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08-25-2009, 10:14 AM
Navy takes delivery of destroyer Dewey

Staff report
Posted : Monday Aug 24, 2009 17:32:33 EDT

The Navy took delivery of its 57th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the Dewey, Aug. 17 after combined builder’s and acceptance “super trials” earlier this summer in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Dewey, which carries hull number DDG 105, was built at Northrop Grumman’s shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., and is named for Adm. George Dewey, the Navy hero of the Battle of Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War.

With the addition of the Dewey, the Navy now has ships named for the men on both sides of the famous command, “You may fire when ready, Gridley.” Dewey gave that order to Capt. Charles Gridley, the commander of Dewey’s flagship, the cruiser Olympia, during the 1898 battle. The destroyer Gridley, DDG 101, is an earlier sibling of the Dewey.

The Dewey’s commissioning, at which it will formally join the fleet, is scheduled for December.

08-25-2009, 11:10 PM
These latest flight Arleigh Burkes are beasts. They call them destroyers, but in reality they're right up up there with cruisers in displacement and firepower.