USS Milius (DDG-69)

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USS Milius
Career (US)
Name: USS Milius
Namesake: Commander Paul L. Milius VO-67
Ordered: 8 April 1992
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 8 August 1994
Launched: 1 August 1995
Commissioned: 23 November 1996
Homeport: Naval Base San Diego
Status: in active service, as of 2014
Badge: USS Milius DDG-69 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Arleigh Burke class destroyer
Displacement: Light: approx. 6,800 long tons (6,900 t)
Full: approx. 8,900 long tons (9,000 t)
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-156 SM-2, 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: Alii Prae Me - "Others Before Myself"

The USS Milius (DDG-69) is an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyer of the United States Navy. Her namesake is Commander Paul L. Milius (1928-1968) of U.S. Navy squadron VO-67. His OP-2E aircraft, callsign Sophomore 50, was hit by anti-aircraft fire over Laos on 27 February 1968 and he ordered his crew to bail out. Seven of the nine men aboard were rescued. The remains of the eighth crewmember, ATN2 John Hartzeim, who was wounded in the attack, were identified on 19 February 1999. Although he exited his aircraft, Commander Milius was never recovered. Commander Milius received the Navy Cross in 1968.

The motto of the ship is "Alii Prae Me" (Others before me).

Ships History[edit]

Deployments[edit]

  • May 26, 1998-September 1998 Maiden deployment
  • June 22, 2000-December 2000 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
  • November 2, 2002 – June 2, 2003 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
  • December 6, 2004 – June 6, 2005 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
  • April 10, 2007-Octover 8 2007 Scheduled Deployment with BHR ESG
  • May 18, 2010 – December 16, 2010 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
  • January 11, 2012 – September 11, 2012 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf

Significant Events[edit]

In January 2005, she participated in Operation Unified Assistance. On 6 December 2006, the ship successfully launched a Block IV Tomahawk cruise missile for the first time in a test of the Block IV configuration. The launch took place in the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Sea Test Range off of California. The missile flew 869 miles before impacting its target on the land range at China Lake, California.[1]

On 12 September 2007, the U.S. embassy in the Philippines stated that the arrival of the missile destroyers USS Chung-Hoon and USS Milius was a goodwill visit to strengthen ties between the U.S. and the Philippines.[2]

Awards[edit]

The USS Milius has been awarded the Navy Battle "E" two times

  • 01-Jan-2002 31-Dec-2002
  • 01-Jan-2012 31-Dec-2012 [3]

PACFLT 2003 Retention Excellence Award Winner

Commanding Officers[edit]

The commanding officer (CO) of the USS Milius (DDG-69) is the United States Navy officer who is the most senior officer on ship. The CO is the ultimate authority over operations of the Milius and her crew.

List of commanding officers[edit]

# Name Start of tenure End of tenure
12 CDR Michael J. Rak[4] 2 May 2014 Present
11 CDR Stephen F. Shedd[4] 2 November 2012 2 May 2014
10 CDR Nicholie Tanya Bufkin[4] 15 April 2011 2 November 2012
9 CDR Robert Trevor King[4] 5 November 2009 15 April 2011
8 CDR Kendall Gennick[4] 30 May 2008 5 November 2009
7 CDR Edmund Burguillos Hernandez[4] 7 November 2006 30 May 2008
6 CDR David James Sheridan[4] 12 May 2005 7 November 2006
5 CDR John Stewart Mitchell III[4] 15 April 2003 12 May 2005
4 CDR Jeffrey Allan Harley[4] 11 May 2001 15 April 2003
3 CDR Thomas Sumner Rowden[4] 29 October 1999 11 May 2001
2 CDR James Patrick (Jim) McManamon[4] 27 February 1998 29 October 1999
1 CDR Daine E. Eisold[4] 23 November 1996 27 February 1998

In popular culture[edit]

The ship is mentioned in the last mission of the video game Homefront as she escapes a naval blockade of San Diego to provide support to the player in the climatic final battle on the Golden Gate Bridge along with sister ship USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Navy posts successful test of Raytheon's Block IV Tomahawk cruise missile", Aerotech News and Review, 2006-12-22
  2. ^ Inquirer.net, US warships arrive in RP
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l http://www.milius.navy.mil/

External links[edit]

Photos[edit]

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.