The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) returned to Naval Base San Diegoon April 12, after a successful three-month deployment.
During the deployment the guided-missile destroyer’s 320 Sailors conducted routine operations in the Indo-Pacific region as part of the Carl Vinson Strike Group.
Wayne E. Meyer visited Guam, Malaysia, Hawaii, and Vietnam. The visit to Vietnam was the first by a carrier strike group in more than 40 years resulting in strengthened bilateral ties.
The strike group includes aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Carrier Air Wing 2, guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), and Wayne E. Meyer from Destroyer Squadron 1.
USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) is the 58th Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer of the United States Navy.
The ship is named after Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer, who is known as the “Father of Aegis”. She carries the 100th AEGIS Weapon System to be delivered to the United States Navy.
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. She completed sea trials in June 2009 and was delivered to the Navy in July 2009. She was commissioned on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 10 October 2009.