USS Harry W. Hill (DD-986)
|Namesake:||Harry W. Hill|
|Ordered:||15 January 1975|
|Laid down:||1 April 1977|
|Launched:||10 August 1978|
|Acquired:||29 October 1979|
|Commissioned:||17 November 1979|
|Decommissioned:||29 May 1998|
|Struck:||29 May 1998|
|Motto:||Speed, Surprise, Success|
|Fate:||Sunk as target, 15 July 2004|
|Class & type:||Spruance-class destroyer|
|Displacement:||8,040 (long) tons full load|
|Length:||529 ft (161 m) waterline; 563 ft (172 m) overall|
|Beam:||55 ft (16.8 m)|
|Draft:||29 ft (8.8 m)|
|Propulsion:||4 × General Electric LM2500 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 80,000 shp (60 MW)|
|Speed:||32.5 knots (60 km/h)|
|Complement:||19 officers, 315 enlisted|
|Aircraft carried:||2 x Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters.|
In late November 1982 Harry W. Hill was detached from the USS Enterprise battlegroup to shadow the Soviet aircraft carrier Minsk, which was transiting the Indian Ocean for her first deployment to the Far East, a matter of considerable interest to U.S. planners. As such, Enterprise assigned two intelligence specialists to Harry W. Hill to help the in tracking the Russians. Harry W. Hill rejoined the battlegroup on 19–20 January 1983.
Harry W. Hill deployed as part of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, part of the 1990-1991 Gulf War. On 14 January 1991, she collided with the Wichita class replenishment oiler USS Kansas City while conducting underway replenishment operations in the Gulf of Oman. There were no personnel casualties or injuries reported.
In 1994, Harry W. Hill was significantly damaged during a maneuver to re-float her and exit a dry dock. In the incident, she was caught by a gust of wind which caused the ship to smash into the dry dock. One of the steel wire control lines intended to control the ship parted, seriously injuring two crewmen in the process. The ship sustained damaged to its rudders, screws, and controllable prop pitch systems.
She was based out of San Diego for much of her career. Harry W. Hill was decommissioned and stricken from the Navy List on 29 May 1998. She was sunk as a target during RIMPAC 2004 on 15 July 2004. USS Harry W. Hill was the only Spruance class destroyer not to be armed with armored tomahawk missile box launchers or the Mark-41 vertical launch system.
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