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US Navy - Guided Missile Destroyer

DDG 107 - USS Gravely

 

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Type, class: Guided Missile Destroyer - DDG; Arleigh Burke class, Flight IIA

Builder: Northrop Grumman - Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA

   

STATUS:

Awarded: September 13, 2002

Laid down: November 26, 2007

Launched: March 30, 2009

Commissioned: November 20, 2010

IN SERVICE

   

Homeport: Norfolk, Virginia

Namesake: Vice Admiral Samuel Lee Gravely. Jr. (1922-2004)

Ships Motto: FIRST TO CONQUER

Technical Data: see: INFO > Arleigh Burke class Guided Missile Destroyer - DDG

 

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Norfolk, Virginia - July 2016

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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - May 2016

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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - May 2016

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Gulf of Oman - March 2016

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Mk-45 5"/62 gun fire - December 2015

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Suez Canal - December 2015

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Atlantic Ocean - September 2015

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Mk-45 5"/62 gun fire - September 2015

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a Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) was launched from the forward Mk-41 VLS - June 2015

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Atlantic Ocean - March 2015

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Atlantic Ocean - March 2015

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forward Mk-41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) and Mk-45 5"/62-caliber gun - March 2014

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Atlantic Ocean - February 2014

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Norfolk, Virginia - February 2014

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Norfolk, Virginia - February 2014

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Norfolk, Virginia - November 2013

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Norfolk, Virginia - November 2013

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Mediterranean Sea - October 2013

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Mk-45 5"/62 gun fire - October 2013

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Mediterranean Sea - September 2013

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Mediterranean Sea - September 2013

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Mediterranean Sea - September 2013

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Mediterranean Sea - September 2013

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Mediterranean Sea - September 2013

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Mediterranean Sea - June 2013

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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - June 2013

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Norfolk, Virginia - February 2013

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Caribbean Sea - September 2012

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Caribbean Sea - September 2012

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Key West, Florida - September 2012

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Atlantic Ocean - August 2012

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Boston, Massachusetts - June 2012

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Norfolk, Virginia - December 2011

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Gulf of Mexico - June 2010

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commissioning ceremony - Wilmington, North Carolina - November 20, 2010

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commissioning ceremony - Wilmington, North Carolina - November 20, 2010

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commissioning ceremony - Wilmington, North Carolina - November 20, 2010

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commissioning ceremony - Wilmington, North Carolina - November 20, 2010

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Wilmington, North Carolina - November 2010

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Wilmington, North Carolina - November 2010

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at Northrop Grumman Ingalls shipbuilding - Pascagoula, Mississippi - May 2010

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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, Mississippi - May 16, 2009

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christening ceremony - Pascagoula, Mississippi - May 2009

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prepared for christening ceremony - Pascagoula, Mississippi - May 2009
 

 

USS Gravely (DDG 107):
 
In late August 2013 along with her sister ships Mahan, Barry, and Ramage, Gravely was sent to patrol the eastern Mediterranean Sea in response to rising rumors of an imminent U.S. military intervention in the Syrian civil war. On 28 October 2013, the destroyers Gravely and Ramage answered a distress call from vessel a carrying immigrants located 160 nautical miles (300 km; 180 mi) off the coast of Kalamata, Greece. On 18 November 2013, Gravely returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, completing her first overseas deployment. On 28 March 2016, Gravely provided assistance to USS Sirocco, which had seized a stateless dhow transporting weapons. Once the weapons were offloaded, the dhow and its crew were released.


In June 2016 while escorting the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman the destroyer had a close encounter with a Russian Navy frigate causing Russian and US Navy officials to accuse each other of dangerous and unprofessional conduct.

 

Vice Admiral Samuel Lee Gravely, Jr. (June 4, 1922 - October 22, 2004):

Samuel Lee Gravely, Jr. (June 4, 1922 - October 22, 2004) was an African-American Navy pioneer - the first African American in the U.S. Navy to be commissioned an officer, the first to serve aboard a fighting ship as an officer, the first to command a Navy ship, the first fleet commander, and the first to become a flag officer, retiring as a Vice Admiral.


Samuel Gravely was born on June 4, 1922 in Richmond, Virginia. Gravely spent two years at Virginia Union University, where he was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African Americans. Following his time in college, he enlisted in the Naval Reserves on September 15, 1942 and was trained as a Fireman Apprentice.

In 1943, Gravely was told about the V-12 Navy College Training Program by a white officer. It was a new program designed to recruit and train enlisted seamen with partial or completed four-year college degrees to become officers. He sat for the application exam in April, scored very well, and was the first black candidate to be accepted. As part of this training, he attended the University of California in Los Angeles, Pre-Midshipman School in New Jersey, and Midshipmen School at Columbia University.

In March of 1944, the "Golden Thirteen" became the first African-American men to be commissioned from the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. On December 14, 1944, Gravely successfully completed midshipman training as a commissioned officer, thereby becoming the first African-American to graduate from the V-12 program.

As a newly commissioned Ensign, his first assignment was to Camp Robert Smalls, a part of the Great Lakes Naval Training Station set aside for training African-American enlisted men, as the Assistant Battalion Commander for new recruits. Afterwards, he began his seagoing career aboard the USS PC-1264, a submarine chaser that was one of only two World War II ships with a largely African-American crew. He became the first black officer on the ship, as the rest of the command staff were white.

In April 1946, he was released from active duty, remaining in the Naval Reserve. He returned to his hometown of Richmond to complete his bachelor's degree in History.

As part of the Navy's response to President Harry S. Truman's Executive Order to desegregate the Armed Services, Gravely and other African-american officers were recalled to active duty in 1949. His initial assignment was as a Navy Recruiter, recruiting African Americans in the Washington, D.C. area, with the understanding that it was only for a year. The outbreak of the Korean War in 1950 forced the Navy to retain any experienced officers currently in service, regardless of race.

Gravely went from recruiting to building a Navy career that lasted 38 years and included many distinguished accomplishments.

He became the first African American to command a United States Navy warship (USS Theodore E. Chandler), the first African American to command an American warship under combat conditions (USS Taussig), the first African American to command a major naval warship (USS Jouett - subsequently CG-29), the first African-American admiral, the first African American to rise to the rank of Vice Admiral, and the first African American to command a U.S. Fleet (Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet). He was also among the first African Americans to attend the Naval War College in 1962.

Gravely was assigned tours of duty aboard PC-1264, USS Iowa, USS Toledo and USS Seminole. He served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of the Theodore E. Chandler. Additionally, he was the Commanding Officer of the USS Falgout, Taussig, and Jouett. From 1971 to 1973 he served a dual role as as the Director of Naval Communications (on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations) and commander of the Naval Telecommunications Command. His last tour of duty before his retirement in August 1980, was as Director of the Defense Communications Agency in Washington, overseeing the communications network linking Washington with American and allied bases worldwide.

Gravely was also highly decorated, with decorations including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and Navy Commendation Medal.

After suffering a stroke, Gravely died at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on October 22, 2004. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Gravely had three adopted children and one biological child, and was survived by his wife, Alma, son William F. Best, son Robert Micheal, David Edward, and daughter Tracey Ernestine.

source: wikipedia


"Success in life is the result of several factors. My formula is simply education plus motivation plus perseverance. Education is paramount. Motivation: one must decide what he wants to do in life, how best to get there and to proceed relentlessly towards that goal. Perseverance: the ability to steadfastly proceed to your goal despite all obstacles. It is the ability to overcome.”

Samuel L. Gravely, Jr.
Vice Admiral, USN

 

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