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Shipbuilder happy with Gravely's first sea trial

The Northrop Grumman-built Aegis guided missile destroyer Gravely (DDG 107) sails through the Gulf of Mexico last week for her first sea trial. (Photo source: Northrop Grumman) The Northrop Grumman-built Aegis guided missile destroyer Gravely (DDG 107) sails through the Gulf of Mexico last week for her first sea trial. (Photo source: Northrop Grumman)
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PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) – The Aegis guided missile destroyer Gravely (DDG 107) just returned from her first-ever sea trial in the Gulf of Mexico, and Northrop Grumman officials are calling it a success.

They say the destroyer, which is being built by the company at its Gulf Coast facilities in Pascagoula, is set to be delivered to the U.S. Navy later this summer.

"We made a commitment to take DDG 107 to sea and we were able to do that despite the current situation in the Gulf," said Richard Schenk, test and trials vice president for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.

"The Northrop Grumman/Navy sea trial team worked extremely well together to test the ship's systems, which performed very well. Any testing that could not be accomplished because of the oil spill will be achieved at a later date. I couldn't be more excited of our team's efforts."

During the trial, Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) tested the ship's communications and propulsion systems, and conducted several other inspections including habitability.

"We're pleased with the flexibility of Northrop Grumman and the entire team in making the sea trial a success," said U.S. Navy Capt. Steve Mitchell, deputy for operations, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast. "In the areas of focus such as propulsion and damage control, among others, we're happy with the improving trends in these areas. I was proud to be teammates with the shipyard on this trial."

"The shipbuilders and Navy team worked well together, and despite the short time at-sea, we were able to perform necessary tests in a quality manner," said George Nungesser, Northrop Grumman's DDG 51 program manager. "The response we've received from the Navy has been excellent and we greatly reduced the number of trial cards from the last sea trial."

U.S. Navy Commander Doug Kunzman is the ship's first commanding officer and will lead a crew of more than 300 officers and sailors.

The 510-foot, 9,500-ton Gravely has an overall beam of 59 feet and a navigational draft of 31 feet. Four gas-turbine propulsion plants will power the ship to speeds above 30 knots.

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