Rear Admiral Meyer, a native of Brunswick, Missouri, graduated from high school on May 23 1943 as president of his class and valedictorian. In June he was called to active duty as Seaman Apprentice, USNR, reporting to the University of Kansas on July 1. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1946 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and commissioned Ensign, U.S. Naval Reserve, in 1946. After attending MIT and obtaining an addition engineering degree, Meyer was ordered to radar picket destroyer Goodrich where he qualified for Officer of the Deck underway. He was transferred to Regular Navy in 1948.
After several years at sea, he returned to school in 1951 and attended the Joint Guided Missile School in Fort Bliss, Texas, the Naval Line School in Monterey, California, eventually serving as an instructor at the Special (atomic) Weapons School, Norfolk, Virginia.
He returned to sea as Executive Officer in STRICKLAND (DER 333), followed by service on the Staff, Commander, Destroyer Force, Atlantic. He was then ordered to the TALOS cruiser GALVESTON (CLG 3) and from there to the Secretary of the Navy's Special Task Force for Surface Missile Systems in Washington, D.C.
He transferred to the Naval Ordnance Engineering Corps in 1966. In 1967, he reported as Director of Engineering at the Naval Ship Missile Systems Engineering Station, Port Hueneme, California and three years later to the Naval Ordnance Systems Command, as Manager, AEGIS Weapons System. He was named Project Manager for Surface Missile Systems in 1972 and in July 1974, he was named the first Director of Surface Warfare, Naval Sea Systems Command.
He was selected for Admiral in January 1975. In July 1975, he assumed duties as the founding Project Manager, AEGIS Shipbuilding. In September 1983, he was reassigned as Deputy Commander, Weapons and Combat Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command.
Current Wayne E Meyer
USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) was laid down on 18 May 2007, christened in a ceremony at Bath Iron Works on October 18, 2008 and commissioned on October 10 2009 during a ceremony at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia. USS Wayne E. Meyer arrived at her homeport in San Diego, CA on 4 December 2009.
In July 2011 USS Wayne E. Meyer departed Naval Base San Diego for her maiden deployment, as part of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) CSG. In October USS Wayne E. Meyer attached to USS George Washington (CVN 73) CSG.
In February 2012 USS Wayne E. Meyer returned to homeport after her seven-month deployment in the 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility. In June 2012, the guided-missile destroyer returned to San Diego after conducting sea trials, completing a 10-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).
Wayne E. Meyer participated in the 16th annual L.A. Navy Days in August 2012. Upon returning to homeport, Wayne E. Meyer entered the Basic Phase, undertaking vital preparations to prepare the ship for future tasking. After completing a successful Mid-Cycle Inspection in September 2013, Wayne E. Meyer began final preparations for deployment.
In March 2014, Wayne E. Meyer departed San Diego for an independent deployment to the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility, conducting various underway missions and making stops in French Polynesia, South Korea, Japan, Guam, Singapore, and Hong Kong. She returned to homeport in October 2014.
Wayne E. Meyer is currently stationed at Continental Maritime of San Diego for maintenance during her SRA.