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Mustin II (DDG-89)


The second U.S. Navy ship named Mustin, but the first to honor the distinguished family of that name. The first Mustin, a destroyer (DD-413), named for Capt. Henry C. Mustin (1874-1923), served from 1939-1948. See Captain Henry C. Mustin and Lloyd Montague Mustin for additional information.

See Mustin (DDG-89) for the ship’s Command Operations Reports.


(DDG-89: displacement 9,515; length 510'; beam 66'; draft 32'; speed 30+ knots; complement 312; armament 1 5-inch, 2 Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) for BGM-109 Tomahawks, RIM-156 SM-2MR Standards, and RUM-139 VL-ASROC Antisubmarine Rockets, 2 Mk 15 Close In Weapon Systems (CIWS), 4 .50 caliber machine guns, and 6 Mk 32 torpedo tubes, aircraft 2 Sikorsky SH-60B Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) Mk III Seahawks; class Arleigh Burke)

The second Mustin (DDG-89) was laid down on 15 January 2001 at Pascagoula, Miss., by Ingalls Shipbuilding Division, Litton Industries; launched on 12 December 2001; cosponsored by Mrs. Lucy H. Mustin, wife of Vice Adm. Henry C. Mustin II; Mrs. Jean P. Mustin, wife of Lt. Cmdr. Thomas M. Mustin; and Mrs. Douglas M. St. Denis, sister of Vice Adm. Mustin II and Lt. Cmdr. Mustin; and commissioned on 26 July 2003 at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., Cmdr. Ann C. Phillips in command.

Mustin (DDG-89) 2003-Seal


Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally used by the Navy and represent the sea and excellence. The enflamed delta symbolizes the diverse missile capabilities of the destroyer and the advent of the BGM-109 Tomahawk weapons system on board warships, spearheaded by Vice Adm. Henry C. Mustin II. The five points of flame represent the five wars where Mustin family members have fought. The triple-barreled battleship gun turret highlights Vice Adm. Lloyd M. Mustin’s (1911-1999) renowned gunnery expertise throughout his career; his remarkable experiences during the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in light cruiser Atlanta (CL-51); and, after her sinking, service with the 1st Marine division on Guadalcanal. The barrels of the gun turret also reflect the three generations of the Mustin family who faced combat. The red annulet denotes unity, courage, and valor. The polestar honors Vice Adm. Mustin II, a decorated Vietnam veteran, who became the commander of NATO’s largest fleet and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations during the 1980s. The combination of the annulet and polestar symbolizes the early gunsight that Capt. Henry C. Mustin (1874-1923) developed, and the lead computing anti-aircraft gunsight that Vice Adm. Lloyd Mustin developed, a key to the United States’ success in anti-aircraft action in the Pacific during World War II. The four stars commemorate the Bronze Stars awarded to the Mustin Family for service in Vietnam: three for Vice Adm. Mustin II and one for Lt. Cmdr. Thomas M. Mustin, Officer in Charge of Patrol Boat River Section 511, during fighting against the People’s Liberation Armed Forces (Viet Cong) in the Mekong Delta; combined with the polestar in the “V-shape” symbolize the Bronze Stars with Combat awarded to the Mustin Family for service in Vietnam.


The palm fronds represent achievement and victory, during the campaigns in the Pacific. The thirteen stars commemorate the thirteen battle stars on the Asiatic-Pacific Area Service Ribbon awarded the first Mustin (DD-413) for her World War II service. The dolphins symbolize search and rescue, and also allude to the first Mustin’s rescue of 337 crewmen from the irreparably damaged aircraft carrier Hornet (CV-8), in the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands. The Surface Warfare Officer device reflects the sea service of the Mustin family, and the combat excellence of the two destroyers.


The naval aviator “Wings of Gold” device honors Capt. Mustin, designated Naval Aviator No. 11, and instrumental in the design of that insignia. Mustin, the principal architect of the catapult launch concept, made the first catapult launch from a commissioned warship, in the flying boat AB-2 from the stern of North Carolina (Armored Cruiser No. 12) in Pensacola Bay, Fla., at 1158 on 5 November 1915. The four crossed Naval Officer's swords symbolize the commissioned service of each of the men honored in the naming and commissioning of the second Mustin.

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Mustin carries out maritime security operations, to deny terrorists their use of the sea, while patrolling the Northern Arabian Gulf, 13 April 2005. (Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Robert McRill, U.S. Navy Photograph 050413-N-5526M-016, Navy NewsStand)

After an engine room fire broke out on board the Panamanian-flagged bulk cargo ship Olympias approximately 27 miles off the coast of Iran at about 2300 on 11 May 2005, the emperiled freighter sent a distress message via bridge-to-bridge radio. Aircraft carrier Carl Vinson (CVN-70), then operating in proximity in the Arabian Gulf, received the call and dispatched Mustin to render assistance. Mustin’s embarked SH-60B Seahawk, of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 45 Detachment 5, piloted by Lt. Neil Penso and crewed by Lt. (j.g.) Eric D. Hutter and Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 2nd Class Jay Peer, flew ahead and directed the ship to the scene. The Seahawk contacted the burning vessel. “Yes, this is Olympias,” the merchantman’s master responded calmly, “we are in ballast, in ballast, no cargo. We have 27 people on board, we are all up forward on the bow. Please help, please come soon!”

As the Seahawk orbited the ship, however, explosions suddenly rocked Olympias. “Gigantic balls of flame began spewing out of the superstructure,” Lt. (j.g.) Hutter related afterwards, scattering showers of sparks and billowing smoke.” With the heightened danger, the ship’s master’s hitherto calm demeanor changed to one of shouted urgency: “Coalition warship, this is Olympias, where are you? We are on fire, please hurry, we are in distress. Please hurry, I say again the entire ship is on fire.” Mustin reached the area during the mid watch, and observed the motor vessel’s superstructure ablaze and two of her mariners leap into a life raft to escape the flames. The destroyer lowered Privateer and Rumrunner, as her crew had nicknamed her two rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs), whose teams rescued all 27 crewmembers, helping the two survivors in the life raft climb into the RHIBs, and the remaining 25 climb down a 40-foot ladder into the boats. Mustin’s sailors then transferred Olympias’ survivors, 25 Indians, one Nepalese, and one Sri Lankan, from the RHIBs to the ship, where they provided them with medical attention, food, and clothing.

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Olympias burns furiously during the early morning, 12 May 2005. (Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. Navy Photograph 050512-N-1350S-001, Navy NewsStand)
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Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Rachel H. Bradley (right) checks on two of Olympias’ survivors on board Mustin, 12 May 2005. (Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. Navy Photograph 050512-N-1350S-001, Navy NewsStand)

After Cyclone Nargis caused widespread flooding along the Irrawaddy Delta and coast of Myanmar [Burma] on 2 May 2008, international ships rushed to the area as part of Joint Task Force Caring Response. That force included Mustin, amphibious assault ship Essex (LHD-2), amphibious transport dock Juneau (LPD-10), and dock landing ship Harpers Ferry (LSD-49), with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked. The U.S. ships left some of their aircraft behind in Thailand and on 13 May arrived off the Myanmar coast. The country’s ruling junta, however, stymied overtures offered for the relief of their suffering people, and on 5 June Adm. Timothy J. Keating, Commander Pacific Command, directed the U.S. ships to come about. The following day two USMC Lockheed C-130 Hercules flew 70 UN relief tents from Medan, Indonesia, to Thailand, from where aid workers shipped the shelters and other vital supplies to the victims of the cyclone.

Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda cut a wide swath of destruction across the Central Philippines, killing at least 6,268 people (6-9 November 2013). Multiple U.S. aircraft and ships, including aircraft carrier George Washington, with CVW-5 embarked, guided missile cruisers Antietam (CG-54) and Cowpens (CG-63), littoral combat ship Freedom (LCS-1), guided missile destroyers Lassen (DDG-82) and Mustin, submarine tender Emory S. Land (AS-39), and Military Sealift Command-manned oceanographic survey ship Bowditch (T-AGS-62) and auxiliary dry cargo ship Charles Drew (T-AKE-10), steamed to the Philippines during Operation Damayan: humanitarian assistance to the victims of the disaster. George Washington received her orders while visiting Hong Kong on 12 November, but immediately returned to sea, reaching the Philippines two days later.

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Mustin fires two SM-2 Standard surface-to-air missiles at decommissioned tank landing ship ex-Fresno (LST-1182) during Valiant Shield 2014 in the Philippine Sea, 25 September 2014. Mustin and other ships and aircraft sink Fresno during the exercise. (Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Fidel C. Hart, U.S. Navy Photograph 050512-N-1350S-001, Navy NewsStand)
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The Standards hurtle toward ex-Fresno, 25 September 2014. (Mass Communication 3rd Class Beverly J. Lesonik, U.S. Navy Photograph 140915-N-XK455-141, Navy NewsStand)

Detailed history under construction.

Mark L. Evans

8 June 2015

Published: Wed Aug 12 07:54:40 EDT 2015