USS Mahan (DDG-72)
The USS Mahan (DDG-72) underway in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in September 2002.
|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|
|Commissioned:||14 February 1998|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2013[update]|
|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)
38 Chief Petty Officers
210 Enlisted Personnel
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
|Aircraft carried:||1 SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter can be embarked|
|Motto:||Built to Fight|
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.
The USS Mahan was commissioned on 14 February 1998 at Tampa, Florida.
During a 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. 
USS Mahan received the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System during the ship's 2011 maintenance availability.
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.  She returned on September 13, 2013 and had a pinning ceremony for 10 chief petty officer selects as soon as the ship was moored.
Executive officer relieved of duty
On Friday, 17 September 2010, Commander Charles Mansfield was relieved of his duty for misconduct by Captain Jeffrey Wolstenholme, commander of Destroyer Squadron 22. Relief of Mansfield came after investigation into allegations that Mansfield struck a subordinate officer while the ship was underway, participating in a composite training unit exercise on 9 July. Mansfield appeared at Commodore's Mast for non-judicial punishment proceedings (an administrative not criminal hearing) on charges of assault and conduct unbecoming an officer. He was found to have committed the offenses as charged and was subsequently awarded a career-ending Punitive Letter of Reprimand according to Lieutenant Commander Bill Urban, a spokesman with Naval Surface Force Atlantic. The incident took place in Mahan's combat information center.
|Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon|
|Navy "E" Ribbon||with three Battle E devices|
|National Defense Service Medal|
|Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
|Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon||with one silver service star|
This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here. This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here. This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
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