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U.S.S. THORN

(DD-988)

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USS THORN (DD-988) - a Spruance class destroyer

In Commission 1980 to 2004

DD-988 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG1977-Keel Date: 29 AUG 1977
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
JAN1979-JAN1981Antarctic Circle
FEB1979-Launch Date: 3 FEB 1979
FEB1980-Commissioned: 16 FEB 1980
JUN1982-DEC1982Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT1982-NOV1982Mediterranean-Lebanon
DEC1983-DEC1983Helo Accident December 1983 near AUTEC Helantisubron 75 Det (A)
JUN1984-DEC1984UNITAS
JUN1984-Shellback Initiation - 19 JUN 1984 - Pacific Ocean
OCT1984-DEC1984West Africa
MAR1985-DEC1985Regular Overhaul
AUG1986-NOV1986North Atlantic-Baltic Sea Operations
SEP1987-MAR1988Mediterranean
SEP1987-MAR1988Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
OCT1989-MAR1990Mediterranean
NOV1991-MAY1992Mediterranean
APR1993-JUN1993North Atlantic bluenose
AUG1993-FEB1994Mediterranean
MAR1994-APR1994Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
AUG1994-Shellback Initiation - 8 AUG 1994 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG1996-AUG1996Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
AUG1996-SEP1996North Atlantic
MAR1997-SEP1997Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV1998-MAY1999Mediterranean
APR2000-MAY2000North Atlantic
APR2001-OCT2001Mediterranean
NOV2003-MAY2004Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
FEB2004-Shellback Initiation - 20 FEB 2004 - Indian Ocean
FEB2004- Shellback Initiation - 20 FEB 2004 - Indian Ocean
AUG2004-Decommissioned: 25 AUG 2004

DD-988 General Specifications

Class: Spruance class destroyer

Named for: Jonathan Thorn

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 test/target 22 July 2006



USS THORN (DD-988)



The second Thorn (DD-988) was laid down on 29 August 1977 at Pascagoula, Miss., by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton Systems, Inc., and launched on 3 February 1979 with Mrs. Patricia Palmer Ansley serving as sponsor. Thorn was scheduled to be commissioned in early 1980.

[Note: The above USS THORN (DD-988) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS THORN (DD-988), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]