SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The destroyer USS Gridley returned to its homeport of San Diego Tuesday following a six-month deployment to the Middle East.
The 509-foot-long Arleigh Burke class vessel took part in training exercises with the navies of other countries, including the first International Mine Countermeasures Exercise in the Persian Gulf. The ship and its crew of 320 passed through the Strait of Hormuz several times, where it comes close to Iran.
"Team Gridley performed exceptionally well for the past six months during our deployment,' said Cmdr. Rick Kratzer, its commanding officer. "Team Gridley met and accomplished every assigned task with professionalism and served as great ambassadors during nine port visits, promoting peace and stability when interacting with the local population.'
The ship is named after Capt. Charles Vernon Gridley, who served in the Civil War and Spanish-American War.