WILMINGTON, NC (WLOX) - The US Navy's newest destroyer was commissioned in North Carolina on Saturday.
The USS Gravely was built and christened in Pascagoula before setting sail for Wilmington for this commissioning ceremony. The vessel is named after the late Vice Admiral Samuel Gravely Jr.
Gravely was a pioneer during his navy career and was the first African-American to command a navy ship. For the crew of the new ship, Saturday was an emotional day.
"It was one of the most emotional days that I've ever had in my life, because of what the ship stands for because of what the crew had to do to get to this point," USS Gravely Commander Douglas Kunzman said. "When you bring it all together, it's an amazing feat, but it's a feat that's well worth all the challenges that got us here. And we are ready to go forward and serve this nation."