Guided-missile frigate USS Wadsworth (FFG 9)

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Classification

Type:

Basic information

Namesake:
Commodore Alexander S. Wadsworth (1790–1851)
Renaming:
  • ORP Generał Tadeusz Kościuszko (273)
Country of build:
Ordered:
Laid down:
Launched:
Commissioned (service):
Decommissioned (out):
Status:
Fate:
Transferred to Poland, 2002

Ship measurements

Displacement:
4,100 t
Length:
136 m
Beam:
14 m
Draft:
6.7 m

Machine

Propulsion:
  • 2 * General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines generating 41,000 shp (31 MW) through a single shaft and variable pitch propeller
  • 2 * Auxiliary Propulsion Units, 350 hp (260 kW) retractable electric azimuth thrusters for maneuvering and docking
Speed:
29 knots
Range:
5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots (9,300 km at 33 km/h)

Personnel

Complement:
205

Combat assets

Electronics:
  • AN/SPS-49 air-search radar
  • AN/SPS-55 surface-search radar
  • CAS and STIR fire-control radar
  • AN/SQS-56 sonar
  • AN/SLQ-32
Armament:
  • 1 * OTO Melara Mk 75 76 mm/62 caliber naval gun
  • 2 * Mk 32 triple-tube (324 mm) launchers for Mark 46 torpedoes
  • 1 * Vulcan Phalanx CIWS
  • 4 * .50-cal (12.7 mm) machine guns
  • 1 * Mk 13 Mod 4 single-arm launcher for Harpoon anti-ship missiles and SM-1MR Standard anti-ship/air missiles (40 round magazine)
Aircraft:
  • 1 * SH-2F LAMPS I helicopter

USS Wadsworth (FFG 9), third ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class of guided-missile frigates, was named for Commodore Alexander S. Wadsworth (1790–1851). She was the third US Navy ship named Wadsworth. She was the second «short-hull» (Flight I) OHP frigate 445 ft (136 m) long.

Ordered from Todd Pacific Shipyards, Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, California on 27 February 1976 as part of the FY75 program, Wadsworth, formally PF-111, was laid down on 13 July 1977, launched on 29 July 1978, and commissioned on 28 February 1980. Wadsworth was sponsored by Mrs. Patricia P. Roberts, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Commodore Alexander S. Wadsworth.

Wadsworth portrayed Reuben James in the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October along with USS Gary FFG-51.

The ship's motto was «For One's Country» and originates from the words of Captain Isaac Hull, Commanding Officer of USS Constitution before her August 1812 battle with HMS Guerriere. Hull said, «Men, now do your duty. Your officers cannot have entire command over you now. Each man must do all in his power for his country.»

Wadsworth and her crew received Battle Effectiveness Awards for operations in 1993, 1998 and 2001.

Decommissioned on 28 June 2002, Wadsworth was handed over to Poland the same day and commissioned as ORP Generał Tadeusz Kościuszko, after Tadeusz Kościuszko an American Revolutionary War hero in the United States and an independence hero in Poland. She was formally stricken from the Navy list on 23 July 2002.

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