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USS Gridley (DDG-101)
USS Gridley DDG-101
USS Gridley (DDG-101)
Career (United States)
Namesake: Captain Charles Gridley
Ordered: 6 March 1998
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 30 July 2004
Launched: 28 December 2005
Commissioned: 10 February 2007
Motto: IGNIS UBI PARATUS (“Fire when ready”)
Status: in active service, as of 2022
Badge: USS Gridley DDG-101 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,200 long tons (9,300 t)
Length: 509 ft 6 in (155.30 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draught: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Speed: >30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 380 officers and enlisted
Armament: 1 × 32 cell, 1 × 64 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems, 96 × RIM-66 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-Asroc, missiles
1 × 5/62 in (127/62 mm), 2 × 25 mm, 4 × 12.7 mm guns
2 × Mk 46 triple torpedo tubes
1 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS
Aircraft carried: 2 x SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

The fourth USS Gridley (DDG-101) is the fifty-first Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. Gridley is named after Captain Charles 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.

In May 2004, the Secretary of the Navy announced the names of five new Arleigh Burke class destroyers, including Gridley. Her keel was laid on 30 July 2004 at the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. She was christened on 11 February 2006. The Gridley was commissioned at the Port of Miami on Saturday, 10 February 2007.

She has joined the Pacific Fleet and is homeported at Naval Base San Diego. Gridley departed Naval Base San Diego on 19 May 2008 for her maiden deployment and returned on 25 November 2008.[1]

Commanding Officers

The commanding officer (CO) of the of the USS Gridley (DDG-101), is the United States Navy officer who is the most senior officer on ship. The CO is the ultimate authority over operations of the Gridley and her crew.

List of commanding officers

# Name Start of tenure End of tenure
5 CDR Gadala "Rick" Enrique Kratzer[2] 4 Sep 2012
4 CDR Benjamin J. Allbritton[2] 15 Mar 2011 4 Sep 2012
3 CDR Brian James Quin[2] 2 Sep 2009 15 Mar 2011
2 CDR Gregory Grombert[2] 14 Mar 2008 2 September 2009
1 CDR Stephen A. Shinego[2] Feb 10, 2007[2] Mar 14, 2008[2]


  • This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.

External links

USS Gridley enters its home port of San Diego

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