USS Antrim (FFG-20)

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USS Antrim FFG-20.jpg
USS Antrim in May 1983
United States
Name: Antrim
Namesake: Rear Admiral Richard Nott Antrim
Ordered: 28 February 1977
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, Washington
Laid down: 21 June 1978
Launched: 27 March 1979
Sponsored by: Mrs. Richard N. Antrim (widow of Rear Admiral Antrim)
Acquired: 20 August 1981
Commissioned: 26 September 1981
Decommissioned: 8 May 1996
Struck: 4 September 1997
Motto: "In Defense of Freedom"
Fate: Completed a TAR (training and administration for *US Navy* reserve) mission with last home port of Pascagoula, Mississippi before temporary placement at NAS (Naval Air Station) Pensacola, Florida for decommisioning and transfer preparation measures. Disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP)
Badge: FFG-20 COA.png
TCG Giresun (F-491) in Cartagena, 2010 (Carmona).jpg
TCG Giresun (F-491) in Cartagena, 31 May 2010.
Name: Giresun
Namesake: City of Giresun
Acquired: 27 August 1998
Status: in active service
General characteristics
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[1]

USS Antrim (FFG-20) was the twelfth ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class of guided-missile frigates. She was named for Rear Admiral Richard Nott Antrim (1907–1969). Ordered from Todd Pacific, Seattle, Washington on 28 February 1977 as part of the FY77 program, Antrim was laid down on 21 June 1978, launched on 27 March 1979, and commissioned on 26 September 1981.[2]


On 10 February 1983, USS Antrim was conducting a live fire exercise off the east coast of the United States using the Phalanx CIWS against a target drone. Although the drone was successfully engaged at close range, the target debris bounced off the sea surface and struck the ship, causing significant damage and fire from the drone's residual fuel which killed a civilian instructor;[1][3]

Decommissioned on 8 May 1996, she was transferred to Turkey on 27 August 1997. She was stricken from the U.S. Naval Vessel Register on 4 September 1997.

TCG Giresun (F 491)[edit]

The ship serves in the Turkish Navy as TCG Giresun (F 491).

On 16 March 2009, TCG Giresun, along with HDMS Absalon successfully prevented a pirate attack on the Vietnamese cargo ship MV Diamond Falcon from succeeding in capturing the target ship.[4][5] On 6 March 2011, she aided the destroyer USS Bulkeley in the capture of 4 pirates who had attacked the tanker MV Guanabara. The pirates were later flown to Tokyo for trial.


  1. ^ a b "USS Antrim (FFG 20)". Unofficial UN Navy site. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Antrim (FFG-20) ii". Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Antrim FFG-20". Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Đan Mạch, Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ cùng giải cứu tàu hàng Việt Nam". Viet (in Vietnamese). 16 March 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  5. ^ "Vietnamese Cargo Ship Rescued From Pirates – Turkish Army". Morningstar, Inc. 16 March 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009.[dead link]

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.

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