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DD 984 Leftwich

The contract to build the USS Leftwich was awarded on Jan 15, 1974. Her keel was laid on Nov 12, 1976 and she was launched less then two years later on Apr 08, 1978. Built by Ingalls, she was delivered on Aug 06, 1979 and commissioned on Aug 25, 1979.

Leftwich was first homeported in San Diego and assigned to Destroyer Squadrons 9 and 7. Leftwich moved to Pearl Harbor April 1, 1985, and has served in Destroyer Squadrons 25, 35 and 31.

On November 29, 1982 the Leftwich collided with the USS Thomas A. Edison when the Edison was at periscope depth preparing to surface in the South China Sea 40 miles east of Subic Bay, Phillipines.

During 1983 hull collision damage was repaired and the sonar dome rubber window was changed.

The USS Leftwich (DD 984) returned to its Pearl Harbor homeport May 17, 1997 from a six-month western Pacific and Middle East deployment. While in the Arabian Gulf, Sailors conducted maritime interdiction operations in support of United Nations sanctions against Iraq. The ship traveled more than 30,000 miles since they left last November, including port calls at Hong Kong, Singapore, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Australia and Fiji.

In 1993 the Leftwich took part in GULFEX XVIII an important exercise in the Arabian Gulf with ships and aircraft from Great Britain and France.

The USS Leftwich was decommissioned and stricken on Mar 27, 1998 after 18 years of service. The ship completed eight deployments to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf, including Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The had prior to its decommissioning participated in a Maritime Coordinated Training Exercise, an advanced, multi-phase tactical training exercise with the Canadian and Chilean Navies off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Plans are for the ship to be scrapped.

William Groom Leftwich

The Spruance-class destroyer is named for Marine Corps Lt. Col. William Groom Leftwich, who died in heroic action in Vietnam on Nov. 18, 1970.

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