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Fri Aug 12, 2022, 01:54 PM

After 200-plus days abroad, Navy destroyers return to Everett homeport

EVERETT — Four-year-old Grady got a running start Thursday morning when he saw Commanding Officer Meghan Bodnar make her way off the USS Gridley.

He dropped the sign he and his brother Duncan, 9, were holding for hours, “Welcome home mommy,” as they waited for the 509-foot destroyer to return to its homeport at Naval Station Everett.

The ship, commanded by Bodnar and Executive Officer Katie Whitman, departed Everett in December joining Carrier Strike Group Three, led by the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.

A ship commanded solely by women in the U.S. Navy is “pretty rare,” Bodnar said. For families sending their daughters on their first deployment, it was pretty special, too.


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Fri Aug 12, 2022, 02:15 PM

1. This event, played out so many times, for so many families, is truly an emotional experience..

.so happy for them all..

I was on that dock in 2002 when my son's ship returned. I cried of course, Mom..This was January 2002, after 911..he is ret. now..US Navy Chief (RET)..21 years..I want to say his destroyer was part of the Carl Vinson Group..

Very special, Grady, even at 4, will remember forever...

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