Media interested in covering USS Spruance’s arrival should contact Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs office by 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. Media should plan to arrive at Naval Base San Diego Pass/ID office at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Oct 24 to gain access to the base.
– USS Spruance (DDG 111), the newest destroyer to join the Navy’s Pacific Fleet, is scheduled to arrive to its homeport of San Diego for the first time Oct. 24.
Spruance was commissioned at Naval Air Station Key West, Oct. 1. It is the 61st ship in the Arleigh Burke-class of Navy destroyers, and the second Navy ship to bear the name. Spruance is named in honor of Adm. Raymond Spruance who commanded Carrier Task Force 16 during the pivotal Battle of Midway in World War II.
Spruance, commanded by Cmdr. Tate Westbrook, is a multi-mission ship with a crew of 285 Sailors that carries Tomahawk cruise missiles, a 5-inch gun, sonar systems and two helicopters. Spruance is powered by four gas-turbine engines and is capable of speeds in excess of 30 knots.
Spruance, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 23, will help provide deterrence, promote peace and security, preserve freedom of the sea and humanitarian/disaster response within 3rd Fleet’s 50-million square mile area of responsibility in the Eastern Pacific, as well as supporting the Navy’s Maritime Strategy when forward deployed.