USS Cushing (DD-985)

Cushing enters port in Apra Harbor, Guam, in 2001. US Navy photo.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1977
Launched
1978
Commissioned
1979
Decommissioned
2005
AD/BC
AD
History

This is the Spruance-class destroyer USS Cushing (DD-985). She was the fifth ship to carry the name, and was laid down in 1976, commissioning on 21 September, 1979. In the 1980s, Cushing served as the flagship of Destroyer Squadron 31, in charge of the US Pacific Fleet's anti-submarine hunting. In the mid-90s, Cushing received a prototype Remote Minehunting System. She spent the next decade participating in multinational naval exercises, until she was decommissioned in 2005, twenty-six years to the day after commissioning. Cushing was stricken the same day, and initially slated for transfer to Turkey, but she was expended as a target in 2008.

Bonus Information

Fun Fact: During the December, 2000, Naval Surface Fire Support exercise, Cushing scored 101.5 out of 100. She had been awarded bonus points for superior communications performance.