USS Spruance (DDG-111)

USS Spruance (DDG-111) is a United States Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. She is the 61st ship in her class. Spruance is the second ship to be named for Admiral Raymond A. Spruance (1886–1969), who commanded American naval forces at the Battles of Midway and the Philippine Sea. He was later Ambassador to the Philippines. Her keel was laid down on 14 May 2009.[2] She was christened by the admiral's granddaughter, Ellen Spruance Holscher, on 5 June 2010 in Bath, Maine at Bath Iron Works, where the ship was built at a cost of $1 billion.[3][4] The completed ship left Bath on 1 September 2011 for her commissioning in Key West, Florida on 1 October 2011.[5][6]

Spruance is outfitted with the latest technology. She was the first of the U.S. Navy's destroyers to be fitted with the Gigabit Ethernet Data Multiplex System (GEDMS), manufactured by the Boeing Company. GEDMS provides an Internet Protocol (IP) based backbone for video and data services on the ship.[7] The bridge features touch screen controls and color readouts instead of gauges.[8]

USS Spruance (DDG-111)
PCU Spruance (DDG-111)
Spruance in September 2011
History
United States
Name: Spruance
Namesake: Raymond A. Spruance
Awarded: 13 September 2002[1]
Builder: Bath Iron Works[1]
Laid down: 14 May 2009[2]
Christened: 5 June 2010
Launched: 6 June 2010
Commissioned: 1 October 2011
Identification:
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Spruance COA
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer[2]
Displacement: 9,200 tons[1]
Length: 510 ft (160 m)[1]
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)[1]
Draft: 33 ft (10 m)[1]
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Speed: over 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Range: 4,400 nautical miles (8,100 km; 5,100 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 260 officers and enlisted[1]
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
AN/SLQ-32(V)2 Electronic Warfare System
Armament:
Aircraft carried:SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

Ship history

She sailed from San Diego on her maiden deployment on 16 October 2013, heading for Asia under the command of Commander George Kessler who was succeeded by Commander Daniel Cobian[8]

Spruance returned to Naval Base San Diego on 17 April 2014 following completion of deployments to the Western Pacific Ocean.[9]

Deployments

  • 16 October 2013 – 17 April 2014 Maiden deployment

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Spruance". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 21 May 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "Keel Laid for future USS Spruance". Navy News Service. 20 May 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2009.
  3. ^ Sharp, David (6 June 2010). "BIW Destroyer Named For 'Quiet Warrior'". Maine Sunday Telegram. Associated Press.
  4. ^ Hoey, Dennis (2 September 2011). "Destroyer leaves discord behind". Maine Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  5. ^ "USA: Arleigh Burke-Class Guided-Missile Destroyer Starts Maiden Voyage". Shipbuilding Tribune. 2 September 2011. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  6. ^ Clark, Cammy (24 September 2011). "Navy Destroyer Debuts In Key West". Miami Herald.
  7. ^ "Boeing Deploys Gigabit Ethernet Data Multiplex System on USS Spruance" (Press release). Boeing. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  8. ^ a b Steele, Jeanette (16 October 2013). "SD destroyer takes maiden deployment". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  9. ^ "USS Cowpens, USS Spruance Return from Deployment". US Navy. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2015.

External links

Media related to USS Spruance (DDG-111) at Wikimedia Commons

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USS Spruance (DD-963) was the lead ship of Spruance-class destroyers, launched in 1973 and struck in 2005

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