A. Moore 61k 1 March 1987: At sea - A starboard beam view of John A. Moore underway in heavy seas. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-06748 from the DVIC) Navsource
    J.A. Moore 139k 1 April 1988: At sea - John A. Moore participates in an underway replenishment. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-88-07487 by PH1 Alex Hicks from the DVIC)
    J.A. Moore 167k 1 April 1988: At sea - Crewmembers stand by at their deck stations during an underway replenishment. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-88-07486 by PH1 Alex Hicks from the DVIC)
    J.A. Moore 150k 1 April 1988: At sea - A crewman sits on a capstan on the stern of John A. Moore. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-88-07485 by PH1 Alex Hicks from the DVIC)
    J.A. Moore 118k 1 April 1988: At sea - John A. Moore participates in an underway replenishment with the miscellaneous flagship USS Coronado (AGF 11). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-88-07488 by PH1 Alex Hicks from the DVIC)
    J.A. Moore 129k 1 April 1988: At sea - John A. Moore participates in an underway replenishment with the miscellaneous flagship USS Coronado (AGF 11). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-88-07489 by PH1 Alex Hicks from the DVIC)
    J.A. Moore 324k 27 July 1988: Vancouver, B.C. - John A. Moore underway slowly heading into Vancouver. (Photo by Rick Garcia, from the collection of  Chris Howell) Chris Howell
    Southland Ship Stores Ltd
    Port of Bluff, New Zealand
    J.A. Moore 121k 17 March 1991: San Diego Harbor - An overhead bow view of John A. Moore laying-to as the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV 61) passes by en route to the sea. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-94-00476 by PHAN Rich from the DVIC) Navsource
    John A. Moore 138k Taken in May 2000 by the ship's embarked SH-2G from HSL-84 outbound from Matzalan, Mexico enroute to her homeport in San Diego from her last deployment in U.S. service. During this deployment, the ship interdicted and estimated 11.5 metric tons of cocaine and disrupted drug-running operations in the Western Pacific and Caribbean. The ship was decommissioned 1 September 2000 and immediately recommissioned in the Turkish Navy as TCG Gediz (F-495). She and her crew were great and lived up to the ship's motto "Never Give In!" I was privileged to be her last CO in the US Navy. H.L. Stone III,
    Capt. USN
    ROTC Unit CO
    SUNY Maritime College
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    John A. Moore 277k 22 January 2003: At sea aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) - Turkish NATO Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate TCG Gediz (F-495) operates near Harry S. Truman. Truman and Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) were deployed on a regularly scheduled six-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo #030122-N-9851B-005 by PH2 John L. Beeman) Bill Gonyo
    John A. Moore 217k 12 July 2004: At sea in the Atlantic Ocean - The Turkish Navy Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate TCG Gediz (F-495) operates near USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) (left), and the Italian Navy Garibaldi Class aircraft carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi (C 551), underway in the Atlantic Ocean, while participating in Exercise Majestic Eagle 2004. The exercise demonstrates the combined force capabilities and quick response times of the participating naval, air, undersea and surface warfare groups. (U.S. Navy photo #030122-N-9851B-005 (DN-SD-05-02331) by PH2 John L. Beeman)

    John A. Moore Memorabilia
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    J.A. Moore
    Courtesy of
    Darryl Baker

    USS John A. Moore FFG 19 History
    Note: History is unavailable at this time
    This class of ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

    John A. Moore's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Number, Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  14 Nov. 1981 - 04 Feb. 1984Cmdr. Alan William Swinger
    2.)  04 Feb. 1984 - 07 Jun. 1986Cmdr. Howard F. Lee
    3.)  07 Jun. 1986 - 17 Aug. 1988Cmdr. John W. Bonnett
    4.)  17 Aug. 1988 - 25 Jul. 1990Cmdr. William F. Hickman
    5.)  25 Jul. 1990 - 20 May 1992Cmdr. Roger Louis Buschmann
    6.)  20 May 1992 - 08 Jan. 1994Cmdr. Donald G. Norton
    7.)  08 Jan. 1994 - 12 Jan. 1996Cmdr. Craig Robert Solem
    8.)  12 Jan. 1996 - 02 Jul. 1997Cmdr. Michael John Owens
    9.)  02 Jul. 1997 - 25 Jun. 1999Cmdr. Joseph Robert Martin Jr.
    10.)  25 Jun. 1999 - 01 Sep. 2000Capt. Howard Lyons Stone III

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS John A. Moore
    USS John A. Moore Page on Military.Com

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