Thank you Crew and Captain of the USS Taylor for the special tour of your ship, and for making the Flight 19 Ceremony a special one! We salute you!
And THANK YOU to ENS Caitlyn Levinson, Public Affairs Officer, and LTJG Brandon Lee Whigham, Training Officer of the USS TAYLOR for the transportation and reception!
Photos by Minerva Bloom
The 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 5 May 1983. She was launched 5 November 1983, and commissioned 1 December 1984 in Bath Maine. 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. As of 2005, 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. In December 2009, TAYLOR celebrated 25 years in Commission.