Admiral Gravely

Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. Takes Command of 3rd Fleet, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1976

Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. Takes Command of 3rd Fleet, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1976

Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. was the first African-American to achieve the rank of admiral in the U.S. Navy. He as also the first African-American to command US Navy warships, to become Vice Admiral, and to command a numbered fleet.

On May 16, 2009, the USS Gravely (DDG 107) was christened at the Northrop-Grumman shipbuilding facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi. (See Northrop-Grumman web sites* below.) This ship is the 57th Arleigh Burke class Aegis Guided Missile Destroyer.

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