Original Navy Spruanceclass destroyer sunk

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Jul 9, 2000
Easley South Carolina
From the Navy Times on line:

The mother of all Spruances now sleeps with the fishes.

The destroyer Spruance, first of the 31 DD 963 Spruance-class destroyers, sank in the early hours of Dec. 8 after serving the previous day as a target for aircraft-launched Harpoon missiles, according to the Navy.

P-3C Orion and F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 8 and Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 5 launched the missiles, said Lt. Mike Kafka of the Norfolk-based Second Fleet.

The sink exercise – or “sinkex” – took place in rough weather in the Atlantic Ocean about three hundred miles off the Virginia coast, Kafka said.
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Comment: These ships were the hottest thing when I signed up, and referred to as "Venerable" when I retired with a few already sent to the mothball fleet. While it's a somber end, it's kind of fitting for a warship, and better I think then having the sandcrabs ripping her guts out on the scrapyard.

A photo study of this ship in happier times can be viewed at http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/963.htm

Since this website is subject to frequent updates, it's possible that photos of the SINKEX may appear in the near future
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