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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
SEP1974-Keel Date: 23 SEP 1974
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
AUG1975-Launch Date: 24 AUG 1975
NOV1977-Commissioned: 19 NOV 1977
NOV1977-Shellback Initiation - 11 NOV 1977 - Pacific Ocean
DEC1977-Shellback Initiation - 11 DEC 1977 - Pacific Ocean
MAY1978-Shellback Initiation - 16 MAY 1978 - Pacific Ocean
SEP1979-MAR1980West Pac-Indian Ocean
SEP1979-Shellback Initiation - 25 SEP 1979 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1980-Shellback Initiation - 8 JUL 1980 - Pacific Ocean
APR1981-NOV1981West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUL1981-Shellback Initiation - 2 JUL 1981 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1981- Shellback Initiation - 20 JUL 1981 - Indian Ocean
OCT1983-MAY1984West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN1986-SEP1986West Pac-Indian Ocean
JUN1986-JUN1986Shellback Initiation
AUG1987-Shellback Initiation - 16 AUG 1987 - Indian Ocean
APR1990-NOV1990West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
APR1992-SEP1992West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP1992-Shellback Initiation - 21 SEP 1992 - Pacific Ocean
OCT1994-APR1995West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR1995-Shellback Initiation - 15 MAR 1995 - Indian Ocean
MAY1997-NOV1997West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY1999-OCT1999West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY2001-NOV2001Counter Narcotic Deployment Caribean & Eastern Pacific
FEB2002-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