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|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)
|94k||February 1979: San Pedro, Cal. - at Todd-Pacific Shipyard, 70% complete||John C. Ruff|
Captain, USN (ret.)
1st Commanding Officer
|76k||29 July 1979: San Pedro, Cal. - at Todd-Pacific Shipyard, Launching|
|64k||26 January 1980: at sea - on sea trials|
|97k||26 January 1980: at sea - on sea trials|
|26k||02 April 1980: Commissioning Day|
|266k||undated: San Diego Harbor||Tommy Trampp|
|398k||undated: At Sea - location unknown||Craig Nelson|
Former Operation Specialist
|110k||Summer 1980: San Diego, Cal. - USS Wadsworth at anchor in San Diego Bay.||Richard Stiles|
|47k||1980: Long Beach, Cal. - The business end of the 76MM, taken while in port at Long Beach.||Craig Nelson|
Former Operation Specialist
|70k||1980: These two photos are of the very first helo landing onboard 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)
|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
|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.|
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|296k||04 June 1984: Auckland, N.Z. - Wadsworth underway slowly heading into Auckland.||Chris Howell|
Southland Ship Stores Ltd
Port of Bluff, New Zealand
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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|
|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)
|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)
|109k||date / location unknown: General Thadeuz Kosciusko (273) (ex-USS Wadsworth FFG 9) underway.||Bob Hurst|
England, United Kingdom
|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)
|338k||April 2019: At Sea - ORP General Thadeuz Kosciusko (F-273) underway.||Craig Nelson|
Former Operation Specialist
Pamphlet (Circa 1985)
Robert M. Cieri
|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. 1983||Cmdr. John Crawford Ruff (Mobile, Ala.)|
|2.) 02 Apr. 1983 - 23 Mar. 1985||Cmdr. Robert Frank Hynes|
|3.) 23 Mar. 1985 - 10 Mar. 1986||Cmdr. Charles Richard Burchell|
|4.) 10 Mar. 1986 - 18 Apr. 1987||Capt. Eugene S. Divornick|
|5.) 18 Apr. 1987 - 26 Aug. 1989||Cmdr. James E. Taylor (Prichard, Ala.)|
|6.) 26 Aug. 1989 - 02 Nov. 1991||Cmdr. John W. McGilvray Jr.|
|7.) 02 Nov. 1991 - 19 Jun. 1993||Cmdr. Charles Scott Johnson (Richmond, Va.)|
|8.) 19 Jun. 1993 - 14 Apr. 1995||Cmdr. William Robert Mason (Lewistown, Pa.)|
|9.) 14 Apr. 1995 - 06 Dec. 1996||Cmdr. David A. Selecman|
|10.) 06 Dec. 1996 - 20 Feb. 1998||Cmdr. Calvin David George Willard (Salem, Ore.)|
|11.) 20 Feb. 1998 - 17 Sep. 1999||Cmdr. Douglas Ward Keiler (USNA '79)|
|12.) 17 Sep. 1999 - 23 Feb. 2001||Cmdr. Anthony W. Jiles (Fort Rucker, Ala.)|
|13.) 23 Feb. 2001 - 28 Jun. 2002||Cmdr. Douglas Jay Venlet (ret. as Radm.)|
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