USS McCANDLESS was the 33rd KNOX - class frigate and one of the eight ships of her class transfered to the Naval Reserve Force serving as Reserve Training Frigates (FFT). Each of the eight Reserve Training Frigates had its own reserve crew, and was also assigned four "nucleus crews" which would man the 32 decommissioned KNOX - class frigates in the case of a reactivation of these ships.
USS McCANDLESS (FFT 1084) was decommissioned on May 6, 1994, and was leased to Turkey the same day. There she was recommissioned as TRAKYA. Stricken from the Navy list on January 11, 1995, the ship was finally purchased by Turkey on February 22, 2002.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: August 25, 1966|
|Keel laid: June 4, 1970|
|Launched: March 20, 1971|
|Commissioned: March 18, 1972|
|Decommissioned: May 6, 1994|
|Builder: Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, La.|
|Propulsion system: 2 - 1200 psi boilers; 1 geared turbine, 1 shaft; 35,000 shaft horsepower|
|Length: 438 feet (133.5 meters)|
|Beam: 47 feet (14.4 meters)|
|Draft: 25 feet (7.6 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 4,200 tons full load|
|Speed: 27 knots|
|Armament: one Mk-16 missile launcher for ASROC and Harpoon missiles, one Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber gun, Mk-46 torpedoes from single tube launchers, one 20mm Phalanx CIWS|
|Aircraft: one SH-2F (LAMPS I) helicopter|
|Crew: 18 officers, 267 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS McCANDLESS. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.