USS Milius

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USS Milius
Milius at sea in 2003
United States
Name: USS Milius
Namesake: Commander Paul L. Milius
Ordered: 8 April 1992
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 8 August 1994
Launched: 1 August 1995
Sponsored by: Annette Milius
Christened: 28 October 1995
Commissioned: 23 November 1996
Homeport: Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan[1]
Motto: Alii Prae Me - "Others Before Me"
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Milius DDG-69 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
  • 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)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Aircraft carried: 2 Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters can be embarked

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.

Ships history[edit]

USS Milius, May 2007

In January 2005, Milius 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.[2]

On 12 September 2007, the Embassy of the United States, Manila stated that the arrival of the destroyers USS Chung-Hoon and USS Milius was a goodwill visit to strengthen Philippines–United States relations.[3]

USS Milius in San Diego bay, February 7, 2017


  • 26 May 1998-September 1998 Maiden deployment
  • 22 June 2000-December 2000 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
  • 2 November 2002 – 2 June 2003 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
  • 6 December 2004 – 6 June 2005 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
  • 10 April 2007 – 8 October 2007 Scheduled Deployment with BHR ESG
  • December 2008-July 2009 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
  • 18 May 2010 – 16 December 2010 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
  • 11 January 2012 – 11 September 2012 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
  • 20 October 2014 - 25 June 2015 West PAC- Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf


USS Milius has been awarded the Navy Battle "E" three times

Ship awards[edit]

Ribbon Description Notes
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


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

  1. ^ "USS Milius Bids Farewell to San Diego and Begins Transit to Japan". Retrieved 23 April 2018. 
  2. ^ "Navy posts successful test of Raytheon's Block IV Tomahawk cruise missile", Aerotech News and Review, 2006-12-22
  3. ^, US warships arrive in RP Archived 2007-09-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ [1]

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