USS JOHN A. MOORE was an OLIVER HAZARD PERRY - class guided missile frigate. She was last homeported in San Diego, Calif. Decommissioned on September 1, 2000, the ship was transfered to the Turkish Navy the same day and was recommissioned as TCG GEDIZ (F 495).
|General Characteristics:||Keel Laid: December 19, 1978|
|Christened: August 20, 1979|
|Commissioned: November 14, 1981|
|Decommissioned: September 1, 2000|
|Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards Co., Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, Ca.|
|Propulsion system: two General Electric LM 2500 gas turbines, two 350 Horsepower Electric Drive Auxiliary Propulsion Units|
|Blades on each Propeller: five|
|Length: 445 feet (133.5 meters)|
|Beam: 45 feet (13.5 meters)|
|Draft: 24,6 feet (7.5 meters)|
|Displacement: 4,100 tons|
|Speed: 28+ knots|
|Aircraft: one |
|Armament: one Mk 13 guided missile launcher (36 Standard (MR) and 4 |
|Crew: 17 Officers and 198 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS JOHN A. MOORE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS JOHN A. MOORE:
|October 26, 1984||off Hawaii||USS JOHN A. MOORE collides with the USS OUELLET (FF 1077) during FleetEx 85-1 exercises in the Pacific, causing minor damage.|
History of USS JOHN A. MOORE:
Construction for JOHN A. MOORE began with keel laying by Todd Pacific Shipyards corporation in Los Angeles, Calif., on December 19, 1978. The ship was christened by John A. Moore's widow, Mrs. Virginia S. Moore on October 20, 1970 and commissioned on November 14, 1981.
USS JOHN A. MOORE transferred to the naval surface reserve force in 1987 as part of Surface Squadron 1, which later became Destroyer Squadron 1. The ship was partially crewed by naval reservists. Over the 19 years of service, the ship made nine deployments; four to the Western Pacific, one to the Arabian Gulf and four counternarcotics deployments to the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean. During these deployments, the ship visited 21 countries and operated with many foreign navies. Previously homeported in Long Beach, USS JOHN A. MOORE shifted homeports to San Diego in early 1994.
The ship returned from the last deployment on May 22, 2000. This deployment was exceptionally successful with the ship and embarked detachments from HSL-84 and the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific tactical law enforcement being credited with the interdiction of 11.5 metric tons of cocaine. Additionally, the ship located six fishing vessels in violation of Colombian law and suspected of supporting narcotics traffic through the Eastern Pacific.
The ship's motto, "never give in," was selected by the ship's commissioning commanding officer, Capt. Alan W. Swinger, USN, (ret) based on inspiration provided by Moore's wife and daughter.
About the Ship’s Name, about Commander John A. Moore:
USS JOHN A. MOORE Image Gallery:
After decommissioning, the JOHN A. MOORE was transferred to the Turkish Navy where she was recommissioned as TCG GEDIZ (F 495). The photos below were taken by me and show TCG GEDIZ arriving at and at Naval Base Kiel, Germany, on June 15-17, 2018, after participating in BALTOPS 2018. The ship has been extensively modernized: The old AN/SPS-49 antenna was replaced by the advanced SMART-S Mk-2 3D air search radar and an 8-cell Mk-41 VLS for 32 ESSM was added in front of the Mk-13 missile launcher. Additionally, a new digital combat management system called GENESIS and a new long range sonar were installed.