Grounded Navy Ship Repaired, Returns to Fleet
The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), homeported in Mayport, Fla., successfully completed post-repair sea trials, April 21, the U.S. Navy reported.
Taylor was operating in the Black Sea when she ran aground in Samsun, Turkey, Feb. 12, damaging the ship's propeller hub assembly. Taylor was towed to Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, to complete replacements of the propeller blades and hub.
The sea trials helped Taylor's crew assess whether the ship was ready to return to operations, measuring the vessel's performance, general seaworthiness, speed and maneuverability, while testing equipment and safety features.
Taylor will continue her scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. This will include supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, establishing and enhancing cooperation, and mutual training and interoperability with regional partner nations and NATO allies.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.