Pre-Commissioning Unit Spruance has had the opportunity to try out the navy's newest technology. The largest change involves the integration of electronic controls within navigation and the ship's engine systems.
"We're the first ship to be forward fitted with new control consoles in CCS for the engineering plant. It takes away a lot of the hard buttons and throttle levers and we got a lot more computer programs and sensors and cameras involved in the system."
Spruance is an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer. She is be the 61st ship in her class and the second ship to be named for Admiral Raymond A. Spruance.
"Admiral Raymond Ames Spruance is our namesake and this is the second ship named after admiral Spruance and arguably one of the most brilliant minds of the pacific campaign in World War II. Certainly his legacy began with, or is a World War II legacy, primarily is attached to his successes in the early parts of the war just after Pearl Harbor. Most notably he was the brain child and father of the battle of midway, which really was the turning point of the war in the pacific."
Among the many firsts For Spruance, this crew is also implementing a new form of rotation for damage control operations.
"And so we've taken the damage control concept that we have, the damage control petty officer, and taken it to a different level. In which we've brought each of the damage control petty officers from the divisions, out of their divisions, put them together as a team and taught them how to fight all the fires and all the casualties that we have on the ship."
Spruance will join the fleet after its commissioning in Key West, Florida, October 1st.