Commander, Carrier Strike Group Three Visits USS Wayne E. Meyer
SAN DIEGO – Rear Admiral Ron Boxall, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Three, visited the guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) while stationed at Continental Maritime of San Diego, March 4.
During his visit, Boxall met with members of the wardroom, took the opportunity to share his experiences as the commanding officer of several Aegis ships, and spoke about his interactions with the ship’s namesake, Rear Adm. Wayne E Meyer, who passed away Sept, 1, 2009. Meyer is remembered as the “Father of Aegis” for his extensive work on the advanced weapons system.
“It was really interesting to hear about his [Boxall’s] experiences both with the Aegis weapons system, and with one of its original developers,” said Lt. j.g. Elizabeth David, the ship’s disbursing officer. “His visit was very meaningful, and the wardroom and crew certainly appreciated it.”
After speaking with the crew, Boxall met with command leadership and the chief’s mess.
“I am thrilled that we were able to host him aboard,” said Cmdr. Randy J. Van Rossum, Meyer’s commanding officer. “It’s inspiring for the crew to see how much the senior members of their chain of command care about the day-to-day operations aboard.”
After touring the ship’s spaces, Boxall held an all hands call in which he answered questions from the crew. Several Sailors inquired about future plans for the ship and his opinions concerning the weapons systems on board.
Meyer recently returned from a deployment in the Western Pacific and is currently in port in San Diego.