USS McCandless’s first deployment was a cruise to the Middle East that began in August 1973 and lasted through January 1974. Subsequent to this initial voyage overseas, McCandless adopted a regular schedule of deployments which took her to the waters of the North Atlantic, Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Persian Gulf. McCandless’s last tactical missions were in support of Operation Desert Storm—a US-led coalition force of 34 nations against Iraq in response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait— from January through May 1990 and June through December 1991. McCandless was awarded the Kuwait Liberation Medal by Kuwait for her efforts during these deployments.
December 31, 1991 the USS McCandless was assigned to the Naval Reserve Force, Atlantic (Norfolk, Virginia) where she was reclassified as a training frigate (FFT-1084). McCandless was one of only eight ships of her class subject to this re-designation.
- Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
- Humanitarian Service Ribbon
- CG Meritorious Unit Commendation
- National Defense Service Medal w/1 star
- Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 1 star
- Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
31 December 1991 marked USS McCandless’s assignment to the Naval Reserve Force, Atlantic (Norfolk, Virginia) where she was reclassified as a training frigate (FFT-1084). McCandless was one of only eight ships of her class subject to this redesignation. Simultaneously decommissioned and leased to Turkey under the new name of TCG Trakya (F-257) on 6 May 1994, McCandless was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 11 January. Turkey purchased the vessel in February 2002. She is currently believed to be in active service.