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.
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. After being scuttled on 10 August 2011, the ship became part of the largest artificial reef on the east coast, and the longest vessel to be used for this purpose in the Atlantic.