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USS GRAVELY (DDG-107)

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 May 16, 2009 at Pascagoula, MS.
Commissioned November 20, 2010 at Wilmington, N.C.
Active unit of the U.S. Navy

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Gravely 110kThe Department of the Navy announced September 12 2006 that the Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer will be USS Gravely, honoring the late Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely Jr. Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. John Harvey announced the honor during remarks at the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Conference. Samuel Lee Gravely Jr. was born in Richmond, Va., June 4, 1922. After attending Virginia Union University, he enlisted in the Naval Reserve in September 1942. In 1943, he participated in a Navy program (V-12) designed to select and train highly qualified men for commissioning as officers in the Navy. Dec. 14, 1944, Gravely successfully completed Midshipman training, becoming the first African American commissioned as an officer from the Navy Reserve Officer Training Course. He was released from active duty in April 1946, but remained in the Naval Reserve. Gravely was recalled to active duty in 1949. As part of the Navy's response to President Harry Truman's executive order to desegregate the armed services, his initial assignment was as a Navy recruiter, recruiting African Americans in the Washington, D.C. area. Gravely went on to a Navy career that lasted 38 years and included many distinguished accomplishments. Gravely was a true pathfinder whose performance and leadership as an African American naval officer demonstrated to America the value and strength of diversity. Gravely’s accomplishments served as watershed events for today’s Navy. He was the first African American to command a warship (USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD 717)); command a major warship (USS Jouett (DLG 29)); to achieve flag rank and eventually vice admiral; and to command a numbered fleet (U.S. 3rd).Fabio Peña/Gary Priolo/Tony Cowart/Bill Gonyo
Gravely 49kArtist's conception of the Gravely 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
Gravely 184kUndated, under construction.Bill Gonyo
Gravely 152kUndated, under construction.Bill Gonyo
Gravely 116k090516-N-5549O-153. Pascagoula, Miss., May 16 2009, Ship's sponsor Alma Bernice Clark Gravely, wife of the late Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, christens the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Gravely (DDG-107) named in honor of her husband, at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss. The Navy's newest destroyer is the 57th in her class, and honors Vice Adm. Gravely who was the first African American to command and major warship, achieve flag rank, and command a numbered fleet. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien.Tony Cowart
Gravely 43k090516-N-5549O-202. Pascagoula, Miss., May 16 2009, Ship's sponsor Alma Bernice Clark Gravely, wife of the late Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, escorted by Cmdr. Douglas Kunzman, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Gravely (DDG-107), takes a moment to admire the ship following her christening ceremony at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss.Tony Cowart
Gravely 55k090516-N-5549O-185. Pascagoula, Miss., May 16, 2009, from left to right, (Ret.) Adm. J. Paul Reason, Mrs. Diane Reason, President Northrop Grumman Shipbuilders Mr. Mike Petters, Ship's sponsor Alma Bernice Clark Gravely, wife of the late Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Acting Secretary of the Navy BJ Penn, Loretta Penn, Commander U.S. 2nd Fleet Vice Adm. Mel Williams Jr., and the ship's Commanding Officer Cdr. Douglas Kunzman, pose for a group photo following the christening ceremony of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer pre-commissioning unit (PCU) Gravely (DDG-107) at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss.Tony Cowart
Gravely 116kThe cover of the Christening pamphlet.Robert M. Cieri
Gravely 103kThe commerative coin honoring the Christening of the Gravely.Robert M. Cieri
Gravely 109kMarch 2009 just after her launching.Tom Glickman
Gravely 92kAs above.Bill Gonyo
Gravely 177k100507-N-6274T-010. Pascagoula, Miss., May 7 2010, the Arleigh Burk-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) is surrounded by an oil containment booms to prevent oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill from reaching it's hull while pierside in Pascagoula, Miss. Deepwater Horizon was an ultra-deepwater oil rig that sank April 22, causing a massive oil spill threatening the U.S. Gulf Coast. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Corey Truax.Bill Gonyo
Gravely 140kPascagoula, Miss., May 16 2009, the Aegis guided-missile destroyer pre-commissioning unit (PCU) Gravely (DDG-107) is prepared for christening at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. Gravely honors Samuel L. Gravely, the first African American to command a warship (USS Theodore E. Chandler); to command a major warship (USS Jouett); to achieve flag rank and eventually vice admiral; and to command a numbered fleet (Third). Photo courtesy Northrop Grumman.Bill Gonyo
Gravely 161kPascagoula, Miss., May 16 2009, from left to right, (Ret.) Adm. J. Paul Reason, Mrs. Diane Reason, President Northrop Grumman Shipbuilders Mr. Mike Petters, Ship’s sponsor Alma Bernice Clark Gravely, wife of the late Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Acting Secretary of the Navy BJ Penn, Loretta Penn, Commander U.S. 2nd Fleet Vice Adm. Mel Williams Jr., and the ship’s Commanding Officer Cdr. Douglas Kunzman, pose for a group photo following the christening ceremony of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer pre-commissioning unit (PCU) Gravely (DDG-107) at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss. The Navy’s newest destroyer is the 57th in her class, and honors Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely who was the first African American to command and major warship, achieve flag rank, and command a numbered fleet. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O’Brien.Bill Gonyo
Gravely 109kPascagoula, Miss., May 16 2009, Ship’s sponsor Alma Bernice Clark Gravely, wife of the late Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, christens the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Gravely (DDG-107) named in honor of her husband, at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss. The Navy’s newest destroyer is the 57th in her class, and honors Vice Adm. Gravely who was the first African American to command and major warship, achieve flag rank, and command a numbered fleet. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O’Brien.Bill Gonyo
Gravely 218kPascagoula, Miss., June 29 2010, the Northrop Grumman Corporation-built Aegis guided missile destroyer Gravely (DDG 107) returned successfully from her first-ever sea trial last week in the Gulf of Mexico. Reaching this milestone paved the way for delivery to the U.S. Navy later this summer. The destroyer is being built by the company at its Gulf Coast facilities in Pascagoula, Miss. Photo courtesy of the Northrop Grumman CorporationBill Gonyo
Gravely 219kAugust 24 2010, Commander Doug Kunzman greets the eager Gravely (DDG-107) crew aboard ship while Shipbuilders, support staff and SupShip personnel look on. Photo by Ron Elias.Bill Gonyo
Gravely 132kMonday, November 1 2010, when a U.S. Navy ship leaves the shipyard a complete and finished product, it normally turns into a very triumphant day for everybody involved. It was no different on Friday, Oct. 29 when our company's 27th Aegis guided missile destroyer Gravely (DDG 107) departed the Pascagoula facility. It's a day shipbuilders and sailors can come together, thank each other and celebrate a monumental day after working together. Local media turned out for the event and interviewed shipbuilders, sailors and the commanding officer of DDG 107, Douglas Kunzman. The common theme in Kunzman's remarks dealt with the strength of the collaborative teamwork between Northrop Grumman shipbuilders, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Gulf Coast and his eager and energetic crew. The media interviews allowed the sailors and shipbuilders to share final moments together before departure. All smiles, all around.Bill Gonyo
Gravely 140k101112-N-3737T-166. Wilmington, NC, November 12 2010, the guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gravely (DDG 107) navigates the Cape Fear River near Wilmington, N.C. Gravely is in Wilmington for the ship's commissioning ceremony Nov. 20 and follows USS North Carolina (SSN 777) as the second Navy vessel commissioned there. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Tretter.Bill Gonyo
Gravely 166kThe Gravely's flag flying over the bridge.Ron Reeves
Gravely 118kCover of the Gravely's Commissioning program.Ron Reeves
Gravely 142k101120-N-3737T-230. Wilmington, NC, November 20 2010, from left, U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Cmdr. Douglas Kunzman, commanding officer of the guided missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107), answer questions following the ship's commissioning. Gravely is the Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and is named for the late Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely Jr., the first African-American to command a Navy warship, to achieve flag rank and the rank of vice admiral, and to command a Navy fleet. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Tretter.Robert M. Cieri
Gravely 188k101120-N-3737T-200. Wilmington, NC, November 20 2010, the commissioning ceremony for USS Gravely (DDG 107), the Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer begins. The new destroyer honors the late Navy Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely Jr., who was the first African American to command a warship, USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD 717); to command a major warship, USS Jouett (DLG/CG-29); to achieve flag rank and eventually vice admiral; and to command a numbered fleet, the U.S. 3rd Fleet. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Tretter.Robert M. Cieri
Gravely 156k101120-N-3737T-185. Wilmington, NC, November 20 2010, during the commissioning ceremony for the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107), the Ship's Sponsor commands "Bring the Ship to Life!". The crew on the pier runs to the brows to man the rails, as the ship's equipment begins to operate; the radars, the CIWS, running lights and finally the ship's whistles blow. The ship is now the Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, named for the late Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely Jr., the first African-American to command a Navy warship, to achieve flag rank and the rank of vice admiral, and to command a Navy fleet. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Tretter.Robert M. Cieri
Gravely 182k101120-N-FI224-097. U.S. Sailors man the rails during a commissioning ceremony for the guided missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107), the Navy’s newest Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, in Wilmington, N.C., Nov. 20, 2010. The ship is named for the late Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely Jr., the first African-American to command a Navy warship, to achieve flag rank and the rank of vice admiral, and to command a Navy fleet. U.S. Navy photo by Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst.Bill Gonyo
Gravely 88kBroken mast December 2 2010.Ron Reeves
Gravely 147k130211-N-BY172-221. Norfolk, Virginia, February 11 2012, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) gets underway from Naval Station Norfolk on its first operational deployment. Gravely is en route to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility to participate in ballistic missile defense escort operations. Gravely is named for Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely, the first African-American in the U.S. Navy to command a warship, achieve flag officer rank, and command a U.S. Navy fleet. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William E. Blake, USN.Robert M. Cieri
Gravely 185kRigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) with Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG-107) approach the Egyptian navy frigate ENS Toushka (FFG-906, ex-USS Lewis B Puller) during a passing exercise in the Mediterranean Sea, 20 May 2013. Gravely, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy News Service photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Turner. ID: # 130520-N-KA046-341.Robert Hurst
Gravely 93k131026-N-QL471-333. Mediterranean Sea, October 26 2013, an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from the Swamp Foxes of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 flies by the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107). Gravely is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho.Ron Reeves
Gravely 134k131118-N-ZY039-105. Norfolk, November 18 2013, the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) returns to Naval Station Norfolk after a scheduled deployment. Gravely deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and conducted missions in support of Operations Sharp Sentry, Atlantic Sentry, and Active Endeavor. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin R. DiNiro, USN.Robert M. Cieri
Gravely 114k140214-N-XQ474-052. Norfolk, February 14 2014, the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) departs Naval Station Norfolk to conduct a training exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Schneider.Robert M. Cieri
Gravely 131k140214-N-XQ474-049. Norfolk, February 14 2014, the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) departs Naval Station Norfolk to conduct a training exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Schneider.Robert M. Cieri
Gravely 130k140221-N-DQ840-015. Atlantic Ocean, February 21 2014, sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) prepare to man the distance lines for a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO-196). USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) steams behind her. Gravely is conducting an exercise as part of independent deployer certification. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Adam Austin.Robert M. Cieri
Gravely 120k140224-N-DQ840-182. Atlantic Ocean, February 24 2014, Boatswain's Mate Seaman Rodney Wiley, from Oakland, Calif., prepares to secure the wheels of a U.S. Army MH-60 Blackhawk helicopter during deck landing qualifications with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Adam Austin.Robert M. Cieri
Gravely 39kShip's patch.Ron Reeves
Gravely 84kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

USS GRAVELY DDG-107 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 Douglas W. Kunzman    Nov 20 2010 - Dec 14 2011
CDR David W. Dry    Dec 14 2011 - Jul 7 2013
CDR Kevin M. Kennedy    Jul 7 2013 - present

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