APEX-38 Group visits USS Wayne E. Meyer
By Ensign Brigid Byrne, USS Wayne E. Meyer Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO – A group of senior-level federal employees participating in the Adaptive Planning and Execution (APEX) training course visited the guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) for a pierside tour at Naval Base San Diego, March 15.

The group of participants, consisting of senior executives employed by the government, had the chance to develop their understanding of the inner workings of the United States Navy during a tour of one of the force’s most cutting-edge warships.

Wayne E. Meyer’s crew supported their experience by familiarizing them with the many elements that contribute to the ship’s warfighting capabilities, including the engineering plant, the pilothouse and combat information center. The members of the APEX group asked engaging questions about the technical aspects of the ship, as well as inquiries about shipboard life.

“It was our pleasure to host the APEX group,” said Cmdr. Randy J. Van Rossum, Wayne E. Meyer’s commanding officer. “They support us every day in their work for the government and it is imperative that we share our insight and experiences with them. Having them on board was a unique and invaluable experience.”

DDG 108 was named after the late Rear Adm. 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 departed Naval Base San Diego March 20 for an independent deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean.
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