Senior Chief Matthew McFarlane is greeted by his wife, Jessica, and son Max as he disembarks from the USS Gridley on Tuesday morning at Naval Station Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Senior Chief Matthew McFarlane is greeted by his wife, Jessica, and son Max as he disembarks from the USS Gridley on Tuesday morning at Naval Station Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

After 7-month deployment with NATO, USS Gridley returns home

Hundreds of sailors were joyfully greeted at Naval Station Everett on Tuesday morning.

EVERETT — Hundreds of sailors returned to Naval Station Everett as rain fell Tuesday morning, following a seven-month deployment.

During that time, the USS Gridley crossed the Atlantic Ocean and traveled the Mediterranean, North and Norwegian seas. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer covered about 39,000 nautical miles.

It linked up with ships from other NATO countries, including Norway, Portugal, Netherlands and Belgium. The Gridley served as the headquarters for leaders to meet, said Kristin Ching, spokeswoman for Naval Station Everett.

The mission was a chance to practice drills with NATO members, to strengthen relationships between those nations and for naval leaders to meet face-to-face.

“U.S. alliances are critical to ensuring maritime security and stability,” Gridley’s commanding officer Cmdr. Joel Uzarski said in a press release.

”They want to make sure they can interact with other navies, especially with partner nations so they are familiar with tactics but also on a personal level,” Ching said.

The Gridley also participated in Cutlass Fury 2019, the largest Canadian-led naval exercise off that country’s east coast in decades.

Ships from Naval Station Everett often go on deployment. It’s common to be gone for about six months, but every mission is different, Ching said.

For example, the USS Kidd left earlier this month for the Indo-Pacific with the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, stationed at Naval Base San Diego.

Around 10 a.m. Tuesday, dozens of people gathered on the pier in Everett to welcome the Gridley sailors home. Sunshine turned to rain as the ship sailed to the dock.

Stephanie Davey: 425-339-3192; sdavey@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @stephrdavey.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Suspected impaired driver crashed with Edmonds police officer

Both the driver and officer were injured Friday night and taken to Harborview Medical Center.

Everett killer sentenced to 43 years for fatal home invasion

Edmond Overton, 26, broke into a home and shot two men in October 2017. One of them died at the scene.

Seniors from Marysville schools mark accomplishment with parade

In an attempt to make up for losing the usual graduation, parents planned a city-wide parade Friday.

Neighbors oppose Everett’s possible sale of 92.5 wooded acres

The city has owned the land around Wood Creek, which was once its water supply, for decades.

Why does a left-turn signal go green when no cars are there?

A commuter noticed the anomaly at an intersection on Everett Mall Way.

Edmonds mayor removes finance director, who gets severance

Scott James joined the city in 2014. He’s the third department director to leave in the past year.

New guidelines ease the path to Phase 2 for Snohomish County

All workers will need to wear masks as restaurants, retail shops and other businesses reopen.

Burglary suspect identified after fatal Everett break-in

A homeowner shot the man Thursday morning. The slain man had served much of his adulthood in prison.

Most Read