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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Oliver Hazard Perry Class Guided Missile Frigate
    Keel Laid July 30 1979 - Launched February 16 1980

    Commissioned March 21 1981
    Assigned to Naval Reserve Training August 20 1984
    Decommissioned June 2 1995

  2. TCG GAZIANTEPE F-492 (Turkish Naval Service)
    Transferred on Lease to Turkey August 27 1997
    Stricken September 4 1997

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Covers Page 1    (1981-95)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type
FDC 2-1(n+)


Commissioning, cachet by Rich Hoffner, Sponsored by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Locy Type
LDC 2-1(n)


Decommissioning, cachet by Stewart M. Henry


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/star
Navy Battle E Ribbon (4)
Navy Expeditionary Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/star
CG Special Operations Service Ribbon

NAMESAKE - Vice Admiral Clifton Albert Frederick Sprague, USN (January 8 1896 - April 11 1955).
In 1944 Sprague commanded Task Unit 77.4.3 at the Battle Off Samar. His small force of six escort (or "Jeep") carriers, three destroyers, and three destroyer-escorts, known as "Taffy 3", stood up against the Japanese Fleet and saved the lives of thousands of sailors and soldiers on the beaches of Leyte Island. For his "aggressiveness and courage" during that battle he was awarded the Navy Cross



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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