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USS GRIDLEY (DDG-101)

CLASS - BURKE Flight IIa As Built.
Displacement 8373 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 509' 5" (oa) x 66' 11" x 20' (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/62 RF, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), 96 VLS Cells,
2 SH-60B helicopters, 8 Harpoon Missiles, 6 x 12.75" TT.
Machinery, 100,000 SHP; 4 GE LM-2500 Gas Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots, Range 4400 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 370.
Operational and Building Data
Christened February 11 2006 at Bath Iron Works.
Commissioned February 10 2007 at the Port of Miami, Miami, FL
Active unit of the US Navy.
Homeported at San Diego, CA.

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Gridley 17kCharles Vernon Gridley was born 24 November 1844 in Logansport, Ind., and was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1860. Reporting for duty with his class in September 1863, Gridley joined the sloop-of-war Oneida with the West Gulf Blockading Squadron and distinguished himself with Farragut at the Battle of Mobile Bay 5 August 1864. Promoted to Lieutenant in 1867 and Commander in 1882, he spent the next 30 years at various stations around the world, including a tour as instructor at the Naval Academy. Captain Gridley took command of Olympia, Admiral Dewey's famous flagship, 27 April 1898, a post which he held despite failing health during the Battle of Manila Bay 1 May 1898. It was that morning that Dewey gave his famous command: "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley," immortalizing the doughty captain. After the destruction of the Spanish squadron and the capture of Manila, Gridley was obliged to leave his command because of his health, and died en route to the United States at Kobe, Japan, 25 May 1898.Steven A. Cardali
Gridley 49kArtist's conception of the Gridley as built by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Gridley 127kA series of four views of the Gridley under construction at Bath Iron Works, July 23 2005.Kevin Kelley
Gridley 96kAs above.Kevin Kelley
Gridley 62kAs above.Kevin Kelley
Gridley 139kAs above.Kevin Kelley
Gridley 139kChristening February 11 2006 at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.Fred Weiss
Gridley 101kChristening February 11 2006 at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.Bill Gonyo
Gridley 94kCover of the Christening ceremony pamphlet, February 11 2006.Robert M. Cieri
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The Christening coin, February 11 2006.Robert M. Cieri
Gridley 133kUSS Gridley (DDG-101) being outfitted prior to sea trials.Bill Gonyo
Gridley 86kTwo views of Gridley departing Bath for trials, August 14 2006.GSMC (SW) Clint Ellis
Gridley 93kAs above.GSMC (SW) Clint Ellis
Gridley 78kOn her super trials.Mike Brock
Gridley 107kReturning to Bath from trials.Dick Hart
Gridley 96kAs above.Dick Hart
Gridley 114kCover of the Commissioning pamphlet.Robert M. Cieri
Gridley 36k070321-N-4776G-021. San Diego, March 21 2007, sailors anxiously wait for the brow to be put in place as the Navy's newest guided missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) pulls pierside during their homeport ceremony. Gridley arrived at her new homeport, Naval Base San Diego, after departing Miami. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kathleen Gorby.Tony Cowart
Gridley 134kSan Diego, June 2007.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Gridley 114k080413-N-1635S-004. Pacific Ocean, April 13 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) follow behind the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during a simulated straits transit. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is conducting Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) preparing for a deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Scott.Robert M. Cieri
Gridley 144k080519-N-4658L-115. San Diego, May 19 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) gets underway to join the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike group for her maiden voyage as part of its scheduled deployment supporting the war on terrorism. More than 7,000 Sailors comprise the USS Ronald Carrier Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark A. Leonesio.Robert M. Cieri
Gridley 152k080606-N-1635S-002. Pacific Ocean, June 6 2008, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) steams in the Pacific Ocean during a commemoration ceremony for the 66th anniversary of the battle of Midway. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is on a routine deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Scott.Robert M. Cieri
Gridley 112k080805-N-4995K-316. Pacific Ocean, August 5 2008, sailors assigned to the "Easy Riders" of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 37 perform maintenance on an SH-60B helicopter aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101). Gridley is a assigned to the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility operating in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chelsea Kennedy.Robert M. Cieri
Gridley 96k080805-N-4995K-095. Pacific Ocean, August 5 2008, Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class Thomas Adams monitors the sonar display aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101). Gridley is a assigned to the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility operating in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chelsea Kennedy.Robert M. Cieri
Gridley 181k080806-N-4995K-020. Pacific Ocean, August 6 2008, Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Jamie Lawrence performs a preventative maintenance check in the engine room of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101). Gridley is a member of The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility operating in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chelsea Kennedy.Bill Gonyo
Gridley 95k080823-N-1635S-001. Indian Ocean, August 23 2008, the Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) prepares to pull alongside the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) as two MH-60S Sea Hawks assigned to the "Blackjacks" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 transfer supplies to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during a vertical replenishment. Bridge and HSC-21 transferred more than 300 pallets of supplies, stores and mail to Ronald Reagan. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Scott.Robert M. Cieri
Gridley 116k080823-N-1635S-002. Indian Ocean, August 23 2008, the Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) prepares to pull alongside the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) as an MH-60S Sea Hawk assigned to the "Blackjacks" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 transfers supplies from the Bridge to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during a vertical replenishment. Bridge and HSC-21 transferred more than 300 pallets of supplies, stores and mail to Ronald Reagan. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Scott.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 196kUSS Benfold (DDG-65) and USS Gridley (DDG-101) in San Diego on Match 7, 2009.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Gridley 149k090906-N-4995K-045. Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) steams alongside aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in preparation for a fueling at sea evolution Sept. 6, 2009, in the Gulf of Oman. Ronald Reagan provided over 5,000 gallons of fuel to Gridley during the evolution. Ronald Reagan is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chelsea Kennedy.Bill Gonyo
Gridley 143k090906-N-3610L-105. Gulf of Oman, September 6 2009, the guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) makes its approach alongside the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) for a refueling at sea. Ronald Reagan provided more than 5,000 gallons of fuel to Gridley. Ronald Reagan is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Torrey W. Lee.Robert M. Cieri
Gridley 162k090906-N-4995K-213. Gulf of Oman, September 6 2009, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) steams alongside the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) after a fueling at sea (FAS). Ronald Reagan conducts FAS evolutions as a training exercise to help Sailors maintain proficiency. Ronald Reagan is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chelsea Kennedy.Robert M. Cieri
Gridley 82k090906-N-5749W-099. Gulf of Oman, September 6 2009, sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) watch as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) steams alongside Ronald Reagan for a refueling at sea (RAS). Ronald Reagan provided 5,000 gallons of fuel to Gridley during the evolution. Ronald Reagan is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Oliver Cole.Robert M. Cieri
Gridley 146kT090906-N-4995K-224. Gulf of Oman, September 6 2009, the guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) steams ahead of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) after securing from a refueling at sea (RAS). Ronald Reagan provided more than 5,000 gallons of fuel to Gridley. Ronald Reagan is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chelsea Kennedy.Robert M. Cieri
Gridley 139kU.S. Navy sailors watch as waves crash high above the deck of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) under way in the Gulf of Oman, Sept. 6, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Lex T. Wenberg.Bill Gonyo
Gridley 148kView from the "Tiger Cruise," of October 16 2009, on board the USS Howard (DDG-83). From left to right the ships are the USS Gridley (DDG-101), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) and the USS Chancellorsville (CG-62).Ray Gross
Gridley 166k091016-N-9132C-084. Pacific Ocean, October 16 2009, the guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101), right, and the guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) transit in the Pacific Ocean. Guided-missile destroyers support carrier, expeditionary and surface strike groups. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is on a routine deployment operating in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Oliver Cole.Robert M. Cieri
Gridley 146k100620-N-8951S-034. Seal Beach, Calif., June 20 2010, visitors queue for a tour of the guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) at the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach wharf. More than 7,000 guests toured the ship and viewed other Navy and Marine Corps static displays during the weekend-long event. U.S. Navy photo by Gregg Smith.Bill Gonyo
Gridley 186k110120-N-TU221-695. South China Sea, January 20 2011, sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) conduct a weapons qualification course on the flight deck. The course is part of a watch standing qualification requirement. Gridley's on deployment with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group to the US 7th Fleet area of responsibility. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza.Robert M. Cieri
Gridley 111k110120-N-TU221-510. South China Sea, January 20 2011, Lt. j.g. Rachel McElvenny, second from left, fires a 9 mm Beretta pistol aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) as part of a watch standing qualification requirement. Gridley was on deployment with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza.Robert M. Cieri
Gridley 199kThe guided missile destroyers USS Gridley (DDG-101), centre and Stockdale (DDG-106), far right, both assigned to Carrier Air Strike Group (CSG) 1, cruise in formation with the Republic of Singapore Navy frigate RSS Stalwart (72) in the Pacific Ocean, on 20 January 2011. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are on deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Nicolas C. Lopez. Navy News Service photo # 110120-N-6320L-868.Robert Hurst
Gridley 136k110522-N-DR144-649. Hong Kong, May 22 2011, the guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) upon arrival. She accompanies the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), both ships assigned to Carrier Strike Group 1. The Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 were under way in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. US Navy photo by Mass Communications Petty Officer 2nd Class James R. Evans.Robert M. Cieri
Gridley 119k130205-N-DH124-020. San Diego, February 5 2013, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) returns to homeport at San Diego after a six-month independent deployment to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility. Gridley conducted eight successful Strait of Hormuz transits, escorting high value units in and out of the Arabian Gulf and conducted six high-visibility operations in the East and South China Seas to maintain U.S. maritime presence and improve regional stability. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rosalie Garcia.Ron Reeves
Gridley 98kShip's patch.Clint Ellis GSMC (SW) USN
Gridley 75kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

USS GRIDLEY DDG-101 History
Note: History is unavailable at this time
This ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Stephen A. Shinego    Feb 10 2007 - Mar 14 2008
CDR Gregory Grombert    Mar 14 2008 - Sep 2 2009
CDR Brian James Quin    Sep 2 2009 - Mar 15 2011
CDR Benjamin J. Allbritton    Mar 15 2011 - Sep 4 2012
CDR Gadala "Rick" Enrique Kratzer    Sep 4 2012 - Mar 28 2014
CDR Mark Steven Nieswiadomy    Mar 28 2014 - present

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Gridley (DDG-101) Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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