MAYPORT, Fla. (May 8, 2015) Sailors disembark from the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) for the last time during a decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Mayport. Taylor was commissioned Dec. 1, 1984, in Bath, Maine and is being decommissioning after 30 years of service. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark Andrew Hays/Released)
USS Taylor concluded after 30 years of service to the Navy during a decommissioning ceremony led by Cmdr. Joel Rodriguez, commanding officer, held May 8 at Naval Station Mayport.
USS Taylor is an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate.
The crew completed its final deployment Aug. 9, 2014, to the U.S. 6th and 4th Fleet areas of responsibility. During the deployment, the ship conducted theater security cooperation, maritime security operations and partner-building exercises in the Mediterranean and Black Seas in support of Operation Active Endeavor. Mid-deployment, Taylor transitioned to the Caribbean in support of the Joint Interagency Task Force South counter-illicit trafficking mission.
The keel of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate was laid May 5, 1983, at the Bath Iron Works Shipyard in Bath, Maine.
She launched Nov. 5, 1983 and commissioned Dec. 1, 1984.
Taylor is named for Cmdr. Jesse Taylor who was a veteran of World War II, The Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions during a rescue attempt of a downed pilot near the North Vietnamese port of Haiphong in November 1965.
Taylor is slated to be transferred for foreign military sales to Taiwan.