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USS Taylor (FFG-50)
USS Taylor (FFG-50) refuels from USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)
USS Taylor (FFG-50) refuels from USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)
Career (US)
Namesake: Commander Jesse J. Taylor
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: May 5, 1983
Launched: November 5, 1983
Commissioned: December 1, 1984
Maiden voyage: January 1984 Bath ME to Norfolk VA
Homeport: Mayport, Florida
Motto: Proud Defender
Status: in active service, as of 2022
Badge: USS Taylor FFG-50 Crest.png
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:
Armament: MK38 Mod 2 in place of MK13
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 LAMPS III helicopters

USS Taylor (FFG-50), an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, is a ship of the United States Navy named for Commander Jesse J. Taylor (1925–1965), a naval aviator who was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for his heroism in the Vietnam War.

Taylor's keel was laid down by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Maine, on May 5, 1983. She was launched November 5, 1983, and commissioned December 1, 1984 in Bath Maine.

TAYLOR was homeported in Charleston, SC from 1985-1993. The ship deployed to Northern Europe as part of the Standing Naval Forces, Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT) in 1987 and the Persian Gulf in 1988 and 1990. Participated in Operation Earnest Will. In 1993, the TAYLOR changed homeport to Mayport, FL with the closing of Charleston Naval Station.

As of 2005, Taylor is homeported at NS Mayport, Florida, and is part of Destroyer Squadron 14.

In August 2008 Taylor entered the Black Sea conducting a pre-planned routine visit to the Black Sea region to interact and exercise with NATO partners Romania and Bulgaria. It joined ships from Poland, Germany and Spain.[1]

In December 2009, TAYLOR celebrated 25 years in Commission.

In September 2010, Taylor was buzzed by a Russian Tu-95 bomber.[2] However, as of 2004, all significant anti-aircraft capability was deleted from this class.


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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