San Diego, California – The 1998 Padres World Series Team visits guided missile destroyer USS WAYNE E. MEYER (DDG 108) on 14 June 2013 while pier side at Naval Base San Diego.
The 1998 Padres World Series Team and their families were recently offered a rare glimpse into life onboard one of the Navy’s newest guided missile destroyers. During their visit, they were given a tour of the ship by select Crewmembers and taught about life in today’s Navy. The Padres players were appreciative at the opportunity and impressed by the ship and her Crew. The tour included a visit to combat information center, Crew’s mess, wardroom, flight deck, and pilothouse.
WAYNE E. MEYER’s Commanding Officer, Commander William H. Baxter said, “It was really a treat to meet a World Series Team. It was special because it was our own San Diego Padres, who do so much for our local military community. It was an honor to show them the Ship and introduce our Sailors to them”
Following their tour of the ship, the Padres players shared a special moment on the mess decks signing autographs for Sailors. The Crew showed tremendous support for the players and were thrilled at the chance to meet them each in a one-on-one setting.
USS WAYNE E. MEYER (DDG 108) was named after the late RADM Wayne E. Meyer, who is regarded as the "Father of Aegis" for his service as the AEGIS Weapons System Manager and later his development of the AEGIS Shipbuilding Project Office.
WAYNE E. MEYER is completing her pre-deployment integrated phase preparations gearing up for a 2014 deployment to the SEVENTH Fleet Area of Responsibility.