USS Samuel Eliot Morison during sea trials in 1980
|Name||USS Samuel Eliot Morison|
|Namesake||Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison|
|Ordered||27 February 1976|
|Builder||Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine|
|Laid down||4 December 1978|
|Launched||14 July 1979|
|Commissioned||11 October 1980|
|Decommissioned||10 April 2002|
|Stricken||23 July 2002|
|Motto||"The Past is Prologue"|
|Fate||Sold to Turkey on 11 April 2002|
Turkish TCG Gökova
|Namesake||Municipality of Gökova|
|Acquired||11 April 2002|
|Status||in active service|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type||Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate|
|Displacement||4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load|
|Length||445 feet (136 m), overall|
|Beam||45 feet (14 m)|
|Draft||22 feet (6.7 m)|
|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 |
|Electronic warfare |
|Aircraft carried||1 × SH-2F LAMPS I But may have never been modified to carry LAMPS (ie "poop deck")Lack of funding for NRF ships.|
|Aviation facilities||Hangar Bay, Helicopter Deck|
USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG-13), was the seventh Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate in service with the United States Navy. She 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 was the first ship of that name in the U.S. 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 Oliver Hazard Perry-class vessels acquired by the Turkish Navy as G-class frigates.
In 2013 has contributed to Operation Ocean Shield with others NATO Forces Ships in the Gulf of Aden.
As of 2019, she is still in active service.