USS Paul F. Foster
DD 964 (Spruance class)

Contributed by: GSE1 Mike Dean, Plank Owner

Authorized:       ?
Builder:          Litton Ingalls, Pascagoula Miss. 
Laid Down:        February 6, 1973
Launched:         February 22, 1974
Commissioned:     February 21, 1976
Decommissioned:   March 14, 2003
Fate:             turned over to Naval Surface 
                  Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division 
                  as the Navy’s new Self Defense Test Ship 

We are seeking information on the USS Paul F. Foster and her crews. Files and photos may be E-mailed to us and we will incorporate them into these pages.

The E-mail:

Subject: DD 963;964
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2004
From: Robert Baker


I was watching the History channel today and they were showing ships firing defense systems, etc. One of the ships appeard to be a Spruance class destroyer. Just for kicks I did a search and found your site. The reason for my interest is that I was employed at Ingall's shipyard as a shipfitter and, along with three other men, set the superstructures on DD 963 and 964.

After launching of DD 963, I was selected to go to the wet dock on the East Bank yard and finish out the superstructure. This has always been a source of pride for me and I enjoyed the work that I did there. Also, the hull of LHA-1 was still sitting on the building skids while I was there. An interesting time all around.


Robert E. Baker

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