San Diego, California – Twenty crewmembers from a reunion of USS HOEL (DDG 13) visited the guided missile destroyer USS WAYNE E. MEYER (DDG 108) on 19 October 2013 while pier side at Naval Base San Diego.
The crewmembers that visited the WAYNE E. MEYER served onboard USS HOEL during the late sixties and early seventies, during the Vietnam War. The tour included a visit to Combat Information Center, Crew’s mess, wardroom, flight deck, pilothouse, Forecastle and Central Control Station. The Crew of the USS HOEL were not only interested in the differences between the two ships and how technology has advanced significantly over the last forty years, but how some things remained the same.
WAYNE E. MEYER’s Commanding Officer, Commander Randy J. Van Rossum said “This weekend WAYNE E. MEYER had the chance to connect our Navy with the previous generation’s Navy when 20 Sailors from USS HOEL (DDG 13) came to visit. The Vietnam Era Officers came onboard and were showed the high tech advances the Navy has made in navigation, weapons systems, and engineering. It also gave us an opportunity to thank them for their service and to show how our present day Sailors carry on the proud tradition and legacy they built. “
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.