Secretary of the Navy, Richard Danzig, announced his decision to name
the 39th ship of the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer,
"MUSTIN." USS MUSTIN (DDG 89) will honor the Mustin family who have
recorded a rich and honorable tradition of naval service. This
tradition is marked by officers who were extraordinarily creative
innovators. The Mustins' legacy to the Navy service lasted from 1896
until 1989; nearly one century of naval history.
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Captain Henry C. Mustin, U.S. Navy, (1874-1923) was a 1896 graduate of
the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned a commendation for distinguished
service in the capture of Vigan, Philippines, in 1899. CAPT Mustin also
flew the first aircraft ever catapulted from a ship, the first
operational missions of naval aircraft during the Vera Cruz action in
1914, and was the first commander of Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet.
He designed the insignia worn by U.S. Naval Aviators.
The destroyer USS MUSTIN (DD 413) (1939-1946), named in CAPT Henry C.
Mustin's honor, earned thirteen battle stars for World War II service
that included the battles of Santa Cruz, Guadalcanal, and major
amphibious operations in the Pacific. This ship has received
significant support from veterans of that ship.
His son, Vice Admiral Lloyd Mustin, (1911-1999), was also a 1932
graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy took part in developing the Navy's
first lead-computing antiaircraft gun sight. This proved of major
importance in the air-sea actions of World War II. VADM Mustin served
on the cruiser USS ATLANTA (CL 51) during the naval battle of
Guadalcanal. His ship was lost, but he and other survivors landed on
Guadalcanal and served ashore with a naval unit attached to the First
Marine Division. His post war service included commands at sea and
development and evaluation of weapon systems. VADM Mustin 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 have continued their
family's legacy of service. Vice Admiral Mustin, a 1955 graduate of the
U.S. Naval Academy, is a decorated Vietnam veteran who served in the
1980's as the Naval Inspector General, Commander Second Fleet, and
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans and Policy. Lieutenant
Commander Mustin, also a 1962 Naval Academy Graduate, earned a Bronze
Star during the Vietnam conflict for river patrol combat action.
MUSTIN (DDG 89) is newest of the Arleigh Burke class AEGIS destroyers.
AEGIS destroyers are equipped to conduct a variety of missions, from
peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power
projection. They act in support of national military strategy and
operate with battle groups in high-threat environments. AEGIS
destroyers provide essential escort capabilities to Navy and Marine
Corps amphibious forces, combat logistics ships and convoys. These
multi-mission ships are equipped with the Navy's most modern combat
weapons system, which combines space-age communication, radar and
weapons technologies in a single platform for unlimited flexibility
while operating "Forward...From the Sea." These destroyers replace
several older, classes of ships. The ship will carry Standard
surface-to-air missiles, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile System (ESSM), and
Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from forward and aft vertical
launching systems; two torpedo launchers; an electronic weapons system,
and one five-inch gun.
Naval Aviator “Wings of Gold” device honors Captain
C. Mustin, designated Naval Aviator Number Eleven, instrumental in the
design of these wings. Captain Mustin was the principal architect of
the catapult launch concept; made the first catapult launch of an
aircraft from a ship underway; and at Veracruz in 1914, commanded the
first United States military aviation unit ever to fly against hostile
fire. The four crossed Naval Officer’s swords symbolize the
commissioned service of each of the Mustins honored in the naming and
commissioning of USS MUSTIN (DDG 89).
Shield: Dark blue and gold are
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 Tomahawk weapons system aboard surface
combatants, spearheaded by VADM Henry C. Mustin. The five points of
flame represent the five wars where Mustin family members fought. The
triple-barreled battleship gun turret highlights VADM Lloyd M.
Mustin’s (1911-1999) renowned gunnery expertise throughout
career; his remarkable experiences during the naval battle of
Guadalcanal aboard the cruiser USS ATLANTA (CL 51); and, after her
sinking, service with the First Marine Division on Guadalcanal. The
barrels of the gun turret also reflect the three generations of the
Mustin Family who faced combat under fire. The red annulet denotes
unity, courage and valor. The polestar honors VADM Henry C. Mustin, a
decorated Vietnam veteran, who became the commander of NATO’s
largest fleet and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations during the
1980’s. The combination of the annulet and polestar
the early gunsight developed by CAPT Henry C. Mustin (1874-1923) and
the prototype lead computing anti-aircraft gunsight developed by VADM
Lloyd M. Mustin, a key to the United States’ success in
anti-aircraft action in the Pacific during World War II. The four stars
commemorate Bronze Stars awarded to the Mustin Family for service in
Vietnam - three for VADM Henry C. Mustin, and one for LCDR Thomas M.
Mustin, Officer in Charge of Patrol Boat River Section 511, Mekong
Delta; combined with the polestar in a “V-shape”
symbolize the Combat “V” accompanying each of these
The Crest: The
and victory in the Pacific Theater; principal service area of the
Mustin Family, of USS MUSTIN (DD 413), and homeport to USS MUSTIN (DDG
89). The thirteen stars commemorate the thirteen Battle Stars on the
Asiatic-Pacific Area Service Ribbon earned by USS MUSTIN (DD 413) for
her contributions to major operations in the Pacific throughout World
War II. The dolphins denote search and rescue, and symbolize
MUSTIN’s valiant rescue efforts during the Battle of the
Cruz Islands, where she recovered 337 survivors from USS HORNET (CV 8)
as they abandoned ship. They further represent CAPT Henry C.
Mustin’s receipt of a Gold Life-Saving Medal in 1918, for his
swimming rescue of a Sailor washed overboard during a storm off Cape
Hatteras, North Carolina. The Surface Warfare Officer device reflects
the sea service of the Mustin Family and the Surface Warfare excellence
of the two destroyers.
means to, "Always Be Bold"