U.S. Navy's newest destroyer arrives in Key West
The USS Spruance will be commissioned at Naval Air Station Key West next week.
September 23rd, 2011
07:39 PM ET

U.S. Navy's newest destroyer arrives in Key West

The U.S. Navy's newest destroyer, the USS Spruance, has arrived in Key West, Florida, where it will be formally commissioned next week.

The 509-foot-long Spruance is a multimission ship that will carry Tomahawk cruise missiles and two helicopters.

“It was the commanding officer's choice on where he wanted the commissioning," said Trice Denny, spokesman for Naval Air Station Key West, where the destroyer arrived. "He picked Key West because he has been here before, and he knew it would be memorable for the crew and their families."

Another reason for holding the ceremony in the southernmost city on the United States’ mainland, Denny said, is because of the ship’s name. The ship is named for Adm. Raymond Spruance, who directed aircraft carriers during the Battle of Midway in World War II.

The vessel will be open to the public on Saturday and on September 30 from 1 to 4 p.m.

After it is commissioned, the Spruance will be based in San Diego.

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  1. MilitaryIndustrialComplex

    There goes the money for a few hundred schools or could have been used to pay up the interest on the multi-trillion dollar debt :-(! The enemy is not outside, it is within this great nation. Have you heard the saying "Knowledge is power", the more uneducated people we have the easier they are to manipulate. While the guns are trained elsewhere this nation is crumbling from within.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hexdragon

      I suggest you read the article on the coast guard catching the narco sub. The old destroyers that this ship is replacing could be used to hunt them....

      September 29, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • qwedie

      Don't be silly, Iraq doesn't need any more schools.

      October 12, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • melvinslizard

      Go read another b.s. headline and wait for the sky to fall.

      October 20, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Texas Crazy Man


      October 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ReggieWacker

    Maybe I'm missing something obvious, but what does Spruance's directing aircraft carriers at Midway have to do with the southernmost city on the mainland?

    September 29, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • JB

      My thought too. But this is a CNN article, don't expect too much.

      September 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevlar

      Glad I'm not the only one who was left rather confused by that part of the article...

      September 29, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Filipe

      The only connection I could find was this "In 1940 and 1941, he commanded the 10th Naval District and Caribbean Sea Frontier, headquartered at San Juan, Puerto Rico."

      October 6, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom Jones

      Spruance was a career destroyer skipper, he was tapped to lead the carrier strike force by Adm. Nimitz, who had been laid up for a medical issue. 🙂

      October 12, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Obvious

      Absolutely nothing.

      October 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Farmer Dave

      It made no sense to me. Even the earlier USS Spruance had not ties to Key West, nearest I can tell. She was with Destroyer Squadron 24 which I believe was based in Jacksonville.

      Admiral Spruance was not from Key West either.

      And isn't Key West an Island which of course isn't truely "mainland?";-)

      Very poorly written, but it could be the link is screwed up and part of the article is just missing.

      October 20, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      I believe he picked Key West because it is a great party town. Nothing to do with any WW2 connection.

      October 20, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. JB

    I sure hope this ship was built on the east coast and this stop is just on the way to San Diego. I'm all for supporting our military, but if this was built on the west coast and went to Florida just to be commissioned... that would be a huge waste of taxpayer funds. Our military folks need to start thinking... if it really isn't needed (vs desired), then don't do it or purchase it.

    September 29, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Navy Vet

      Yes it was..... there's a shipyard in the gulf.... Pascagoula(spelling?)....

      September 30, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Filipe

      It was built in Bath, Maine.

      October 6, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. ex navy

    I was on the USS Spruance DD 963, ’76-’77. Awesome ship in it’s day. I’d like to walk through this one to look at the new technology. It's gotta be great!

    October 1, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Navy Vet

      I was stationed on-board the Spruance class destroyer the USS O'Brien (DD-975) in the mid 1980s. It was very modern for its day and I, like you, would LOVE a tour of this ship.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. InFormed

    Very nice looking ship. How come the Navy ships are always a dull gray color? During WWII there were ships with very cool looking camouflage that looked totally amazing.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • WDS

      Gray works best for making a ship difficult to see at a distance.

      October 11, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sweetie

    “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present.”
    Joan Rivers

    October 7, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Obvious

      Do you frequently post such useless drivel?

      October 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • melvinslizard

      We should ask you the same thing.

      October 20, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. Frangible

    What happened to congress's directive that all Navy ships be nuclear powered in the future to avoid oil use?

    October 12, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. Captain Obvious

    What a useless looking hunk of scrap. I wonder how behind schedule she was built.

    October 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • melvinslizard

      Captain Troll is more accurate.

      October 20, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. hutch

    at least thank him first, for preserving your right to express your opinion.
    then think about this we do our jobs so we don't have to go to war but when it becomes necessary we stand in the front lines side by side to protect this country.........what do you do for it?????

    October 21, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
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