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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 533-03
July 25, 2003

Navy Commissions New Guided-Missile Destroyer Mustin

The newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, Mustin will be commissioned on Saturday, July 26, 2003, during a 7:45 p.m. PST ceremony at the Naval Air Station North Island, Pier K, in Coronado, Calif.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clerk will deliver the ceremony's principal address for the ship named to honor a prestigious naval family of war heroes spanning a century of service to Navy and country -- Capt. Henry C. Mustin (1874-1923), Vice Adm. Lloyd M. Mustin (1911-1999), retired Vice Adm. Henry C. Mustin, and former Lt. Cmdr. Thomas M. Mustin.

Serving as ship's sponsors are Lucy Holcomb Mustin, wife of ship's namesake Vice Adm. Henry C. Mustin; Jean Phillips Mustin, wife of ship's namesake Henry C. Mustin; and Mrs. Douglas Mustin St. Denis, sister of Vice Adm. and Henry C. Mustin. In the time-honored Navy tradition, the sponsors will give the order to "man our ship and bring her to life!" Anne Howard Thomas, who served as matron of honor for the first ship named Mustin, DD 413, in 1938, will also serve these sponsors as matron of honor.

Cmdr. Ann C. Phillips of Annapolis, Md., will become Mustin’s first commanding officer. Mustin will be homeported in San Diego. and will have a crew of approximately 380 officers, chiefs and enlisted personnel. Built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Ingalls Operations, Pascagoula, Miss., Mustin is 509.5 feet in length, has an overall beam of 66.5 feet, and a navigational draft of 31.9 feet. Four gas-turbine engines power the 9,300-ton ship to speeds in excess of 30 knots.

The 39th ship of 62 Arleigh Burke class destroyers currently authorized by Congress, Mustin is a highly capable multi-mission ship that can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, in support of the National Military Strategy. This ship will be capable of fighting air, surface, and subsurface battles simultaneously. The ship contains myriad offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century.

For more information on Arleigh Burke class destroyers, visit: http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/factfile/ships/ship-dd.html.

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