MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- Guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), departed Naval Station Mayport Jan. 8 on a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AOR).
This will be Cmdr. Dennis Volpe's, Taylor's commanding officer, final deployment as the ship is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2015.
The ship will participate in theater security cooperation, maritime security and counter-piracy operations in support of 5th Fleet, 6th Fleet and NATO requirements. Taylor last deployed in February 2012, to support NATO's Operation Ocean Shield Counter-Piracy near the Horn of Africa.
"The 'Proud Defender' team is ready and excited to support its forward deployed operational requirements and theater security cooperation opportunities," said. Volpe. "We're looking forward to operating with other naval forces throughout the 5th and 6th Fleet AOR's."
Commissioned Dec. 1, 1984, Taylor was named after Cmdr. Jesse Junior Taylor who was a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions during a rescue attempt of a downed pilot near the North Vietnamese port of Haiphong in November 1965.
More information about the Taylor can be found on the ship's webpage at www.public.navy.mil/surflant/ffg50.
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