Wilmington chosen to commission Navy destroyer

Reported by Max Winitz - bio|email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The City of Wilmington will host another Naval ship commissioning sometime in the fall of 2010.

According to Navy sources at the Pentagon, the USS Gravely (DDG-107) will sail to the "Port City" in either September or October for the ceremony. Wilmington was chosen from a small list of only two other cities.

The USS Gravely is a missile destroyer. The ship is named after the first African-American Navy Admiral, Samuel Lee Gravely Jr. The 510 ft. vessel was christened in Pascagoula, Mississippi in May, 2009.

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Wilmington is no stranger to Commissioning ceremonies. In May 2008, the submarine North Carolina was commissioned along the Cape Fear River.

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