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Spruance-class Destroyer

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The USS Spruace (DD-963), a Spruance-class destroyer.
The Spruance-class destroyer were a class of multirole destroyer was developed by the United States to replace a large number of World War II-built Allen M. Sumner and Gearing-class destroyers, and was the primary destroyer built for the U.S. Navy during the 1970s. Both the Kidd and Ticonderoga-class ships are based on the Spruance-class design.

Serving for three decades, the Spruance-class was designed to escort a carrier group with a primary ASW mission. First commissioned in 1975, the class was designed with gas-turbine propulsion, all-digital weapons systems, automated 5-inch guns and Tomahawk cruise missiles. Rather than extend the life of the class, the Navy opted to accelerate its retirement. The last ship of the class was decommissioned in 2005, with most examples broken up or destroyed as targets. A few nations including Australia and Mexico have license built their own Spruance-class destroyers.

Specifications[edit]

  • Role: Destroyer (Hull designation symbol DD)
  • Service Period: 1975-2005 (USN)
  • Dimensions
    • Length: 564.3 feet (172 meters)
    • Beam: 55.1 feet (16.8 meters)
    • Draught: 28.9 feet (8.8 meters)
    • Displacement: 9,200 tons
  • Crew Complement: 334 (19 officers and 315 enlisted)
  • Power: 80,000 shp
  • Propulsion: 4 x General Electric LM2500 Gas Turbines (produces 80,000 shp)
  • Range: 6,000 nautical miles (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 20 knots (37.04 km/h), 3,300 nautical miles (6,100 ) at 30 knots (55.56 km/h)
  • Speed: 32.5 Knots (60.19 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite
    • AN/SPQ-9 Gunfire Control Radar
    • AN/SQR-19 Towed Array Passive Sonar
    • AN/SPS-40 Air Search Radar
    • AN/SQS-53 Bow Mounted Active Sonar
    • AN/SPS-55 Surface Search Radar
    • AN/SPG-60 Fire Control Radar
  • Electronic Warfare and Countermeasures
    • AN/SLQ-25 Nixie Torpedo Countermeasures
    • AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare Suite
    • AN/SLQ-49 Inflatable Decoys
    • Mark 36 SRBOC Decoy Launching System
  • Armament
    • 1 x 5"/54-caliber mark 45 naval gun
    • 1 x 8-cell Mk.29 NATO Sea Sparrow Missile Launcher (fires RIM-7 Sea Sparrow Missiles)
    • 2 x 4-cell Mk.141 Harpoon Missile Launcher (fires RGM-84 Harpoon Anti-Ship Missiles)
    • 1 x 61-cell Mk.41 (fires RGM-109 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles and RUM-139 VL-ASROC ASW Missiles)
    • 1 x 8-cell ASROC Missile Launcher (fires RUR-5 ASROC ASW Missiles) - replaced by Mk.41 VLS
    • 2 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS (Block 1B)
    • 1 x 21-cell Mk.49 Rolling Airframe Missile Launcher (fires RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missiles)
    • 2 x Mk.32 12.75" triple fire torpedo tubes (fires Mark 46 Torpedoes)
  • Aircraft Carried: 2 x Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk

Unit Run[edit]

 Name   Hull Number   Commission-Decommission   Status   Link 
United States Navy
USS Spruance DD-963 1975–2005 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [1]
USS Paul F. Foster DD-964 1976–2003 Active, in service as EDD-964 [2] [3]
USS Kinkaid DD-965 1976–2003 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [4]
USS Hewitt DD-966 1976–2001 Disposed of by scrapping, dismantling [5]
USS Elliot DD-967 1977–2003 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [6]
USS Arthur W. Radford DD-968 1977–2003 Disposed of as artificial reef on 10 August 2011 off coast of Delaware [7]
USS Peterson DD-969 1977–2002 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [8]
USS Caron DD-970 1977–2001 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [9]
USS David R. Ray DD-971 1977–2002 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [10]
USS Oldendorf DD-972 1978–2003 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [11]
USS John Young DD-973 1978–2002 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [12]
USS Comte de Grasse DD-974 1978–1998 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [13]
USS O'Brien DD-975 1977–2004 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [14]
USS Merrill DD-976 1978–1998 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [15]
USS Briscoe DD-977 1978–2003 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [16]
USS Stump DD-978 1978–2004 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [17]
USS Conolly DD-979 1978–1998 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [18]
USS Moosbrugger DD-980 1978–2000 Disposed of by scrapping, dismantling [19]
USS John Hancock DD-981 1978–2000 Disposed of by scrapping, dismantling [20]
USS Nicholson DD-982 1979–2002 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [21]
USS John Rodgers DD-983 1979–1998 Disposed of by scrapping, dismantling [22]
USS Leftwich DD-984 1979–1998 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [23]
USS Cushing DD-985 1979–2005 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [24]
USS Harry W. Hill DD-986 1979–1998 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [25]
USS O'Bannon DD-987 1979–2005 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [26]
USS Thorn DD-988 1980–2004 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [27]
USS Deyo DD-989 1980–2003 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [28]
USS Ingersoll DD-990 1980–1998 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [29]
USS Fife DD-991 1980–2003 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [30]
USS Fletcher DD-992 1980–2004 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [31]
USS Hayler DD-997 1983–2003 Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise [32]
Royal Australian Navy
HMAS New South Wales D41 2002-Present Active Service
HMAS Victoria D42 2002-Present Active Service
HMAS Queensland D43 2002-Present Active Service
HMAS Tasmania D44 2002-Present Active Service
Mexican Navy
ARM Tampico DDG-103 2007-Present Active Service
ARM Zumpango DDG-104 2007-Present Active Service
ARM Papaloapan DDG-105 2008-Present Active Service
ARM Yucatán DDG-106 2008-Present Active Service
ARM Constante DDG-107 2008-Present Active Service
ARM Veracruz DDG-108 2009-Present Active Service
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