Arleigh Burke Destroyer Named USS Gravely

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Newest Arleigh Burke Destroyer Named USS Gravely

Navy News | September 13, 2006

Washington D.C. – The Department of the Navy announced Sept. 12 that the Navy’s newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer will be USS Gravely, honoring the late Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely Jr.

Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. John Harvey announced the honor during remarks at the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Conference.

“It’s fitting that this type of ship be named after a man who was able to set a true course for our nation’s Navy, and at the same time transform challenges into accomplishments and lead the way for a future generation of naval warfighters,” said Harvey. Read more

Sen. Wicker Honors Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Jr.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today delivered remarks on the Senate floor in honor of the late Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Jr. Gravely made Naval history as the first African American to achieve the rank of vice admiral. Last weekend, the USS Gravely was christened in his honor at the Northrop Grumman shipyard in Pascagoula. Video and text of Sen. Wicker’s remarks are available below.

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Washington, Friday, May 15, 2009
Congressional Record
Senate

TRIBUTE TO SAMUEL L. GRAVELY, JR. First African American U.S. NAVY FLAG Officer
by
U.S. Senator Roger F. Wicker (R-MS)

Mr. WICKER. Mr. President, tomorrow, at the Northrop-Grumman shipbuilding facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi, the USS Gravely, the 57th Arleigh Burke class Aegis Guided Missile Destroyer, will be christened in honor of the late Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Jr.

Samuel L. Gravely was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1922. In 1942, Gravely interrupted his education at Virginia Union University and enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He attended Officer Training Camp at the University of California at Los Angeles after boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois, and then midshipman school at Columbia University. When he boarded his first ship in May of 1945, he became its first African American officer.

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