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Displacement 7800 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 563' (oa) x 55' x 20' 6" (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54 RF (2x1), 1 Sea Sparrow SAM (1x8) ASROC ASW (1x8),
6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3). 1 Helicopter.
Machinery, 80,000 SHP; 4 LM 2500 Gas Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30 Knots, Range 6000 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 296.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Litton Ingalls, Pascagoula Miss. July 21 1975.
Launched December 28 1976 and commissioned June 3 1978.
Decommissioned October 2 2003.
Stricken April 6, 2004.
Fate Sunk as a target off the coast of North Carolina, August 25 2005.

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Briscoe 23kRobert Pearce Briscoe (February 19, 1897 - October 14, 1968) was an Admiral of the United States Navy. He commanded two ships, a destroyer squadron, and an amphibious group during World War II. He later served as Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces, Southern Europe, from 1956 to 1959. He was a native of Centreville, Mississippi.Bill Gonyo
Briscoe 74kUndated, location unknown.-
Briscoe 69kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Briscoe 56kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Briscoe 180kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Briscoe 239kBriscoe (DD-977) is christened by Mrs. Robert P. Briscoe, 08 January 1977.S. Dale Hargrave
Briscoe 128kNorfolk, VA September 1 1979.Ed Zajkowski
Briscoe 91kUSS Briscoe (DD 977), inbound Hampton Roads, Virginia, for Naval Station Norfolk, November 1979. William F. Fessenden
Briscoe 175kThe guided missile destroyer USS Barney (DDG-6) tied up pierside at Norfolk, VA., 1980. Behind Barney can be seen part of the destroyer USS Briscoe (DD-977). Photo courtesy of Karsten Petersen.Robert Hurst
Briscoe 38kNorfolk August 17 1983.Marc Piché
Briscoe 72kMissile launch aboard the USS Briscoe (DD-977) in 1986, photograph by Randy Boden.Bill Gonyo
Briscoe 66kAntwerp, Belgium May 16 1986.Marc Piché
Briscoe 56kAntwerp, Belgium May 16 1986.Marc Piché
Briscoe 129kDN-SC-92-0124. The destroyer USS BRISCOE (DD-977) is moored alongside the replenishment ship USS SAVANNAH (AOR -4) while undergoing overhaul and conversion at the Norfolk Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corporation on the Elizabeth River. Photo by Don Montgomery, June 19 1991.Bill Gonyo
Briscoe 40kBarcelona, Spain December 23 1992.Marc Piché
Briscoe 130kCirca 2000, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Briscoe 55kNorfolk February 27 2000.Marc Piché
Briscoe 38kBarcelona, Spain February 2000.Marc Piché
Briscoe 316kTaken in Barcelona, Spain, July 8, 2000. Note RAM launcher on fantail. Only four Harpoon launchers were visible amidships (starboard pair can be seen in the photos).Fabio Peña
Briscoe 316kAnother view as above.Fabio Peña
Briscoe 55k001219-N-0872M-506, Naval Station Norfolk, VA December 19 2000, line handlers stand by as the destroyer USS Briscoe (DD 977) makes its way pierside after a scheduled six-month Mediterranean cruise with the USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Battle Group. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Martin Maddock.Bill Gonyo
Briscoe 55kCentral Command Area of Operation March 21 2003, the Spruance class destroyer USS Briscoe (DD 977) underway. Briscoe is homeported in Norfolk, Va., and is conducting missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.Fred Weiss
Briscoe 129kCentral Command Area of Operation March 21 2003, the Spruance class destroyer USS Briscoe (DD 977) underway. Briscoe is homeported in Norfolk, Va., and is conducting missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.Fred Weiss
Briscoe 132k030423-N-3235P-513, Mediterranean Sea April 23 2003, the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and Spruance class destroyer USS Briscoe (DD 977) underway in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea while conducting combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multinational coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael W. Pendergrass.Bill Gonyo
Briscoe 98kShip's patchMike Smolinski

USS BRISCOE DD-977 History
Note: History is unavailable at this time
This ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Frank Hughes Thomas Jr.    Jun 3 1978 - Jan 3 1979

CDR Raymond Paul Conrad    Jan 3 1979 - Jan 26 1979

CDR Geoffrey Lynn Chesbrough    Jan 26 1979 - Mar 26 1982

CDR Edward Brigham Hontz    Mar 26 1982 - Jul 21 1984

CDR Henry Collins Griffin III    Jul 21 1984 - Nov 26 1986 (Later VADM)

CDR Neil Francis Byrne    Nov 26 1986 - Sep 30 1988

CDR James Brandon Morin    Sep 30 1988 - Jul 27 1990

CDR Daniel David Bogdewic    Jul 27 1990 - Oct 26 1991

CDR Richard Lee Wright    Oct 26 1991 - Aug 5 1993

CDR Andrew Joseph Pitts    Aug 5 1993 - May 5 1995

CDR Michael Lewis Seifert    May 5 1995 - Jan 31 1997

CDR Donald Robert Ditko    Jan 31 1997 - Aug 5 1998

CDR David James Frost    Aug 5 1998 - Apr 22 2000

CDR Robert Anthony Bellitto    Apr 22 2000 - Dec 14 2001

CDR Scott Martin Sundt    Dec 14 2001 - Oct 2 2003

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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