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Hull Number: FFG-9

Launch Date: 07/29/1978

Commissioned Date: 02/28/1980

Decommissioned Date: 06/28/2002

Call Sign: NASW



Length Overall: 445'

Beam: 45'

Draft: 24' 6"


1-3″ 1-Standard-SAM Harpoon-SSM 6-12.75″T LAMPS




40,000 SHP, 2 G. E. LM-2500 gas turbines, 1 screw

Highest speed on trials: 28.5 knots



Wikipedia (as of 2024)

Commodore Alexander Scammel Wadsworth (1790–April 5, 1851) was an officer of the United States Navy. His more than 40 years of active duty included service in the War of 1812.

Alexander S. Wadsworth

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Commodore Alexander Scammel Wadsworth (1790–April 5, 1851) was an officer of the United States Navy. His more than 40 years of active duty included service in the War of 1812.


Wadsworth was born in 1790 at Portland, Maine. He was appointed a midshipman on 2 April 1804 and was promoted to lieutenant on 21 April 1810. Lt. Wadsworth was the first lieutenant on board Constitution during that frigate‘s successful engagement with HMS Guerriere in the War of 1812. For this action, he received a silver medal and was included in the vote of thanks received by the commanding officer, Isaac Hull, and his officers. 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 Second Barbary 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 the 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, D.C., on 5 April 1851.

He was the son of Peleg Wadsworth, the uncle of author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and namesake of Alexander Scammel.


Naval Reserve Force ship 6/30/1985. Stricken 7/23/2002. To Poland.


Wikipedia (as of 2024)

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. Commissioned in 1980, she served in the US Navy until 2002. Upon decommissioning she was immediately turned over to the Polish navy, where she now serves as ORP Generał Tadeusz Kościuszko.

Ordered from Todd Pacific Shipyards, Los Angeles DivisionSan PedroCalifornia on 27 February 1976 as part of the FY75 program, Wadsworth, originally classified 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.[1]

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.”[2]

Wadsworth and her crew received Battle Effectiveness Awards for operations in 1993, 1998 and 2001.[3]

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.