USS Gridley (DDG-101)

The fourth USS Gridley (DDG-101) is the 51st Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. Gridley is named after Captain Charles Gridley, Commander of Admiral George Dewey's flagship Olympia, (Flag Captain) and recipient of Admiral Dewey's famous command, "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley" in the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish–American War.

In May 2004, the Secretary of the Navy announced the names of five new Arleigh Burke class destroyers, including Gridley. Her keel was laid on 30 July 2004 at the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. She was christened on 11 February 2006. The Gridley was commissioned at the Port of Miami on Saturday, 10 February 2007.

She has joined the Pacific Fleet and is homeported at Naval Station Everett.

Gridley departed Naval Base San Diego on 19 May 2008 for her maiden deployment and returned on 25 November 2008.[1]

On August 22, 2014 Gridley departed the naval base for a scheduled 10-month deployment, along with USS Bunker Hill and USS Carl Vinson, returning on 4 June 2015.

On July 9, 2016 Gridley arrived at her new homeport in Everett, WA.[2]

USS Gridley DDG-101
USS Gridley (DDG-101)
History
United States
Namesake: Captain Charles Vernon Gridley
Ordered: 6 March 1998
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 30 July 2004
Launched: 28 December 2005
Commissioned: 10 February 2007
Identification: MMSI number: 369961000
Motto: IGNIS UBI PARATUS (“Fire when ready”)
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Gridley DDG-101 Crest
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,200 long tons (9,300 t)
Length: 509 ft 6 in (155.30 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draught: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Speed: >30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 380 officers and enlisted
Armament:
Aircraft carried: 2 x SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

References

  1. ^ USS Ronald Reagan's Third Deployment Military.com
  2. ^ [1] Everett Herald newspaper

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