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Hull Number: DD-990

Launch Date: 03/10/1979

Commissioned Date: 04/12/1980

Decommissioned Date: 07/24/1998

Call Sign: NBKW



Length Overall: 563’ 3"

Beam: 55’

Draft: 29'

Full Load Displacement: 8,040 tons


Two 5″/54 caliber guns
Two 20mm Close-In Weapons Systems
One ASROC Launcher
Two 12.75″ triple anti-submarine torpedo tubes


19 Officers
315 Enlisted


4 General Electric LM2500 Gas Turbines: 80,000 horsepower

Highest speed on trials: 32.5 knots



Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Published 1968)

Ingersoll (DD-652) was named for two naval men. Royal Rodney Ingersoll was born in Niles, MI, 4 December 1847, and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1868. He served in various ships of the fleet on the European and Asiatic Squadrons until 1876 when he was assigned to the Naval Academy. Ingersoll taught and wrote about Ordnance subjects during several tours at the Academy, and in early years of the 20th century commanded such ships as Bennington, New Orleans, and Maryland. He was Chief of Staff of the Atlantic Fleet during the first part of its famous cruise around the world, and a member of the General Board in 1908. Rear Admiral Ingersoll retired in 1909, but was called back to duty during World War I and President of the Naval Ordnance Board. In 1919 he returned to his home in Laporte, IN, where he was active in public affairs until his death 21 April 1931.

Royal Rodney Ingersoll, III, the grandson of Admiral Ingersoll, was born at Manila, P.I., 17 December 1913. After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1934, he served in California, Cassin, and other ships during the thirties and reported on board carrier Hornet during her fitting out period in 1941. Lieutenant Ingersoll served in Hornet during the critical early months of the Pacific war. In the great Battle of Midway 4 to 6 June 1942, in which the US fleet decisively turned back the Japanese threat to the Hawaiian Islands, he was killed at his battle station by machine gun fire from Japanese aircraft.


Stricken when decommissioned. To be target.

USS INGERSOLL DD-990 Ship History

Wickipedia (as of 2024)

USS Ingersoll (DD-990), a Spruance-class destroyer, was the second U.S. Navy ship to be named USS Ingersoll; in this case, in honor of Admiral Royal E. Ingersoll (1883–1976), who served as CINC, Atlantic Fleet during most of World War II.

Ingersoll was laid down on 5 December 1977 by Ingalls ShipbuildingPascagoula, Miss.launched on 10 March 1979; and commissioned on 12 April 1980.

Ingersoll was first homeported in San Diego, CA, then Long Beach, CA (for overhaul) and then Pearl Harbor.

Ingersoll was one of the first US Navy ships to receive the Armored Box Launcher version of the Tomahawk cruise missile system in 1985. This early variant of the missile system held up to four missiles in each of two canisters located directly forward of the pilothouse on the fore deck. However, this system proved to be very heavy and affected the ship’s seakeeping. The much more capable Vertical Launch missile system quickly made the Armored Box Launcher obsolete.

On 20 June 1992 while transiting the Straights of Malacca, Ingersoll collided with M/V Matsumi Maru No. 7, a Pakistani oil tanker. Flooding was minimal and Ingersoll was able to reach port in Singapore. After temporary repairs, Ingersoll returned to Pearl Harbor where it completed repairs and began overhaul.

Though Ingersoll was one of the newest ships of the Spruance class, it was one of the earliest to be decommissioned. The cost to remove the Armored Box Launcher system and retrofit the Vertical Launching System likely contributed to the ship’s early decommissioning. Ingersoll was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 24 July 1998. She was sunk as a target on 29 July 2003 north-northwest of KauaiHawaii, at 023°02′N 160°04′W.[1]