USS Wayne E. Meyer

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US Navy 091204-N-0209M-003 The Arleigh Burke-class missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrives at its new homeport of San Diego after transiting from the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine.jpg
Arriving to homeport in San Diego, CA
Career (US)
Name: USS Wayne E. Meyer
Namesake: Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer
Awarded: 9 September 2002
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 18 May 2007
Launched: 19 October 2008
Sponsored by: Anna Mae Meyer
Acquired: 10 July 2009[1]
Commissioned: 10 October 2009
Homeport: San Diego, California
Motto: "One Powerful Legacy"
Status: in active service, as of 2015
Badge: USS Wayne E. Meyer COA.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,200 tons
Length: 509 ft 6 in (155.30 m)
Beam:   66 ft (20 m)
Draft:   31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Speed: 30+ knots (55+ km/h)
Complement: 275 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 32 triple torpedo tubes
1 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

The USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in the United States Navy. She is named after Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer, who is known as the Father of Aegis. The ship is part of Destroyer Squadron Twenty-one (DESRON-21) of Carrier Strike Group Three which is currently headed by the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74).

Wayne E. Meyer is the 58th destroyer in her class. She carries the 100th AEGIS Weapon System to be delivered to the United States Navy.[2] She was built by Bath Iron Works, and was christened by sponsor Anna Mae Meyer (wife of Admiral Meyer) and launched on 18 October 2008.

Wayne E. Meyer completed sea trials in June 2009 and was delivered to the Navy in July 2009.[1] She was Commissioned and placed into active service on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 10 October 2009. Wayne E. Meyer arrived at her homeport in San Diego, CA on 4 December 2009.[3]

Wayne E. Meyer celebrated her first Change of Command on 8 April 2011 with Executive Officer CDR Leo Albea relieving the ships first Commanding Officer CDR Nick Sarap.

Wayne E. Meyer made her maiden deployment as part of the John C. Stennis Strike Group from 29 July 2011 until 27 February 2012. She made port calls in Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Bahrain, Dubai, and the Philippines.

Commanding Officers[edit]

The commanding officer (CO) of the USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) is the United States Navy officer who is the most senior officer on ship. The CO is the ultimate authority over operations of the Wayne E. Meyer and her crew.

List of commanding officers[edit]

# Name Start of tenure End of tenure
3 CDR Randy Jay Van Rossum [4] 30 August 2013
2 CDR Leopoldo Sardalla J. Albea [4] 8 April 2011 30 August 2013
1 CDR Nick Sarap[4] 10 October 2009 8 April 2011


  • 29 July 2011- 27 February 2012
  • 20 March 2014- 20 October 2014

In popular culture[edit]

Wayne E. Meyer was featured on the "Destroyer Disaster" episode of the Food Network show Dinner: Impossible .[5]


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