USS Mahan (DDG-72)

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USS Mahan
The USS Mahan (DDG-72) underway in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in September 2002.
Career (U.S.)
Name: Mahan
Namesake: Alfred Thayer Mahan
Ordered: 8 April 1992
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, U.S.
Laid down: 17 August 1995
Launched: 29 June 1996
Acquired: 22 August 1997
Commissioned: 14 February 1998
Status: in active service, as of 2014
Badge: USS Mahan DDG-72 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: Light: approx. 6,805 tons
Full: approx. 8,939 tons
Length: 505 ft (154 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower (75 MW)
Speed: >30 knots (56 km/h)
Range: 4,400 nautical miles at 20 knots
(8,100 km at 37 km/h)
Complement: 33 Officers
38 Chief Petty Officers
210 Enlisted Personnel
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Armament:

1 × 29 cell, 1 × 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems with 90 × RIM-67 SM-2, RIM-161 SM-3, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-ASROC missiles
1 × Mark 45 5/54 in (127/54 mm)
2 × 25 mm chain gun
4 × .50 caliber (12.7 mm) guns
2 × 20 mm Phalanx CIWS

2 × Mk 32 triple torpedo tubes
Aircraft carried: 1 SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter can be embarked
Motto: Built to Fight

USS Mahan (DDG-72) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer currently in service with the United States Navy. She is the 22nd Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and the first Flight II variant.

Overview[edit]

The USS Mahan is homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, and is attached to Destroyer Squadron 2.

Namesake[edit]

Like her predecessors, the USS Mahan is named for Alfred Thayer Mahan, a naval theorist on seapower. She is the fourth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name.

Ship's Crest[edit]

Shield[edit]

Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally used by the Navy and represent the sea and excellence. The trident, symbolizing sea power, denotes USS Mahan’s warfare capabilities and underscores the importance of a strong navy. The gauntlet and torch are adapted from the previous USS Mahan (DD-364)'s emblem and highlight the ship’s namesake, Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan, as the father of all modern navies. The tines of the trident represent the three previous ships named Mahan, as well as the Officer, Chief Petty Officer, and Enlisted Corps of personnel which man the ship.

Crest[edit]

The central star commemorates the second USS Mahan’s World War II battle honors (five battle stars), earned before she was sunk by kamikazes. The twelve small stars on the annulet denote the battle stars of the third USS Mahan (DDG-42) for service in the Vietnam War. The unfurled scroll underscores Mahan as the author of The Influence of Sea Power Upon History. The compass rose and annulet represent Mahan’s influence of sea power, its strategy and geopolitical importance worldwide. The wreath combines laurel and palm to symbolize honor and victory.

Motto[edit]

The motto was chosen in remembrance of Admiral Arleigh Burke in memory of his many contributions to the U.S. Navy. During the commissioning of USS Arleigh Burke, Admiral Burke challenged her sailors, “This ship is built to fight; you’d better know how.”

Service history[edit]

1990s[edit]

The keel of the USS Mahan was first laid on August 17, 1995. Her mast was stepped on February 6, 1996, and she was launched and christened later that year on June 29. The ship's sponsor is Mrs. Jennie Lou Arthur, wife of Admiral Stan Arthur. Her Aegis Combat System was lit off on December 19.

1997 was a busy year for Mahan. Alpha/Bravo trials occurred on July 21, Charlie trials on August 5, and Delta trials on August 12. The ship was officially transferred to the Navy on August 22, and her Crew moved aboard on October 17.

The ship’s first underway was January 16-17, 1998 from Bath, ME to Portland, ME for a three day port visit. The weather was particularly heavy, and many of the crew members who had not put to sea before felt the effects of seasickness. Underway from Portland on the 21st, the ship pulled into its new homeport of Norfolk, VA on January 24th. Mahan stayed in Norfolk until departing for her commissioning ceremony.

The USS Mahan was commissioned at 1100 on 14 February 1998 at Tampa, Florida by the Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic, Vice Admiral Henry C. Griffin, III, USN with Commander Michael L. James, USN, commanding. Distinguished guests included Mr. Allen Cameron, President of Bath Iron Works, the Hon. Charles T. Canady, Congressman from Florida’s 12th District, and the Hon. George Nethercutt, Congressman from Washington’s 5th District. Mahan stayed in Tampa until the 17th, returning to Norfolk on February 21st. Mahan briefly left at the end of the month to conduct Combat Direction Finding System testing at sea.

The next few months saw events including Command Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART), ammunition onload at Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, Tailored Ship’s Training Availability (TSTA), Industrial Hygiene Survey, Combat Systems Ship’s Qualification Trail (CSSQT), evaluation at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC), MISSILEX, Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) qualification, VANDALEX, Final Conduct Trial, a post-Shipyard Availability Conference, and a recruiting video shoot, all before the end of July. In August, Mahan hosted the change of command ceremony for Commander Destroyer Squadron 26.

USS Mahan was placed in drydock in Portland, Maine on September 1st as part of the post-Shipyard Availability (PSA). Mahan departed Portland on November 16th, and during the transit back to Norfolk, conducted her first underway replenishment, with USNS Big Horn. The ship was underway twice for Helicopter Deck Landing Qualifications (DLQs) before the end of the year.

2000s[edit]

USS Mahan departed Norfolk, Virginia, on February 19, 2000, on her maiden deployment to the Persian Gulf as part of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Battle Group.[1] She returned home on August 18 later that year.

USS Mahan's second deployment began when she departed Norfolk, Virginia, June 20, 2002. While deployed to the Mediterranean and North Atlantic Ocean, she made port visits in France, Scotland, Spain, Gibraltar, Slovenia, Crete, Malta, and the United Kingdom. She returned December 20 the same year.

On 16 February 2007, Mahan was awarded the 2006 Battle "E" award.[2]

In June 2009 USS Mahan participated as an opposition force unit during USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)'s Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

In July 2009 Mahan participated in Operation Northern Trident, where she met two Royal Australian Navy ships, HMAS Sydney (FFG 03) and HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155), in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The three ships conducted combined exercises at sea and a four-day port visit to New York City, New York. Mahan crew members worked with their Australian counterparts in cleaning the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines Center in midtown Manhattan. Receptions were held onboard all three ships while offering tours to the public. Crew members were able to pay their respects by conducting a wreath laying ceremony at the World Trade Center. Several sailors also reenlisted in Times Square and at the World Trade Center site.[3]

2010s[edit]

USS Mahan began a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at the BAE Systems Ship Repair shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia on January 6, 2010. The extensive upgrades and installations received during this time focused on improving the ship's Command and Control capability. Mahan left the shipyard on March 10, and completed a light-off assessment on March 25, ending the SRA. The remainder of 2010 was dedicated to completing Basic Phase training, which had commenced prior to starting the SRA in 2009, conducting Integrated Phase training, and final repairs and installations to ensure Mahan was materially ready for an extended deployment. Mahan participated in the USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) Amphibious Readiness Group's COMPTUEX in July, resulting in certification for maritime support operations. Mahan's executive officer was relieved on September 17, 2010 following an investigation and commodore's mast.[4]

USS Mahan left Naval Station Norfolk on November 7, 2010, for a maritime security operation deployment as part of United States Naval Forces Europe to the Horn of Africa.[5] The ship made port visits in Haifa, Israel, Djibouti, Djibouti, Souda Bay, Crete, and Istanbul, Turkey. The ship also stopped for fuel in Naval Station Rota in Spain. Mahan transited through the Suez Canal, the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, the Dardanelles, and the Strait of Gibraltar. The ship returned to Naval Station Norfolk on June 8, 2011.[6]

During the 2011 maritime security operation deployment, USS Mahan was dispatched to the Mediterranean Sea to conduct operations in Libya. Insitu Inc. announced that its ScanEagle been assisting U.S. and NATO Forces in their mission to protect civilians and reduce the flow of arms to Libya. During a 72-hour counter-terrorism surge supporting Operation Unified Protector, the ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle was operated organically aboard Mahan to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support. In strong winds, ScanEagle performed cooperatively with a host of US and NATO participating forces. On this deployment ScanEagles (the second aboard Mahan) the team achieved a 100 percent mission readiness rate, accruing 1,154 flight hours and 167 sorties. [7]

In August 2011 USS Mahan made a port visit to Rockland, Maine, in support of the 64th annual Maine Lobster Festival. The Crew participated in a parade, tours, a cooking contest, community service projects,[8] and a 10K race. Later that month, Mahan visited Newport, Rhode Island to be the Surface Warfare Officer's School (SWOS) Ship for the week of August 15–19. Mahan was sortied along with 26 other ships in preparation for Hurricane Irene, returning September 1, 2011.[9] Mahan began a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia on October 26, 2011. During this availability, the ship received the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System upgrade. Commander Adam Aycock relieved Commander Kurt Mondlak as commanding officer on November 4, 2011.[10]

USS Mahan's SRA ended on February 29, 2012, which was immediately followed by a light-off assessment and sea trials. The ship went through four Continuous Maintenance Availabilities (CMAVs) in April, June, September, and November. Following a command investigation, 13 Mahan Sailors were awarded non-judicial punishment for illegal drug use during a captain's mast on April 4, 2012.[11] On April 10, 2012, Mahan hosted a retired Chief Sonar Technician.[12] In June and July, Mahan hosted Midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy and Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps as part of Cortramid. In October, Mahan was evaluated by the Board of Inspection and Survey as part of a regularly scheduled inspection. Not only was Mahan the first ship to successfully demonstrate Ballistic Missile Defense during the inspection, the ship also achieved the highest score for a destroyer in several years. Later in October, Mahan was the host ship for the United States Naval Academy Homecoming Weekend in Annapolis, Maryland. The ship completed Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX) in December in preparation for her upcoming deployment.

USS Mahan left Naval Station Norfolk on December 28, 2012, for a maritime security operation deployment to the United States Sixth Fleet Area of Responsibility. [13] The ship made port visits in Augusta Bay, Sicily, Naples, Italy, Haifa, Israel, Limassol, Cyprus, Souda Bay, Crete, Rhodes, Greece, and Larnaca, Cyprus. The crew participated in community relations projects at every port.[14][15][16][17] The ship also stopped for fuel in Funchal, Madeira and Naval Station Rota in Spain. During Mahan's visit to Rhodes, Commander Zoah Scheneman relieved Commander Adam Aycock as commanding officer on May 7, 2013.[18] Mahan remained in theater after the Ghouta chemical attack in Syria.[19] Mahan returned on September 13, 2013, and had a pinning ceremony for ten (10) chief petty officer selects as soon as the ship was moored.[20][21]

USS Mahan held a memorial ceremony on December 6, 2013, in honor of the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Ormoc Bay in which USS Mahan (DD 364) lost six crewmembers.[22] On January 10, 2014, three USS Mahan (DDG 72) sailors traveled to Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, to present a flag to a veteran of USS Mahan (DD 364) who was unable to make the December ceremony.[23]

USS Mahan visited New Orleans, Louisiana, during the 2014 Mardi Gras celebration.[24][25][26]

A shooting occurred on the ship just before midnight on March 24, 2014, while the ship was pier-side at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia. Master-At-Arms Second Class Mark Mayo who was on duty as the Chief of the Guard, dove in front of the ship's Petty Officer of the Watch to shield her from the gunman. For his actions, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal. A Navy sailor was killed and the civilian suspect was shot and killed by Naval Security Forces. The civilian armed himself by wrestling the weapon free from a Norfolk Naval Station Guard. [27]

Ship Awards[edit]

Ribbon Description Notes
Ribbon of the NMUC Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon
Navy "E" Ribbon with three Battle E devices
National Defense Service Medal
Ribbon of the GWTEM Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Ribbon of the GWTSM Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Silver star
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with one silver service star

References[edit]

  1. ^ Families Bid Farewell, Battle Group Begins 6-month Deployment
  2. ^ Surface Force Ships, Crews Earn Battle "E"
  3. ^ "U.S., Australia Strengthen Partnership During New York Visit". US Navy. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  4. ^ William H. McMichael (2010-09-17). "Navy sacks three leaders in one day". NavyTimes.com. Retrieved 2013-01-13. "In the span of 24 hours, the Navy has fired a commanding officer, executive officer and a command master chief." 
  5. ^ "USS Mahan deploys". WAVY. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  6. ^ "USS Mahan returns after 7 month deployment". WVEC. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  7. ^ "ScanEagle in Action Over Libya". UAS vision. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  8. ^ "USS Mahan lends a helping hand in Maine". Norfolk Navy Flagship. 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  9. ^ "All Sortie Ships Underway in Preparation for Hurricane Irene". NNS110825-24. Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet Public Affairs. 2011-08-25. Retrieved 2014-03-08. "All U.S. Navy ships in Hampton Roads, Va., ordered to get underway August 25, have sortied in preparation for Hurricane Irene." 
  10. ^ William H. McMichael (2011-12-12). "Destroyer CO neglected fitreps, evals, awards". NavyTimes.com. Retrieved 2014-03-08. "Cmdr. Kurt Mondlak had a busy 19 months in command of the destroyer Mahan. So much so, a command investigation found, that some things fell by the wayside — in particular, numerous officer fitness reports, enlisted evaluations and end-of-tour awards." 
  11. ^ "USS Mahan Awards 13 Sailors Non-Judicial Punishment". NNS120405-12. Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Public Affairs. 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  12. ^ Ensign Aaron Young, USN (2012-04-30). "Dreams Come True Aboard USS Mahan". NNS120430-14. USS Mahan Public Affairs. Retrieved 2014-03-08. "The crew of USS Mahan (DDG 72) helped fulfill the wishes of a retired World War II Sailor, April 10, by hosting him aboard the deck of a destroyer just one more time." 
  13. ^ "USS Mahan deploys". WTKR. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  14. ^ Ensign Alexander Washofsky, USN (2013-01-22). "USS Mahan Sailors Volunteer at Naples-Area Orphanage". NNS130122-07. USS Mahan Public Affairs. Retrieved 2014-03-08. "Sailors stationed aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) participated in a community service project at a Naples-area orphanage during their port visit, Jan. 14." 
  15. ^ Ensign Alexander Washofsky, USN (2013-02-06). "USS Mahan Sailors Volunteer at Haifa". NNS130206-02. USS Mahan Public Affairs. Retrieved 2014-03-08. "Sailors stationed aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) participated in a community engagement project at a Haifa women's shelter during their port visit Jan. 28." 
  16. ^ Ensign Alexander Washofsky, USN (2013-02-21). "USS Mahan Sailors Volunteer at Limassol Rehabilitation Center". NNS130221-07. USS Mahan Public Affairs. Retrieved 2014-03-08. "Sailors stationed aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) participated in a community engagement project at a Limassol rehabilitation center during their port visit, Feb. 11." 
  17. ^ Ensign Alexander Washofsky, USN (2013-04-46). "USS Mahan Sailors Volunteer in Souda Bay". NNS130426-10. USS Mahan Public Affairs. Retrieved 2014-03-08. "Sailors stationed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) participated in a community engagement project in a Souda Bay-area village during their port visit April 14." 
  18. ^ Ensign Alexander Washofsky, USN (2013-05-10). "USS Mahan Welcomes New Commanding Officer". NNS130510-02. USS Mahan Public Affairs. Retrieved 2014-03-08. "Cmdr. Zoah Scheneman relieved Cmdr. Adam Aycock as commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) during a shipboard ceremony, while in port Rhodes, May 7." 
  19. ^ "U.S. and U.K. Move Ships Closer to Syria". USNI News. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  20. ^ "USS Mahan returns to Norfolk". WTKR. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  21. ^ Ensign Alexander Washofsky, USN (2013-09-14). "USS Mahan Returns Home". NNS130914-04. USS Mahan Public Affairs. Retrieved 2014-03-08. "The guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) returned to Naval Station Norfolk Sep. 13th after an eight-and a half-month deployment to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility." 
  22. ^ Chief Mass Communication Specialist Karen E. Cozza (2013-12-07). "USS Mahan Honors DD-364". NNS131207-01. SURFLANT Public Affairs. Retrieved 2014-03-08. "The crew of USS Mahan (DDG 72) held a memorial ceremony December 6th in honor of the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Ormoc Bay in which USS Mahan (DD-364) lost six crewmembers." 
  23. ^ Steve Barrett (2014-01-10). "Local WWII veteran honored by U.S. Navy". Waynesburg Herald-Standard. Retrieved 2014-03-08. "Edwin “Ed” Young, 88, of Waynesburg was just 18 years old and serving his country as a U.S. Navy seaman during WWII when his life changed forever." 
  24. ^ Paul Purpura (2014-02-19). "For Mardi Gras 2014, Navy destroyer to visit New Orleans". Greater New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2014-03-08. "For the first time in five years years, a U.S. Navy warship will visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras 2014." 
  25. ^ "Mardi Gras 2014's largest float (the USS Mahan) arrives in New Orleans". Greater New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  26. ^ Ensign Alexander Washofsky, USN (2014-03-12). "USS Mahan Visits New Orleans for Mardi Gras". NNS140312-12. USS Mahan Public Affairs. Retrieved 2014-03-12. "The crew of the Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) wrapped up a five-day port visit March 10 to New Orleans, the first ship in five years to make a visit there during Mardi Gras." 
  27. ^ http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/25/justice/virginia-navy-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_t2.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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