When sailors and visitors think about the U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111), the first thing on their minds is that “it’s safe to say that technology has come a LONG way” onboard U.S. Navy ships. That’s because, among other things, the USS Spruance is outfitted with the latest top-of-the-line technology.
The Spruance was the first of the U.S. Navy’s destroyers to be fitted with the Gigabit Ethernet Data Multiplex System (GEDMS), which provides an Internet Protocol (IP) based backbone for video and data services on the ship to go with a bridge that features touch screen controls and color readouts instead of gauges.
The USS Spruance (DDG-111), the 61st Arleigh Burke Flight IIA guided-missile destroyer that was named after Admiral Raymond Ames Spruance, was among the first-ever Pacific Surface Action Group (PAC SAG) that routinely patrolled in the South China Sea as part of a PAC SAG deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific. In this video, the ship undocks and goes to sea while showing deck crew and bridge crew performing duties. Various shots of the bridge crew performing duties while the deck crew refuels the ship underway and of the engineering department performing duties is also included.
Finally, video of the deck guns and CWIS system firing, with helo operations while underway. A complete snapshot of one of America’s premier destroyers.