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USS Clifton Sprague (FFG-16)
USS Clifton Sprague (FFG-16).
USS Clifton Sprague (FFG-16).
Career (US)
Ordered: 27 February 1976
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 30 July 1979
Launched: 16 February 1980
Commissioned: 21 March 1981
Decommissioned: 2 June 1995
Struck: 4 September 1997
Homeport: Mayport, Florida (former)
Fate: Disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP)
Career (Turkey) Turkish Navy Ensign
Name: TCG Gaziantep (F 490)
Namesake: Gaziantep
Acquired: 27 August 1997
Status: in active service, as of 2022
General characteristics
Displacement: 4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load
Length: 453 feet (138 m), overall
Beam: 45 feet (14 m)
Draught: 22 feet (6.7 m)
  • 2 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines generating 41,000 shp (31 MW) through a single shaft and variable pitch propeller
  • 2 × Auxiliary Propulsion Units, 350 hp (260 kW) retractable electric azimuth thrusters for maneuvering and docking.
Speed: over 29 knots (54 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots (9,300 km at 33 km/h)
Complement: 15 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:
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-2 LAMPS I helicopters

USS Clifton Sprague (FFG-16), is an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate of the United States Navy, the tenth ship of that class. She was named for Vice Admiral Clifton A. F. Sprague (1896–1955), hero of the Samar action of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, where he received the Navy Cross. The unclassified citation was in the wardroom until shortly before decommissioning. Ordered from Bath Iron Works on 27 February 1976 as part of the FY76 program, Clifton Sprague was laid down 30 July 1979, launched 16 February 1980, and commissioned 21 March 1981. She was decommissioned on 2 June 1995 at NAVSTA Mayport, Florida, and was stricken from the US Navy register on 4 September 1997 after being transferred to Turkey.

Clifton Sprague (FFG-16) was the first ship of that name in the US Navy.

TCG Gaziantep (F 490)

She was transferred to Turkey on 27 August 1997 as that nation's TCG Gaziantep (F 490), and then immediately modified into a G class frigate by the Turkish Naval Yard. As of 2011, she is still in active service.


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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