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Gladwyne (PF-62)
ex-Worcester (PF 62)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Xray - Item


Gladwyne served the Navies of the United States and Mexico

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-170
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-62, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 14 October 1943 as Worcester (PF-62) under a Maritime Commission contract at Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisconsin
  • Launched 7 January 1944
  • Renamed Gladwyne to free up name for Light Cruiser, CL-144
  • Commissioned USS Gladwyne (PF-62), 21 November 1944
  • Decommissioned 15 April 1946 at San Francisco, CA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 8 October 1946
  • Turned over to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission 24 November 1947, sold to Mexico and renamed ARM Papaloapan
  • Disposed of by Mexico in 1968.


  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length 303' 11"(oa)
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20.3 kts.
  • Complement 176
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose mounts (For those frigates fitted out for weather patrol duty, the after 3-inch gun was removed and a weather balloon hanger was added aft), two twin 40mm mounts,
    nine 20mm mounts, one Hedgehog, eight depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp vertical triple expansion Diamond Iron Works steam engines, two shafts.
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    Worcester (PF 62)
    Gladwyne 210k Cup presented to ships sponsor. Inscrition reads:

    Phyllis M. Bennett
    Frigate U.S.S. Worcester
    Launched January 7th 1944
    Globe Shipbuilding Company
    Superior, Wisconsin
    Tommy Trampp
    USS Gladwyne (PF 62)
    Gladwyne 188k c. 1945/46
    San Francisco Bay, California, 1945-46
    Courtesy of J.A. Casoly, San Francisco
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 79002
    Mike Green
    ARM Papaloapan
    Gladwyne 36k c. 1948
    Robert Hurst
    Gladwyne 146k c. 1963
    Mexican Navy photo from the 1964/1965 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Raymond George Miller, USCG21 November 1944
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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