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|38k||Walden "Pug" Lee Ainsworth was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 10 November 1886. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1910 and was
commissioned Ensign on 7 March 1912. Selected to Flag Rank early in World War II, he was transferred to the Retired List and concurrently promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral on the
basis of combat awards in 1948. He died on 7 August 1960 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Although much of his time at sea was spent in battleships and cruisers, Vice
Admiral Ainsworth's "first love was destroyers." These he commanded in various capacities throughout his distinguished career; as ship's Captain, Squadron Commander, Flotilla Commander,
Task Force Commander and Type Commander. Aptly described as "a destroyerman's destroyerman" by Theodore Roscoe in his book Destroyer Operations in World War II, he was one of the outstanding
bombardment task force commanders of the war in the Far East. "He was new to the South Pacific," wrote historian Samuel Eliot Morrison, "but he entered the arena as if he had been fighting...
all his life." His exploits are written in the history of the Solomon's, Marianas, Palaus and Leyte Campaigns. For those he was awarded the Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Medal and Legion
of Merit and many of his ships received Navy Unit Commendations and Presidential Units Citations. From 1945 until 1948, Vice Admiral Ainsworth served concurrently as Commander Fifth Naval District
and Commander Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia. He retired from naval service on 1 December 1948. Vice Admiral Ainsworth is survived by his wife, the former Katherine Gardner; two children -
H. Gardener Ainsworth, Director of the Office of Maritime Affairs, Department of State; and Katherine Ainsworth Semmes, wife of Vice Admiral B.J. Semmes, Jr., USN (Ret.).
USS Ainsworth (DE 1090) (1973 - 1994) was the first ship to be named in his honor. (U.S. Navy photo #NH 85190 from the U.S. Naval Historical Center)
|Robert M. Cieri|
|113k||27 April 1973: USS Ainsworth (DE 1090) underway in Chesapeake Bay.
(U.S. Naval Historical Centre Photo #K-99628 by PHC Roger E. Barnes, Photo and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships)
|Robert Hurst /
|37k||late 1974: Balboa, Panama - Ainsworth tied up at the Rodman Pier on the Pacific side of the Isthmus of Panama. Taken while the ship was participating in the annual Unitas exercise that year.||Ed Sallia
1974 - 1976
|90k||June 1975: Chesapeake Bay
(Both Photos © Richard Leonhardt)
|38k||October 1975: The Lamps helo deck while underway in the Mediterranean Sea. The helicopter is British, but I am not certain off which ship. We were involved in a joint excercise off the coast of North Africa at the time.||Ed Sallia
1974 - 1976
|29k||October 1975: Looking at the forward gun mount and bridge from the foc'sle.|
|260k||18 March 1976: Villefranche-sur-Mer, France - Ainsworth is anchored offshore for a port visit to the French Riviera.
(Photo by Carlo Martinelli)
|link||Seven (7) YouTube Movies of different evolutions aboard Ainsworth. (Posted these on YouTube and thought everyone might be interested. I took them sometime during the 1977 Med cruise or 1978 Caribbean cruise. They’re a bit shaky, but we didn’t have image stabilization on Super 8 cameras.)||Chuck Chandler|
|147k||15 October 1981: Yorktown, Va. - A port quarter view of the British frigate HMS Ariadne (F-72), left, in the York River during a re-enactment of the
Battle of Yorktown. On the right is a stern view of the frigate Ainsworth.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-066750 by JO1 Peter D. Sundberg from the Defense Visual Information Center)
|213k||01 May 1984: at sea - A port beam view of Ainsworth underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-88-09148 by PH1 Erickson from the DVIC)
|199k||01 May 1984: at sea - A starboard bow view of Ainsworth underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-88-09142 by PH1 Erickson from the DVIC)
|208k||01 August 1985: at sea - An aerial starboard bow view of Ainsworth underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-00518 from the DVIC)
|122k||25 August 1986: at sea - A bow view of Ainsworth underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-87-10542 from the DVIC)
|209k||25 August 1986: at sea - A starboard quarter view of Ainsworth underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-87-10546 from the DVIC)
|178k||25 August 1986: at sea - A stern view of Ainsworth underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-87-10542 from the DVIC)
|129k||25 August 1986: at sea - A port quarter view of Ainsworth underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-87-10540 from the DVIC)
|245k||17 October 1987: at sea - A port beam view of Ainsworth underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-11745 from the DVIC)
|885k||17 October 1987: at sea - A port beam view of Ainsworth underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-11738 from the DVIC)
|152k||29 October 1988: Elizabeth River, Norfolk, Va. - A port bow view of Ainsworth undergoing overhaul in a floating dry dock at the Norfolk Shipbuilding
and Dry Dock Company.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-89-01504 by Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret.) from the DVIC)
|99k||10 November 1989: Norfolk, Va. - The national ensign flies from the stern of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS
Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), as Ainsworth returns to its home port.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-03549 by PH2 Tracy Lee Didas from the DVIC)
|218k||10 November 1989: Naval Station Norfolk, Va. - A port beam view of Ainsworth returning to home port with its crew manning the rail.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-03550 by PH2 Tracy Lee Didas from the DVIC)
|204k||10 November 1989: Naval Station Norfolk - A port beam view of Ainsworth returning to home port with its crew manning the rail.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-03998 by PH2 Tracy Lee Didas from the DVIC)
|167k||10 November 1989: Naval Station Norfolk - The large harbor tug Anoka (YTB-810) and
Ainsworth pass each other in the harbor.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-03999 by PH2 Tracy Lee Didas from the DVIC)
|105k||02 February 1992: Staten Island, N.Y. - Sailors aboard the Naval Reserve Force training frigate Ainsworth are shown enjoying the noontime meal in the
messdeck spaces aboard the ship.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-94-01198 by CWO2 Ed Bailey from the DVIC)
|158k||04 July 1993: Naval Station Mayport, Fla. - The training frigates Ainsworth and USS
McCandless (FFT 1084) each display a rainbow of signal flags while moored at the naval station on the Fourth of July.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-05527 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
|134k||04 July 1993: Naval Station Mayport - as in previous photo.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-05523 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
|163k||21 May 1994: Naval Station Norfolk, Va. - A port bow view of the recently commissioned Turkish frigate Trakya (F-254), ex-McCandless (FF-1084) tied
up at the Norfolk Naval Station. Next to Trakya is Ainsworth which is being prepared for transfer to the Turkish Navy as TCG Ege (F-256).
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-95-00970 by Don Montgomery from the DVIC)
|314k||May 1994: at sea off Norfolk, Va. - The national ensign flies from the mack of USS Ainsworth as she is overflown by a B-52 shortly before her transfer to Turkey.||Hakan Tassan
CPO (Ret.), Turkish Navy
|470k||27 May 1994: Norfolk, Va. - Two views of Ainsworth (FF 1090) as she prepares for her decommissioning and transfer to the Turkish Navy as frigate TCG Ege (F-256). CPO Tasssan was in the first Turkish crew.|
|112k||undated: a photo of TCG Ege's emblem, as painted on her hangar door.||Yucel M.Umar
CPO (Ret.), Turkish Navy
|153k||date / location unknown|
|33k||undated: Izmir, Turkey - The frigate TCG Ege (F-256, ex-USS Ainsworth) with the submarine TCG Pirireis (S 343, ex-USS Tang, SS 563) alongside at the Inciralti Sea Museum, Izmir, Turkey.||Robert Hurst|
|View the USS Ainsworth (DE 1090) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View a Photo Slideshow of TCG Ege, ex-USS Ainsworth, as a Turkish museum today.|
|Ainsworth's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 31 Mar. 1973 - 15 Jul. 1974||Cmdr. Terrence Eugene Siple (prior enl.)|
|2.) 15 Jul. 1974 - 04 Oct. 1976||Cmdr. Haig Hadrasian Pakradooni III (OCS '57) (Wynnewood, Pa.)|
|3.) 04 Oct. 1976 - 06 Oct. 1978||Cmdr. Robert Jackson Brenton (USNA '60) (Palisade, Colo.)|
|4.) 06 Oct. 1978 - 25 Feb. 1981||Cmdr. Alexander Joseph Krekich (USNA '64) (Passaic, N.J.) (ret. as Vadm.)|
|5.) 25 Feb. 1981 - 27 Feb. 1983||Capt. George Jeremiah Ellis (Dallas, Tex.)|
|6.) 27 Feb. 1983 - 24 May 1985||Cmdr. John William Beardsley (USNA '64) (McLean, Va.)|
|7.) 24 May 1985 - 22 Jul. 1987||Cmdr. Arthur Bruce Carden (OCS '67) (Tampa, Fla.)|
|8.) 22 Jul. 1987 - 19 Dec. 1989||Cmdr. Daniel Thomas Sherrange (NROTC '69) (Erie, Pa.)|
|9.) 19 Dec. 1989 - 22 Nov. 1991||Cmdr. Robert Philip Perry (USNA '72) (Jeffersonville, Ind.)|
|10.) 22 Nov. 1991 - 21 May 1993||Cmdr. Patrick Leo Denny (USNA '73)|
|11.) 21 May 1993 - 27 May 1994||Cmdr. James Sidney Snyder (NROTC) (Pittsburgh, Pa.)|
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