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USS Gridley was a Leahy-class guided missile cruiser laid down on July 15, 1960 and launched on July 31, the following year. It was commissioned on May 25, 1963 under Capt. P. A. Lily’s command as DLG-21 and served in the US Navy for 29 years until it was decommissioned on January 21, 1994. On June 30, 1975, the ship was reclassified as a guided missile cruiser with the hull number CG-21. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 373 people on board and had the main missions in Long Beach, San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Adelaide, Okinawa, Hong Kong, Subic Bay, Yokosuka, California or San Francisco. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 21, 1994 and scrapped in 2005.