FFG 19 John A. Moore
USS John A. Moore's mission is to escort and protect convoys, underway replenishment groups, amphibious landing groups, and carrier battle groups. JOHN A. MOORE's missile, gun, and anti-submarine warfare systems, combined with its quick reaction and high speed capability, make the warship a valuable asset in today's multi-threat environment.
The John A. Moore was decommissioned in Sept. 2000 and was sold to Turkey where it was named TSCG Gediz.
The ship is the 11th ship of the USS OLIVER HAZARD PERRY (FFG 7) class of guided missile frigates and commemorates the World War II submariner, Cmdr. John A. Moore. Construction 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 is partially crewed by naval reservists.
Over the past 19 years, the ship made nine deployments; four to 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.
John A. Moore
In command of USS GRAYBACK (SS 208), Moore made three war patrols to the Western Pacific sinking 10 large Japanese ships amounting to 46,000 tons. After reporting sinking or damaging over 44,000 tons of enemy shipping thus far on their 10th patrol in the East China Sea, all contact was lost with USS GRAYBACK. The ship and all hands were declared missing in action on March 28, 1944. Moore received three navy crosses for his courageous service as commanding officer of USS GRAYBACK.
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