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USS Flatley (FFG-21)
USS Flatley FFG-21
Career (US)
Ordered: 28 February 1977
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 11 November 1979
Launched: 15 May 1980
Acquired: 8 May 1981
Commissioned: 20 June 1981
Decommissioned: 11 May 1996
Fate: Disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP)
Struck: 10 October 2001
Career (Turkey) Turkish Navy Ensign
Name: TCG Gemlik (F 492)
Namesake: Gemlik
Acquired: 27 August 1998
Status: in active service, as of 2022
General characteristics
Class & type: Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate
Displacement: 4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load
Length: 453 feet (138 m), overall
Beam: 45 feet (14 m)
Draft: 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-60 LAMPS III helicopters

USS Flatley (FFG-21) was the thirteenth ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class of guided-missile frigates. She was the first ship of the U.S. Navy to be named for Vice Admiral James H. Flatley (1906–1958), a leading Naval Aviation tactician from World War II who flew the F4F Wildcat in the Battle of Coral Sea and subsequently commanded the VF-10 Grim Reapers taking them into combat for the first time.

Ordered from Bath Iron Works on 28 February 1977 as part of the FY77 program, Flatley's keel was laid down on 13 November 1979. She was launched on 15 May 1980, and commissioned on 20 June 1981. Decommissioned on 11 May 1996, she was sold to Turkey on 27 August 1998.

TCG Gemlik (F 492)

The ship immediately underwent conversion into a Turkish G class frigate. She serves in the Turkish Navy as TCG Gemlik (F 492).


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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