Former US Navy frigate USS Taylor prepares for delivery to Taiwan

tug Monitor USS Taylor
Photo: Crowley

Ex-USS Taylor, a former U.S. Navy Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, was recently towed from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard to the Detyens Shipyard in Charleston where the vessel will be converted in preparation for delivery to the Taiwanese government as part of the U.S. foreign military sales program.

Taylor, named for Cmdr. Jesse Taylor, a naval aviator who was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for his heroism in the Vietnam War, was decommissioned at NS Mayport, Florida in 2015, where it had been homeported since 1993.

During its service of over 30 years, Taylor made six extended deployments: with NATO’s standing Naval Force Atlantic in 1987, to the Arabian Gulf in 1988, in 1990 as part of operations Desert Shield, in 1992 as part of operation Southern Watch, in 1994 to the Mediterranean and Red Seas and in 1997 and 2002 with NATO’s Standing Naval Force Mediterranean.

Taylor was towed by Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Invader-class tug Monitor.