EVERETT, Wash. - Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley
(DDG 101) returned to its homeport of Naval Station Everett Jan. 21
following an independent deployment to the U.S. 2nd and 6th Fleet areas of
Gridley served as the flagship for maritime task group Standing NATO
Maritime Group One (SNMG1). The group composed of ships from various NATO
member countries including Norway, Portugal, Netherlands and Belgium. SNMG1
is one of four standing maritime task groups that provide continuous
maritime capability to execute NATO missions, demonstrate solidarity, and
strengthen diplomatic and professional links among Allied naval forces.
SNMG1 provided presence, increased readiness, and showed unity on the
Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, North Sea, and Norwegian Sea. This was
the first time Gridley served as a flagship for a NATO mission.
"USS Gridley performed superbly as Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 Flagship
from July to December 2019," said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Edward Cashman,
commander, SNMG1 aboard Gridley. "The crew's expertise, dedication, and
professionalism ensured the readiness of SNMG1, strengthened relationships,
and improved interoperability with our Allies.It was an honor and a
pleasure to serve with the fantastic young men and women onboard Gridley"
Gridley's deployment included participation in exercise Cutlass Fury 2019,
Canada's largest naval exercise. The exercise included personnel and assets
from Canada, United Kingdom, and Denmark. The ship also participated in
multi-lateral exercise Dynamic Mariner/Flotex-19 with nations including
Albania, Bulgaria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy,
Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, and United
Kingdom. Their operations tested and enhanced interoperability with NATO
"It was an honor to lead the Gridley crew through this unique deployment,"
said Cmdr. Joel Uzarski, Gridley's commanding officer. "U.S. alliances are
critical to ensuring maritime security and stability, and the Gridley crew
demonstrated their ability to work cohesively with other nations, and
strengthened partnerships over the last seven months. We are excited and
look forward to reconnecting with family and friends back home after a very
Gridley covered approximately 39,000 nautical miles over the course of its
deployment, operating in support of the NATO Maritime Commander's
high-readiness response force.
U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Indo-Pacific and provides the
realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. U.S.
3rd Fleet works in close coordination with U.S. 7th Fleet to provide
commanders with capable, ready assets across the spectrum of military
operations in the Indo-Pacific.