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USS MOOSBRUGGER (DD-980)


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CLASS - SPRUANCE As Built.
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. November 3 1975.
Launched July 23 1977 and commissioned December 16 1978.
Decommissioned December 15, 2000.
Fate: Broken up by International Shipbreakers, Brownsville, TX, completed July 1 2007.

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Moosbrugger 14kVice Admiral Frederick Moosbrugger (9 October 1900 - 1974) was an officer of the United States Navy eventually attaining the rank of Vice Admiral. He is best known for his service in World War II as a highly successful commander of destroyer squadrons.Bill Gonyo
Moosbrugger 62kArtist's conception of the ship by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Moosbrugger 26kUndated, location unknown.-
Moosbrugger 137kUndated image from her construction in the NAVSEA Journal.Bob Bush
Moosbrugger 114kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Moosbrugger 72kApril 1 1982, location unknown An aerial starboard bow view of the destroyer USS Moosbrugger (DD-980) underway.Fred Weiss
Moosbrugger 73kJuly 1 1983, location unknown An aerial starboard bow view of the destroyer USS Moosbrugger (DD-980) underway.Fred Weiss
Moosbrugger 60kUSS Moosbrugger DD 980 in Gibraltar on 23rd March 1991.© Daniel Ferro
Moosbrugger 55kMar. 2, 1993, Port Everglades, Florida. A pair of commercial tugs escort the destroyer USS Moosbrugger (DD-980) into port.Fred Weiss
Moosbrugger 101kDN-SC-93-02765. A bow on view of the nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser USS Virginia (CGN 38) berthed at the pier of Port Everglades, Florida and the destroyer USS Moosbrugger (DD 980) nested outboard, during a port call. Both ships are currently serving with NATO's Standing Naval Force Atlantic. Photo by OS2 John Bouvia on 2 March 1993.Robert M. Cieri
Moosbrugger 58kBarcelona, Spain June 19 1993.Marc Piché
Moosbrugger 40kBarcelona, Spain June 19 1993.Marc Piché
Moosbrugger 78kJuly 15 1993, the US Navy`s spruance class destroyer, USS Moosbrugger (DD 980) launches a RIM-7 sea sparrow missile during phase zero of UNITAS 37-96. UNITAS is an annual operation in which a US Navy task group conduct combined exercises with participating navies.Fred Weiss
Moosbrugger 143kDN-SD-01-09891, 960802-N-1030S-001. Sailors on board the US Navy's spruance class destroyer USS MOOSBRUGGER (DD 980) heave over a fuel line and probe from the US Sealift supply ship USNS KANAWHA (TAO 196), during underway replenishment operations off the coast of Venezuela, during phase one of operation UNITAS 37-96. UNITAS is an annual operation in which a US Navy task group conduct combined exercises with participating navies. Photo by PH1 J. Slaughenhaupt, August 2 1996.Bill Gonyo
Moosbrugger 306kAn MK-46 exercise torpedo is launched from the US Navy Spruance class destroyer, USS MOOSBRUGGER (DD 980), homeported in Mayport, Florida, during phase two of UNITAS 37-96, off the coast of Brazil. The annual UNITAS Operation involves combined tactical at-sea operations, Amphibious Operations, and in port exercises with participating South American Forces. UNITAS is an annual operation in which a US Navy task group conduct combined exercises with participating navies. 960821-N-1030S-001. Photograph by PH1 J. Slaughenhaupt, USN.Bill Gonyo
Moosbrugger 124kDN-SD-01-09888, 960716-N-3708C-001. The US Navy's spruance class destroyer, USS MOSSBRUGGER (DD 980) fires its forward gun mount during phase zero of UNITAS 37-96. UNITAS is an annual operation in which a US Navy task group conduct combined exercises with participating navies. Photo by JO2 Joe Clak, July 16 1996.Bill Gonyo
Moosbrugger 111k960801-N-1030S-001. Atlantic Ocean, August 1 1996, an SH-60F Seahawk of Antisubmarine Helicopter Squadron (light) Four Six (HSL 46) "Grandmasters" approaches the Spruance-class destroyer USS Moosbrugger (DD 980), for a vertical replenishment at sea, during UNITAS 37-96. UNITAS is a yearly, multinational naval deployment exercise. Every year since 1960, several United States Navy vessels have circumnavigated the South American continent, participating in maneuvers with local navies. This circumnavigation alternates each year between clockwise and counterclockwise. Photo by: PH1 J. Slaughenhaupt.Robert M. Cieri
Moosbrugger 51kSeptember 18 1996, the US Navy`s spruance class destroyer , USS Moosbrugger (DD 980) transits the Chilean Inland waterway around the southern tip of South America.Fred Weiss
Moosbrugger 46kLaboe, Germany June 19 2000.Marc Piché
Moosbrugger 66kPortsmouth, England September 2 2000.Marc Piché
Moosbrugger 32kPhiladelphia Naval Shipyard, August 31 2002.Roy J. Brooks
Moosbrugger 148kUSS Comte de Grasse (DD-974), USS John Rodgers (DD-983), USS Moosbrugger (DD-980) and USS John Hancock (DD-981) in Philadelphia Navy Yard, April 2003.Ed Zajkowski
Moosbrugger 105kPhiladelphia Naval Shipyard, September 2004, USS Butte (AE-27), in the background, starting from left to right: USS Moosbrugger (DD-980), USS John Hancock (DD-981) and USS El Paso (LKA 117).Jon White
Moosbrugger 100kMoosbrugger awaiting scrapping at the Port of Brownsville, TX, August 28 2006. Photo copyright Michael Martin.Joe Gardella
Moosbrugger 86kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Moosbrugger 380kShip's patch from the Granada Operation.Larry Backus

USS MOOSBRUGGER DD-980 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 Robert Noel Giuffreda    Dec 16 1978 - Feb 26 1982
CDR Donald Alvin Dyer    Feb 26 1982 - May 11 1984 (Later RADM)
CDR Richard Martin Reass    May 11 1984 - Jun 25 1986
CDR Otto William Spahr III    Jun 25 1986 - Oct 14 1988
CDR Frank Benjamin Guest III    Oct 14 1988 - Oct 24 1990
CDR Craig Pinard Sackett    Oct 24 1990 - Jul 15 1992
CDR Christopher Michael Moe    Jul 15 1992 - Apr 22 1994 (Later RADM)
CDR Stephen Clark Nimitz    Apr 22 1994 - Feb 16 1996
CDR Dennis Thomas Stokowski    Feb 16 1996 - Sep 5 1997
CDR Dennis Ourlian    Sep 5 1997 - Mar 12 1999
CDR Joseph Andrew Spata    Mar 12 1999 - Dec 15 2000

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Michael Robertson
Address: 8701 Bradgate Rd., Alexandria, VA 22308
Phone: 703-780-2269
E-mail: None


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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