In 1976 I was stationed aboard this ship and am a plank owner.  We recently found these pictures taken during her commissioning and sea trials and other pictures from around the base from the years 1976-1977.  The pictures are very bad as they were taken with a Polaroid and have been buried in a box for 35 years.  It is sad to know that she will meet her demise soon.

 

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CLASS - SPRUANCE As Built. Displacement 7800 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 563' (oa) x 55' x 20' 6" (Max) Armament 2 x 5"/54 RF (2x1), 1 Sea Sparrow SAM (1x8) ASROC ASW (1x8), 6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3). 1 Helicopter. Machinery, 80,000 SHP; 4 LM 2500 Gas Turbines, 2 screws,  Speed  30 Knots, Range 6000 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 296. Operational and Building Data Laid down by Litton Ingalls, Pascagoula Miss. January 24 1974. Launched March 1 1975 and commissioned April 16 1977. Decommissioned March 18 2003 at Naval Station Norfolk. Stricken April 6, 2004. Fate: Laid-up in Philadelphia awaiting final disposal. As of February 2008 she is scheduled to be sunk as a target, date to be determined.