YOKOSUKA, Japan – The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89), forward-deployed to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, held a change of command ceremony on board Mustin Jan. 28.
In front of shipmates, family and friends Cmdr. Scott A. Tait relieved Cmdr. Michael Misiewicz as the commanding officer of Mustin.
“This is bitter sweet for me” said Misiewicz. “I am thoroughly impressed with Cmdr. Tait and look forward to watching Mustin from afar through the next year. I see nothing but success in their future.”
Tait, a Brighton, Michigan native, becomes the 6th commanding officer of Mustin. He entered the Navy through the University of Michigan NROTC program in 1992. He reports to Mustin from the staff of the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet where he served in the N00 Warfighting Assessment and Readiness directorate.
In a speech to his new crew and assorted guests, Tait thanked Misiewicz for turning over an impeccable ship and crew, emphasizing his commitment to maintaining the excellence he inherited in his new command.
“I’d like to thank the crew for their exceptional efforts during our turnover and in preparation for today. Mustin is a great ship with a wonderful crew and I am both honored and excited to be joining you” said Tait. “To Cmdr. Misiewicz and his wife, Marcy, I’d like to say thank you for the ship and crew’s terrific condition, a great turnover, a very warm welcome, and a lot of help during our move.”
Misiewicz's next assignment is Staff of Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet. His accomplishments while leading Mustin include an emergent dry dock, 13 week CNO’s Selected Restricted Availability, real world submarine prosecution, and multiple naval exercises including Talisman Saber 09, Dual Strike Group Operations, Counter Special Operations Forces Exercises with the Republic of Korea Navy, Foal Eagle 10, LIMA 09, 50th anniversary USN-JMSDF Foreign Exchange Cruise, and Theater Security Port Visit to Sihanoukville, Cambodia.