MITSCHER (DDG 57)
The guided missile destroyer Mitscher (DDG 57), will be commissioned at 11
a.m. on Saturday, December 10, 1994, at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida.
The ship is named in honor of Admiral Marc A. Mitscher (1887-1947),
distinguished carrier task force commander of World War II.
One previous ship
of this name (DDG 35) served from 1953-1978, earning a Meritorious Unit
Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton will be the ceremony's principal speaker.
Also attending the ceremony will be the ship's sponsor, Ms. Elizabeth Ferguson,
niece of the late Admiral Mitscher.
Mitscher is the seventh of 29 Arleigh Burke Class ships currently authorized
These multi-mission ships are equipped with the Navy's modern
Aegis combat weapons system, which combines space-age communication, radar and
weapons technologies in a single platform for unlimited flexibility.
destroyers will replace older, less capable ships that are being taken out of
service as the Navy reduces spending while maintaining quality as part of its
overall plan to recapitalize the fleet.
These versatile ships are designed to
operate independently or in support of aircraft carrier and amphibious
operations, as part of the Navy's overall mission to conduct forward operations
"... From the Sea."
Mitscher is equipped to carry Standard surface-to-air missiles and Tomahawk
cruise missiles launched from forward and aft vertical launching systems; two
fully automated, radar controlled Phalanx close-in weapon systems; Harpoon
anti-ship missiles; one five-inch gun and electronic warfare systems.
is 505 feet in length, has a waterline beam of 66 feet and displaces
approximately 8,422 tons fully loaded.
The ship will have a crew of 26
officers, 24 chief petty officers, and 291 enlisted personnel.
J. Balaconis, U.S. Navy, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, will be the ship's