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U.S.S. SPRUANCE

(DD-963)

FORTITUDE - WISDOM - REASON

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USS SPRUANCE (DD-963) - a Spruance class destroyer

In Commission 1975 to 2005

DD-963 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
NOV1972-Keel Date: 27 NOV 1972
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
NOV1973-Launch Date: 10 NOV 1973
SEP1975-Commissioned: 20 SEP 1975
OCT1975-NOV1975Guantanamo Bay
OCT1975-NOV1975Sea Trials
FEB1978-Shellback Initiation - 14 FEB 1978 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB1978-Shellback Initiation - 2 FEB 1978 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT1978-APR1979Mediterranean
OCT1979-APR1980Mediterranean
APR1980-JUL1980Dry Dock
JUN1982-SEP1982Spruance was deployed to the Arabian Sea in 1982
JAN1983-JUN1983Persian Gulf where she spent over four and a half months.
JUN1983-DEC1983Mediterranean
MAY1985-AUG1985Spruance entered the yard for her second overhaul
JUN1986-JUN1987Overhaul - Removed ASROC Box Launher - Installed VLS/Rast
APR1988-OCT1988Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP1988-SEP1988Blue Nose - Arctic Ocean
JAN1989-JUN1992Desert Storm
AUG1990-APR1991Desert Storm
MAY1993-NOV1993Spruance was assigned to the Red Sea to enforce U.N. truce
JUL1994-SEP1994Operation Restore Democracy Spruance onboard 900 Haitian Refugees
SEP1994-JAN1995Portsmouth Virginia for a period of dry-dock repairs
JUN1996-OCT1996Spruance took part in the 24th annual U.S. invitational maritime
APR1997-OCT1997Spruance was attached to the USS John F. Kennedy carrier group
JUN2000-AUG2000Spruance entered the dry dock in Jacksonville
SEP2000-DEC2004She remained with JFK group operating in the waters around Florida
APR2002-OCT2002Mediterranean
AUG2003-OCT2003North Atlantic
JUN2004-DEC2004Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR2005-Decommissioned: 23 MAR 2005
DEC2006-DEC2006Sunk as a target

DD-963 General Specifications

Class: Spruance class destroyer

Named for: Raymond A. Spruance

Complement: 19 Officers and 315 Enlisted

Displacement: 8040 tons

Length: 529 feet

Beam: 55 feet

Flank Speed: 32 Knots

Range: 6 000 nautical miles

Final Disposition:Sunk as Target 8 December 2006



USS SPRUANCE (DD-963)



Spruance (DD-963) was laid down on 27 November 1972 by Ingalls Shipbuilding Division at Pascagoula Miss.; launched on 10 November 1973; sponsored by Mrs. Raymond A. Spruance; and commissioned on 20 September 1975 Comdr. Raymond J. Harbrecht in command.

[Note: The above USS SPRUANCE (DD-963) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS SPRUANCE (DD-963) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]