Navy destroyer sails away from Bath Iron Works

Posted Sept. 01, 2011, at 3:37 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 01, 2011, at 4:21 p.m.

BATH, Maine — The latest Navy destroyer built by Bath Iron Works is leaving Maine for Florida.

The Spruance departed from the shipbuilder Thursday afternoon bound for Key West, where it will be commissioned in late October.

The 9,200-ton ship bears the name of Adm. Raymond Spruance, who commanded a battle group that sank four Japanese carriers at the Battle of Midway, which was hailed as the turning point in the Pacific in World War II.

The ship was christened in June of 2010 and has been undergoing system tests, finishing work and sea trials since then.

The ship was the 33rd Arleigh Burke destroyer built at BIW.

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