P 830 - USS Cushing DD 985

Length Height Weight Packaging
5.7 in (14.4 cm) 1.4 in (3.56 cm) 45 gm (1.6 oz) Blister Card

This is the Tri-ang Minic Ships model of USS Cushing DD 985 a US Navy Spruance Class Destroyer named after Commander William Barker Cushing a US Navy officer during the Amercian Civil War.

The Spruance class destroyers were designed primarily as all weather anti-submarine warfare (ASW) ships but were also capable of engaging aircraft and surface targets as well as attacking land targets and providing Naval Gunfire Support (NGFS / NGS) in conjunction with amphibious operations. Ultimately fitted with the SQS-53 hull-mounted active sonar, SQR-19 tactical towed passive acoustic array, anti-submarine rocket (ASROC) launchers and with twin hangars for LAMPS Mk III helicopters, these ships were in the forefront of the surface Navy’s defense against submarine attacks.

Fitted with four General Electric LM-2500 engines, marine versions of the TF39 turbofan used on DC-10 aircraft, these were the first class of ships in the US Navy to be powered by gas turbines. With a total of 80,000 shaft horsepower coupled to twin shafts, each with controllable reversible pitch propellers, the ships are capable of speeds in excess of 30 knots and have a degree of maneuverability unique among warships of their size.

As the first gas turbine powered ship in the operational fleet USS Spruance had an underway replenishment breakaway flag (flown while pulling away from a logistics ship at sea after receiving supplies and fuel) that was a replication of the large yellow warning seen on the side of aircraft carrier superstructures, with red block letters saying "BEWARE JET BLAST" on a large yellow background. Upon "breaking" (unfurling) the flag on the halyards, they would play the "Star Wars" theme music as they increased speed and sailed ahead of the logistics vessel.

Designed with future growth in mind the modular construction of the Spruance class allowed easy replacement of entire sub-systems or installation of new systems within the ship and twenty four of the thirty one ships in the class were subsequently upgraded with the installation of a 61 cell Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) capable of firing Harpoon and Tomahawk missiles.

While historically US Navy destroyers had a service life of 30 years the first of the Spruance-class destroyers were decommissioned after only two decades to accommodate the introduction of the improved AEGIS-capable Arleigh Burke destroyers. All ships in the class have now been decommissioned and the majority have been sunk as targets in fleet exercises.

The model is marked on the underside with the Tri-ang Minic logo, "US Navy Series", model number P 830, and the description "Spruance  Class Destroyer".


Name: USS Cushing DD-985
Last Assignment: US Seventh Fleet
Destroyer Squadron 15 (DESRON 15)
Home Port: Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan

Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation, Pascagoula, Mississippi
Laid Down: 2nd February 1977
Launched: 17th June 1978
Commissioned: 21st September 1979
Decommissioned: 21st September 2005
Displacement: 9,036 tons Full Load
Length (OA): 563 ft (172 m)
Beam: 55 ft (17 m)
Draft: 29 ft (8.8 m)
Armament: 2 x Mark 45 5 inch 54 calibre Dual Purpose Guns
2 x 20 mm 6 barrel GE Vulcan Phalanx CIWS
1 x Mark 29 8 cell NATO Sea Sparrow missile launcher
1 x 61 Cell Mk 41 Vertical Launch Systems with combination of -
RIM-67 SM-2 Standard surface-to-air missiles;
BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles; and
RUM-139 VL-ASROC anti-submarine missiles
2 x RGM-84 quadruple Harpoon anti-ship missile launchers
2 x 12.75 inch triple torpedo tubes - Mark 46 Torpedoes
Countermeasures: AN/SLQ32A(V)3 Electronic Warfare Suite
AN/SLQ-25 Nixie Torpedo Countermeasures System
MK 36 Mod 12 SRBOC Chaff / Infra Red Decoy Launcher
AN/SLQ-49 Chaff Inflatable Buoy Decoy System
SQQ-108 Outboard ELINT
Propulsion: 4 x General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines; 80,000 shp (60 MW); 2 shafts
with controllable reversible pitch propellers
Maximum Speed: 32.5 knots (60 km/h)
Complement: 334 Ships Company - Officers & Crew
Aircraft: 2 x SH-60B Seahawk LAMPS III Helicopters
Disposal: Sunk as a target for aircraft launched Harpoon missiles - 8th December 2006
Ships in Class:

NB -

None of these ships is in active

The majority have been sunk as
targets in various fleet exercises
USS Spruance - DD 963
USS Paul F. Foster - DD 964
USS Kinkaid - DD 965
USS Hewitt - DD 966
USS Elliot - DD 967
USS Arthur W. Radford - DD 968
USS Peterson - DD 969
USS Caron - DD 970
USS David R. Ray - DD 971
USS Oldendorf - DD 972
USS John Young - DD 973
USS Comte de Grasse - DD 974
USS O'Brien - DD 975
USS Merrill - DD 976
USS Briscoe - DD 977
USS Stump - DD 978
USS Conolly - DD 979
USS Moosbrugger - DD 980
USS John Hancock - DD 981
USS Nicholson - DD 982
USS John Rodgers - DD 983
USS Leftwich - DD 984
USS Cushing - DD 985
USS Harry W. Hill - DD 986
USS O'Bannon - DD 987
USS Thorn - DD 988
USS Deyo - DD 989
USS Ingersoll - DD 990
USS Fife - DD 991
USS Fletcher - DD 992
USS Hayler - DD 997
(Statistical information from Jane's Fighting Ships 2003 Edition)

Photograph of USS Cushing - Courtesy US Navy

Further details can be obtained from the following links -
Wikipedia - USS Cushing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Cushing_(DD-985)
Wikipedia - Spruance Class Destroyers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spruance_class
US Navy Web Site http://www.navy.mil/navydata/ships/destroyers/destroyers.asp
FAS "The Military Analysis Network" - Spruance Class http://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ship/dd-963.htm
The Haze Gray & Underway Web Site http://www.hazegray.org/worldnav/usa/surface.htm