Monday, October 10, 2011

USS Spruance (DD 963)

The destroyer USS Spruance (DD 963) is escorted by tugs as she arrives for a port visit at Souda Bay, Crete, Greece. Spruance is homported in Mayport, Fla., and is currently on a routine deployment. Spruance-class destroyers, the first large U.S. Navy warships to employ gas turbine engines as their main propulsion system, are undergoing extensive modernizing. The upgrade program includes addition of vertical launchers for advanced missiles on 24 ships of this class, in addition to an advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) system and upgrading of its helicopter capability. Spruance-class destroyers are expected to remain a major part of the Navy's surface combatant force into the 21st century. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley)

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