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USS Fletcher (DD-992), 1980-____

USS Fletcher, a 8280-ton Spruance class destroyer, was built at Pascagoula, Mississippi. Commissioned in July 1980, she was immediately sent to join the Pacific Fleet, with which she has served up to the present. Starting in 1982, Fletcher has made regular deployments to the western and southern Pacific, with some of those extending into the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf areas. During the 1990s, she was modernized with the vertical launch system, giving her a much broader range of capabilities.

USS Fletcher (DD-992) was named in honor of Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher, USN, (1885-1973).

This page features views of USS Fletcher.

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Photo #: NH 96841-KN (Color)

USS Fletcher (DD-992)

Underway off Catalina Island, California, 4 February 1988.

Photographed by Chief Photographer's Mate T.R. Dupree.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 142KB; 740 x 610 pixels

Photo #: USN 1175244

Fletcher (DD-992)
(left) and
Fife (DD-991)

Fitting out at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, on 20 July 1979. They were the final two of the original thirty Spruance class destroyers ordered by the U.S. Navy, and were to be formally christened on the following day, 21 July.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

Online Image: 56KB; 740 x 295 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system as Photo # 428-N-1175244.

Photo #: NH 96842

USS Fletcher (DD-992)

Rear Admiral William C. Wyatt, Supervisor of Shipbuilding at Pascagoula, Mississippi, signs the document accepting the ship from her builders, in ceremonies on board Fletcher at the Ingalls shipyard, 16 June 1980 . Looking on are Commander Steven C. Saulnier, the ship's Prospective Commanding Officer (2nd from right), Ingalls Shipbuilding President Len Erb (2nd from left) and George M. Nall (left), an Ingalls shipfitter who had worked on all thirty Spruance class destroyers and represented the entire Ingalls workforce at the ceremony. Fletcher was the final ship of the original thirty in that class.

Courtesy of Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 97KB; 605 x 765 pixels


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17 May 1999