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USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG-13)
USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG-13)
USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG-13)
Career (US)
Ordered: 27 February 1976
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 4 December 1978
Launched: 14 July 1979
Acquired: 1 August 1980
Commissioned: 11 October 1980
Decommissioned: 10 April 2002
Struck: 23 July 2002
Homeport: last homeport NAVSTA Mayport, FL
Identification: Callsign: NSEM
Motto: The Past is Prologue
Fate: sold to Turkey on 11 April 2002, renamed TCG Gokova (F 496)
Career (Turkey) Turkish Navy Ensign
Name: TCG Gökova (F 496)
Namesake: Gökova
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: capable of landing SH-2, SH-3 and SH-60 but was never modified to carry LAMPS (ie "poop deck")Lack of funding for NRF ships.

USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG-13), the seventh Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, 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 (FFG-13) was the first ship of that name in the US Navy.

TCG Gökova (F 496)

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 G class frigates (Perry class), which the Turkish Navy has acquired from the United States. 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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