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ADMIRAL ROYAL EASON INGERSOLL Admir.il Rovjl E. Ini;ersoll was born in 18S in Washington, DC, and graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy with the class ot 1905. standing fourth in his class. He sailed with the geopolitical maneuver by President Theodore Roosevelt which established the United States as a Great Power. At the conclusion ot World War I, Admiral (then Commander) Ingersoll was assigned as Communications Officer for the Am erican Delegation to the Paris Peace Conference, led by President Woodrow Wilson. In 1924, Commander Ingersoll took command of USS NOKOMIS, ■1 fleet survey ship. Alter subsequent sea tours on fleet staffs and shore tours at the Naval War College and on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Captain Ingersoll served in command of the heavy cruiser USS AUGUSTA in 193 3, and of the heavy cruiser USS SAN FRANCISCO in 1954. In 1936, while serving as Director of War Plans Division in the Officer of the Chief of Naval Operations, Captain Ingersoll was assigned additional duty as technical advisor to the American Delegation to the London Naval Conference. In 19 37. President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent him hack to London to participate in preliminary discussions i hich established the basis for Anglo-American Naval cooperation during World War II. In 193 8. Admiral Ingersoll was promoted to the rank ot Rear .Admiral and assumed command of Cruiser Division SIX of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. He returned to Washington in 1940 as an assistant Chief of Naval Operations, where he was serving when Japan launched a naval air attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet Base at Pearl Harbor. Shortly thereafter, on I January 1942, Admiral Ingersoll was promoted to the four-star rank of a Full Admiral, and assumed duties as Commander-in-Chief U.S. Atlantic Fleet, a post he held for almost three years. During that time, he served as the operational commander of the vital, and eventually successful war against German submarine forces operating against Allied shipping in the Atlantic Ocean. In November 1944. with the Naval Battle of the Atlantic winding do«n, and with the uar effort beginning to shift toward the Pacific Campaign, Admiral Ingersoll was assigned as Commander, Western Sea Frontier, with responsibilities for the logistic support of the final island campaigns in the Pacific Theatre, and for the planned invasion of Japan. He was serving in this post at the conclusion of the war. Admiral IngersoU ' s significant decorations include the Navy Cross and the Distinguished Service Medal. He was also an honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire, and a Commander of the Legion of Honor of France. USS INGERSOLL (DD 990) is the second ship to bear the family name. USS INGERSOLL (DD 652) commisioned in 1943, was named for the Admiral ' s father, RADM Royal R. Ingersoll, and for his son. Lieutenant Ro al R. Ingersoll, who v as killed at the Battle of Mid a - in 1942. .Admiral Ingersoll died on 20 May 1976.
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USS INGERSOLL (DD-990) OMtfiCeteCcf a. i Up.. in t aid ie»ue. c SteutC icA
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USS INGERSOLL (DD 990) USS INGERSOLL i DD 99l) is ihc lurnry-.-ighih of the tliirty-sliip SPRUANCE Class Destroyer shipbuilding program developed to help maintain AmeruMs n.ival strength into the next century. She is a versatile, multi-mission ship, fully capable of operating independently, and as a unit ot carrier battle groups. The ship was designed primarily for anti-submarine u.irt,iro. .md has the most advanced underwater detection and fire control system yet developed for surface ships. INGERSOLL IS .list) .111 outstanding platform for shore bombardment and is capable ot acting in support of diverse tasks ranging from amphibious assaults to blockades, as well as other traditional destroyer roles. INGERSOLL is a large ship (more than twice the size ot a World War II destroyer). As such, she CAn carry her formidable array of weapons and electronic equipment long distances at high speeds. The ship is powered by four gas turbine engines which produce more than 20,000 horsepower each, and can drive the ship at speeds that exceed 30 knots. The turn controllable, reversible pitch propellers give the ship an exceptional degree ot responsiveness. INGERSOLL ' s main battery consists ot tuo 5 inch 54 caliber guns, which can throw a pro)ectile over I 2 miles at a tiring rate ot 20 rounds per minute. Other weapons include torpedoes, surface-to-air missies, surtace-to-surface missies, and dual helicopter capability for both surveillance and for long-range delivery of an air-dropped torpedo. Built with tuturc growth in mind, INGERSOLLs design is modular in nature, allowing for easy installation of entire subsystems within the ship. Space and power reservations have been made to accommodate future weapons and electronic systems as they are developed. This design feature allows INGERSOLL to adapt easily as military technology evolves. Crew confort and habitability were also of prime consideration in INGERSOLL ' s design. Berthing areas are very spacious compared to earlier destroyers, and the ship is equiped with habitability features uncommon to most of its predecessors. Automation ot man - of the ship ' s weapons and engineering systems permit the ship to be manned by far fewer personnel than would otherwise be necessary. DESIGN CHARACTERISTICS Pro.vv Spo lng.,ll ' s shipbuilding Pasagoul.). Mississippi Keel l.nd: U- December 1977 Christened; 2(i M.iv 1979 Commissioned: 12 April I9S0 Sponsor: Mrs. Roy.il E. Ingersoll Wife of Admiral Ingersol! Mrs. Alice ]. Ingersoll Njglc D,ruih[er nf. dmir,il Ingerst Length: 565 Feet 4 Inclu Beam: 5 5 Feet DispUcement: 9.000 Tons Personnel: Officers Chief Pettv Offi Enlisted 2 Five Inch 54 Caliber Gun Mounts 2 20MM PHALAN.X Close-in Weapon System MKi2 Torpedo Launchers Harpoon Missies NATO SEASPARROW Missies
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