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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
NOV 1972 Keel Date: 27 NOV 1972
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
NOV 1973 Launch Date: 10 NOV 1973
SEP 1975 Commissioned: 20 SEP 1975
OCT 1975 - NOV 1975 Guantanamo Bay
OCT 1975 - NOV 1975 Sea Trials
FEB 1978 - Shellback Initiation - 2 FEB 1978 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB 1978 - Shellback Initiation - 14 FEB 1978 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1979 - APR 1980 Mediterranean
APR 1980 - JUL 1980 Dry Dock
JUN 1982 - SEP 1982 Spruance was deployed to the Arabian Sea in 1982
JAN 1983 - JUN 1983 Persian Gulf where she spent over four and a half months.
MAY 1985 - AUG 1985 Spruance entered the yard for her second overhaul
JUN 1986 - JUN 1987 Overhaul - Removed ASROC Box Launher - Installed VLS/Rast
APR 1988 - OCT 1988 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 1988 - SEP 1988 Blue Nose - Arctic Ocean
AUG 1990 - APR 1991 Desert Storm
AUG 1990 - APR 1991 Desert Storm
MAY 1993 - NOV 1993 Spruance was assigned to the Red Sea to enforce U.N. truce
JUL 1994 - SEP 1994 Operation Restore Democracy Spruance onboard 900 Haitian Refugees
SEP 1994 - JAN 1995 Portsmouth Virginia for a period of dry-dock repairs
JUN 1996 - OCT 1996 Spruance took part in the 24th annual U.S. invitational maritime
APR 1997 - OCT 1997 Spruance was attached to the USS John F. Kennedy carrier group
JUN 2000 - AUG 2000 Spruance entered the dry dock in Jacksonville
SEP 2000 - DEC 2004 She remained with JFK group operating in the waters around Florida
MAR 2005 Decommissioned: 23 MAR 2005
DEC 2006 - DEC 2006 Sunk 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]