WADSWORTH FFG 9

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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.

    Oliver Hazard Perry Class Guided Missile Frigate
    Keel Laid 13 July 1977 - Launched 29 July 1978

  1. USS WADSWORTH FFG-9
    Commissioned 2 April 1980
    Assigned to Naval Reserve Force, Long Beach, Cal. 30 June 1985
    Decommissioned 28 June 2002

    Stricken from the NVR 23 July 2002

  2. ORP GENERAL THADEUSZ KOSCIUSZKO 273
    Transferred to Poland 28 June 2002 & renamed
Wadsworth FFG9 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Wadsworth FFG-9 Covers Page 1    (1980-2002)

 

Postmarks

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Locy Type
FDC F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-6

1980-04-02

GregCiesielski Wadsworth FFG9 19800402 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Wadsworth FFG9 19800402 1 Front.jpg

Commissioning. Official Ship's Cachet.


 

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

1985-01-09

GregCiesielski Wadsworth FFG9 19850109 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Wadsworth FFG9 19850109 1 Front.jpg

Official Ship's Cachet.


 

Locy Type
2-2(n+) (USS
FPO AP 96683-1467)

2001-06-01

GregCiesielski Wadsworth FFG9 20010601 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Wadsworth FFG9 20010601 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Thad Kaczkowski..


 

Locy Type
9-2(n+) (USS
FPO AP 96683-1467)

2001-03-19

GregCiesielski Wadsworth FFG9 20010319 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Wadsworth FFG9 20010319 1 Front.jpg

Official Ship's Cachet. From the Thad Kaczkowski collection.

 

Other Information

USS WADSWORTH earned two Navy Battle "E" Ribbons and the National Defense Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - 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.

Three ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor - USS Wadsworth DD-60, USS Wadsworth DD-516 and USS Wadsworth FFG-9.

 


 

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