USS Spruance (DDG-111)

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USS Spruance (DDG-111)
PCU Spruance (DDG-111).jpg
Spruance in September 2011
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
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Spruance COA.png
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
Aircraft carried: SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

USS Spruance (DDG-111) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer guided missile destroyer currently in service with the United States Navy. She is the 61st ship in her class.


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.[3] The bridge features touch screen controls and color readouts instead of gauges.[4]

Construction and career[edit]

Spruance is the second United States Navy ship (the first being Spruance (DD-963) 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.

Spruance's 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.[5][6] The completed ship left Bath on 1 September 2011 for her commissioning in Key West, Florida before traveling to her home port of San Diego.[7]

Spruance was commissioned on 1 October 2011 in Key West, Florida[8] with Commander Tate Westbrook in command of the ship.

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[4]

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


  • 16 October 2013-17 April 2014 Maiden deployment

Commanding officers[edit]

The commanding officer (CO) of Spruance is the United States Navy officer who is the most senior officer on ship. The CO is the ultimate authority over operations of Spruance and her crew.

List of commanding officers[edit]

# Name Start of tenure End of tenure
4 CDR 'Manny' Manuel Hernandez [10] 15 May 2015
3 CDR Daniel Cobian [10] 23 December 2013 15 May 2015
2 CDR George Albert Kessler Jr.[10] 11 May 2012 23 December 2013
1 CDR Tate Westbrook[10] 1 October 2011 11 May 2012


  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. ^ "Boeing Deploys Gigabit Ethernet Data Multiplex System on USS Spruance" (Press release). Boeing. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Steele, Jeanette (16 October 2013). "SD destroyer takes maiden deployment". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Sharp, David (6 June 2010). "BIW Destroyer Named For 'Quiet Warrior'". Maine Sunday Telegram. Associated Press. 
  6. ^ Hoey, Dennis (2 September 2011). "Destroyer leaves discord behind". Maine Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ Clark, Cammy (24 September 2011). "Navy Destroyer Debuts In Key West". Miami Herald. 
  9. ^ "USS Cowpens, USS Spruance Return from Deployment". US Navy. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d

External links[edit]

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