USS Flatley

USS Flatley (FFG-21) was the thirteenth ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class of guided-missile frigates. She was the first ship of the U.S. Navy to be named for Vice Admiral James H. Flatley (1906–1958), a leading Naval Aviation tactician from World War II who flew the Grumman F4F Wildcat in the Battle of Coral Sea and subsequently commanded the VF-10 Grim Reapers taking them into combat for the first time.

An aerial port bow view of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate USS Flatley executing a starboard turn.
United States
Name: Flatley
Namesake: Vice Admiral James H. Flatley
Ordered: 28 February 1977
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Laid down: 13 November 1979
Launched: 15 May 1980
Sponsored by: Mrs. Dorothy M. Flatley, widow of Vice Admiral Flatley
Acquired: 8 May 1981
Commissioned: 20 June 1981
Decommissioned: 11 May 1996
Homeport: Naval Station Mayport
Motto: "Have Courage"
Fate: Disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP)
Struck: 10 October 2001
TCG Gemlik in Rota, Cádiz.
Name: Gemlik
Namesake: District of Gemlik
Acquired: 27 August 1998
Status: in active service
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate
Displacement: 4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load
Length: 445 feet (136 m), overall
Beam: 45 feet (14 m)
Draft: 22 feet (6.7 m)
Speed: over 29 knots (54 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots (9,300 km at 33 km/h)
Complement: 15 officers and 190 enlisted, plus SH-60 LAMPS detachment of roughly six officer pilots and 15 enlisted maintainers
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Aircraft carried: 1 × SH-2F LAMPS I [2]

Ordered from Bath Iron Works on 28 February 1977 as part of the FY77 program, Flatley's keel was laid down on 13 November 1979. She was launched on 15 May 1980, and commissioned on 20 June 1981. Decommissioned on 11 May 1996, she was sold to Turkey on 27 August 1998.

TCG Gemlik (F 492)

The ship immediately underwent conversion into a Turkish G-class frigate. She serves in the Turkish Navy as TCG Gemlik (F 492).


  1. "USS Flatley (FFG 21)". Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  2. "USS Flatley (FFG 21)". Retrieved 11 April 2015.

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