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.
USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51); USS Barry (DDG-52); USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53); USS Curtis Wilber (DDG-54); USS Stout (DDG-55); USS John S. McCain (DDG-56); USS Mitscher (DDG-57); USS Laboon (DDG-58); USS Russell (DDG-59); USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60); USS Ramage (DDG-61); USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62); USS Stethem (DDG-63); USS Carney (DDG-64); USS Benfold (DDG-65); USS Gonzalez (DDG-66); USS Cole (DDG-67); USS The Sullivans (DDG-68); USS Milius (DDG-69); USS Hopper (DDG-70); USS Ross (DDG-71); USS Mahan (DDG-72); USS Decatur (DDG-73); USS McFaul (DDG-74); USS Donald Cook (DDG-75); USS Higgins (DDG-76); USS O'Kane (DDG-77); USS Porter (DDG-78); USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79); USS Roosevelt (DDG-80); USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81); USS Lassen (DDG-82); USS Howard (DDG-83); USS Bulkeley (DDG-84); USS McCampbell (DDG-85); USS Shoup (DDG-86); USS Mason (DDG-87); USS Preble (DDG-88); USS Mustin (DDG-89); USS Chafee (DDG-90); USS Pinkney (DDG-91); USS Momsen (DDG-92); USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93); USS Nitze (DDG-94); USS James E. Williams (DDG-95); USS Bainbridge (DDG-96); USS Halsey (DDG-97); USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98); USS Farragut (DDG-99); USS Kidd (DDG-100); USS Gridley (DDG-101); USS Sampson (DDG-102); USS Truxtun (DDG-103); USS Sterett (DDG-104); USS Dewey (DDG-105); USS Stockdale (DDG-106); USS Gravely (DDG-107); USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108); USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109); USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110); USS Spruance (DDG-111); USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112); USS John Finn (DDG-113); USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114); USS Rafael Peralta (DDG-115); USS Thomas Hunter (DDG-116); USS Paul Ignatius (DDG-117); Daniel Inouye (DDG-118); Delbert D. Black (DDG-119); Unnamed (DDG-120); Unnamed (DDG-121); Unnamed (DDG-122; Unnamed (DDG-122); Unnamed (DDG-123); Unnamed (DDG-124); Unnamed (DDG-125); Unnamed (DDG-126)
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Offshore bombardment / attack of surface targets / areas primarily through onboard ballistic weaponry.
Offshore strike of surface targets primarily through onboard missile / rocket weaponry.
Active patroling of vital waterways and maritime areas; can also serve as local deterrence against airborne and seaborne threats.
✓Airspace Denial / Deterrence
Neutralization or deterrence of airborne elements through onboard ballistic of missile weaponry.
Serving in support (either firepower or material) of the main surface fleet in Blue Water environments.
509.5 ft 155.30 m
66.0 ft 20.12 m
31.0 ft 9.45 m
4 x General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines developing 100,000 horsepower to 2 x shafts.
31.0 kts (35.7 mph)
4,401 nm (5,065 mi | 8,151 km)
kts = knots | mph = miles-per-hour | nm = nautical miles | mi = miles | km = kilometers
1 kts = 1.15 mph | 1 nm = 1.15 mi | 1 nm = 1.85 km
1 x 5" (127mm) /62 caliber turreted deck gun
1 x 32-cell Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS)
1 x 64-cell Mk 41 VLS
96 x RIM-66 SM-2 OR BGM-109 "Tomahawk" OR RUM-139 VL-ASROC missiles.
2 x 25mm guns
4 x 12.7mm Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs)
1 x 20mm Phalanx Close-In Weapon System (CIWS)
(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
2 x Sikorsky SH-60 "Sea Hawk" Navy helicopters.
Ribbon graphics not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective naval campaigns / operations / periods.
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