USS Spruance arrives at new homeport in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The newest destroyer to join the Navy's Pacific Fleet
arrived at its homeport of San Diego Monday for the first time, according to U.S
Navy officials.

The USS Spruance was commissioned in October at Naval Air Station Key West.

It became the second American warship named in honor of Adm. Raymond
Spruance, who commanded an aircraft carrier task force at the Battle of Midway
as an emergency substitute for the ailing William “Bull” Halsey, who fell ill
just before the fight that changed the course of the conflict with Japan in
World War II.

Spruance went on to alternate command of the aircraft carrier force with
Halsey through the rest of the Pacific War.

The latest USS Spruance, commanded by Cmdr. Tate Westbrook, has a crew
of 285 sailors and carries Tomahawk cruise missiles, a 5-inch gun, sonar
systems and two helicopters. It is powered by four gas-turbine engines and is
capable of speeds of more than 30 knots.

The vessel is assigned to Destroyer Squadron 23. When deployed, it will
help promote security and provide disaster relief within the Third Fleet's 50-
million square mile area of responsibility in the Eastern Pacific, according to
the Navy.

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