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USS Mahlon S. Tisdale (FFG 27)


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



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (4)
Second Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon


"Honneur - Patrie - Valeur"
(Honor - Heritage - Value)
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
Mahlon S. Tisdale (FFG 27) Building and Operational Data:
  • 23 January 1978: Building contract awarded to the Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp.
  • 19 March 1980: Keel laid by the Todd-Pacific Shipyard (Los Angeles Division), San Pedro, Cal.
  • 07 February 1981: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Kenneth J. Sanger (daughter of Vadm. Tisdale)
  • 27 November 1982: Commissioned at Long Beach, Cmdr. Michael R. Goodwin in command
  • 31 January 1988: Assigned to Naval Reserve Force, Pacific, at San Diego, Cal.,
  • 27 September 1996: Decommissioned after 13.8 years of service
  • 20 February 1998: Struck from the NVR
  • 05 April 1999: Transferred as Grant Aid to Turkey, renamed TGC G÷kšeada (F-494)
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    Mahlon S. Tisdale 86k Artist's conception of Mahlon S. Tisdale 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
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 14k Mahlon Street Tisdale was born on 6 December 1890 Wenona IL, appointed to the Naval Academy in 1908 and commissioned as an ensign in the United States Navy on 7 June 1912. He joined USS North Dakota serving in her until September 1913 when he than had duty on the cruiser Salem in operations at Vera Cruz in 1914, and on the collier Neptune until April 1916. After duty fitting out USS Pennsylvania he served in her from commissioning until March 1917. When we entered WW I on 6 April 1917, he was assigned as flag secretary, Commander, Patrol Force, Atlantic Fleet. In that capacity he served at New York and Norfolk, and from August to November 1917 at Gibraltar. He was then assigned to the staff of the commander of the US Navy Patrol Squadrons operating in European waters. After his return to the USA in January 1919, he had duty fitting out Hart and served as executive officer of her until March 1920, when he transferred to Ludlow. In January 1921 he became division radio officer for the Commander, Battleship Division Six, Pacific Fleet on board Wyoming. From June 1921 to May 1925 he served as aide to the superintendent of the Naval Academy, then returned to sea as executive officer of Aroostook. On 23 October 1926, Tisdale assumed command of the destroyer Farenholt, his first command. He next reported, in July 1928, as OIC of the Navy Recruiting Station, Los Angeles CA with additional duty as inspector instructor of Naval Reserves. He served there until June 1930, when he reported to USS Lexington (CV 2).

    From June 1932 until March 1941 he served as aide to the Assĺt Secretary of the Navy, on duty in the Executive Department of the Naval Academy, commander of Destroyer Division Sixteen of Destroyers, Battle Force, US Fleet, and had further sea duty as executive officer of the repair ship Regal and CO of Vestal and then the cruiser Chester. He was designated Commandant of Midshipmen at the US Naval Academy in April 1941 and remained in that assignment for several months after the United States' entry into World War II. In June 1942 he was ordered to the Pacific Fleet to serve as commander of Cruisers, Task Force Sixteen. In January 1943 he was designated Commander, Destroyers, Pacific Fleet until January 1944 when he reported for duty as Commandant of the Navy Yard, Mare Island, California. In September 1945 he was redesignated Commandant, US Naval Base, San Francisco, California. He served as commander Mare Island Sub Area, US Naval Base, San Francisco, from February 1947 until relieved of active duty, pending retirement for physical disability on 1 November 1947. Vadm Tisdale died on 12 July 1972.

    USS Mahlon S. Tisdale (FFG 27) (1982-1996) was the first ship to be named in his honor.    (U.S. Navy photo from the US Naval Historical Center Biography Section)
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    Mahlon S. Tisdale 140k 7 February 1981 - Long Beach, Cal. - Ground-level aft view of the guided missile frigate USS Mahlon S. Tisdale (FFG 27) prior to being launched at the Todd Pacific Shipyard. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-83-11950 by Joseph Ernest from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 174k 7 February 1981 - Long Beach, Cal. - Elevated view of the speakers platform and the guests attending the launching ceremony for the guided missile frigate Mahlon S. Tisdale at Todd Pacific Shipyard. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00300 by PH3 Flemings from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 140k 7 February 1981 - Long Beach, Cal. - Mrs. Kenneth J. Sanger, sponsor, right; Hans Schaefer, general manager, center; and Karen Callaway Quinn participate in the launching ceremony for Mahlon S. Tisdale at Todd Pacific Shipyards. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-83-11953 by Joseph Ernest from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 80k 7 February 1981 - Long Beach, Cal. - Mrs. Kenneth J. Sanger, sponsor, christens the Mahlon S. Tisdale during the launching ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-83-11951 by Joseph Ernest from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 127k 7 February 1981 - Long Beach, Cal. - Bow view of Mahlon S. Tisdale sliding down the ways at the conclusion of the launching ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00302 by PH3 Flemings from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 105k 7 February 1981 - Long Beach, Cal. - Port bow view of Mahlon S. Tisdale entering the water at the conclusion of the launching ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00303 by PH3 Flemings from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 105k 7 February 1981 - Long Beach, Cal. - Port bow view of Mahlon S. Tisdale entering the water at the conclusion of the launching ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00304 by PH3 Flemings from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 134k 1 October 1982 - Long Beach, Cal. - Port bow view of Mahlon S. Tisdale tied to the pier at Todd Pacific Shipyard. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-83-11954 by Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 130k 1 October 1982 - Long Beach, Cal. - Stern view of Mahlon S. Tisdale tied to the pier at Todd Pacific Shipyard. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-83-11955 by Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 66k 8 October 1982 - the Pacific Ocean - Aerial bow view of Mahlon S. Tisdale underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-11957 by Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 131k 8 October 1982 - the Pacific Ocean - Aerial port bow view of Mahlon S. Tisdale underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-11959 by Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 118k 8 October 1982 - the Pacific Ocean - Aerial starboard beam view of Mahlon S. Tisdale underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-11961 by Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 102k 8 October 1982 - the Pacific Ocean - Aerial starboard quarter view of Mahlon S. Tisdale underway during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-11962 by Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
    Wadsworth 256k 1 July 1988: NavSta Pearl Harbor HI - Four U.S. Navy guided missile frigates are moored side by side in the harbor during Exercise RimPac '88. They include, from left: the guided missile frigates USS Duncan (FFG 10), Mahlon S.Tisdale, the USS Lewis B. Puller (FFG 23) and Wadsworth (FFG 9). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-12038) by PH1 Terry Cosgrove from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 560k 29 July 1988: Vancouver, B.C. - Mahlon S.Tisdale underway slowly off Vancouver. (Photo by Rick Garcia, from the collection of  Chris Howell) Chris Howell
    Southland Ship Stores Ltd
    Port of Bluff, New Zealand
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 115k 17 April 1989 - the Pacific Ocean - A port bow view of Mahlon S. Tisdale underway off of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-08291 from the DVIC) Navsource
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 127k 17 April 1989 - the Pacific Ocean - A port quarter view of Mahlon S. Tisdale underway off of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-08290 from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 130k 17 April 1989 - the Pacific Ocean - A starboard quarter view of Mahlon S. Tisdale underway off of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-08289 from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 122k 6 June 1989 - the Pacific Ocean - A port beam view of Mahlon S. Tisdale underway off of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-08286 by PH2 T.L. James from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 338k 2 August 1989: Vancouver, B.C. - Mahlon S.Tisdale underway slowly off Vancouver. (Photo by Rick Garcia, from the collection of  Chris Howell) Chris Howell
    Southland Ship Stores Ltd
    Port of Bluff, New Zealand
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 152k 26 September 1989 - the Pacific Ocean - A port beam view of Mahlon S. Tisdale underway during Pac Ex '89. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-08722 by JO1(AW) Joseph F. Lancaster from the DVIC) Navsource
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 181k 29 September 1989 - the Pacific Ocean - A port bow view of Mahlon S. Tisdale underway during Pac Ex '89. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-05732 by JO1(AW) Joseph F. Lancaster from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 146k 29 September 1989 - the Pacific Ocean - A port bow view of Mahlon S. Tisdale underway during Pac Ex '89. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-09731 by JO1(AW) Joseph F. Lancaster from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 162k 1 October 1989 - the Pacific Ocean - A port bow view of Mahlon S. Tisdale underway during Pac Ex '89. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-05975 by JO1(AW) Joseph F. Lancaster from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 73k 7 February 1991: San Diego, Cal. Robert D. Simmons, BMSN
    retouched by Tom Kermen
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 118k 24 May 1991 - San Diego, Cal. - A garland hangs from the bow of Mahlon S. Tisdale as the ship approaches the pier upon its return from deployment to the Western Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-91-11803 by JO1(AW) Joseph F. Lancaster from the DVIC) Navsource
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 76k 24 May 1991 - San Diego, Cal. - Sailors look down from the railing aboard Mahlon S. Tisdale following the vessel's arrival in port. Tisdale has returned to San Diego after being deployed in the Western Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-11789 by JO1(AW) Joseph F. Lancaster from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 102k 24 May 1991 - San Diego, Cal. - A sailor from Mahlon S. Tisdale is reunited with his family following the vessel's arrival in port. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-11790 by JO1(AW) Joseph F. Lancaster from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 106k 24 May 1991 - San Diego, Cal. - A sailor assigned to Mahlon S. Tisdale is reunited with his wife and daughter. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-91-11805 by JO1(AW) Joseph F. Lancaster from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 106k 24 May 1991 - San Diego, Cal. - Crewmen assigned to Mahlon S. Tisdale depart on liberty following the ship's return to San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-91-11807 by JO1(AW) Joseph F. Lancaster from the DVIC)
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 162k 23 January 1994 - Destroyer Squadron One (DesRonOne) steaming in formation off the coast of San Clemente Island. The formation consists of seven FFG class ships of the Naval Reserve Force. Seen in this photo, front to rear are: Mahlon S. Tisdale and USS Wadsworth (FFG 9). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-94-01731 by PH2 J.P. Guzman from the DVIC) Bill Gonyo
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 110k Mahlon S. Tisdale as seen from a P-3C Orion Update 111 aircraft whilst underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 110k 4 May 2002: Barcelona Spain - Turkish frigate TGC G÷kšeada (F-494) (ex-USS Mahlon S. Tisdale) during a NATO STANAVFORMED port visit. HMS Sheffield (F-96) is inboard of Gokšeada. (photo by Fabio Pe˝a of Navsource, who resides in Barcelona, Spain) Fabio Pe˝a
    Aircraft Carrier Archives
    Manager, Navsource
    Mahlon S. Tisdale 108k 4 May 2002: Barcelona Spain - Turkish frigate TGC v (F-494) (ex-USS Mahlon S. Tisdale) during a NATO STANAVFORMED port visit. HMS Sheffield (F-96) is inboard of Gokšeada. (photo by Fabio Pe˝a of Navsource, who resides in Barcelona, Spain)

    Mahlon S. Tisdale Memorabilia
    Christening Ceremony
    Program
    Tisdale
    Courtesy of
    Darryl Baker
    Ship's
    Plaque
    Tisdale
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Welcome Aboard
    Pamphlet
    Tisdale
    Courtesy of
    Darryl Baker
    Ship's
    Plaque
    Tisdale
    Courtesy of
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    Comic Crew
    Patch
    Tisdale
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski


    USS Mahlon S. Tisdale FFG 27 History
    Note: History is unavailable at this time
    This class of ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

    Mahlon S. Tisdale's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 13 Nov. 1982 - 02 Feb. 1985Cmdr. Michael Roy Goodman (Paragould, Ark.)
    2.) 02 Feb. 1985 - 02 Nov. 1986Cmdr. John R. Thompson
    3.) 02 Nov. 1986 - 26 Nov. 1988Cmdr. Peter Dawson Leibundguth (Downers Grove, Ill.)
    4.) 26 Nov. 1988 - 08 Jun. 1991Cmdr. Oliver Hazard (Hap) Perry III
    5.) 08 Jun. 1991 - 01 Aug. 1992Cmdr. Larry Warren Brown
    6.) 01 Aug. 1992 - 21 May 1994Cmdr. Leslie J. (Jake) Schaffner, Jr.
    7.) 21 May 1994 - 27 Sep. 1996Cmdr. Ronald E. Madeen (Hamilton, Mont.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Eric R. Smith
    Address: PO Box 86666 / San Diego, Cal. 92138-6666
    E-mail: ericrsmith@hotmail.com

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    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Mahlon S. Tisdale
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