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USS Clifton Sprague FFG-16

USS Clifton Sprague (FFG-16), is an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate of the United States Navy, the tenth ship of that class. She was named for Vice Admiral Clifton A. F. Sprague (1896–1955), hero of the Samar action of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, where he received the Navy Cross. The unclassified citation was in the wardroom until shortly before decommissioning. Ordered from Bath Iron Works on 27 February 1976 as part of the FY76 program, Clifton Sprague was laid down 30 July 1979, launched 16 February 1980, and commissioned 21 March 1981. She was decommissioned on 2 June 1995 at NAVSTA Mayport, Florida, and was stricken from the US Navy register on 4 September 1997 after being transferred to Turkey.

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Comment by Harry Burris on July 14, 2015 at 5:36pm
I joined Clifton Sprague shortly after her move to the Reserve Force I was a LTJG. I just completed the Basic qualification Course in The Navy Supply Corps School in Athens Georgia in January 1983 and for about 16 months filled the 2nd SC billet as Disbursing Officer. My boss was LT Cusmina. A short time but did a 2 week AT afloat in the Caribbean. Lots of weekend trips to the VA op area from Philadelphia where she was home ported along with the Oliver Hazard Perry FFG7

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