Navy names 3 destroyers that will move to Everett

EVERETT — The U.S. Navy has named three destroyers that will move to Naval Station Everett, taking the place of the three frigates taken out of service in recent years.

The moves will happen in 2016, according to a staff member in Sen. Patty Murray’s office.

The Navy has not publicly announced the moves. The Navy said in 2012 it planned to move three destroyers here by the end of the decade.

The USS Gridley is scheduled to arrive here by April 30, 2016, followed by the USS Sampson in August 2016 and the USS Kidd in November 2016, according to a Navy document on the change.

Each has about 300 crew members.

The three ships are newer Arleigh Burke-class destroyers currently stationed in San Diego. Naval Station Everett is already home to two ships of the same class — the Shoup and Momsen.

Naval Station Everett had also been home to three frigates, which were decommissioned in recent years by the Navy. The last of the three, the USS Rodney M. Davis, left Everett in March.

The Everett base’s biggest tenant, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, was moved in January to Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton for 16 months of maintenance and modernization work.

Two Coast Guard cutters are also stationed in Everett.

Dan Catchpole: 425-339-3454; dcatchpole@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @dcatchpole.

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