USS Wayne E. Meyer

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USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108)
US Navy 120214-N-OY799-496 The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), transits the Pacific Ocean during a photo.jpg
USS Wayne E. Meyer at sea in 2012
United States
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
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: exceeds 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 275 officers and enlisted
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

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 1 of Carrier Strike Group One which is currently headed by the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS  Carl Vinson.[citation needed] 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]


Christening party at the USS Wayne E. Meyer Christening at Bath Iron Works 18 October 2008
Stern view of USS Wayne E. Meyer prior to launching 18 October 2008



Wayne E. Meyer 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 on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 10 October 2009. Wayne E. Meyer arrived at her homeport in San Diego, California 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 ship's first Commanding Officer, CDR Nick Sarap.


Wayne E. Meyer made her maiden deployment as part of the John C. Stennis Carrier 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 of USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) is a United States Navy officer that is the most senior officer on ship. The CO is the ultimate authority over operations of Wayne E. Meyer and her crew.

List of commanding officers[edit]

# Name Start of tenure End of tenure
5 CDR Vincent A. Fortson[4] 29 July 2016
4 CDR Adam L. Fleming[4] 31 March 2015 29 July 2016
3 CDR Randy Jay Van Rossum[4] 30 August 2013 31 March 2015
2 CDR Leopoldo Sardalla J. Albea[4] 8 April 2011 30 August 2013
1 CDR Nick Sarap[4] 10 October 2009 8 April 2011

Command master chiefs[edit]

# Picture Name Start of tenure End of tenure
2 CMDCM (SW) Veronica Holliday, USN.jpg CMDCM (SW) Veronica Holliday November 2014 Present


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

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