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U.S.S. DAVID R. RAY

(DD-971)

DETERMINED READY RESOURCEFUL

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USS DAVID R. RAY (DD-971) - a Spruance class destroyer

In Commission 1977 to 2002

DD-971 Deployments - Major Events

Add a DD-971 Shellback Initiation Add a DD-971 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
SEP 1974 - Keel Date: 23 SEP 1974
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
AUG 1975 - Launch Date: 24 AUG 1975
NOV 1977 - Commissioned: 19 NOV 1977
NOV 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 11 NOV 1977 - Pacific Ocean
DEC 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 11 DEC 1977 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1978 - Shellback Initiation - 16 MAY 1978 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1979 - MAR 1980 West Pac-Indian Ocean
SEP 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 25 SEP 1979 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 8 JUL 1980 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1981 - NOV 1981 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUL 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 2 JUL 1981 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 20 JUL 1981 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1983 - MAY 1984 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1986 - SEP 1986 West Pac-Indian Ocean
JUN 1986 - JUN 1986 Shellback Initiation
AUG 1987 - Shellback Initiation - 16 AUG 1987 - Indian Ocean
APR 1990 - NOV 1990 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
APR 1992 - SEP 1992 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 1992 - Shellback Initiation - 21 SEP 1992 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1994 - APR 1995 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR 1995 - Shellback Initiation - 15 MAR 1995 - Indian Ocean
MAY 1997 - NOV 1997 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY 1999 - OCT 1999 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY 2001 - NOV 2001 Counter Narcotic Deployment Caribean & Eastern Pacific
FEB 2002 - Decommissioned: 28 FEB 2002

DD-971 General Specifications

Class: Spruance class destroyer

Named for: HM2 David Robert Ray

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 a target on 11 July 2008