USS SPRUANCE DDG 111
The Spruance (DDG 111) is the 61th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer in the United States Navy. The ship is named for Adm. Raymond Spruance, whose leadership at the Battle of Midway contributed to a pivotal American victory during World War II.
June 5, 2010 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Spruance was christened during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine. Ellen Spruance Holscher, granddaughter of the ship’s namesake, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Michael T. Westbrook is the prospective commanding officer.
March 15, 2011 The guided-missile destroyer departed Bath for a three-day combined builder's and acceptance "super trial." PCU Spruance will be delivered to the U.S. Navy on April 15.
May 20, During a routine tests of the gas turbine engine, at Bath Iron Works, a system failure occurred resulting in a fire within one of the engine uptakes, or stacks. The fire was extinguished and there were no personnel injuries.
September 1, PCU Spruance departed Bath, Maine, for its maiden voyage. Inport Naval Station Newport, R.I., from Sept. 2-9.
September 23, The guided-missile destroyer arrived at Naval Air Station Key West's Outer Mole Pier.
October 1, USS Spruance was commissioned during a sunset ceremony at Key West, Fla.
October 24, DDG 111 arrived at its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego, Calif., as the newest member of Destroyer Squadron 23.
January 9, 2012 The Spruance arrived at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach to conduct ordnance transfer operation.
February 6, The guided-missile destroyer departed San Diego for routine training off the coast of southern California.
March 13, USS Spruance set an Aegis record when it intercepted a long-range air target at the furthest distance in the history of the Aegis and Standard Missile program, during its eighth week Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT), breaking the Navy record by over five miles.
May 7, DDG 111 commenced a three-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) at the BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair facility.
May 11, Cmdr. George A. Kesler, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Michael T. Westbrook as CO of the Spruance during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ex-USS Midway.
October 3, USS Spruance moored at Pier 80 in San Francisco, Calif., for a six-day port visit to participate in annual Fleet Week celebration.
January 30, 2013 The Spruance recenly conducted a Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) Operational Test Launch (OTL), from the Pacific Missile Range, off the coast of southern California.
April 28, USS Spruance recently departed Naval Base San Diego to participate in a biennial joint training exercise Trident Fury 13, off the coast of Canada, from May 3-19; Inport Esquimalt, British Columbia, from May 1-3.
July 25, The guided-missile destroyer departed homeport for routine training in the SOCAL Op. Area.
October 16, USS Spruance departed San Diego for its maiden western Pacific deployment.
November 26, The Spruance moored at Berth 8 in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a week-long upkeep; Anchored at A-10 from Dec. 3-4.
December 23, Cmdr. Daniel Cobian relieved Cmdr. George A. Kesler, Jr., as CO of DDG 111 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship. USS Spruance moored today at Manila South Harbor, Republic of the Philippines, for a five-day port visit.
January 18, 2014 USS Spruance rescued a Filipino mariner, who had fallen overboard from the Malaysian-flagged motor vessel Pantagruel, in the Strait of Singapore.
January 22, The Spruance moored at Sembawang Terminal in Singapore for a routine port call; Inport Muara, Brunei, from Feb. 14-19; Upkeep in Sasebo, Japan, from March 7-13.
April 17, USS Spruance returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.
May 27, The Spruance is currently underway in support of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) CSG's Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), off the coast of southern California, as part of opposition forces.
June 5, DDG 111 moored at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Ore., for a four-day port visit to participate in the Fleet Week festivities during the 107th annual Rose Festival. USS Spruance previously moored this morning at the North Port Marine Terminal in Port of Kalama, Wash., for a brief stop to embark guests; Returned to San Diego on June 12.
June 19, USS Spruance recently departed Naval Base San Diego to participate in a multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014; Inport Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from June 25 through July 8.
August 6, The Spruance moored at Berth 92, World Cruise Terminal in Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, Calif., for a five-day port visit to participate in annual L.A. Navy Days.
February 4, 2015 USS Spruance moored at Bravo Pier, Naval Air Station North Island for ammo onload after a four-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA); Underway for routine training from March 2-6, March 9-? and April 2-?.
May 5, The Spruance departed Pier 2, Naval Base San Diego to conduct routine training in the SOCAL Op. Area; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to offload ammo before return home on May 6; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on May 8.
May 15, Cmdr. Manuel Hernandez relieved Cmdr. Daniel Cobian as the 4th CO of USS Spruance during a change-of-command ceremony at Berth 2, Pier 2.
May 26, The guided-missile destroyer departed homeport for a day-long CORTRAMID cruise off the coast of southern California; Underway again from May 27-? and June 5-?.
June 10, USS Spruance moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to onload ammunition before underway in support of a joint training exercise Northern Edge 2015, in the Gulf of Alaska, from June 15-26; Moored at Berth 2, Pier 13 on July 3; Brief underway on July 22.
August 17, The Spruance moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to onload ammo before underway for local operations; Moored at Berth 1, Pier 8 on Aug. 24; Underway again from Aug. 31- Sept. 4, Sept. 28- Oct. 2 and Oct. 6.
October 15, DDG 111 moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to onload ammunition before underway for routine training; Returned home on late Tuesday evening; Underway again from Oct. 26-30 and Nov. 12-19; Moored at Bravo Pier for ammo onload on Nov. 24; Brief underway on Dec. 1.
December 3, USS Spruance departed Pier 8 for a four-day underway to conduct routine training in the SOCAL Op. Area; Underway again from Dec. 10-14.
February 1, 2016 The Spruance moored at Berth 6, Pier 2 on Naval Base San Diego after underway for local operations; Underway again from Feb. 8-12.
March 7, USS Spruance moored at Berth 1, Pier 8 on Naval Base San Diego after a 17-day underway for Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX) and in support of amphibious training exercise Iron Fist, off the coast of southern California.
April 14, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to onload ammo.
April 19, USS Spruance departed San Diego for a scheduled western Pacific deployment as part of the Surface Action Group (SAG). Under the new initiative called Third Fleet Forward, operational control of the Spruance, Decatur (DDG 73) and Momsen (DDG 92) will be maintained by the U.S. 3rd Fleet Commander for the entire deployment.
April 25, The Spruance moored at Bravo 24 Wharf in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a two-day port call; Inport Pago Pago, American Samoa, from May 4-6.
May 9, USS Spruance moored at Vuna Wharf in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, for a three-day port visit before conducting operations in support of the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) in the region, with the embarked U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 108.
May 20, DDG 111 anchored off the coast of Honiara, Solomon Islands, for a brief stop to Guadalcanal to refuel; Moored at Sierra 2 Wharf in Apra Harbor, Guam, for upkeep from May 30- June 11.
June 15, The Spruance participated in a joint-service targeting and bombing exercise with the U.S. Air Force, off Farallon de Medinilla Island, approximately 45 n.m. northeast from Saipan; Transited the Luzon Strait westbound on June 19.
July 2, USS Spruance moored at Berth 5, Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a three-day liberty visit; Transited the Lombok Strait southbound on July 9.
July 17, USS Spruance moored at Stokes Hill Wharf in Darwin, Australia, for a three-day port visit; Returned to South China Sea on July 26.
August 4, The Spruance recently arrived in Bali Sea to participate in at-sea phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise.
August 19, USS Spruance moored at Berth 3, Juliet Basin Wharf in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a two-day port call before participating in a Ship Anti-submarine Warfare (ASW) Readiness and Evaluation Measurement (SHAREM) exercise, with the USS Decatur, USS San Francisco (SSN 711), JS Teruzuki (DD 116) and an Oyashio-class diesel-electric submarine, from Aug. 22-26; Inport Sasebo again from Aug. 27-30; Entered to South China Sea on Sept. 2.
September 22, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Berth 6, India Basin in Fleet Activities Sasebo for a three-day port call; Joined the Republic of Korea naval forces, in the Sea of Japan, for combined maritime operations on Sept. 26.
October 3, USS Spruance, along with the USS Decatur, joined the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7 for a series of interoperability drills in the South China Sea.
October 7, The Spruance anchored at Kellett Anchorage #1 in Victoria Harbour for a four-day liberty port visit to Hong Kong; Departed South China Sea on Oct. 23.?
October 27, USS Spruance, along with the USS Decatur, participated in a joint exercise with an B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron and currently deployed to Andersen AFB, while underway southwest of Guam.
November 3, DDG 111 moored at Wharf B25 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for a five-day port visit and to embark "Tigers."
November 14, USS Spruance moored at Berth 1, Pier 10 on Naval Base San Diego following a seven-month deployment.
December 2, Cmdr. Joshua M. Menzel relieved Cmdr. Manuel Hernandez as the 5th CO of Spruance during a change-of-command ceremony at Pier 10.
December 16, The Spruance returned to homeport after a four-day underway off the coast of southern California; Underway again on Jan. 27, 2017.