USS Taylor Passed Through The Bosphorus

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USS Taylor passing through Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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USS Taylor passing through Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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USS Taylor passing through Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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USS Taylor passing through Bosphorus. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

44 days later US Navy frigate FFG-50 USS Taylor returned to the Black Sea. On her own power.
The Perry class frigate was deployed to the Black Sea before the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games started. USS Taylor and the flag-ship of the US 6th Fleet USS Mount Whitney were send to the Black Sea to help with the evacuation of US athletes and spectators in case of a terror attack to the Games.
USS Taylor had a grounding in Samsun harbour on 12 February 2014 as she arrived here for refueling. Her only propeller was damaged during the accident and all the work done to repair the ship turned out to be not effective. US Navy contracted the company DonJon specialized in marine salvage and towing, to tow USS Taylor to Souda Crete where her propeller hub and blades were replaced.

There are no information about her current deployment to the Black Sea.

For further reading:
USS Taylor Passed Through Bosphorus Being Towed
USS Taylor Departs Samsun
USS Taylor Commanding Officer Relieved of Duty
Update On USS Taylor
USS Taylor Damaged In Samsun
USS Taylor In Samsun

USS Taylor Passed Through Bosphorus Being Towed

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USS Taylor being towed by the tug Coastal Voyager. The tug Kurtaran 1 from Turkish Coastal Safety Agency is preventing the ship from drifting at the back. Turkish Coast Guard vessel TCSG-90 is providing security.

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This photo show the third tug, again from Turkish Coastal Safety Agency. She was on the starboard side of USS Taylor during her passage through Bosphorus, preventing the ship from drifting by the currents

The Arleigh Burke class destroyer DDG-103 USS Truxtun is the only US warship in the Black Sea as today with the southbound passage of FF(G)-50 USS Taylor through the Bosphorus.

The Perry class frigate was deployed to the Black Sea before the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games started. USS Taylor and the flag ship of the US 6th Fleet USS Mount Whitney were send to the Black Sea to help with the evacuation of US athletes and spectators in case of an terror attack to the Games.

USS Taylor had a grounding in Samsun harbour on 12 February 2014 as she arrived here for refueling. Her only propeller was damaged during the accident and all the work done to repair the ship turned out to be not effective.

US Navy contracted the company DonJon specialized in marine salvage and towing, to tow USS Taylor to Souda Crete where her propeller hub and blades will be replaced. 

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USS Taylor Departs Samsun

While USS Truxtun sailed towards the Black Sea another US Navy warship is trying to leave it.

The Perry class frigate FF(G)-50 USS Taylor is being towed towards Souda, Creta. USS Taylor was with USS Mount Whitney, the flag-ship of US 6th Fleet port of the US Navy’s Olympic Deployment. Both ships arrived just before the 2014 Olympic games and were supposed to stay during the games on position outside of Russian waters.

On 12 January 2014, the frigate run aground as she was about to be docked at Samsun harbour for refueling. The frigates sole propeller was damaged rendering the ship unable to move.  Since then, USS Taylor remained  docked at Samsun port.

USS Taylor (FFG 50) departed the Turkish port of Samsun, March 7, for Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Greece, for repairs following the Feb. 12 grounding incident. The ship was moved with the assistance of a tug from Donjon Towing Company. 

NSA Souda Bay was chosen as the closest location with the most robust U.S. Navy support and logistics infrastructure. 

Repairs to Taylor will include replacement of the propeller blades and propeller hub. Repairs are expected to take several weeks. Following completion of repairs, Taylor will continue its scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th and 5th Fleet areas of operations. 

While the brilliantly worded text of the U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs keeps the reader in suspense whether the frigate is towed by the tug or not, the photos taken in Samsun clearly provide us the answer:

USS Taylor being puılled away from Samsun. Photo: Anadolu Ajansı, via gettyimages.

USS Taylor being pulled away from Samsun. Photo: Anadolu Ajansı, via gettyimages.

I would appreciate any information regarding the tug.

USS Taylor Commanding Officer Relieved of Duty

USS Taylor in Samsun.

USS Taylor is still in Samsun.

Unfortunately the career of the commanding officer of the stricken frigate FF(G)-50 USS Taylor did not survived the grounding in Samsun, Turkey.  As expected, Commander Dennis Volpe was relieved from the command of USS Taylor.

Capt. Jim Aiken, commander, Task Force 65, relieved Cmdr. Dennis Volpe, commanding officer of the Mayport-based frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), Feb. 25, due to loss of confidence in Volpe’s ability to command.

The relief occurred following a preliminary inquiry into a Feb. 12 grounding incident in Samsun, Turkey. The grounding occurred as Taylor was preparing to moor in Samsun, Turkey.

Taylor was able to moor without further incident. There were no reported injuries, and the incident is currently under investigation.

Volpe has been temporarily reassigned to the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron 14.

Cmdr. Chris Cigna has been named as interim commanding officer of USS Taylor until a permanent relief can be assigned.

I have been told by reliable sources that the repair work on the frigate was not finished and despite earlier assumptions the frigate was still docked in Samsun. While it is not clear how long the repair of USS Taylor will take, she was going to be decommissioned next year.

So will USS Taylor become a second USS La Moure County?

Update On USS Taylor

USS Taylor in Samsun.

USS Taylor in Samsun. Photo:www.6n1k.com.tr

Today the governor of Samsun made a written statement about the damage of US Navy frigate FF(G)-50 USS Taylor.

According to this statement,  initially USS Taylor arrived in Samsun on 12 February, for a very short port visit just to get refueled. Unfortunately the ships propeller stuck the sea ground and got damaged. She has been docked at Samsun port since then. 39 US citizens and all the equipment needed for the repair were flown. Divers from Turkish Coast Guard are escorting the repair work going on underwater. It is estimated that USS Taylor will stay in Samsun till 24 February 2014.

If it takes additional 39 people and an disclosed amount of extra equipment and material to be flown for the repair work, the damage is worse that initially reported.

USS Taylor Damaged In Samsun

USS Taylor in Samsun.

USS Taylor in Samsun. Photo:www.6n1k.com.tr

Foreign ships visiting Turkish harbors usually stay for 3 or 4 days. Thus I was quite curious about the extended stay of us Perry class frigate FF(G)-50 USS Taylor in Samsun, Turkey.  I my opinion she should have left three days ago Samsun in order to join USS Mount Whitney off the coast of Sochi to do circles.

A short news article in gave a very plausible explanation why the stay of USS Taylor was extended. Apparently her screw touched the ground when she was mooring in Samsun harbour. According the Vice Governor of Samsun, Haluk Şimşek the screw of the ship touched the bottom of the sea when the ship was maneuvering for docking and it was damaged. There were no reported injuries, and the incident is currently under investigation. So is the damage to the ship. There was a minor spill of about 176 gallons of fuel, according to a report from ABC News

The Perry class ships  have one shaft and one screw. This was a deliberate and a very bold decision by US Navy in order to keep the production simple and cheap. But having one single shaft and screw creates an Achilles Heel for the Perry class ships as if there is a damage to a shaft, screw or to rudder it is very much possible that the ship lost is ability to move. The Perry class is equipped with an auxiliary propulsion system to take the ship back to port if it looses its main propulsion. But this auxiliary system is not much help in the case of USS Taylor.

Samsun harbour is notorious. An Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Barry had a similar incident back in 2008. She was able to sail without any restrictions afterwards. 

USS Taylor In Samsun

FF(G)-50 USS Taylor in Samsun. Photo: iha

FF(G)-50 USS Taylor in Samsun. Photo: iha

Perry class Frigate FF(G)-50 USS Taylor docked at Samsun, Turkey after spending the last 6 days making circles in the Black Sea.

Samsun is not a new place for USS Taylor. The ship was there on the New Years Eve in 2009.

It was not announced how long the ship will stay for its well earned rest.

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>USS Taylor docked in Black Sea port Samsun on 31st December 2008.

USS Taylor will remain in Samsun until 3rd January 2009. According to news courtesy visit with local Turkish administration will be made.

I am glad to see that this time everything smoothly in Samsun Harbor.

>USS Taylor returns to Black Sea

>US frigate FFG-50 USS Taylor passed through the Turkish Straits on 23 December 2008 and entered into Black Sea.

This is her second deployment since August. She can stay until 13 January 2008. The winter storms in Black Sea can be very furious. It will not be a smooth Christmas for her crew.


Here is a photo of USS Taylor from her deployment back in September.

This is a list of all US warships passed through the Turkish Straits since Russo – Georgian war in August 2008:

Foreign Warship On Bosphorus in 2014

List of foreign warship movements through Turkish Straits in 2014:

Date Number Name Direction Nationality
02.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
02.01.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
18.01.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russia
18.01.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
27.01.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
01.02.2014 151 Azov Northbound Russia
01.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
05.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Northbound USA
05.02.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
07.02.2014 810 Smetlivy Northbound Russia
10.02.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russia
10.02.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
20.02.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
20.02.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
26.02.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
26.02.2014 127 Minsk Northbound Russia
27.02.2014 20 Mount Whitney Southbound USA
04.03.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
04.03.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
05.03.2014 U-130 Hetman Sahaidachny Northbound Ukraine
08.03.2014 103 Truxtun Northbound USA
09.03.2014 50 Taylor Southbound USA
22.03.2014 103 Truxtun Southbound USA
23.03.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
23.03.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russia
23.03.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russia
28.03.2014 A-645 Alize Northbound France
03.04.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
03.04.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Northbound Russia
10.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
10.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
11.04.2014 75 Donald Cook Northbound USA
11.04.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
11.04.2014 138 PM-138 Southbound Russia
12.04.2014 A-645 Alize Southbound France
12.04.2014 MB-304 MB-304 Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 127 Minsk Southbound Russia
17.04.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
23.04.2014 50 Taylor Northbound USA
25.04.2014 75 Donald Cook Southbound USA
29.04.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
29.04.2014 Kruzenshtern Northbound Russia
29.04.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
30.04.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
XX.04.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
XX.04.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
30.04.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
30.04.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
01.05.2014 810 Smetlivy Southbound Russia
09.05.2014 605 Admiral Levchenko Northbound Russia
10.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
10.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
12.5.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
12.05.2014 50 Taylor Southbound USA
14.05.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
15.05.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
15.05.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gorniak Southbound Russia
15.05.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
21.05.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Northbound Russia
21.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
23.05.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
28.05.2014 F-711 Surcouf Northbound France
29.05.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
29.05.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
29.05.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
04.06.2014 16 Georgiy Pobedonosets Southbound Russia
04.06.2014 12 Olenegorskiy Gornyak Southbound Russia
07.06.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
09.06.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
09.06.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
12.06.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
15.06.2014 A-5340 Elettra Northbound Italy
16.06.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
17.06.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
17.06.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
17.06.2014 F-711 Surcouf Southbound France
24.06.2014 251 Wodnik Northbound Poland
03.07.2014 5561 Rimini Northbound Italy
03.07.2014 M-37 Chiddingfold Northbound UK
03.07.2014 F-583 Aviere Northbound Italy
03.07.2014 P-266 Machitis Northbound Greece
04.07.2014 A-5340 Elettra Southbound Italy
04.07.2014 F-711 Surcouf Northbound France
07.07.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
06.07.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
09.07.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
09.07.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
13.07.2014 150 Saratov Southbound Russia
13.07.2014 P-266 Machitis Southbound Greece
14.07.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
21.07.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
21.07.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
23.07.2014 F-583 Aviere Southbound Italy
23.07.2014 5561 Rimini Southbound Italy
23.07.2014 M-37 Chiddingfold Southbound UK
24.07.2014 F-711 Surcouf Southbound France
25.07.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
29.07.2014 Shaktar Southbound Russia
03.08.2014 Kildin Southbound Russia
06.08.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
06.08.2014 72 Vella Gulf Northbound USA
14.08.2014 626 Vice-Admiral Kulakov Northbound Russia
15.08.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
15.08.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
15.08.2014 MB-304 MB-304 Northbound Russia
16.08.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
17.08.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
25.08.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
26.08.2014 150 Saratov Northbound Russia
26.08.2014 72 Vella Gulf Southbound USA
29.08.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
29.08.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
03.09.2014 F-796 Commandant Birot Northbound France
03.09.2014 71 Ross Northbound USA
05.09.2014 156 Yamal Northbound Russia
05.09.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
06.09.2014 333 Toronto Northbound Canada
06.09.2014 F-102 Almirante Juan De Borbon Northbound Spain
07.09.2014 121 Moskva Southbound Russia
09.09.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
09.09.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
11.09.2014 PM-138 PM-138 Northbound Russia
12.09.2014 71 Ross Southbound USA
12.09.2014 810 Smetlivy Northbound Russia
13.09.2014 156 Yamal Southbound Russia
17.09.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
17.09.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
20.09.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
21.09.2014 616 Samum Southbound Russia
23.09.2014 F-796 Commandant Birot Southbound French
25.09.2014 333 Toronto Southbound Canada
25.09.2014 F-102 Almirante Juan De Bourbon Southbound Spain
27.09.2014 626 Vice-Admiral Kulakov Southbound Russia
28.09.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
28.09.2014 102 Kaliningrad Northbound Russia
06.10.2014 Donuzlav Southbound Russia
08.10.2014 41 Verni Southbound Bulgaria
10.10.2014 67 Cole Northbound USA
10.10.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
11.10.2014 20 Mount Whitney Northbound USA
12.10.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
15.10.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
17.10.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Northbound France
27.10.2014 20 Mount Whitney Southbound USA
30.10.2014 67 Cole Southbound USA
30.10.2014 A-759 Dupuy de Lôme Southbound France
31.10.2014 616 Samum Northbound Russia
04.11.2014 71 Ross Northbound USA
04.11.2014 102 Kaliningrad Southbound Russia
04.11.2014 142 Novocharkassk Southbound Russia
04.11.2014 63 Priboi Southbound Bulgaria
05.11.2014 Kildin Southbound Russia
09.11.2014 Kildin Northbound Russia
09.11.2014 71 Ross Southbound USA
10.11.2014 41 Verni Northbound Bulgaria
16.11.2014 142 Novocharkassk Northbound Russia
20.11.2014 110 Alexander Shabalin Northbound Russia
22.11.2014 151 Azov Southbound Russia
04.12.2014 151 Azov Northbound Russia
04.12.2014 KIL-158 Northbound Russia
09.12.2014 110 Alexander Shabalin Southbound Russia
26.12.2014 75 Donald Cook Northbound USA
30.12.2014 031 Aleksandr Otrakovski Southbound Russia
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