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USS WAYNE E. MEYER (DDG-108)

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 at Bath, Maine October 18 2008.
Commissioned October 10 2009 at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, Pa.

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Meyer 82kRear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer, retired in 1985 as the Deputy Commander for Weapons and Combat systems, Naval Sea Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command and Ordnance Officer of the Navy. Rear Admiral Meyer, a native of Brunswick, Missouri, graduated from the University of Kansas in 1946 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He also holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Astronautics and Aeronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. His career began in 1943 as an apprentice seaman. He was commissioned Ensign, U.S. Naval Reserve, in 1946 and was transferred to Regular Navy in 1948. After several years at sea, he returned to school in 1951 and attended the Joint Guided Missile School in Fort Bliss, Texas, the Naval Line School in Monterey, California, eventually serving as an instructor at the Special (atomic) Weapons School, Norfolk, Virginia. He returned to sea as Executive Officer in STRICKLAND (DER 333), followed by service on the Staff, Commander, Destroyer Force, Atlantic. He was then ordered to the TALOS cruiser GALVESTON (CLG 3) and from there to the Secretary of the Navy's Special Task Force for Surface Missile Systems in Washington, D.C. He transferred to the Naval Ordnance Engineering Corps in 1966. In 1967, he reported as Director of Engineering at the Naval Ship Missile Systems Engineering Station, Port Hueneme, California and three years later to the Naval Ordnance Systems Command, as Manager, AEGIS Weapons System. He was named Project Manager for Surface Missile Systems in 1972 and in July 1974, he was named the first Director of Surface Warfare, Naval Sea Systems Command. He was selected for Admiral in January 1975. In July 1975, he assumed duties as the founding Project Manager, AEGIS Shipbuilding. In September 1983, he was reassigned as Deputy Commander, Weapons and Combat Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command. Rear Admiral Meyer presently operates a consultancy with offices in Crystal City, Virginia. He chairs and serves on numerous Panels and Committees chartered by various DOD civil and military officials. He has served on the National Ballistic Missile Defense Advisory Committee for the past seven years, serving as its Chairman for the past three years. He also gives numerous speeches besides reviewing and editing articles, essays and books.Robert M. Cieri
Meyer 49kArtist's conception of the Meyer 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
Meyer 42k061127-N-0696M-284, Moorestown, NJ, November 27 2006, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Mike Mullen, retired Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer, Fred Moosally, president of Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors and Rear Adm. Charles S. Hamilton, program executive officer for ships pull the plug to de-energize the 100th Aegis Weapons System to be delivered the Navy. The system will be installed on the newly named USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108). Meyer is widely regarded as the "The Father of Aegis" after spearheading the development of the defense system. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley.Tony Cowart
Meyer 41k061127-N-0696M-241, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen presents retired Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer with a picture of the ship that will bear his name at a ceremony celebrating the deliverance of the 100th Aegis Weapons System to the Navy. Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer managed the development of the Aegis AN/SPY-1 radar system. This system serves as the cornerstone of the Aegis combat system installed in Ticonderoga class guided missile cruisers and Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyers.Tony Cowart
Meyer 103kThe USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) under construction at Bath Iron Works.-
Meyer 194kThe USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) under construction at Bath Iron Works.Bill Gonyo
Meyer 44kUndated file photo of the starboard hull of USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108). The ship is a Flight IIA variant of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer incorporating a helicopter hangar facility into the original design. The ship can carry two SH-60B/R Light Airborne Multipurpose System MK III helicopters. Guided-missile destroyers operate independently and in conjunction with carrier battle groups, surface action groups, amphibious groups and replenishment groups. U.S. Navy photo.Bill Gonyo
Meyer 105kUndated file photo of USS Wayne E. Meyer’s (DDG 108) bow while she is under construction.Bill Gonyo
Meyer 143kUndated, location unknown.Ron Reeves
Meyer 143k081018-N-8273J-029. Bath, Maine, October 18 2008, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead, right, speaks with retired Rear Adm. Wayne E. Meyer before the christening ceremony for Meyer's namesake Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones.Robert M. Cieri
Meyer 105k081018-N-8273J-063. Bath, Maine, October 18 2008, sailors prepare to present colors during the christening ceremony for the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108). The newest destroyer honors retired Rear Adm. Wayne E. Meyer, "The Father of Aegis," who led the development of the Aegis combat system. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones.Robert M. Cieri
Meyer 174k081018-N-8273J-244. Bath, Maine, October 18 2008, retired Rear Adm. Wayne E. Meyer, known as "The Father of Aegis," delivers remarks during the christening ceremony for the Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) honoring his leadership in the development of the Aegis combat system. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones.Robert M. Cieri
Meyer 193kRetired Rear Adm. Wayne E. Meyer (center) poses for a group photo with the christening party before the christening ceremony of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108).Bill Gonyo
Meyer 100kBath, Maine, October 18 2008, Anna Mae Meyer grimaces as champagne splashes on her during the christening ceremony of the destroyer Wayne E. Meyer.Bill Gonyo
Meyer 206kUnderway to her Commissioning ceremony.Ron Reeves
Meyer 149kAs above.Ron Reeves
Meyer 59k091010-N-0696M-082. Philadelphia, October 10 2009, U.S. Navy honor guard presents the colors at the commissioning ceremony for the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley.Tony Cowart
Meyer 62k091010-N-8273J-122. Philadelphia, October 10 2009, the Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) is berthed at Penn's Landing for her commissioning ceremony in Philadelphia. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst.Tony Cowart
Meyer 56k091010-N-8273J-156. Philadelphia, October 10 2009, crew members render honors during the commissioning ceremony of the Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst.Tony Cowart
Meyer 50k091010-N-8273J-169. Philadelphia, October 10 2009, crew members man-the-rails during the commissioning ceremony of the Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst.Tony Cowart
Meyer 179k091010-N-8273J-109. Philadelphia, October 10 2009, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead delivers remarks during the commissioning ceremony of the Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst.Robert M. Cieri
Meyer 66k091010-N-0696M-164. Philadelphia, October 10 2009, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff addresses the audience at the commissioning ceremony for the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley.Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
Meyer 172kFour views of the Meyer at Penn's Landing during her Commissioning period.RMC(SS) John Hummel (Ret.)
Meyer 139kAs above.RMC(SS) John Hummel (Ret.)
Meyer 79kAs above.RMC(SS) John Hummel (Ret.)
Meyer 149kAs above.RMC(SS) John Hummel (Ret.)
Meyer 191k100505-N-9818V-596. San Diego, May 5 2010, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Rick West meets with Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) during his visit to Naval Station San Diego. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos.Bill Gonyo
Meyer 71kUSS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) underway in route to sea trials off the coast of New England.Bill Gonyo
Meyer 176kOff the coast of Hawaii in January 2011.Ron Reeves
Meyer 168k110228-N-ZC343-126. San Diego, February 28 2011, the guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) transits the channel from San Diego Bay to the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Joe Kane.Bill Gonyo
Meyer 154k111008-N-JO245-101. South China Sea, October 19 2011, guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) takes a wave over the bow while under way, as part of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin E. Yarborough, USN.Robert M. Cieri
Meyer 156k120222-N-OY799-186 Pacific Ocean, February 22 2012, the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) leads the guided-missile destroyers USS Kidd (DDG 100), USS Pinckney (DDG 91) and USS Wayne E. Meyers (DDG 108), all part of the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, during an air power demonstration. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group was under way in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations while on a seven-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate, USN.Robert M. Cieri
Meyer 180k120127-N-OH194-003. South China Sea, January 27 2012, Navy Damage Controlman Fireman Katelyn Neill dons firefighting gear during damage control training aboard guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108). Wayne E. Meyer, part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, was deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Grant P. Ammon, USN.Robert M. Cieri
Meyer 122kThree views of USS WAYNE E. MEYER (DDG 108) standing into San Diego Bay enroute to the Naval Base on an overcast Monday morning, 27 February 2012. WAYNE E. MEYER is returning to homeport upon completion of deployment with the USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) Strike Group.© CAPT Robert E. Lang USN (Ret.)
Meyer 119kAs above.© CAPT Robert E. Lang USN (Ret.)
Meyer 109kAs above.© CAPT Robert E. Lang USN (Ret.)
Meyer 136k140424-N-JN652-023. Busan, Republic of Korea, April 24 2014, sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) man the rails during the ship's arrival in Busan Republic of Korea for a scheduled port visit. Wayne E. Meyer is on deployment in the western Pacific Ocean in support of U.S. 7th Fleet operations to help promote security and exchange culture, skills and tactical knowledge with nations throughout the region. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Wendy Wyman.Ron Reeves
Meyer 58kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Meyer 76kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

USS WAYNE E. MEYER DDG-108 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 Nick A. Sarap Jr.    Oct 10 2009 - Apr 8 2011 
CDR Leopoldo Sardalla J. Albea    Apr 8 2011 - Aug 30 2013
CDR Randy Jay Van Rossum    Aug 30 2013 - present

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Wayne E. Meyer website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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