USS Harry W. Hill (DD-986)

Hill underway off Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1987. US Navy photo.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1977
Launched
1978
Commissioned
1979
Decommissioned
1998
AD/BC
AD
History

USS Harry W. Hill (DD-986) was a Spruance-class destroyer laid down in 1977. After commissioning 17 November, 1979, Hill spent most of her service life based out of San Diego. While operating with the USS Enterprise, she was detached to shadow the Soviet aircraft carrier Minsk in the Indian Ocean from November, 1982 through late January, 1983. Almost a decade later, Hill was in the Persian Gulf for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, during which she collided with the oiler Kansas City on 14 January, 1991. Unfortunately that wasn't the last of her collisions, and she was damaged while being re-floated in a drydock in 1994. A gust of wind caught her, and Hill's stern rammed the drydock, injuring two crew, and severely damaging her steering and propulsion. Decommissioned 29 May, 1998, Hill was expended as a target during RIMPAC 2004 on 15 July.

Bonus Information

Fun Fact: Harry Hill was the only Spruance-class destroyer to have unarmored Tomahawk launchers and no Mk-41 vertical launch system.