The Arleigh-Burke-class warship group continues to be an all-important destroyer class for the modern Untied States Navy (USN). The class was drawn up to include eighty-two total warships and sixty-six have since been completed (all in active service as of this writing - January 2019). The type was designed during the latter years of the Cold War (1947-1991) - and is influenced in design as such - and began construction in 1988 with the first vessels commissioned in 1991.
USS Gridley (DDG-101) is one of their number: the warship was ordered on March 6th, 1998 and contracted to Bath Iron Works who laid her keel down on July 30th, 2004. She was subsequently launched on December 28th, 2005 and formally commissioned on February 10th, 2007 under the name "Gridle" after of U.S. Navy Captain Charles Vernon Gridley, she continues to sail today (2019)and fights under the motto of "Fire When Ready".
As completed, the warship displaces 9,300 tons (short) and has a length of 509.5 feet, a beam of 66 feet, and a draught of 31 feet. Power is from 4 x General Electric LM2500-30 series gas turbines developing 100,000 horsepower to 2 x Shafts. Aboard is a group of 380 officers and enlisted personnel that includes an air wing component, these persons charged with the sustainment and operation of up to 2 x Sikorsky Sh-60 Sea Hawk navy helicopters launched and retrieved from the stern (a full service hangar is included).
Armament is1 x 5" (130mm) /62 caliber turreted deck gun at the forecastle, 1 x 32-cell Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS), 1 x 64-cell Mk 41 VLS (total of 96 x RIM-66 SM-2 Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAM) carried OR BGM-109 "Tomahawk" land-attack cruise missiles), 2 x 25mm Mk 38 chain guns, 2 x Mk 46 triple torpedo tubes, and 1 x 20mm Phalanx Close-in Weapon Systems (CIWSs). All told, the warship can be used to handle aerial, surface, and undersea threats as needed due to its broad armament array.
Gridley homeports at Naval Station Everett in Everett, Washington along America's Northwest Coast (with direct access to the vast Pacific Ocean). Her first voyage originated from San Diego on May 19th, 2008 and ended in November of that year. Her next notable deployment followed in August of2014 as she joined the cruiser USS Carl Vinson and carrier USS Bunker Hill on a voyage westward for ten months. By the middle of 2016, the warship ended back stateside.