New Navy destroyer delivered ahead of schedule
April 27, 2003
ARLINGTON, Va. — A new Navy guided missile destroyer that this summer will join the fleet of 55 destroyers was delivered earlier this month, nearly two months ahead of schedule, officials said.
“From a financial standpoint, it’s not significant, but it’s beneficial from an operational standpoint,” Navy spokesman Chief David Nagle said. “When we take delivery sooner, we can perform sea trials sooner and get it out to the fleet ahead of schedule.”
The new destroyer, the Mustin, built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Ingalls Operation in Pascagoula, Miss., will be commissioned July 26 in San Diego and then join the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Only after the commissioning ceremony does a Navy ship receive the designation “USS.”
Cmdr. Ann Claire Phillips, an Annapolis, Md., native, has been selected as the ship’s commissioning commanding officer. Fewer than a half-dozen women are commanding officers of naval surface ships.
The Aegis destroyer vessel, hull DDG 89, honors the legacy of the four Mustin family members who were naval officers, and whose collective service in the Navy has spanned nearly a century, according to a Navy press release.
The Mustin family includes Capt. Henry C. Mustin, who in 1914 flew the first aircraft ever catapulted from a ship; his son, Vice Adm. Lloyd Mustin, who helped develop the Navy’s first lead-computing anti-aircraft gun sight, which proved important during World War II; and the captain’s grandsons Vice Adm. Henry C. Mustin, who served as the Naval Inspector General, and Lt. Cmdr. Thomas M. Mustin, according to history found on the Internet.
This is the second time the Navy has named a destroyer Mustin. DD 413, which served from 1939 to 1946, had been named for Capt. Mustin.
The newly constructed 509½-foot, 9,300-ton Mustin, the 39th ship in the Arleigh Burke class of destroyers and the 18th built by Ingalls, has an overall beam of 66.5 feet, and a navigational draft of 31.9 feet.
Four gas turbine propulsion plants will power the ship to speeds above 31 knots. The ship will be operated by a crew of approximately 380 sailors.
The remaining 16 destroyers are Spruance-class destroyers.
Congress has approved 62 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, which work as multi-mission vessels, to include anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare.