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USS Ainsworth (DE 1090)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - C - Q - I
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "First Team"


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Second Row: Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - Navy Expeditionary Medal w/ 2 stars
Third Row: National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon


"Parata Pugnare"
(Prepared to Fight)
Specifications:
Class: Knox
Type: SCB No. 64 / 199C
Displacement: 3020 tons (std), 4065 tons (full)
Length: 415' (wl), 438' (oa)
Beam: 46' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 15' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Combustion Engineering 1200psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots
Armament: 1 x 5"/54 Mk 42 (600 rds), 1 Mk16 ASROC launcher (16 missiles), 4-12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 (4x1 fixed) tubes / Mk 46 torpedos (6)
Complement: 13 / 211
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air), AN/SPS-58 threat warning in some ships
Sonars: AN/SQS-26CX, AN/SQS-35 IVDS in FF-1052, 1056, 1063-1071, 1073-1076, 1078-1097
Fire Control Systems: Mk68 Gun FCS, Mk114 Underwater Battery FCS
Ainsworth (DE 1090) Building and Operational Data:
  • 25 August 1966: Building contract awarded to Avondale Shipyards, Inc.
  • 11 June 1971: Keel laid at Avondale Shipyards, Inc., Westwego, La.
  • 15 April 1972: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Katherine Gardner Ainsworth, the widow of Vice Admiral Ainsworth
  • 31 March 1973: Commissioned at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va., Cdr. Terrence E. Siple in command
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1090)
  • 30 September 1990: Assigned to the Naval Reserve Force, Atlantic, at Norfolk, Va.
  • 27 May 1994: Decommissioned at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. after 21.2 years of service, leased to Turkey, renamed TCG Ege (F-256)
  • 21 March 2005: Decommissioned from the Turkish Navy, now a museum ship at Izmir, Turkey
  • 11 January 1995: Struck from the NVR
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    Ainsworth 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
    Ainsworth 113k 27 April 1973: USS Ainsworth (DE 1090) underway in Chesapeake Bay. (U.S. Naval Historical Centre Photo #K-99628 by Chief Photographer Roger E. Barnes, Photo and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships) Robert Hurst /
    Tommy Trampp
    Ainsworth 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 '74 - '76
    Ainsworth "Snoopy"
    Team Photographer
    Ainsworth 90k June 1975: Chesapeake Bay

    (Both Photos © Richard Leonhardt)
    Richard Leonhardt
    Ainsworth 57k
    Ainsworth 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 '74 - '76
    Ainsworth "Snoopy"
    Team Photographer
    Ainsworth 29k October 1975: Looking at the forward gun mount and bridge from the foc'sle.
    Ainsworth 260k 18 March 1976: Villefranche-sur-Mer, France - Ainsworth is anchored offshore for a port visit to the French Riviera. (Photo by Carlo Martinelli) Carlo Martinelli
    Ainsworth 71k undated image -
    Ainsworth 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
    Ainsworth 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) Navsource
    Ainsworth 213k 1 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)
    Ainsworth 199k 1 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)
    Ainsworth 208k 1 August 1985: at sea - An aerial starboard bow view of Ainsworth underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-00518 from the DVIC)
    Ainsworth 122k 25 August 1986: at sea - A bow view of Ainsworth underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-87-10542 from the DVIC)
    Ainsworth 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)
    Ainsworth 178k 25 August 1986: at sea - A stern view of Ainsworth underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-87-10542 from the DVIC)
    Ainsworth 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)
    Ainsworth 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)
    Ainsworth 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)
    Ainsworth 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) Bill Gonyo
    Ainsworth 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) Navsource
    Ainsworth 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)
    Ainsworth 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)
    Ainsworth 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)
    Ainsworth 105k 2 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)
    **McCandless / Ainsworth** 158k 4 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)
    **McCandless / Ainsworth** 134k 4 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)
    Ainsworth 163k 21 May 1994: Naval Station Norfolk, Va. - A port bow view of the recently commissioned Turkish frigate Trakya (F-254) 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)
    Ainsworth 112k undated: a photo of TCG Ege's emblem, as painted on her hangar door. Yucel M.Umar
    CPO (Ret.), Turkish Navy
    Ainsworth 153k date / location unknown
    Ainsworth 117k
    Ainsworth 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

    Ainsworth
    Memorabilia

    Ship's Lighter
    Ainsworth
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Photo Slideshow of TCG Ege, ex-USS Ainsworth, as a Turkish museum today.

    View the USS Ainsworth (DE 1090) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Ainsworth's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  31 Mar 1973 - 15 Jul 1974Cmdr. Terrence Eugene Siple
    2.)  15 Jul 1974 - 04 Oct 1976Cmdr. Haig Hadrasian Pakradon III
    3.)  04 Oct 1976 - 06 Oct 1978Cmdr. Robert Jackson Brenton
    4.)  06 Oct 1978 - 25 Feb 1981Cmdr. Alexander Joseph Krekich (later Vadm.)
    5.)  25 Feb 1981 - 27 Feb 1983Capt. George Jeremiah Ellis
    6.)  27 Feb 1983 - 24 May 1985Cmdr. John William Beardsley
    7.)  24 May 1985 - 22 Jul 1987Cmdr. Arthur Bruce Carden
    8.)  22 Jul 1987 - 19 Dec 1989Cmdr. Daniel Thomas Sherrange
    9.)  19 Dec 1989 - 22 Nov 1991Cmdr. Robert Philip Perry
    10.) 22 Nov 1991 - 21 May 1993Cmdr. Patrick Leo Denny
    11.) 21 May 1993 - 27 May 1994Cmdr. James Sidney Snyder

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