From Maine to Turkey

From Bath Iron Works:

An aerial shot of the shipyard from 1979, with four FFGs at the pier and two more under construction on the inclined ways, a DDG in dry dock and Hull 401, the future Resolute (MA 326) container ship, on the waterfront.

Of the 71 FFG7’s built, 30 were made by Todd on the West Coast, 6 by Bazan in Spain, 8 by China Shipbuilding in Taiwan and two by AMECON in Australia. This leaves a grand total of some 25 crafted by Bath, which designed the program in the first place. Those under construction at Bath in 1979 included USS McInerney (FFG-8), USS Clark (FFG-11), USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG-13), USS Sides (FFG-14), USS Clifton Sprague (FFG-16) and USS Estocin (FFG-15), so they are likely the craft in the above. As for the destroyer, yard records show the Adams-class USS Conyngham (DDG 17) was undergoing an overhaul at the yard until 22 August 1980 (job #1031).

Odds are about half of the warships in the above photo are now sharing dock space in Turkey.

Morrison is currently TCG Gökova (F 496) in the Turkish Navy while her sister Estocin is TCG Göksu (F 497) and Sprague is TCG Gaziantep (F 490).

Of the rest: Sides was scrapped in 2015. First of the “long hulls” McInerney is serving the Pakistanis as PNS Alamgir (F-260). Clark is in the Polish Navy as ORP Gen. K. Pułaski (272). The destroyer, Conyngham, was scrapped in 1994.

SS Resolute, ordered by Farrell Lines of New York, was picked up by MARAD when they went out of business in 1986 then later picked up the name American Resolute on a bareboat charter. Placed in the James River Reserve Fleet at Fort Eustis, Virginia on June 26, 2000. “It was maintained there in a militarily-useful retention status for several years; however, with the abundance of cellular containerships in commercial trade available for military sealift, the need for a reserve containership diminished quickly. Resolute was considered for conversion into a training ship between 2003 and 2005, but that effort was superseded. Resolute was removed from retention status in 2008.” She went to the breakers in 2009.

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