The USS Sperry was the first Navy ship to be named after Elmer Ambrose Sperry (1860-1930), an entrepreneur and inventor with 400 patents to his credit who founded eight companies, most of which bore his name. These included Sperry Gyroscope Co., which designed and manufactured a variety of instruments adopted by the US Navy and used in both world wars, such as gyroscopic compasses and stabilizers for ships and aircraft and a high-intensity arc lamp.
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