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Probably the last photos taken of Spruance before decommissioning on March 23, 2005.  She was sunk 300 miles off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia as a missile target on December 8, 2006.  Sad ending to a lustrous career BUT much more fitting than "razor blades".  Photos downloaded from Microsoft Virtual Earth web site. 





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USS SPRUANCE was the lead ship of the SPRUANCE class of destroyers and the first ship in the Navy named after Admiral Raymond Ames Spruance. 

 Decommissioned on March 23, 2005. On December 8, 2006, the destroyer was sunk as a target off the Virginia Capes (36�24'35.00"N - 70�46'02.00"W) in about 14,000 feet of water.
USS SPRUANCE was the longest-serving ship in her class.


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
(as of OPNAVNOTE 1650 dated 18 SEP 2002)

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2 awards), Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row: Navy “E” Ribbon (6 awards), Navy Unit Commendation, Southwest Asia Service Medal

 Awarded:  June 23, 1970
Keel laid
:  November 27, 1972
:  November 10, 1973
:  September 20, 1975
:  March 23, 2005
Sunk as a target
:  December 8, 2006
:  Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.
Propulsion system
:  four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines, 80,000 S/HP
:  two variable pitch
Blades on each Propeller
:  five
:  564.3 feet (172 meters)
:  55.1 feet (16.8 meters)
:  28.9 feet (8.8 meters)
:  approx. 9,200 tons full load
:  30+ knots
:  6000 NM@ 20 Knots
:  approx. 340
:  two SH-60B Seahawk (LAMPS 3)
:  two Mk 45 5-inch/54 caliber lightweight guns, one MK 41 VLS for Tomahawk and ASROC and Standard missiles, Mk 46 torpedoes (two triple tube mounts), two Harpoon missile launchers, one Sea Sparrow launcher, one Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) System, two 20mm Phalanx CIWS

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Spruance completed the first firing of a Tomahawk Cruise Missile from a ship mounted Vertical Launch System (VLS) on March 27, 1988.

Click here for a video clip (4.7 MB) of the launch.














USS SPRUANCE Grounding on January 25, 1989 near Andros Island, Bahamas

Taken from: The largest European US Navy website

USS SPRUANCE runs aground on a coral reef while fighting heavy winds. The wind also causes the top of the foremast to break. No injuries are reported but the ship requires $1.4 million in repairs.

The SPRUANCE is pulled free on January 28 by the USNS MOHAWK (T-ATF 170) and USS GRASP (ARS 51).  USS GRASP towed the SPRUANCE around Florida to the Ingals Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi.


The underwater inspection of damages to ensure structurally sound to re-float.

Click here for a video clip (56.5 MB) of
Underwater Inspection & Towing

Click here for a video clip (341 MB) of
Drydock &
Full Power Run






1987 ( 1.6 MB)
1988 ( 3.6 MB)
1989 ( 2.7 MB)







1988 Cruise Book

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This PDF file is 15.3 MB in size.


1988 Deployment






















I received these
photos & videos from

Bruce D. "Butch" Ranstad,

a retired Chief Master-at-Arms.

He and I had our retirement ceremonies together on SPRUANCE.






Click here for a video clip (65.8 MB) of "Super Spru"

Click here for a video
clip (11.6 MB) of
1988 Blue Nose Initiation

Click here for a video clip (7.92 MB) of 1988 Helo Unrep

Click here for a video clip (18.7 MB) of
1988 Persian Gulf SSDF Training

Click here for a video clip (29.7 MB) of 1988 Suez Canal Transit















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Taken from Alan J Rouze Jr facebook posting: 
Here's an old video I found that we made while deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1988. To say we didn't know much about shooting or editing video is an understatement. It's long (over 40 minutes) but, for an old Destroyer sailor, it brings back lots of fond memories of people, places, and things done.

1988-deployment.wmv  (684 MB) .....or......... 1988-Deployment.mp4 (169 MB)


















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