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FFG 30 Reid

USS Reid's mission was to escort and protect convoys, underway replenishment groups, amphibious landing groups, and carrier battle groups. REID's missile, gun, and anti-submarine warfare systems, combined with its quick reaction and high speed capability, made the warship a valuable asset in today's multi-threat environment.

After decommissioning the frigate transferred to the Turkish Navy on January 5, 1999 and was renamed GELIBOLU.

One of the highlights of Reid's 1994 WESTPAC deployment occurred in October with the seizure and subsequent diversion of a large tanker allegedly carrying contraband Iraqi oil in violation of U.N. sanctions. The tanker, Katerina P., was located in international waters 15 miles off the Iranian coast. Once aboard the 29,000 ton tanker, team members discovered 19,000 metric tons of suspected Iraqi oil. After the decision to divert the ship was made, 10 percent of Reid's crew was transferred onto the tanker for eight days to ensure compliance. Reid remained in close escort. The tanker was diverted for further investigation of the facts surrounding its movement and cargo.

USS Reid (FFG 30), homeported in San Diego, began her eighth and final deployment April 23 1998. Reid conducted counter-narcotics operations in international waters in the Eastern Pacific in a joint effort with the U.S. Coast Guard under direction of Joint Interagency Task Force West

On the seal the red, white and blue refer to the national flag, and thus to the suggestion made by Sailing Master Samuel Chester Reid which was incorporated into the Act of 1818 governing the United States flag design providing for the retention of the original thirteen stripes and the addition of a new star for each new state. The cannon denotes firepower and marksmanship. The swords and cannon allude to the gallant action of Sailing Master Reid at Fayal, in the Azores, during the War of 1812 at which time the vessel in his command inflicted severe damage to a powerful British invasion fleet, delaying their arrival at New Orleans, thus contributing to the American victory there. The swords are adapted from the Officer and Enlisted Surface Warfare Badges and are crossed satirewise to indicate strength and readiness.

The torches, symbolic of light, refer to the signal code system and the lightship off Sandy Hook that Sailing Master Reid established while Harbor Master of New York. The armed sea lion, a Philippine symbol, is a personification of naval courage representing the previous USS REID (DD-369) and her crew, who fought and died so bravely during the liberation of the Philippine Islands. The enflamed torches also allude to the kamikaze attacks in which she went down. The sea lion is red to signify this wartime service.

Samuel Chester Reid

REID (FFG-30) commemorates the name borne by three former destroyers in honor of Sailing Master Samuel Chester Reid, U.S. Navy (1783-1861), hero of the War of 1861 and designer of the United States flag in its present form. He received the thanks of the New York State Legislature for gallantry in command of the New York privateer brig GENERAL ARMSTRONG which inflicted such casualties and damage to a powerful British squadron at Fayal, Azores, that it delayed the arrival of the British invasion fleet off New Orleans sufficiently to aid General Andrew Jackson's defense preparations for victory.

His design for a national ensign to include thirteen stripes and a star for each state was adopted by Congress on 4 April 1818. Congress appointed him a Sailing Master in the U.S. Navy on 3 June 1843. As the harbor master of New York, he made notable contributions in improving the pilot-boat service and established a lightship off Sandy Hook.

DD 21

The first REID (DD-21) was commissioned in 1909 and twice attacked enemy submarines while on escort and patrol duty during World War I.

DD 292

The second REID (DD-292) served from 1919 to 1930. The third REID (DD-369) was commissioned on 2 November 1936. REID sank Japanese submarine RO-61 during the Aleutians campaign of World War II and was one of the outstanding destroyers in subsequent Pacific combat operations until her loss on 11 December 1944 while gallantly fighting off massive suicide plane attacks during the liberation of the Philippine Islands.

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