A United States Navy destroyer named for a Chariton County
resident currently is on its third deployment to the Western Pacific.
According to a news release, the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) is moored at the Republic of Korea’s Navy Base in Busan.
The destroyer was commissioned for service on October 10, 2009, in Philadelphia.
The ship received its name from the late Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer, a resident of Brunswick, who is regarded as the “Father of Aegis,” for his service as the weapons system manager for 13 years and later for his development of the AEGIS shipbuilding project office.
Photo: Cryptologic Technician 2nd Class Marie Beasleysmith, from Cartersville, Georgia, raises the Navy Jack on the forecastle of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108). Wayne E. Meyer is on a regularly-scheduled Western Pacific deployment with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend U.S. 3rd Fleet command and control functions into the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike groups have routinely patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific for more than 70 years. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelsey L. Adams/Released)