USS Mustin (DDG-89)

See USS Mustin for other ships of the same name.
USS Mustin during 2015
USS Mustin (DDG-89) anchored at sea in 2015
United States
Name: USS Mustin
Namesake: Mustin family
Ordered: 6 March 1998
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi
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
Badge: USS Mustin DDG-89 Crest
General characteristics
Class and 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 is named in honor of the Mustin family who has devoted over a century of U.S. Naval service. This ship is the 39th destroyer of her class. USS Mustin was the 18th ship of this class to be built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and construction began on 15 January 2001. She was launched on 12 December 2001 and was christened on 15 December 2001. On 26 July 2003, a twilight commissioning ceremony was held at the Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California.


Often referred to as "The Father of Naval Aviation," Captain Henry C. Mustin (1874–1923), an 1896 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, was the principal architect for the concept of the catapult launch. He married Corinne DeForest Montague, great-granddaughter of Commodore Arthur Sinclair, and a first cousin and close confidante of Wallis Simpson who became involved in a controversial relationship with King Edward VIII of Great Britain who abdicated to marry her in 1936.[1] The Mustins had three children: Lloyd M., Henry A. and Gordon S.

As a Lieutenant Commander in January 1914, Mustin established Naval Aeronautic Station Pensacola, the Navy's first permanent air station together with a flight school, and became its first Commanding Officer. The first flight was made from the station on 2 February by LT J. H. Towers and ENS G. de Chevalier. On 5 November 1915, while underway, LCDR Mustin successfully flew an AB-2 flying boat off the stern of the USS North Carolina (ACR-12) in Pensacola Bay, FL, making the first ever recorded catapult launching from a ship underway. In 1899, he earned a commendation for distinguished service in the capture of Vigan, Philippines. The first operational missions of naval aircraft were flown under his command during the Veracruz operation in 1914 and he was the first to hold the title: Commander, Aircraft Squadrons, Pacific Fleet. Designated Naval Aviator Number Eleven, Captain Mustin was instrumental in the design of the Naval Aviator Insignia.

His eldest son, Vice Admiral Lloyd M. Mustin, (1911–1999), a 1932 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, took part in developing the Navy's first lead-computing anti-aircraft gun sight, which proved of major importance in the air-sea actions of World War II, and served on the cruiser USS Atlanta (CL-51) during the naval battle of Guadalcanal. His ship was lost during that action; with other survivors he landed on Guadalcanal and served ashore with a naval unit attached to the 1st Marine Division. His post-war service included commands at sea and development and evaluation of weapon systems. He later served as director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Vice Admiral Mustin's two sons, retired Navy Vice Admiral Henry C. Mustin and Lieutenant Commander Thomas M. Mustin continued their family's tradition of military service. Vice Admiral Mustin, a 1955 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, was a decorated Vietnam veteran who served in the 1980s as the Naval Inspector General, Commander, Second Fleet and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans and Policy. Lieutenant Commander Mustin, also a Naval Academy graduate (1962) earned a Bronze Star during the Vietnam War for river patrol combat action.

Ship history

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.[2] However, in early June, with permission still not forthcoming, it was decided to put the group back on its scheduled operations.[3]

In March 2011, in company with the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, the ship was deployed off northeastern Honshu, Japan.[4][5] The mission was to assist with relief efforts after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[6]

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 her 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.[7]

She is part of Destroyer Squadron 15, based at Yokosuka, Japan.


Bridge of USS Mustin (DDG-89)
USS Mustin in 2015 with awards visible on the starboard bridge wing.

Mustin has been awarded the Navy E Ribbon for 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2018.[8] Mustin also received the Humanitarian Service Medal for the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami as well as Typhoon Haiyan.[8] As part of Task Force 70, Mustin received the Meritorious Unit Commendation for 10 April 2012 to 31 December 2013.[8]

Coat of arms

USS Mustin DDG-89 Crest


The shield has background of blue with four gold stars, an inflamed delta, a triple barreled battleship gun, annulet and polestar.

The traditional Navy colors were chosen for the shield because dark blue and gold represents the sea and excellence respectively. The inflamed delta symbolizes VADM Henry C. Mustin's initiation of the Tomahawk weapons system which diversified surface combatants missile capabilities. The flames five points denote the wars that Mustin family members fought. VADM Lloyd M. Mustin's career gunnery expertise is represented by the battleship gun turret. The three barrels of the turret represent the three generations of Mustin family members who endured combat under fire. The red annulet signifies unity, courage and valor. The polestar honors VADM Henry C. Mustin, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations who also commanded NATO's largest fleet. The annulet and polestar combined symbolize VADM Henry C. Mustin's development of the early gun sight that lead to a computing anti-aircraft gunsight developed by VADM Lloyd M. Mustin. The gun sights were key to U.S. Navy's success with anti-aircraft action from the Pacific in World War II. The four stars honor the Bronze Stars earned by the Mustin Family for their Vietnam service.


The crest consists thirteen stars over a Surface Warfare Officer device bounded by palm fronds and dolphins.

The thirteen stars memorialize the thirteen battle stars from the Asiatic Pacific Area Service Ribbon which the first USS Mustin earned for contribution to World War II Pacific operations. The dolphins symbolize search and rescue, referring to the first USS Mustin rescue of 337 crewmen of USS Hornet, which was hit by a torpedo. The palm fronds signify victory and achievement in the Pacific. The Surface Warfare Officer device reflects the Mustin Family's sea service and the two destroyer's excellence of surface warfare.


The motto is written on a scroll of white with blue trim.

The ships motto is "Toujours L'Audace" or "Always be Bold".


The coat of arms in full color as in the blazon, upon a white background enclosed within a dark blue oval border edged on the outside with a gold rope and bearing the inscription "USS Mustin" at the top and "DDG 89" in the base all gold.


A Mark 46 Mod 5A torpedo is inspected aboard Mustin in April 2005

US Navy 080221-N-7446H-016 Weapons department personnel launch an inactive torpedo off the port side of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89)

Mustin fires an exercise torpedo during maneuvers

US Navy 111022-N-WW409-445 An SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 14, flies around the Bangkok area with

Navy helicopter surveys outskirts of Bangkok in 2011 Thailand floods


  1. ^ Morton 2003
  2. ^ Fletcher, Martin; Sugden, Joanna (9 May 2008). "US threatens military aid drops as Burma leaders stall". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  3. ^ "2008 USPACOM Press Releases". USPACOM. 2008. Archived from the original on 23 October 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2011. U.S. Navy Ships to Depart Coast of Burma
  4. ^ Rabiroff, John (17 March 2011). "U.S. military delivers 40 tons of supplies to hardest-hit areas". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Warships Supporting Earthquake in Japan". Seawaves. Archived from the original on 23 March 2011.
  6. ^ Stewart, Joshua (14 March 2011). "Navy ships off Japan move to avoid radiation". Military Times. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  7. ^ "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 ...
  8. ^ a b c "Unit Awards Website". US Navy. Archived from the original on 15 May 2015. Retrieved 21 March 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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Henry C. Mustin (1874–1923)

Not to be confused with his grandson of the same name.

Henry Croskey Mustin (6 February 1874 – 23 August 1923) was a pioneering naval aviator who undertook the auspicious task of establishing the first Naval Aeronautic Station (now Naval Air Station Pensacola) on the site of the abandoned Navy Yard at Warrington, Florida in 1914. He was designated Navy Air Pilot No. 3 and later Naval Aviator No. 11. Two U.S. Navy destroyers have borne the name Mustin in honor of Captain Mustin and his descendants, three of whom have served as flag officers.

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List of U.S. military vessels named after living Americans

The naming of United States Navy vessels after living people was common in early decades of American history, but by World War II, the Navy had firmly established a practice of naming ships for people only after they had died. In 1969, a Navy panel decreed that warships would no longer be named after living persons. That lasted until 1974, when President Richard Nixon announced the naming of an aircraft carrier after United States Representative Carl Vinson. Since then, ships such as the Arleigh Burke, Henry M. Jackson, Bob Hope, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Gabrielle Giffords have been named for people still alive at the time.

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Lloyd M. Mustin

Lloyd Montague Mustin (July 30, 1911 – January 21, 1999) was a vice admiral in the United States Navy and among the namesakes of USS Mustin (DDG-89). He took part in developing the Navy's first lead-computing anti-aircraft gun sight, which proved of major importance in the air-sea actions of World War II, and he served on the cruiser USS Atlanta during the naval battle of Guadalcanal. His ship was lost during that action, and with other survivors he landed on Guadalcanal and served ashore with a naval unit attached to the First Marine Division. His postwar service included commands at sea and development and evaluation of weapon systems. He later served as director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Vietnam War.

Mustin family

The Mustin family has recorded a tradition of service in the United States Navy extending from 1896 to the present. Their naval roots trace back to Commodore Arthur Sinclair. Probably the most famous member was Henry Croskey Mustin, a pioneering naval aviator who was designated Navy Air Pilot No. 3 and later Naval Aviator No. 11. Two U.S. Navy destroyers have borne the name Mustin in honor of members of the family, U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mustin (DD-413) and the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG-89).

Operation Tomodachi

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USS Mustin

USS Mustin may refer to:

USS Mustin (DD-413), was a Sims-class destroyer during World War II

USS Mustin (DDG-89), is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer currently in active service

United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka

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United States ship naming conventions

United States ship naming conventions for the U.S. Navy were established by Congressional action at least as early as 1862. Title Thirteen, Chapter Six, of the United States Code, enacted in that year, reads, in part,

The vessels of the Navy shall be named by the Secretary of the Navy under direction of the President according to the following rule:

Sailing-vessels of the first class shall be named after the States of the Union, those of the second class after the rivers, those of the third class after the principal cities and towns and those of the fourth class as the President may direct.

Further clarification was made by executive order of President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907. However, elements had existed since before his time. If a ship is reclassified, for example a destroyer is converted to a mine layer, it retains its original name.

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