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USS Taylor (FFG 50)


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w 1 star - Navy Battle “E“ Ribbon (3) - National Defense Service Ribbon w/ 1 star
Second Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w 1 star - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Global War On Terror Expeditionary Medal
Third Row: Global War On Terror Service Medal - Armed Forces Service Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal
Fourth Row: Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 6 stars - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon - Arctic Service Medal
Fifth Row: United Nations Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwaiti)


"Proud Defender"
Specifications:
Class: Oliver Hazard Perry (Long Hull, LAMPS III modified, As Built)
Type: SCB No. 261 / 1979 - 1984
Number in Class: 26 (8, 36-61)
Displacement: 3174 tons (std), 4082 tons (full)
Length: 408' (wl), 453' (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-Mk 75 3"/62 cal. OTO Melara gun, 1-Vulcan Phalanx CIS, 4-.50 cal. MG's
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: 2-SH-60 LAMPS III Helicopters, RAST (Recovery, Assistance, Securing and Traversing System) helicopter hauldown system
Taylor (FFG 50) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 May 1981: Building contract awarded to the Bath Iron Works Corp.
  • 05 May 1983: Keel laid by the Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Me.
  • 05 November 1983: Launched and christened, sponsored by Barbara A. Taylor, Commander Taylor's widow
  • 01 December 1984: Commissioned, Cmdr. J. Stephen Fitzgerald in command, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 6 at Charleston, S.C.
  • 1993: Homeport changed to Mayport, Fla. as a unit of Destroyer Squadron 14
  • 12 February 2014: Ran aground at Samsun, Turkey while attempting to moor for refueling. She and Mt. Whitney (LCC 20) were in the Black Sea to support the 2014 Winter Olympics.
  • 18 December 2014: Slated for sale to Taiwan by the Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2013, signed this date
  • 08 May 2015: Decommissioned at Mayport, Fla. after 30.42 years of service
  • .. June 2016: Towed from the Philadelphia Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility to the Detyens Shipyard, Charleston, S.C. to be prepared for transfer to Taiwan
  • 09 March 2017: Transferred to the Republic of China (Taiwan) at Charleston, S.C.; renamed ROCS Ming-Chuan (PFG 1112)

    "Taylor, The Ship"    -    "Taylor, The People"

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    Taylor 98k Artist's conception of Taylor 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 Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigates are available as built, in short or long hull configuration. 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
    Taylor 6k Jesse Junior Taylor (16 January 1925 - 17 November 1965) was born in Wichita, Kansas, graduated high school, and enlisted in the Navy on 26 October 1942. He joined Bombing Squadron 11 (VB-11) as an aviation radioman and was deployed with the squadron to the carrier Hornet in September 1944. He served with VB-11 until discharged from the Navy on 5 February 1946. Following his return to civilian life, he attended college and worked for several private concerns in the Los Angeles area. He returned to college in 1950 and also enlisted in the Naval Reserve shortly after hostilities broke out in Korea.

    Reporting for duty in January 1951, Taylor underwent flight training and was soon commissioned and designated a naval aviator. He went on to join Composite Squadron Four in January 1953, then served as NROTC instructor on the Los Angeles campus of the University of California. 1956 saw Taylor as a flight instructor at Whiting Field, Milton, Fla.. and then joined the staff of Chief of Naval Air Training at NAS Pensacola. After Pensacola, Taylor journeyed to England to attend the Empire Test Pilot's School at Farmborough. He then rejoining the fleet with Fighter Squadron 174. Promoted to lieutenant commander while serving with the squadron, he attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island for a year and next represented the Bureau of Naval Weapons at St. Louis, Mo.

    In July 1965, Lcdr Taylor was assigned to Air Wing 16 aboard USS Oriskany (CVA 34), and sailed to the western Pacific. On 17 November 1965, Cdr Taylor was flying his Skyraider attacking a key bridge near Haiphong. Hearing about another pilot’s plight after being shot down, he took command of the rescue effort, proceeded to the scene and found the downed pilot. He attacked the anti-aircraft gun sites, but because of fire in his own aircraft, he was forced to break off the attack. Rather than abandoning his plane in enemy territory, he tried to make the Gulf of Tonkin, but his plane crashed before he could eject. Commander Taylor was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

    USS Taylor (FFG 50) is the first ship to be named in his honor.
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    Taylor 278k 05 November 1983: Bath, Me. - Taylor slides down her building way after being christened and launched. S. Dale Hargrave
    Taylor 202k 01 April 1984: Bath, Me. - An elevated bow view of the guided missile frigates Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49), Nicholas (FFG 47), and Jesse L. Taylor while under construction.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-86-10160 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the Defense Visual Information Center)
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    Taylor 179k 01 September 1984: Atlantic Ocean - A port bow view of Taylor underway off the coast of New England.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-02341 by Bath Iron Works Corp., from the DVIC)
    Taylor 153k 01 September 1984: Atlantic Ocean - A port bow view of Taylor underway off the coast of New England.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-02350 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Taylor 176k 01 September 1984: Atlantic Ocean - A starboard bow view of Taylor underway off the coast of New England.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-02343 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Taylor 164k 01 September 1984: Atlantic Ocean - A port beam view of Taylor underway off the coast of New England.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-02347 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Taylor 162k 01 September 1984: Atlantic Ocean - An elevated port quarter view of Taylor underway off the coast of New England.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-02349 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Taylor 123k 01 September 1984: Atlantic Ocean - A starboard quarter view of Taylor underway off the coast of New England.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-02342 by Bath Iron Works Corp. from the DVIC)
    Taylor 82k 01 December 1984: Bath, Me. - A starboard bow view of the guided missile frigates (from left to right) Taylor USS Simpson (FFG 56) and USS Elrod (FFG 55) moored at Bath Iron Works Corp. on the day of Taylor’s commissioning ceremony.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-03512 by PH1 Bailey from the DVIC)
    Taylor 89k 01 December 1984: Bath, Me. - A starboard bow view of the guided missile frigates (from left to right) Taylor USS Simpson (FFG 56) and USS Elrod (FFG 55) moored at Bath Iron Works Corp. on the day of Taylor’s commissioning ceremony.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-03510 by PH1 Bailey from the DVIC)
    Taylor 71k 01 December 1984: Bath, Me. - Lieutenant David R. Streeter escorts Barbara A. Taylor, ship's sponsor, to her seat prior to the commissioning ceremony for Taylor at Bath Iron Works Corp.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-03288 by PH1 Bailey from the DVIC)
    Taylor 113k 01 December 1984: Bath, Me. - A Marine Corps color guard stands in front of the guests attending the commissioning ceremony for Taylor at Bath Iron Works Corp. The ship's crewmen stand in formation in the background. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-03315 by PHC Wilkerson from the DVIC)
    Taylor 89k 01 December 1984: Bath, Me. - USS Taylor crewmen stand on the pier as the commissioning ceremony for the guided missile frigate takes place at Bath Iron Works Corp.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-03514 by PH1 Bailey from the DVIC)
    Taylor 70k 01 December 1984: Bath, Me. - Commander John S. Fitzgerald, commanding officer of Taylor, speaks during the ship's commissioning ceremony at Bath Iron Works Corp.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-03520 by PH1 Bailey from the DVIC)
    Taylor 103k 01 December 1984: Bath, Me. - Barbara A. Taylor, right, sponsor, and Diane Taylor Oeland, matron of honor, attend the commission ceremony for Taylor at Bath Iron Works Corp.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-03295 by PHC Wilkerson from the DVIC)
    Taylor 50k 01 December 1984: Bath, Me. - Boatswain's Mate Second Class (BM2) David Ellis pipes plank owners aboard Taylor.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-03302 by PHC Wilkerson from the DVIC)
    Taylor 112k 01 December 1984: Bath, Me. - Crewmen go aboard Taylor. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-03317 by PHC Wilkerson from the DVIC)
    Taylor 94k 01 December 1984: Bath, Me. - Coffee mugs, T-shirts and belt buckles are displayed for sale to guests attending the commissioning ceremony for Taylor.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-03529 by PH1 Bailey from the DVIC)
    Taylor 102k 01 December 1984: Bath, Me. - Left to right; Mrs. Greg T. Taylor; Mrs. E.C. Webster; Diane Taylor Oeland, matron of honor; and Barbara A. Taylor, sponsor, attend a reception following the commissioning ceremony for Taylor.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-03301 by PHC Wilkerson from the DVIC)
    Taylor 95k undated Ignacio F. Lopez
    Spanish Navy (ret.)
    Taylor 196k 01 April 1992: Indian Ocean - A bow view of Taylor after passing through the Strait of Hormuz during Operation Desert Shield.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-62-06772 by PHAA Walter Cole from the DVIC)
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    Taylor 168k 01 April 1992: Indian Ocean - A port bow view of Taylor after passing through the Strait of Hormuz during Operation Desert Shield.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-62-06773 by PHAA Walter Cole from the DVIC)
    Taylor 146k 01 April 1992: Indian Ocean - A port bow view of Taylor as it passes a tanker after transiting the Strait of Hormuz during Operation Desert Shield.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-62-06777 by PHAA Walter Cole from the DVIC)
    Taylor 147k 19 May 1997: at Marseille, France (Photo by Guy Schaeffer, Collection of Paolo Marsan) Paolo Marsan
    Taylor 346k 01 June 1997: Toulon, France - Taylor shown departing Toulon harbor at the end of a port visit. Carlo Martinelli
    Taylor 296k 15 June 1997: La Spezia, Italy - Taylor shown departing La Spezia harbor at the end of a port visit.
    Taylor 98k 16 July 1999: Taylor refuels from USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) in the Atlantic. Taylor is currently operating with Kennedy.
    (US Navy photo #990716-N-8109M-003 by PH2 Keith Murphy, from the Navy Newstand)
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    Taylor 194k 18 January 2002: The Atlantic Ocean - (From lead, in foreground) USS Underwood (FFG 36), USS Ticonderoga (CG 47), USS Carney (DDG 64), USS Winston Churchill (DDG 81), and USS Taylor (FFG 50) steam in a "Ships Parade" formation during Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 2002.
    (U.S. Navy photo #020118-N-6153P-001 by PH1 Phil Pruitt from the Navy Newstand)
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    Taylor 104k 04 May 2002: Barcellona, Spain - Fabio Peña took these photos during a NATO STANAVFORMED port visit. SPS Andalucía (F-72) is inboard of Taylor. Fabio Peña
    Barcellona, Spain
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    Taylor 79k 09 March 2004: At sea aboard USS Taylor - An MH-60S Knighthawk assigned to the "Dragon Whales" of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eight (HC-8) prepares to launch from the flight deck aboard the guided missile frigate Taylor (FFG 50). Taylor is part of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and is currently taking part in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), which is an intermediate level training exercise, designed to forge ships in the Kennedy CSG into a cohesive fighting team.
    (U.S. Navy photo #040309-N-4374S-009 by PH2 Michael Sandberg from the Navy Newstand)
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    Taylor 91k 09 March 2004: At sea aboard USS Taylor - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class ship USS Taylor (FFG 50) conducts a replenishment at sea with the fast combat support ship USS Seattle (AOE 3). Taylor is part of the USS John F. Kennedy Strike Group and is currently taking part in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMTUEX). COMPTUEX is an intermediate level exercise designed to forge the strike group into a cohesive fighting team and is a critical step in pre-deployment training. During COMPTUEX, more than a dozen ships, and Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17) embarked on Kennedy, conducted war game exercises using training ranges along the East Coast of the U.S. and the Gulf of Mexico. The exercise took advantage of existing ranges under the Navy’s comprehensive Training Resource Strategy. These ranges offer training facilities and realistic simulations, better preparing U.S. Navy ships and sailors to participate in the Global War on Terrorism.
    (U.S. Navy photo #040309-N-4374S-008 by PH2 Michael Sandberg from the Navy Newstand)
    Taylor 108k 20 May 2005: Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - The Guided missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) is followed by other North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) nations' vessels while returning to port after the conclusion of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) and the Military Committee Sea Day Exercise. The exercise involved vessels from Greece, Turkey, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom and the United States that are currently assigned to Standing NATO Response Force Maritime Group Two. The event was held to provide an indication of the capabilities of these permanent naval assets that recently have been integrated into the NATO Response Force.
    (U.S. Navy photo #050520-N-0780F-003 by Paul Farley from the Navy Newstand)
    Taylor 96k 20 May 2005: Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - Crew members man the rail aboard USS Taylor (FFG 50) as the Standing NRF Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) flagship HS Themistoklis passes. Taylor is followed by other NATO nations' units while returning to port after the conclusion of the North Atlantic Council and the Military Committee Exercise Sea Day . The exercise involved vessels from Greece, Turkey, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, and the United States that are currently assigned to Standing NATO Response Force Maritime Group Two (SNMG2). The event was held to provide an indication of the capabilities of these permanent naval assets that recently have been integrated into the NATO Response Force and that form the core of the antiterrorist Operation Active Endeavor.
    (U.S. Navy photo #050520-N-0780F-009 by Paul Farley from the Navy Newstand)
    Taylor 104k 06 June 2005: Mayport, Fla. - Sailors aboard the guided missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) man-the-rails as the ship pulls into Naval Station Mayport. Taylor is completing a seven-month deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
    (U.S. Navy photo #050606-N-1550W-017 by PH2 Elizabeth Williams from the Navy Newstand)
    Taylor 140k 06 June 2005: Mayport, Fla. - Sailors aboard Taylor man-the-rails as the ship pulls into Naval Station Mayport. Taylor was completing a seven-month deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
    (U.S. Navy photo #050606-N-1550W-023 by PH2 Elizabeth Williams from the Navy Newstand)
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    Taylor 104k 03 March 2006: Atlantic Ocean - The guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) and nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) conduct a connected replenishment and vertical replenishment. Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) are currently underway conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise.
    (U.S. Navy photo #060303-N-0119G-001 by PH3 Rob Gaston from the Navy Newstand)
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    Taylor 533k 03 March 2006: Atlantic Ocean - The guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) and nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) conduct a connected replenishment and vertical replenishment. Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) are currently underway conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise.
    (U.S. Navy photo #060303-N-0119G-009 by PH3 Rob Gaston from the Navy Newstand)
    Derick S. Hartshorn
    Taylor 131k 03 March 2006: Atlantic Ocean - The guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) and nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) conduct a connected replenishment and vertical replenishment. Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) are currently underway conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise.
    (U.S. Navy photo #060303-N-0119G-004 by PH3 Rob Gaston from the Navy Newstand)
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    Taylor 123k 09 March 2007: Mayport, Fla. - Sailors man the rails on board USS Taylor (FFG 50) as she pulls into their homeport of Naval Station Mayport after a successful deployment. During the deployment, Taylor served as Scene of Action Commander in the Northern Arabian Gulf and assumed a central role in the security of Iraqi oil platforms, helping to stabilize the Iraqi economy.
    (U.S. Navy photo #070309-N-8544C-012 by MC2 Susan Cornell from the Navy Newstand)
    Taylor 116k 09 March 2007: Mayport, Fla. - More than 200 Sailors on board Taylor, including embarked Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 44, return to their homeport of Naval Station Mayport after a successful deployment.
    (U.S. Navy photo #070309-N-8544C-010 by MC2 Susan Cornell from the Navy Newstand)
    Taylor 283k 14 January 2009: Souda Bay, Crete - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) arrives in Souda Bay for a routine port visit. Taylor has been deployed from her homeport of Mayport, Fla. since August 2008 to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 and has conducted Black Sea operations twice during her deployment.
    (U.S. Navy photo #090114-N-0780F-001 and 090114-N-0780F-002 by Paul Farley from the Navy Newstand)
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    Taylor 378k 06 February 2009: Mayport, Fla. - Sailors aboard the guided-missile frigate Taylor man the rails as they prepare to moor the ship after a successful six-month deployment. While deployed, Taylor participated in Operation Active Endeavor, a three-week operation which assured the safety and security of the Mediterranean for all shipping, denied the use of the sea for terrorists, drug and human smugglers and promoted the role of NATO forces in the area.
    (U.S. Navy photo #090206-N-4049C-018 by MC3 Patrick J. Cook from the Navy Newstand)
    Taylor 440k 13 March 2009: Boston, Mass. - The guided-missile destroyer USS Taylor (FFG 50) shares the pier with USS Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Taylor begins a five-day St. Patrick's Day weekend port visit to Boston.
    (U.S. Navy photo #090313-N-8110K-029 by MCC Dave Kaylor from the Navy Newstand)
    Taylor 330k November 2009: Ponta Delgada, The Azores - Taylor lies moored to the quay while on a port visit to Ponta Delgada. Carlos Manuel Estrela
    Ponta Delgada, Azores Islands
    Taylor 188k 04 June 2010: Mahon, Spain - The guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) is berthed at Naval Station Mahon, Menorca, Spain during a port visit. Taylor is participating in Operation Active Endeavor providing a safe and secure Mediterranean Sea.
    (U.S. Navy photo #0100604-N-7638K-097 by MC1 Edward Kessler from the Navy Newstand)
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    Taylor 586k 23 June 2010: the Adriatic Sea - A visit, board, search and seizure team approaches the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor during a joint training exercise with the Croatian coast guard.
    (U.S. Navy photo #100623-N-7638K-316 by MC1 Edward Kessler from the Navy Newstand)
    Taylor 662k 04 July 2010: Villefranche, France - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate Taylor is moored at full dress in honor of independence day while in port at Villefranche, France. Taylor is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    (U.S. Navy photo #100704-N-7638K-262 by MC1 Edward Kessler from the Navy Newstand)
    Taylor 138k 08 July 2010: the Adriatic Sea - Taylor conducts a live-fire exercise with her MK-75 76mm gun during patrol in the Adriatic Sea.
    (U.S. Navy photo #100708-N-7638K-054 by MC1 Edward Kessler from the Navy Newstand)
    Taylor 372k 08 September 2010: Murmansk, Russia - The guided-missile frigate Taylor is moored in Murmansk, Russia, to celebrate the close World War II alliance between Russia and the U.S., and to honor veterans in both countries on the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II.
    (U.S. Navy photo #100908-N-7638K-025 by MC1 Edward Kessler from the Navy Newstand)
    Taylor 314k 31 July 2011: The Atlantic Ocean - The guided-missile frigate Taylor leads U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships participating in a passing exercise. The exercise is intended to strengthen the partnership between Japan and the United States.
    (U.S. Navy photo #110731-N-ZZ999-189 by MCSN Scott Youngblood from the Navy Newstand)
    Taylor 562k 28 February 2012: Souda Bay, Greece - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate Taylor departs the Marathi NATO Pier facility after a routine port visit. Taylor is supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    (U.S. Navy photo #120228-N-ZB122-012 by MCSN Chelsy Alamina from the Navy Newstand)
    Taylor 468k 10 September 2012: Mayport, Fla. - Sailors assigned to the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor man the rails as the ship arrives at Naval Station Mayport. Taylor completed a successful seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting U.S. and NATO counterpiracy requirements.
    (U.S. Navy photo #120910-N-SB121-020 by MC1 Ian W. Anderson from the Navy Newstand)
    Taylor 352k 08 January 2014: Mayport, Fla. - Two views of the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor departing Naval Station Mayport for a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. This is Taylor's final deployment as the ship is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2015.
    (U.S. Navy photo #140108-N-MJ645-055 and #140108-N-MJ645-059 by MC2 Marcus L. Stanley from the Navy Newstand)
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    Taylor 389k 08 May 2014: Batumi, Georgia - The guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) is moored in Batumi, Georgia, for a scheduled port visit. Taylor's port visit to Georgia reaffirms the United States' commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners like Georgia. Taylor, homeported in Mayport, Fla., is deployed in a multi-mission role in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility to contribute to regional maritime security and to support NATO operations and deployments throughout the region.
    (U.S. Navy photo #140508-N-NZ411-001 by Lt.(jg) David Hancock from the Navy Newstand)
    Taylor 315k 11 May 2014: The Black Sea - The guided-missile frigate Taylor transits the Black Sea while conducting a tactical maneuvering exercise with the Turkish navy. Taylor, homeported in Mayport, Fla., is deployed in a multi-mission role in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility to contribute to regional maritime security and to support NATO operations and deployments throughout the region.
    (U.S. Navy photo #140511-N-NZ411-011 by Lt.(jg) David Hancock from the Navy Newstand)
    Taylor 318k 11 May 2014: The Black Sea - Three views of the guided-missile frigate Taylor and the Turkish frigate TCG Turgutries (F-241) conducting a tactical maneuvering exercise.
    (U.S. Navy photo #140511-N-NZ411-001, 140511-N-NZ411-007 and #140511-N-NZ411-009 by Lt.(jg) David Hancock from the Navy Newstand)
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    Taylor 344k 09 August 2014: Mayport, Fla. - The guided-missile frigate USS Taylor prepares to moor at Naval Station Mayport during its homecoming. This is Taylor's last deployment before its scheduled decommissioned.
    (U.S. Navy photo #140809-N-WA189-082 by MC2 Adam Henderson from the Navy Newstand)
    Taylor 573k 08 May 2015: Mayport, Fla. - Adm. Philip S. Davidson, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, delivers remarks to sailors and their families during a decommissioning ceremony for the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) at Naval Station Mayport. Taylor was commissioned 01 Dec. 1984 in Bath, Maine and is being decommissioned after 30 years of service.
    (U.S. Navy photo #150508-N-JX484-168 by MC3 Mark Andrew Hays from the Navy Newstand)
    Taylor 666k 08 May 2015: Mayport, Fla. - Sailors disembark from the guided-missile frigate Taylor for the last time during a decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Mayport.
    (U.S. Navy photo #150508-N-JX484-188 by MC3 Mark Andrew Hays from the Navy Newstand)
    Taylor 420k 08 May 2015: Mayport, Fla. - Sailors aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) lower the ensign for the last time during a decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Mayport. Taylor was commissioned 01 December 1984 at Bath, Maine and is decommissioning after 30 years of service.
    (U.S. Navy photo #150508-N-JX484-236 by MC3 Mark Andrew Hays from the Navy Newstand)

    Taylor History
    View the USS Taylor (FFG 50) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Taylor's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  01 Dec. 1984 - 12 Dec. 1986Cmdr. John S. Fitzgerald
    2.)  12 Dec. 1986 - 17 Mar. 1989Cmdr. Bayard W. Russell
    3.)  17 Mar. 1989 - 21 Jun. 1991Cmdr. Kevin Patrick Green ('71) (retired as Vadm.)
    4.)  21 Jun. 1991 - 06 Mar. 1993Cmdr. Paul William Dahlquist ('72) (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
    5.)  06 Mar. 1993 - 02 Dec. 1994Cmdr. Christopher P. McNamara
    6.)  02 Dec. 1994 - 20 Dec. 1996Cmdr. Gregory J. Cornish
    7.)  20 Dec. 1996 - 07 Aug. 1998Cmdr. Paul Steven Holmes (Ft. Dodge, Ia.)
    8.)  07 Aug. 1998 - 12 Jun. 2000Cmdr. Philip Scot Davidson (St. Louis, Mo.) (retired as Radm.)
    9.)  12 Jun. 2000 - 14 Dec. 2001Cmdr. Robert Edward Kapcio ('82)
    10.) 14 Dec. 2001 - 06 Jun. 2003Cmdr. Joel Tally Griner, Jr.
    11.) 06 Jun. 2003 - 27 May 2005Cmdr. Richard John Hale
    12.) 27 May 2005 - 18 Dec. 2006Cmdr. George Richard Davidson, Jr.
    13.) 18 Dec. 2006 - 27 Jun. 2008Cmdr. Kurush Fred Morris (Spotswood, N.J.)
    14.) 27 Jun. 2008 - 12 Dec. 2009Cmdr. Keith Allen Knutsen (Clinton, Ia.)
    15.) 12 Dec. 2009 - 06 May 2011Cmdr. Lyle D. Hall (Cement, Okla.)
    16.) 06 May 2011 - 13 Nov. 2012Cmdr. Jeremy Ray Hill ('95) (Star Prairie, Wis.)
    17.) 13 Nov. 2012 - 25 Feb. 2014Cmdr. Dennis J. Volpe * ('96) (Long Island, N.Y.)
    18.) 25 Feb. 2014 - .. Mar. 2014Cmdr. Christopher Francis Cigna (Patchogue, Long Island, N.Y.)
    19.) 21 Mar. 2014 - 15 Apr. 2015Cmdr. Murzban Fred Morris ('95) (Spotswood, N.J.)
    20.) 15 Apr. 2015 - 08 May 2015Cmdr. Joel Rodriguez ('98) (Cidra, PR)

    * Relieved for cause: Ship ran aground at Samsun, Turkey 12 Feb. 2014
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