USS Wadsworth (FFG-9)

USS Wadsworth (FFG-9), third ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class of guided-missile frigates, was named for Commodore Alexander S. Wadsworth (17901851). She was the third US Navy ship named Wadsworth. She was the second "short-hull" (Flight I) OHP frigate 445 ft (136 m) long.

USS Wadsworth (FFG-9) underway, 1983.
United States
Name: Wadsworth
Namesake: Commodore Alexander S. Wadsworth (17901851)
Ordered: 27 February 1976
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards, Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, California
Laid down: 13 July 1977
Launched: 29 July 1978
Sponsored by: Mrs. Patricia P. Roberts, great-great-great-granddaughter of Commodore Alexander S. Wadsworth
Commissioned: 2 April 1980
Decommissioned: 28 June 2002
Struck: 23 July 2002
Homeport: San Diego, California (former)
Motto: "For One's Country"
Fate: Transferred to Poland
ORP Generał Tadeusz Kościuszko
Name: Generał Tadeusz Kościuszko
Namesake: Tadeusz Kościuszko
Commissioned: 28 June 2002
Identification: 273
General characteristics
Class and type: Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate
Displacement: 4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load
Length: 445 feet (136 m), overall
Beam: 45 feet (14 m)
Draft: 22 feet (6.7 m)
Speed: over 29 knots (54 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots (9,300 km at 33 km/h)
Complement: 15 officers and 190 enlisted, plus SH-60 LAMPS detachment of roughly six officer pilots and 15 enlisted maintainers
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Aircraft carried: 1 × SH-2F LAMPS I helicopter[1]


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,[1] 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.[2] 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.

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."[3]

Wadsworth and her crew received Battle Effectiveness Awards for operations in 1993, 1998 and 2001.[4]


  1. "USS Wadsworth (FFG 9)". Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  2. "Wadsworth III". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  3. "Coat of Arms". Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  4. "Navy Unit Awards". Navy Unit Awards. Archived from the original on 14 October 2004. Retrieved 19 May 2014.

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