USS Gladwyne (PF-62)

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United States
Name: Worcester
Namesake: City of Worcester, Massachusetts
Reclassified: PF-62, 15 April 1943
Builder: Globe Shipbuilding Company, Superior, Wisconsin
Yard number: 116
Laid down: 14 October 1943
Launched: 7 January 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Phyllis M. Bennett
Renamed: Gladwyne
Namesake: City of Gladwyne, Pennsylvania
Commissioned: 21 November 1944
Decommissioned: 15 April 1946
Struck: 8 October 1946
Fate: Transferred to Mexican Navy, 24 November 1947
Name: Papaloapan
Namesake: Papaloapan River
Acquired: 24 November 1947
Fate: scrapped, 1965
General characteristics
Class and type: Tacoma-class frigate
  • 1,430 long tons (1,453 t) light
  • 2,415 long tons (2,454 t) full
Length: 303 ft 11 in (92.63 m)
Beam: 37 ft 6 in (11.43 m)
Draft: 13 ft 8 in (4.17 m)
  • 2 × 5,500 shp (4,101 kW) turbines
  • 3 boilers
  • 2 shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 190

USS Gladwyne (PF-62), a Tacoma-class frigate, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. Originally named Worcester after Worcester, Massachusetts, the name was changed in order to give it to new light cruiser USS Worcester (CL-144) then under construction.


Gladwyne (PF-62), was launched on 7 January 1944, at the Globe Shipbuilding Company in Superior, Wisconsin, sponsored by Mrs. Phyllis M. Bennett; and commissioned on 21 November 1944, with Lieutenant Commander R. G. Miller, USCG, in command.

Service history[edit]

After shakedown, Gladwyne sailed from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 21 January 1945, for Casco Bay, Maine, arriving there two days later. Following training exercises there, she made two round trip trans-Atlantic convoy escort voyages to Oran, Algeria, one each from New York and Norfolk, Virginia, from 6 February through 14 May 1945, returning to Boston, Massachusetts, each time. Refresher training at Casco Bay occupied June, and on 31 July, Gladwyne sailed from Boston via Panama to the Pacific.

On 29 August, Gladwyne and Moberly (PF-63) sailed for the Marshall Islands to begin weather station and plane guard patrols. The frigates reached Majuro on 5 September, and during the next months they alternated on patrolling their assigned area out of Majuro and later out of Kwajalein. Gladwyne then sailed to Pearl Harbor putting in there on 27 December 1945. Underway again on 23 February 1946, Gladwyne returned to Majuro and patrolled on weather station until mooring at San Francisco, California, on 9 April.

Decommissioned there on 15 April 1946, she was stricken from the Navy List on 8 October 1946 and sold to the Mexican Government on 24 November 1947. She served Mexico as ARM Papaloapan until disposed of in 1965.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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