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Wadsworth III (FFG-9)


The third U.S. Navy ship named for Commodore Alexander Scammel Wadsworth (1790-1851) and to perpetuate the name of the previous two destroyers of the name. See Wadsworth I (Desttroyer No. 60) for complete biography.


(FFG-9: displacement 3,600; length 445'0"; beam 45'0"; draft 24'6";  speed 28+ knots;  complement 164; armament 1 missile launcher (Standard, Harpoon), 1 76-millimeter, 6 15.5-inch torpedo tubes, LAMPS; class Oliver Hazard Perry)

The third Wadsworth (FFG-9) was laid down on 13 July 1977 at San Pedro, Calif., by the Los Angeles Division of the Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp.; launched on 29 July 1978; and sponsored by Mrs. Patricia P. Roberts, great-great-great-granddaughter of Commodore Alexander S. Wadsworth. The frigate was commissioned on 2 April 1980, Cmdr. John C. Ruff in command, and has joined the Atlantic Fleet.

Ultimately, Wadsworth, assigned to the Naval Reserve Force, Pacific, on 30 June 1985, was decommissioned on 28 June 2002 and transferred to the government of Poland as part of the Security Assistance Program on the same day, renamed General Thadeuz Kosciusko (F.273). Wadsworth was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 23 July 2002.

Updated, Robert J. Cressman

30 March 2022

Published: Wed Mar 30 12:04:32 EDT 2022