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USS CUSHING (DD-985)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NPGC

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. February 2 1977.
Launched June 17 1978 and commissioned September 21 1979.
Decommissioned in San Diego September 21 2005.
Fate: Sunk as a target during RIMPAC 2008, July 14 2008, north of Kauai, Hawaii.

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Cushing 82kCommander William B. Cushing, USN, (1842-1874), was born in Delafield, Wisconsin, on 4 November 1842, but spent most of his childhood in Fredonia, New York. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy from 1857 until March 1861, when his high-spirited behavior led to his resignation. The outbreak of the Civil War brought him back into the service, and he soon distinguished himself as an officer of extraordinary initiative and courage. Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in mid-1862, Cushing served as Executive Officer of the gunboat Commodore Perry, then was given command of the tug Ellis, which was lost under heroic circumstances on 25 November 1862. He subsequently commanded the gunboats Commodore Barney, Shokokon and Monticello. During this time, he led several daring reconnaissance and raiding excursions into Confederate territories. On the night of 27-28 October 1864, Cushing and a small crew took the Navy steam launch Picket Boat Number One upriver to Plymouth, NC, where they attacked and sank the Confederate ironclad ram CSS Albemarle with a spar torpedo. This action made him a national celebrity, and he was quickly promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In January 1865, Cushing helped lead the Navy landing force in the conquest of Fort Fisher, NC, again distinguishing himself. Following the Civil War, LCdr. Cushing was executive officer of USS Lancaster and commanding officer of USS Maumee. Promoted to Commander in 1872, he was captain of USS Wyoming in 1873-74. In November 1873, he boldly confronted Spanish authorities in Cuba to save the lives of many passengers and crew of the steamer Virginius, which had been captured bringing men and supplies to Cuban revolutionaries. While serving as Executive Officer of the Washington Navy Yard, DC, Commander Cushing's always delicate health gave way and he died on 17 December 1874.NHC
Cushing 260kWilliam Barker Cushing’s grave atthe United StatesNaval Academy.Bill Gonyo
Cushing 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
Cushing 36kOff Diamond Head, O'ahu, Hawaii in early 1996, The helicopters of the local Hawaii SH-60B helicopter squadron, the Easy Riders, flew to take this photo. One of them is spinning on the flight deck. CDR Alex Maitre
Cushing 91kUndated, location unknown.Jerry Hays
Cushing 63kUndated, location unknown.Fred Weiss
Cushing 54kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Cushing 61kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Cushing 139kUndated, at San Diego across the pier from the USS Peleliu (LHA-5).Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Kinkaid 201kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Kinkaid 221kUndated at Vancouver. Photo by Rick Garcia.Chris Howell
Kinkaid 175kUndated at Vancouver. Photo by Rick Garcia.Chris Howell
Cushing 80kShips of Desron 7, USS Cushing (DD-985), during the "Tiger Cruise" returning from the 1982-83 WestPac, as viewed from the Decatur (DDG-31.)Lee Noland
Cushing 50kSydney, Australia October 1984.Marc Piché
Cushing 61kSeattle, WA August 1986.Marc Piché
Cushing 68kSeattle, WA August 1986.Marc Piché
Cushing 44kVancouver, BC April 24 1987.Marc Piché
Cushing 29kEsquimalt, BC June 1989.Marc Piché
Cushing 40kVancouver, BC June 24 1991.Marc Piché
Cushing 66kDN-ST-93-04493. A sailor polishes the ship's bell aboard the destroyer USS CUSHING (DD-985) during exercise Unitas XXXIII. Unitas is a five-month-long joint exercise conducted by the U.S. Navy and the navies of various South American countries. Photo by JO1 Steve Orr, January 1 1993.Bill Gonyo
Cushing 151kA RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missile launches from the Spruance class destroyer on June 4, 1996 from the USS Cushing (DD 985) near Kauai, Hawaii, to intercept a drone from Barking Sands missile range during exercise RIMPAC '96. DOD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class John Guzman. 960604-N-4704G-001Bill Gonyo
Cushing 53k(Left to right) Kuwait Patrol craft Failaka (P3715), USS John S. McCain (DDG-56), USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), USS Cushing (DD-985), and Kuwait Patrol craft Maskan (P3717), participate in a U.S.-Kuwait photo exercise (PHOTOEX) in the Persian Gulf, February 6, 2000. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Christian Eskelund (#000206-N-9568E-001).USN
Cushing 39kFremantle, Australia March 31 2000.Marc Piché
Cushing 70kHobart, Australia December 4 2000.Glenn Tower
Cushing 105kThe Pacific Ocean, Apr. 11, 2001, the Spruance-class destroyer USS Cushing (DD 985) conducts sea trials in the Pacific Ocean following a regularly scheduled shipyard period. Cushing is forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Dennis Cantrell. [010411-N-8157C-011] Apr. 11, 2001.Fred Weiss
Cushing 128kAt sea with USS Cushing, Oct. 31, 2001, the Spruance-class destroyer USS Cushing (DD 985) enters Apra Harbor during a port visit to Guam. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Alan D. Monyelle. [011031-N-9885M-001] Oct. 31, 2001.Fred Weiss
Cushing 94kArabian Gulf (June 25, 2002), the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cushing (DD 985) conducts an inspection of a merchant vessel suspected of transporting illegal cargo. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg.Fred Weiss
Cushing 224k020626-N-4374S-008. Arabian Sea, June 26 2002, the Spruance-class destroyer USS Cushing (DD 985)'s Commanding Officer, Commander Daniel Weed, observes an underway replenishment (UNREP) with the Military Sealift Command ship USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 96). The Cushing is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg.Robert M. Cieri
Cushing 70kAt sea aboard USS Cushing (DD 985) Jun. 27, 2002, the Spruance Class destroyer steams toward a merchant vessel suspected of carrying illegal cargo in the Arabian Gulf. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg.Fred Weiss
Cushing 195k020627-N-4374S-007. At sea aboard USS Cushing (DD-985), June 27 2002, Quartermaster 2nd Class Jacob Browning plots a fix to set a new course while on duty on the bridge of the "Spruance" class destroyer. USS Cushing is deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg.Bill Gonyo
Cushing 192kAerial port bow view of the U.S. Navy Spruance Class Destroyer USS Cushing (DD 985) underway in the Arabian Sea during a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Photograph by PH1 Brien Aho, USN.Bill Gonyo
Cushing 205k030816-N-2613R-002. Pacific Ocean, August 16 2003, Gas Turbine System Technician 3rd Class Vaughn from Memphis Tenn., checks a High temperature alarm indicator on one alpha gas turbine generator aboard the Spruance-class destroyer USS Cushing (DD 985). The generator is capable of producing over 25,000-horse power for Cushing’s propulsion system. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd class Erich J. Ryland.Bill Gonyo
Cushing 133k030816-N-2613R-006. Aboard USS Cushing (DD-985), August 16 2003, Seaman Mario Smith, from Gulfport Miss., takes a bearing on a target during a rescue at sea drill aboard USS Cushing (DD 985). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Erich J. Ryland. Bill Gonyo
Cushing 120k030817-N-2613R-008. Aboard USS Cushing (DD 985), August 17 2003, Petty Officer 1st Class Ben Bynum, from Rocky Mountain, N.C., plots damage, fires and repairs for USS Cushing (DDG 985) during a simulated General Quarters (GQ) drill. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Erich Ryland.Bill Gonyo
Cushing 162k030819-N-2613R-009. Okinawa, Japan, August 19 2003, sailors from Fleet Activities Okinawa, Japan on load target drones, aboard USS Cushing (DD 985), that will be used to give the Navy an opportunity for real-world target practice. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 2nd Class Erich Ryland. Bill Gonyo
Cushing 114k040506-N-7586B-085, Gulf of Oman May 6 2004, ships assigned to Combined Task Force One Five Zero (CTF-150) assemble in a formation for a photo exercise. The multinational Combined Task Force One Five Zero (CTF-150) was established to monitor, inspect, board, and stop suspect shipping to pursue the war on terrorism and includes operations currently taking place in the North Arabia Sea to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. Countries contributing to CTF-150 currently include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Pakistan, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Bart Bauer.Bill Gonyo
Cushing 180kUSNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) conducts an underway replenishment with USS Bulkeley (DDG-84), as USS Cushing (DD-985) cruises behind them in the Arabian Gulf, 18 June 2004. The three ships are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). US Navy photo 040618-N-5319A-004 by PH1 Brian Aho. Photo from Navy Newsstand.Robert Hurst
Cushing 99kDN-SD-06-13028, 041225-N-2101W-001. The US Navy (USN) Spruance Class Destroyer, USS CUSHING (DD 985) displays her onboard holiday lights on Christmas morning during Fleet Activities in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan (JPN). To the right of the USS CUSHING are the USN Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser (AEGIS), USS COWPENS (CCG 63) and an unidentified USN Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser (AEGIS). Photo by PH1 Alan Warner, December 25 2004.Bill Gonyo
Cushing 66kIn Yokosuka during 2005.Ron Reeves
Cushing 44kIn Chinae, Korea during 2005.Ron Reeves
Cushing 73kDN-SD-06-13040, 050208-N-9851B-009. The US Navy (USN) Spruance Class Destroyer, USS CUSHING (DD 985) is pushed out to sea from Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan (JPN), by the Large Harbor Tug (YTB) KITTANNING (YTB 787). Photo by PH2 John Beeman, February 8, 2005.Bill Gonyo
Cushing 129k050321-N-9588P-002. Chinae, Republic of Korea, March 21 2005, sailors prepare to remove lines in preparation to getting the Spruance-class destroyer USS Cushing (DD 985) underway during Reception, Staging, Onward movement, and Integration/Foal Eagle exercises (RSO&I/Foal Eagle). RSO&I is a complex multi-phase exercise conducted annually, tailored to train, test, and demonstrate United States and Republic of Korea force projection and deployment capabilities. Foal Eagle exercise runs simultaneously and trains in all aspects of Combined Forces Command's mission. The defensive Naval Foal Eagle exercises began Mar. 19, 2005 with eight U.S. Navy ships from the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Carrier Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Scott Morton.Bill Gonyo
Cushing 79k050328-N-2101W-007. Yokosuka, Japan, March 28 2005, the Spruance Class destroyer USS Cushing (DD 985) returns to her forward deployed operating base, Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, after a regularly scheduled underway period. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Alan Warner.Bill Gonyo
Cushing 156k050517-N-5686B-001. Yokosuka, Japan, May 17 2005, Commander, Carrier Group Five, Rear Adm. James D. Kelly, center, Cmdr. Steven A. Mucklow, and Lt. Robert Jones render honors during the playing of the American and Japanese National Anthems during the farewell ceremony for the Spruance-class destroyer USS Cushing (DD 985). Cushing will soon be leaving Yokosuka, Japan, her forward deployed base of operations, for her final cruise as she makes her way to San Diego, California where she will be the last Spruance-class destroyer to be decommissioned. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Crystal Brooks.Bill Gonyo
Cushing 49k050921-N-0899S-001, San Diego, September 21 2005, USS Cushing (DD 985), the last Spruance-class destroyer, is decommissioned on the ship’s 26th anniversary. Speakers for the decommissioning ceremony included Cushing’s first commanding officer, Rear Adm. William C. Miller (Ret.) and the ship’s current commanding officer, Cmdr. Steven A. Mucklow. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 3rd Class Cynthia R. Smith.Tony Cowart
Cushing 162k050921-N-0899S-002, San Diego, September 21 2005, USS Cushing (DD 985), the last Spruance-class destroyer, is decommissioned on the ship’s 26th anniversary. Speakers for the decommissioning ceremony included Cushing’s first commanding officer, Rear Adm. William C. Miller (Ret.) and the ship’s current commanding officer, Cmdr. Steven A. Mucklow. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 3rd Class Cynthia R. SmithTony Cowart
Cushing 108kPeleliu (LHA-5) and Cushing (DD-985) moored at Naval Station San Diego, CA. APL-25 was alongside Cushing to accommodate her crew while the destroyer was undergoing pre-decommissioning prior to her actual decommissioning, 21 September 2005.Richard Miller
Cushing 85kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Cushing 30kEngineering Department "E" patchTommy Trampp
Cushing 56kShip's Zippo Belt Buckle circa 1980s.John A. Altfeltis
Cushing 56kShip's Zippo lighter circa 1983.John A. Altfeltis

USS CUSHING DD-985 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

CAPT William Charles Miller    Oct 22 1979 - Oct 17 1981 (Later RADM)
CAPT William Chapel Rogers III    Oct 17 1981 - Apr 28 1984
CDR Frank Floyd Hewitt    Apr 28 1984 - Apr 12 1986
CDR Edward Charles (Mick) McDonough    Apr 12 1986 - Aug 20 1988
CDR John Alexander Russack    Aug 20 1988 - Aug 10 1990
CDR Gary Michael Hall    Aug 10 1990 - Jun 6 1992
CDR Leonard William (Lenny) Capello    Jun 6 1992 - Jan 21 1994
CDR George Terrance Foster    Jan 21 1994 - Mar 15 1996
CDR Patrick Dominic Myers    Mar 15 1996 - Nov 26 1997
CDR Jeffrey Eugene Kline    Nov 26 1997 - Jun 29 1999
CDR Martin Stuart Simon    Jun 29 1999 - Feb 8 2001
CDR Daniel Leon Weed    Feb 8 2001 - Sep 29 2002
CDR Peter Karl Dallman    Sep 29 2002 - Mar 19 2004
CDR Steven Andrew Mucklow    Mar 19 2004 - Sep 21 2005

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mark Whitehead
Address:
Phone:
E-mail: cushing1@prodigy.net


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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USS Cushing website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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