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Navy to commission ship in Wilmington

Wilmington will once again host an historic event. The US Navy announced that a 500-foot long guided-missile destroyer will be commissioned here this fall. The ship is named after Vice Admiral Samuel Lee Gravely, who was the Navy's first African-American Vice Admiral. The Gravely (DDG 107) is part of the Navy’s only active class of destroyers, which are among the largest and most powerful destroyers ever built. In May 2008 Wilmington was also the site of the commissioning of the nuclear attack submarine USS North Carolina. More than 6,000 people packed the Port of Wilmington to watch it happen. We'll have more details about this latest announcement tonight on WWAY NewsChannel 3 starting at 5. For more information on the Gravely, check out its official website.

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Really? An elitist event?

Really? An elitist event? I'll bring this up to the CO. I am apart of the crew. Security is going to be high, but don't blame it on us, blame it on those that have made it this way. We would love to have anyone and everyone who would want to come to attend. We do not point weapons at toddlers, give me a break. That's one of those most uninformed statements I have ever heard. We are here to protect the country.


Don't worry about what a few people have to say. Keep doing what you do for your country.

American Hypocrisy

HA! Navytype, you're right on! I do hope you brought the previous posts up to the CO. My husband is part of the Gravely crew as well. Why shouldn't security be high, people? The crew of this new vessel and all others anywhere and everywhere that represent the United States military aren't to blame for such caution...hypocrites like you disrespectful anti-government idiots help pave the way for it with smartypant comments such as those you've posted. Boy, y'all sound proud to be part of this country and stand behind those who lay their lives on the lines for you everyday. And, perhaps you should remember that while being called to their duties they may not necessarily care to follow certain orders because of their own opinions, thoughts, or feelings...though, they have to. It is my understanding there is an expected 8,000 at least to grace the events planned for this memorable moment in history and the public is welcome to join the festivities and celebration, but don't be surprised when under the special dignitaries, the family and friends of all those serving aboard are put first...after all, it is all of us who sacrifice and go without so you can live freely. We also have protocol to follow. As for the Coast Guard pointing weapons at your toddlers, you should be assured and not doubt their training or skills, as if they'd missed the pirates behind you you'd be complaining then most probably, too. Perhaps you should've acted to bring it to the attention of their superiors since you feel so strongly about it. So, I'll now suggest that you don't bother to make an appearance and embarass yourself with your lack of compassion and understanding to those who serve to protect this country and their loved ones who come second to their duty. I can assure you that we won't miss you loudmouths who think you know better about running the systems of our country, but probably don't even vote for the changes you nag about. If you feel you can do better, grow some guts and join in the fight!

Will this be a VIP only event also

Will this be a VIP only event also that the general public cannot attend because it is in lock-down in the State Port? If so.. take your destroyer elsewhere.... The Coast Guard already pointed a 50mm gun at my toddler children's heads in our boat the last time.. And we were to the far right of the channel... Yeah.. thanks but no thanks..

Why put it in the news. The

Why put it in the news. The average person will not get to go.

Another elitist event?

I'm sure this will be another elitist event where the general public will not be allowed to attend. Just like the submarine commissioning.

Yeah, an elite event

Yeah, an elite event indeed... my heart goes out to the poster above who said guns were pointed at his toddlers. Here's the real pisser in this whole mess. Wilmington's mayor has expressed that he is hopeful that this event will bring in guest $$ in excess of spending. When asked how much the sub commissioning cost, he couldn't answer...

The taxpayers just had the

The taxpayers just had the privilege of paying for the new vessel for the warlords to play with, but we are not good enough to attend the festivities. Guess we're all security threats.