USS GRIDLEY DDG 101
The Gridley (DDG 101) is the 51st Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and the fourth ship in the United States Navy named after Captain Charles V. 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.
February 11, 2006 The Pre-Commissioned Unit (PCU) Gridley was christened during a ceremony at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Mrs. Cathy W. Forst, the great-great-granddaughter of Captain Gridley, served as the ship's sponsor. Cmdr. Stephen A. Shinego is the prospective commanding officer.
August 14, PCU Gridley underway for the first time to conduct combined builder’s and acceptance "Super Trial."
February 10, 2007 USS Gridley was commissioned during a ceremony in the Port of Miami-Dade, Florida.
March 21, USS Gridley arrived at its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego, Calif.
December 10, The guided-missile destroyer is currently off the southern California coast, as part of USS Ronald Reagan CSG, conducting routine trainings in preparation fot the upcoming deployment next year.
March 14, 2008 Cmdr. Gregory Grombert relieved Cmdr. Stephen A. Shinego as CO of the Gridley.
March 17, USS Gridley departed San Diego for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of southern California.
April 13, DDG 101 is currently underway for a JTFEX, with the Reagan Carrier Strike Group, in the SOCAL Op. Area.
May 19, USS Gridley departed homeport for a scheduled deployment, with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) CSG, in the western Pacific.
June 22, Six ships and more than 7,000 Sailors of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 7, including the Gridley, departed Hong Kong after a four-day port visit.
July 28, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Fukuoka, Japan, for a routine port call.
August 18, USS Gridley pulled into Port Kelang, Malaysia, for a scheduled port visit.
October 18, The Gridley, along with USS Chancellorsville and USS Thach, arrived in the Indian port city of Goa to kick off Exercise Malabar, a bilateral training event with the Indian Navy.
November 25, DDG 101 returned to San Diego after a maiden six-month deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
May 27, 2009 USS Gridley departed home for a scheduled deployment, as part of the Reagan Carrier Strike Group.
June 25, The guided-missile destroyer anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a goodwill port visit.
September 2, Cmdr. Brian J. Quin relieved Cmdr. Gregory Grombert as CO of DDG 101.
October 21, USS Gridley returned to Naval Base San Diego after a five-month underway period in the 5th and 7th Fleet Area of Operations.
June 18, 2010 The Gridley pulled into Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., and will held an "open house" this weekend.
November 30, USS Gridley departed homeport for a scheduled deployment as part of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) CSG.
January 11, 2011 The Gridley pulled into Chinhae, ROK, for a scheduled port visit.
February 5, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Tomakomai, Japan, for the first port visit by a U.S. Navy ship in 16 years. Inport Sasebo, Japan, from Feb. 16-22.
March 15, Cmdr. Benjamin J. Allbritton relieved Cmdr. Brian J. Quin as the 4th commanding officer of Gridley.
March 23, USS Gridley anchored off the coast of Talisay City, Cebu, for a four-day visit to Republic of the Philippines. Inport White Beach, Okinawa, from April 2-3; Inport Sasebo from April 12-15.
April 29, The Gridley anchored off the coast of Phuket for a three-day visit to Thailand.
May 15, DDG 101 arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a three-day port call.
May 22, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Hong Kong for a four-day port visit.
June 7, The Gridley pulled into Pearl Harbor for a three-day port call.
July 3, DDG 101 recently pulled again into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to celebrate the Fourth of July after a week of testing and training.
July 22, USS Gridley returned to San Diego after an extended eight-month western Pacific deployment.
November 1, The Gridley recently arrived at Naval Surface Warfare Center in Port Hueneme, Calif., for technical repairs and testing. The ship is making preparation for a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment scheduled for March 2012.
August 6, 2012 USS Gridley departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled independent deployment.
September 4, Cmdr. Gadala E. Krazer relieved Cmdr. Benjamin J. Allbritton as CO of the Gridley during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Changi Naval Base in Singapore.
September 13, USS Gridley moored at Port of Mormugao in Goa, India, for a scheduled port visit. Inport Bahrain in October.
November 19, DDG 101 moored at Pier 15, Manila South Harbor in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a routine port call. Inport Sasebo, Japan, from Dec. 5-10.
December 30, The Gridley anchored off the coast of Talisay City for a scheduled visit to Cebu, Philippines, after a one-day delay due to Typhoon Quinta.
January 28, 2013 The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Pearl Harbor for a brief port call to embark 56 friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.
February 5, USS Gridley returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.
May 29, The Gridley departed San Diego for a Navy's Career Orientation Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID) Cruise.
May 31, BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair was awarded a $9 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-4408) for the Gridley's Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Work is expected to be completed by Oct. 9; Commenced availability on June 26.
August 23, USS Gridley is currently moored at Pier 4 in Huntington Ingalls Industries Continental Maritime of San Diego shipyard. Underway for sea trials on Oct. 7.
February 3, 2014 DDG 101 departed Naval Base San Diego for a four-day underway to conduct Engineering Certifications (ECERT).
March 28, Cmdr. Mark S. Nieswiadomy relieved Cmdr. Gadala E. Krazer as the 6th CO of Gridley.
May 23, The Gridley is currently underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), off the coast of southern California, as part of the USS Carl Vinson CSG; Commenced a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) in early June.
August 22, USS Gridley departed homeport for a scheduled deployment.
September 3, The Gridley recently pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a routine port call after participated in Undersea Warfare Exercise (USWEX).
From September 16-23, the guided-missile destroyer participated in biennial field training exercise (FTX) Valiant Shield 2014, off the coast of Guam and Saipan.
October 2, USS Gridley moored at Berth 7, Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a five-day port call; Entered the Arabian Gulf on Oct. 17; Arrived in Gulf of Aden in early November.
November 10, Sailors aboard the Gridley conducted visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training aboard the Royal Navy amphibious assault ship HMS Bulwark (L15), as part of the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 2014; Transited the Strait of Hormuz northbound on Nov. 16.
December 5, USS Gridley moored at Berth 3, Sultan Qaboos Port in Muscat, Oman, for a four-day port visit. Entered the Arabian Gulf again in late January.
February 21, 2015 DDG 101 moored at Container Terminal in Mina Zayed Port, United Arab Emirates, for a five-day visit to Abu Dhabi in conjunction with the 12th International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2015.
March 19, The Gridley moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP), Bahrain, for a five-day liberty visit to Manama.?
April 26, USS Gridley moored at Berth C, Victoria Quay in Port of Fremantle, Australia, for a six-day liberty visit in conjunction with the Anzac Day celebration.
May 27, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for a three-day port visit and to embark "Tigers."
June 4, USS Gridley moored at Berth 2, Pier 2 on Naval Base San Diego following a nine-and-a-half month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).
July 21, DDG 101 departed homeport for routine training off the coast of San Diego; Moored at Bravo Pier, NAS North Island for a brief stop to offload ammo on July 22; Moored at Naval Station Everett, Wash., from July 27-28.
July 28, USS Gridley moored at Bell Street Cruise Terminal in downtown Seattle, Wash., for a six-day visit to participate in annual Seafair Fleet Week celebration.
August 7, The Gridley is currently underway in support of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) CSG's COMPTUEX, off the coast of southern California, as part of opposition forces.
August 13, USS Gridley moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to onload ammunition; Moored at Berth 5, Pier 3 on Thursday afternoon; Underway again on Aug. 19; Moored at Berth 2, Pier 13 on Aug. 26; Underway for Operational Test Launch (OTL) on Aug. 31.
September 1, A Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) Block IV, launched from the USS Gridley, used its onboard camera to capture battle damage indication imagery and then transmitted the image to fleet headquarters via its two-way UHF SATCOM datalink. The missile then entered a loiter pattern before it was retargeted, by strike controllers in Bahrain, to a new designet target on the Navy’s test range at San Nicolas Island.
September 3, DDG 101 moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to offload ammo before return to Naval Base San Diego; Underway again from Sept. 8-11.
September 18, Cmdr. Marc D. Crawford relieved Cmdr. Mark S. Nieswiadomy as CO of the USS Gridley during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at Berth 2, Pier 8.
September 21, The Gridley anchored off Santa Barbara, Calif., for a four-day port visit; Moored at Berth 1, Pier 10 on Sept. 25; Underway again from Dec. 7-1?.
January 5, 2016 USS Gridley departed Naval Base San Diego for a routine training in the SOCAL Op. Area.
January 19, The Gridley recently moored at Berth B8 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for a week-long port call after provided assistance in a search and rescue efforts for two CH-53E Super Stallions, that collided late Thursday with 12 people on board, off the Oahu's North Shore; Returned home on Feb. 3.