USS Spruance to be Commissioned in Key West

USS Spruance to be Commissioned in Key West

“It is no exaggeration to say we sail away next fall as the world’s most powerful and most capable ship.”

Launch the Attack
USS Spruance to be Commissioned in Key West

Story by Josie Koler
Photo Alyson Crean

“We’re a navy town! This is awesome!”

Jim “Dagwood” Scholl, the former captain of the NASKW and current city manager is pretty pumped to hear the Navy will be commissioning a warship this fall in Key West if all goes according to plan. Right now, the USS Spruance, a 500 foot, 10,000-ton DDG warship, is at the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. She is named for World War II Admiral Raymond Spruance who was key in the U.S. Navy winning the war in the South Pacific. He finished his career as a four-star admiral. This is the second ship named for him honoring true navy leaders.

“It is no exaggeration to say we sail away next fall as the world’s most powerful and most capable ship,” remarked Commanding Officer M. Tate Westbrook of the United States Navy. “We will be deploying all over the world as our national strategy requires.”

The DDG warship is capable of defending air carriers, defense against submarines and other ships, and precise land attacks up to 1,000 miles of shore using tomahawk missiles and five-inch guns.

She is near completion, in the water, and slated to arrive in September 2011 at the outer mole with a crew of 285 men.

Scholl says, “Before the mid-80s they commissioned the ships in the shipyards where they were built, then decided to do them at ports around the globe so citizens could participate. Never in modern times had we had a warship. This is a good opportunity for the city, and Monroe County to say we had a ship commissioned down here in paradise.

For a DDG warship to come down here is quite an honor. This is a true, modern day warship extraordinaire. They are on the forefront of war fighting capability and this will be wonderful to have her down here for a week.”

 

 

 

From left to right after the official announcement is former city commissioner Bill Verge, city manager Jim “Dagwood” Scholl, NASKW Commander Captain Patrick Lefere, USS Spruance Commander M. Tate Westbrook, Mayor Craig Cates, and Navy League President Stan Rzad.

 

Break out “It is no exaggeration to say we sail away next fall as the world’s most powerful and most capable ship. Launch the Attack USS Spruance to be Commissioned in Key West Story by Josie Koler Photo Alyson Crean We’re a navy town! This is awesome! Jim Dagwood Scholl, the former captain of the NASKW and current city manager is pretty pumped to hear the Navy will be commissioning a warship this fall in Key West if all goes according to plan. Right now, the USS Spruance, a 500 foot, 10,000-ton DDG warship, is at the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. She is named for World War II Admiral Raymond Spruance who was key in the U.S. Navy winning the war in the South Pacific. He finished his career as a four-star admiral. This is the second ship named for him honoring true navy leaders. It is no exaggeration to say we sail away next fall as the world’s most powerful and most capable ship,” remarked Commanding Officer M. Tate Westbrook of the United States Navy. “We will be deploying all over the world as our national strategy requires. The DDG warship is capable of defending air carriers, defense against submarines and other ships, and precise land attacks up to 1,000 miles of shore using tomahawk missiles and five-inch guns. She is near completion, in the water, and slated to arrive in September 2011 at the outer mole with a crew of 285 men. Scholl says, “Before the mid-80s they commissioned the ships in the shipyards where they were built, then decided to do them at ports around the globe so citizens could participate. Never in modern times had we had a warship. This is a good opportunity for the city, and Monroe County to say we had a ship commissioned down here in paradise. For a DDG warship to come down here is quite an honor. This is a true, modern day warship extraordinaire. They are on the forefront of war fighting capability and this will be wonderful to have her down here for a week. width=

From left to right after the official announcement is former city commissioner Bill Verge, city manager Jim “Dagwood” Scholl, NASKW Commander Captain Patrick Lefere, USS Spruance Commander M. Tate Westbrook, Mayor Craig Cates, and Navy League President Stan Rzad.

 

 

 

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