USS Gridley, At Sea – Arleigh Burke Destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on January 30th with a few extra crewmembers; family and friends of Sailors joining Gridley for "Tiger Cruise 2013."
A total of 53 honorary crewmembers, several of them armed forces veterans, came aboard to sail the last leg of the ship's sixth-month deployment to Fifth and Seventh Fleet. Tiger Cruise allows family members and friends the unique opportunity to experience the life of a Sailor at sea, alongside their sponsor.
As the guests checked aboard the ship, they received a tiger cruise welcome aboard booklet and a Personnel Qualification Standard (PQS) book. Activities scheduled for the cruise include a sea and air power demonstration, a refueling-at-sea evolution, fire hose and pipe patching drills, VBSS boarding, as well as live-fire exercises with the 5” inch, .50-caliber machine gun, M-240, 25MM and MK15 close-in weapon system.
"Our Tiger Cruise Coordinators created a PQS for them to complete to learn about the ship and explore different workspaces with their sponsor," said Cmdr. Mark Nieswiadomy, Gridley’s Executive Officer. "When they finish the PQS, they’ll earn a 'Tiger Surface Warrior Qualification.' Family and friends are having a great time aboard and it’s a fun experience for the crew as well."
While deployed, Gridley supported high visibility focused operations and executed several multinational exercises in both Fifth and Seventh Fleet areas of responsibility. Crewmembers look forward to returning home to Naval Base San Diego on February 5th after a highly successful deployment.