USS Samuel Eliot Morison

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USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG-13)
USS Samuel Eliot Morison during sea trials in 1980
United States
NameUSS Samuel Eliot Morison
NamesakeRear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison
Ordered27 February 1976
BuilderBath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Laid down4 December 1978
Launched14 July 1979
Commissioned11 October 1980
Decommissioned10 April 2002
Stricken23 July 2002
Motto"The Past is Prologue"
FateSold to Turkey on 11 April 2002
Turkish TCG F-496 Gökova Frigate
Turkish TCG Gökova
NamesakeMunicipality of Gökova
Acquired11 April 2002
IdentificationF 496
Statusin active service
General characteristics [1]
Class and typeOliver Hazard Perry-class frigate
Displacement4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load
Length445 feet (136 m), overall
Beam45 feet (14 m)
Draft22 feet (6.7 m)
Speedover 29 knots (54 km/h)
Range5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots (9,300 km at 33 km/h)
Complement15 officers and 190 enlisted, plus SH-60 LAMPS detachment of roughly six officer pilots and 15 enlisted maintainers
Sensors and
processing systems
Electronic warfare
& decoys
Armament*list error: list item missing markup (help)

G-Class Frigate:

Aircraft carried1 × SH-2F LAMPS I[2] But may have never been modified to carry LAMPS (ie "poop deck")Lack of funding for NRF ships.
Aviation facilitiesHangar Bay, Helicopter Deck

USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG-13), was the seventh Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate in service with the United States Navy. She was named for Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison (1887–1976), one of America's most distinguished naval historians, who wrote more than 40 books on naval history.

Samuel Eliot Morison was the first ship of that name in the U.S. Navy.

TCG Gökova (F 496)[edit]

On 11 April 2002, Samuel Eliot Morison was decommissioned and transferred to Turkey, where she was renamed as TCG Gökova (F 496) and joined the other Oliver Hazard Perry-class vessels acquired by the Turkish Navy as G-class frigates.

In 2013 has contributed to Operation Ocean Shield with others NATO Forces Ships in the Gulf of Aden.

As of 2019, she is still in active service.


  1. ^ "USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG 13)". Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  2. ^ "USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG 13)". Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  3. ^ ">First Turkish Perry With Mk-41 VLS On". 19 March 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  4. ^ Lockheed Martin to Upgrade Ship Defense System on Turkish Navy Frigates Archived 2009-09-04 at the Wayback Machine, Lockheed Martin, 17 February 2009

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.

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