USS GRAVELY DDG 107
The Gravely (DDG 107) is the 57th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer in the United States Navy. Gravely is named after the late Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely Jr. He was the first African American in the U.S. Navy to be commissioned an officer, 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 (3rd).
May 16, 2009 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gravely was christened during a ceremony at Northrop Grumman Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Mrs. Alma Gravely served as sponsor of the ship named for her late husband. Cmdr. Douglas W. Kunzman is the prospective commanding officer.
July 26, 2010 The U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the future USS Gravely from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding during a ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss. The ship successfully completed acceptance trials June 28. Due to the oil spill currently affecting the Gulf of Mexico, the trials were slightly modified, with the ship conducting pierside tests and inspections by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), followed by a 36-hour underway period to assess the ship's main propulsion, auxiliary, steering, damage control equipment, navigation systems, and deck equipment as well as overall completeness.
November 20, USS Gravely was commissioned during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony in Wilmington, N.C.
November 24, DDG 107 arrived in Naval Station Norfolk where will be homeported.
February 13, 2011 USS Gravely experienced structural damage to the mast mounted antenna during routine operations off the northern Florida coast. No personnel were injured during the incident. The ship pulled into Naval Station Mayport on Feb. 14 for damage assessment.
March 8, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair is being awarded a $16 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-2314) to exercise options for the Gravely Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Work is expected to be completed by September 2011.
May 19, The Gravely successfully completed final contract trials off the East Coast.
December 15, Cmdr. David W. Dry relieved Cmdr. Douglas W. Kunzman as CO of DDG 107 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Norfolk.
June 29, 2012 USS Gravely moored at Black Falcon Cruise Ship Terminal in South Boston for a seven-day port visit to celebrate the Independence Day after participating in a multi-national War of 1812 Commemoration Fleet Exercise (FLEETEX), from June 21-28.
September 16, The guided-missile destroyer arrived at Naval Air Station Key West, Fla., for a four-day port call to participate in an annual multi-national exercise UNITAS Atlantic (LANT) 2012, in the western Caribbean, through Sept. 28. NAS Key West is hosting 10 of the 13 ships participating in UNITAS, including USS Anzio (CG 68), USS Underwood (FFG 36), HMS Dauntless (FD 33), BNS Greenhalgh (F46), A.R.C. Antioquia (FG 53), ARM Independencia (PO-163) and HMCS Preserver (AOR 510). The port at Truman Waterfront has not seen this many naval vessels at once since the Naval Station closed in 1974.
October 7, USS Gravely is currently underway for Group Sail operations as part of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) CSG.
January 14, 2013 DDG 107 departed homeport for a three-week Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). Returned on Jan. 24 for emergent repairs to #3 gas turbine generator; Underway again from Jan. 26- Feb. 3.
February 11, USS Gravely departed Naval Station Norfolk for its maiden deployment, after a three-day delay due to bad weather, in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).
February 23, The Gravely recently pulled into Funchal, Portugal, for a brief stop at Madeira Island to refuel.
March 4, USS Gravely recently pulled into Naples, Italy, for a routine port call before participating in annual joint exercise Noble Dina, in the Aegean Sea and eastern Mediterranean, from March 7-21.
May 15, The guided-missile destroyer departed Larnaca, Cyprus, after a liberty port visit.
May 20, USS Gravely participated in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the Egyptian Navy frigate ENS Toushka (FFG 906), while underway in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
June 11, DDG 107 arrived in Naval Support Activity Souda Bay in Crete, Greece, for a two-day port call.
July 7, Cmdr. Kevin M. Kennedy relieved Cmdr. David W. Dry as CO of the Gravely during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Souda Bay.
August 8, USS Gravely pulled into Haifa, Israel, for a four-day port visit before participating in at-sea phase of exercise Reliant Mermaid.
August 26, The Gravely, along with USS Barry (DDG 52), participated in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the French Navy frigate FS Aconit (F713), while underway in the eastern Mediterranean Sea; Inport Haifa again from Sept. 29- Oct. 1.
October 31, The guided-missile destroyer recently pulled into Naples, Italy, for a routine port call. Inport Naval Station Rota, Spain, in early November; Brief stop at Funchal, Portugal, on Nov. 9.
November 18, USS Gravely returned to Norfolk after an extended nine-month deployment.
February 14, 2014 The Gravely departed Naval Station Norfolk in support of Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX), for the USS Cole (DDG 67), USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), off the coast of Florida.
February 28, USS Gravely moored at Pier 7, Alabama State Docks in Mobile, Ala., for a five-day port visit to participate in Mardi Gras festivities.