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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Spruance (DD-963), 1975-____, --
Construction and Commissioning, 1970-1975

This page features artworks and photographs relevant to the construction of USS Spruance and to her commissioning ceremonies.

For overall views of this ship, and links to images taken on board the ship, see:

  • USS Spruance (DD-963).

    If you want higher resolution reproductions than this digital image, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

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    Photo #: NH 96862

    USS Spruance (DD-963)


    Artwork by Russ Vickers, representing the planned appearance at the time the first Spruance class destroyers were ordered. Note streamlined stacks and other detail differences from the "as built" configuration.
    Photograph was received in July 1970.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 105KB; 740 x 605 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 83349-KN (Color)

    USS Spruance (DD-963)


    Automobile bumper sticker issued by the Litton Industries in anticipation of the ship's launching, which took place at their Pascagoula, Mississippi, shipyard on 10 November 1973.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 46KB; 7400 x 210 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 96863

    USS Spruance (DD-963)


    The stern-wheeler riverboat Magnolia Blossom nudges up to the ship during her launching ceremonies, at the Ingalls shipyard, Pascagoula, Mississippi, 10 November 1973. Spruance's christening party was embarked on the riverboat.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 81KB; 740 x 595 pixels

     
    Photo #: USN 1160971

    USS Spruance (DD-963)


    In the floating drydock at the Ingalls shipyard, Pascagoula, Mississippi, while being prepared for builders' trials, circa January 1975.

    Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

    Online Image: 121KB; 600 x 765 pixels

    Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
    National Archives photographic reproduction system as Photo # 428-N-1160971.

     
    Photo #: NH 96864

    USS Spruance (DD-963)


    Bow-on view from the drydock floor, during the latter stages of the ship's construction, circa early 1975. Note large dome for her SQS-53 bow-mounted sonar.
    Photo was received in May 1975.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 37KB; 225 x 765 pixels

     
    Photo #: USN 1162174

    Litton East Bank Shipyard, Pascagoula, Mississippi.


    Six Spruance class destroyers fitting out, circa May 1975.
    Ships are, from left:
    Paul F. Foster (DD-964);
    Spruance (DD-963), then running trials;
    Arthur W. Radford (DD-968);
    Elliot (DD-967);
    Hewitt (DD-966) and
    Kinkaid (DD-965).

    Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

    Online Image: 175KB; 740 x 615 pixels

    Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
    National Archives photographic reproduction system as Photo # 428-N-1162174.

     
    Photo #: NH 96865

    USS Spruance (DD-963)


    Commander Raymond J. Harbrecht, Commanding Officer, displays an oil painting of the new destroyer that was given to the ship by her sponsor, Mrs. Raymond A. Spruance (right). Photographed during the ship's commissioning ceremony at the Ingalls shipyard, Pascagoula, Mississippi, 20 September 1975.
    Photographer: PHC M.W. Melton.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 135KB; 740 x 625 pixels

     

    For overall views of this ship, and links to images taken on board the ship, see:

  • USS Spruance (DD-963).


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    24 May 1999