USS Mustin (DDG-89)

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USS Mustin during 2015
USS Mustin during 2015
United States
Name: USS Mustin
Namesake: Mustin family
Ordered: 6 March 1998
Laid down: 15 January 2001
Launched: 12 December 2001
Commissioned: 26 July 2003
Homeport: Yokosuka, Japan
Motto: Toujours L'Audace; "Always Be Bold"
Status: in active service, as of 2015
Badge: USS Mustin DDG-89 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,200 tons
Length: 509 ft 6 in (155.30 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Speed: exceeds 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 380 officers and enlisted
Aircraft carried: 2 x SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

USS Mustin (DDG-89) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in the United States Navy. She was named in honor of the Mustin family. Patriarch Henry C. Mustin was a pioneering naval aviator, and several of his sons and grandsons went on to serve as US Navy officers. Mustin was the first Arleigh Burke destroyer built with her funnels submerged into the superstructure, an additional stealth measure taken on the warships. The ship is the Navy's second Mustin after USS Mustin (DD-413) of World War II era.

The contract to build her was awarded to Ingalls Shipbuilding on 6 March 1998. Her keel was laid down on 15 January 2001, she was launched on 12 December 2001, and commissioned 26 July 2003. Mustin is equipped with Aegis, an advanced combat weapons system.

Ship history[edit]

On 1 February 2005 USS Mustin began her maiden deployment and returned on 1 August.

In July 2006, Mustin and her crew of 300 were deployed to Yokosuka Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan, home of the Navy's 7th Fleet, for permanent assignment. Though coming at a time in response to the recent North Korea missile tests, the deployment was previously ordered, unrelated to the incidents.

During the 2008 Myanmar Cyclone Nargis crisis and the subsequent Operation Caring Response aid mission, as part of the USS Essex Amphibious Ready Group (also including the USS Juneau and the USS Harpers Ferry), she stood by off Burma from 13 May to 5 June, waiting for the Myanmar junta government to permit US aid to its citizens.[1] However, in early June, with permission still not forthcoming, it was decided to put the group back on its scheduled operations.[2]

In March 2011, in company with the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, the ship was deployed off northeastern Honshu, Japan.[3][4] The mission was to assist with relief efforts after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[5]

During the 2011 Thailand floods, the ship was docked at Port Laem Chabang on a routine visit when the Thai government asked for assistance in aerial surveillance of the extent of Bangkok flooding. Captain John Kirby said Thailand had asked the warship to prolong its stay at the port for up to six days; the Pentagon said the two Seahawk helicopters, from HSL-51 detachment SIX, aboard would conduct the reconnaissance.[6]

In November 2013, Mustin was sent to the Philippines as part of the U.S. aid mission after the country (especially the city of Tacloban and Leyte Province) was devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan.[7]


Mustin has been awarded the Navy E Ribbon for 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2010[8] Mustin also received the Humanitarian Service Medal for 11 March 2011 to 31 May 2011.[8] During the time of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. As part of Task Force 70, Mustin received the Meritorious Unit Commendation for 10 April 2012 to 31 December 2013.[8]

Commanding officers[edit]

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

List of commanding officers[edit]

# Name Start of tenure End of tenure
8 CDR Joseph Torres[9] 2 April 2014
7 CDR Joseph J. Ring[9] 12 June 2012 2 April 2014
6 CDR Scott A. Tait[9] 28 January 2011 12 June 2012
5 CDR Michael Vannak Misiewicz[9] 9 June 2009 28 January 2011
4 CDR James Thomas Jones[9] 20 November 2007 9 June 2009
3 CDR Edward Brian Cashman[9] 26 May 2006 20 November 2007
2 CDR Michael J. Ford[9] 8 October 2004 26 May 2006
1 CDR Ann C. Phillips[9] 26 July 2003 8 October 2004


  1. ^ Fletcher, Martin; Sugden, Joanna (9 May 2008). "US threatens military aid drops as Burma leaders stall". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "2008 USPACOM Press Releases". USPACOM. 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2011. U.S. Navy Ships to Depart Coast of Burma [dead link]
  3. ^ Rabiroff, John (17 March 2011). "U.S. military delivers 40 tons of supplies to hardest-hit areas". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Warships Supporting Earthquake in Japan". Seawaves. Archived from the original on 23 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Stewart, Joshua (14 March 2011). "Navy ships off Japan move to avoid radiation". Military Times. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "US military helicopters to survey deadly Thai flooding". BBC. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2015. Thai authorities have asked US military helicopters to survey flooding.... 
  7. ^ "Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines president says death toll could be far lower than worst estimates". NBC News. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c "Unit Awards Website". US Navy. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h "USS Mustin (DDG-89)". Retrieved 16 October 2015. 


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

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