Navy destroyer docks for Fleet Week

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The USS Spruance is one of the ships docked in downtown Portland for Fleet Week during Rose Festival.

“This is one of the newest destroyers that the Navy has,” said Lt. Katherine Miyamasu. “It was commissioned October 1, 2011.

Named for Admiral Raymond Spruance, the ship houses 285 people, including officers and petty officers.

The US Navy destroyer USS Spruance, in Portland for Fleet Week, June 6, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
The US Navy destroyer USS Spruance, in Portland for Fleet Week, June 6, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

The Spruance is “a multi-faceted piece that the Navy owns. We can do underwater warfare against subs, we can do air warfare against planes, and surface warfare against any surface threats that we have,” Lt. Miyamasu said.

The ship also is armed with missiles and can reach a speed of 30 knots.

The other ships in Fleet Week are USS Lake Champlain, HMCS Oriole from Canada, the Cuttyhunk and Alert from the US Coast Guard, plus historic ships — the Sternwheeler Portland, PT-658 from World War II and the Vietnam era Game Warden, a patrol boat river.

Fleet Week continues through Monday.

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