Todd Shipyards Los Angeles Division Lays Keel For First Of Six U.S. Navy Frigates
Todd Shipyards Corporation, Los Angeles (Calif.) Division, recently laid the keel for the first of six Guided Missile Frigates for the U.S. Navy.
The official certification of the keel was performed by Capt.
Edmund A. Miller, USN, Commander, Long Beach Naval Shipyard and Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair.
This keel-laying marks the first principal event of a building program which presently consists of six vessels, with options to build three or four more; options which could be exercised before the end of this year. Todd's Seattle (Wash.) Division is also currently building six similar vessels, two of which will be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy.
The vessel for which this first keel was laid will be commissioned the USS Wadsworth (FFG-9) in January 1980.
The Navy recently announced that its present planning includes construction of a total of 74 FFGs, and has awarded contracts for 18, including 11 to be built by Todd. With its capacity to deliver four ships per year, Todd Los Angeles expects to obtain a fair share of the remaining contracts to be awarded.
Assisting Captain Miller at the ceremony was Capt. John D.
Beecher, USN, the Navy's Project Manager for FFG construction, and Stuart C. Jones, general manager of Todd Los Angeles.