Todd Delivers Its First FFG-Class Guided Missile Frigate To The U.S. Navy
The USS Wadsworth, the first Todd-built FFG-class guided missile frigate, was delivered recently to the United States Navy by Todd Shipyards Corporation. The FFG's mission is to keep the international sealanes open for the nation's defense needs and vital maritime trade.
John T. Gilbride, chairman and chief executive officer, reported Todd's Los Angeles and Seattle Divisions will deliver a total of 22 FFGs by 1984, including five more within the next 12 months. He said the entire program has progressed on or ahead of schedule since the company started construction in 1976. Todd, which holds FFG contracts from the Navy totaling $1.2 billion, has developed a skilled workforce of more than 5,000 shipbuilders at two shipyards for the program. The new class of versatile, 445- foot, turbine-powered ships incorporate automated machinery and remote controlled weapons systems which reduce crew size, improve tactical capabilities, and provide operating economies. The vessel is equipped with antiaircraft and homing cruise missiles, and performs antisubmarine warfare with helicopters, sonar detection and torpedo launchers.
Todd S h i p y a r d s Corporation, one of the nation's largest independent shipbuilding companies, operates on three coasts, in Seattle, Wash., San Francisco and Los Angeles, Calif., Galveston and Houston, Texas, New Orleans, La., and Brooklyn, N.Y.