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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Leahy Class Guided Missile Frigate
    Keel Laid 19 September 1960 - Launched 2 June 1962

    Commissioned 3 August 1963 - Decommissioned 10 November 1969
    Recommissioned 16 January 1971

    Redesignated (CG) 30 June 1975
    Decommissioned 1 October 1993

    Struck from Naval Register 1 October 1993
    Sunk as target 17 June 2000

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USS Worden DLG-18 / CG-18 Covers Page 1    (1963-1993)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning 3 August 1963 to 10 November 1969


Locy Type
FDC 2(n+)


DLG-18. First Day in Commission


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)



2nd Commissioning 16 January 1971 to 1 October 1993


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type
2-1n (USS,CG)




Locy Type
2-1(n+) (D2,USS)




Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USS)




Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS)





Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS)



CG-18. New Year's Day, cachet by Roger A. Wentworth


Other Information

USS WORDEN earned the Combat Action Ribbon (2 awards), the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon (3 awards), the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3 awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3 awards), the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 9 Campaign stars, Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 2 Campaign stars, the Humanitarian Service Medal (2 awards), the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (8 awards), the Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Civil Action 1st Class Unit Citation Ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral John Lorimer Worden, USN (12 March 1818 – 19 October 1897).
Worden was appointed midshipman in the Navy on 10 January 1834 and retired on 23 December 1886, a career lasting 52 years.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. William R. Smedberg III.

Four ships of the US Navy were named in his honor - USS Worden DD-16, USS Worden DD-288, USS Worden DD-352 and USS Worden CG-18.



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