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USS Wadsworth (FFG 9)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - A - S - W
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - National Defense Service Medal

"For One's Country"
Class: Oliver Hazard Perry (Short Hull, As Built)
Type: SCB No. 201 / 1973 - 1978
Number in Class: 25 (7, 9 - 34) / 26
Displacement: 3109 tons (std), 3993 tons (full)
Length: 408' (wl), 445' (oa)
Beam: 45.4' (extreme)
Draft: 24' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 GE LM 2500 gas turbine engines; 41,000 shp; 1 shaft, cp propeller, 325 hp retractable propeller pods
Speed: 29 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots, 5400 nm @ 16 knots
Complement: 13 / 206 (includes 19 man air detachment)
Missiles: 1-Mk 13 Mod 4 launcher, 4-SSM McDonnell-Douglas Harpoon missiles, 36-GDC-Pomona Standard SM-1MR missiles
Guns: 1 OTO Melara Mk 75 3"/62 cal., 1 Vulcan Phalanx CIS, 4-.50 cal. MGs
ASW Weapons: 6-324mm Mk 32 (2 triple) tubes / Mk 46 torpedoes
Radars: AN/SPS-55 (surface), AN/SPS-49(V)214 (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-56, AN/SQR-19 TACTAS (Towed Array)
Elec. Warfare: SLQ-25 Nixie System, SLQ-32(V)2 Electronic Countermeasures System
Fire Control Systems: 1 Mk13 Weapon-Direction System, 1 Mk92 weapons FCS, 1 modified SPG-60 STIR radar (Separate Target Illumination Radar)
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Wadsworth (FFG 9) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 February 1976: Building contract awarded to Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp.
  • 13 July 1977: Keel laid by the Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp, San Pedro, Cal.
  • 29 July 1978: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Patricia P. Roberts, great-great-great-granddaughter of Commodore Alexander S. Wadsworth
  • 28 February 1980: Commissioned, Cmdr. John C. Ruff in command
  • 30 June 1985: Assigned to the Naval Reserve Force, Pacific, at Long Beach, Cal.
  • 28 June 2002: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 22.3 years of service, transferred as Grant Aid to Poland, renamed ORP General Thadeuz Kosciusko (273)
  • 23 July 2002: Struck from the NVR

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    Wadsworth 86k Artist's conception of Wadsworth by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company, Navy Yard Associates, offers prints of most destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL the guided missile frigates ARE available. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource. Navy Yard Associates
    Wadsworth 8k Alexander Scammel Wadsworth was born in 1790 at Portland ME. He was appointed a midshipman on 2 April 1804 and promoted to lieutenant on 21 April 1810. Lt. Wadsworth was the first lieutenant on board the USS Constitution, commanded by Captain Isaac Hull. It was during an engagement with the British Frigate Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia during the War of 1812 that Constitution achieved its greatest victory. During a 20 minute battle, shots fired at Constitution seemed to bounce off the ship’s hull, giving her the name "Old Ironsides". Meanwhile, Guerriere was reduced to a floating pile of rubble. For his action in the battle, Wadsworth received a silver medal. Wadsworth later served as first lieutenant of the corvette Adams during that ship's cruise in 1814 when she captured 10 prizes.

    Promoted to Master Commandant on 27 April 1816 for his services during the war, Wadsworth commanded the brig Prometheus in the Mediterranean Squadron after the Algerian War in 1816 and 1817 and later commanded the sloop John Adams. Under Wadsworth, John Adams conducted cruises in the West Indies in 1818-1819, and 1821-1822 for the suppression of piracy. Promoted to captain on 3 March 1825, he commanded frigate Constellation in the Mediterranean Squadron from 1829 to 1832. Wadsworth was Commodore commanding the Pacific Squadron from 1834 to 1836, a member of the Board of Navy Commissioners from 1837 to 1840, and Inspector of Ordnance from 1841 to 1850. Commodore Wadsworth died at Washington DC, on 5 April 1851.

    USS Wadsworth (FFG 9) (1980-2002) was the third ship named in his honor, succeeding DD 60 (1915-1922) and DD 516 (1943-1946).

    (Photo from the Wadsworth Family in America website)
    Wadsworth 94k February 1979: San Pedro, Cal. - at Todd-Pacific Shipyard, 70% complete John C. Ruff
    Captain, USN (ret.)
    1st Commanding Officer
     Wadsworth 76k 29 July 1979: San Pedro, Cal. - at Todd-Pacific Shipyard, Launching
    Wadsworth 64k 26 January 1980: at sea - on sea trials
    Wadsworth 97k 26 January 1980: at sea - on sea trials
    Wadsworth 26k 02 April 1980: Commissioning Day
    Wadsworth 266k undated: San Diego Harbor Tommy Trampp
    Wadsworth 110k Summer 1980: San Diego, Cal. - USS Wadsworth at anchor in San Diego Bay. Richard Stiles
    Wadsworth 47k 1980: Long Beach, Cal. - The business end of the 76MM, taken while in port at Long Beach. Craig Nelson
    Former Operation Specialist
    Wadsworth 70k 1980: These two photos are of the very first helo landing onboard Wadsworth.
    Wadsworth 48k
    Wadsworth 171k 10 January 1981: at sea - Aerial port view of the guided missile frigate USS Wadsworth (FFG 9) underway.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-11901 by Don S. Montgomery, USN [ret.], from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Wadsworth 57k 1981: This photo was taken while on a visit to San Francisco. Here you can see the Command Master Chief (BMCM Meyer) departing the ship. Craig Nelson
    Former Operation Specialist
    Wadsworth 74k 1981: This photo was taken in 1981 while on a visit to Seattle and the Puget Sound area, the ship was anchored at the end of the Hood Canal.
    Wadsworth 67k 03 February 1982: Subic Bay, P.I. - Assistant Secretary of the Navy John S. Herrington (right) talks to Cdr John R. Ruff, commanding officer, during a tour of the guided missile frigate USS Wadsworth (FFG 9).
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-01406 by PH1 David C. MacLean from the DVIC)
    Wadsworth 247k 29 April 1983: at sea - An overhead view of the Wadsworth underway.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-00082 by PH2 D. Smith from the DVIC)
    Wadsworth 141k 29 April 1983: at sea - An aerial port bow view of the Wadsworth underway.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-00564 by PH2 D. Smith from the DVIC)
    Wadsworth 211k 29 April 1983: at sea - An aerial starboard bow view of the Wadsworth underway.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-00563 by PH2 D. Smith from the DVIC)
    Wadsworth 180k 29 April 1983: at sea - An port quarter view of the Wadsworth underway.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-00079 by PH2 D. Smith from the DVIC)
    Wadsworth 228k 29 April 1983: at sea - An port beam view of the Wadsworth underway.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-00078 by PH2 D. Smith from the DVIC)
    Wadsworth 296k 04 June 1984: Auckland, N.Z. - Wadsworth underway slowly heading into Auckland. Chris Howell
    Southland Ship Stores Ltd
    Port of Bluff, New Zealand
    Wadsworth 265k 01 January 1987: at sea - An port beam view of the Wadsworth underway.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-05-06679 from the DVIC)
    Wadsworth 553k 01 July 1988: Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Four U.S. Navy guided missile frigates are moored side by side in the harbor during Exercise RimPac '88. They include, from left: the guided missile frigates USS Duncan (FFG 10), the USS Mahlon S. Tisdale (FFG 27), the USS Lewis B. Puller (FFG 23) and Wadsworth.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-12038 by PH1 Terry Cosgrove, from the DVIC)
    Wadsworth 174k 01 June 1991: off the coast of Hawaii - A starboard bow view of the Wadsworth underway.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-03681 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Wadsworth 229k 01 June 1991: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - The frigate USS Robert E. Peary (FF 1073), right, and the guided missile frigate Wadsworth pass one another at the entrance to the channel as the Wadsworth arrives for a visit to Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-02726 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Wadsworth 296k 07 June 1991: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Wadsworth suffers a near collision when USS Leftwich (DD 984) broke her port shaft clutch and went into an uncommanded forward movement while docking ahead of us. We had arrived after transit from San Diego in the company of USS Gridley (CG 21) and USS Cowpens (CG 63). Nathan Stewart
    Wadsworth 330k
    Wadsworth 294k
    Wadsworth 132k 23 January 1994: at sea - Destroyer Squadron One (DesRonOne) steaming in formation off the coast of San Clemente Island. The formation consists of seven FFG class ships of the Naval Reserve Force. From left to right, rear to front; left row (rear) USS Sides (FFG 14), (front) USS Mahlon S. Tisdale (FFG 27), middle row (rear) USS Duncan (FFG 10) (center) USS Copeland (FFG 25) (lead ship) USS Lewis B. Puller (FFG 23), right row (rear) USS George Philip (FFG 12) and (front) USS Wadsworth (FFG 9).
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-95-01112 by PH2 J.P. Guzman from the DVIC)
    Wadsworth 96k 24 October 1997: San Diego, Cal.: Wadsworth (FFG 9) and USS McClusky (FFG 41) side by side in a floating dry dock facility at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), San Diego, Ca. NASSCO placed two ships simultaneously in the same dry dock for the first time, the double docking was part of a $4.7 million scheduled maintenance contract.
    (U.S. Navy photo #971024-N-1746P-003 by PH2 Jeff Portish from Navy Newstand)
    Bill Gonyo
    Wadsworth 109k date / location unknown: General Thadeuz Kosciusko (273) (ex-USS Wadsworth FFG 9) underway. Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Wadsworth 128k 17 February 2012: At Sea - The Polish guided missile frigate ORP General Thadeuz Kosciusko (F-273) underway.
    (Photo taken by Łukasz Golowanow from KONFLIKTY.PL)

    Wadsworth Memorabilia
    Welcome Aboard
    Pamphlet (Circa 1985)
    Courtesy of
    Robert M. Cieri
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Wadsworth History
    View the USS Wadsworth (FFG 9) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Wadsworth's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Number, Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  02 Apr. 1980 - 02 Apr. 1983Cmdr. John Crawford Ruff (Mobile, Ala.)
    2.)  02 Apr. 1983 - 23 Mar. 1985Cmdr. Robert Frank Hynes
    3.)  23 Mar. 1985 - 10 Mar. 1986Cmdr. Charles Richard Burchell
    4.)  10 Mar. 1986 - 18 Apr. 1987Capt. Eugene S. Divornick
    5.)  18 Apr. 1987 - 26 Aug. 1989Cmdr. James E. Taylor (Prichard, Ala.)
    6.)  26 Aug. 1989 - 02 Nov. 1991Cmdr. John W. McGilvray Jr.
    7.)  02 Nov. 1991 - 19 Jun. 1993Cmdr. Charles Scott Johnson (Richmond, Va.)
    8.)  19 Jun. 1993 - 14 Apr. 1995Cmdr. William Robert Mason (Lewistown, Pa.)
    9.)  14 Apr. 1995 - 06 Dec. 1996Cmdr. David A. Selecman
    10.)  06 Dec. 1996 - 20 Feb. 1998Cmdr. Calvin David George Willard (Salem, Ore.)
    11.)  20 Feb. 1998 - 17 Sep. 1999Cmdr. Douglas Ward Keiler (USNA '79)
    12.)  17 Sep. 1999 - 23 Feb. 2001Cmdr. Anthony W. Jiles (Fort Rucker, Ala.)
    13.)  23 Feb. 2001 - 28 Jun. 2002Cmdr. Douglas Jay Venlet (ret. as Radm.)

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