PHILIPPINE SEA - The commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet visited the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) during its 2013 fall patrol, Sept. 21.
During Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery's visit, he met with Mustin's leadership, held an all-hands call with the crew, and toured several of Mustin's spaces.
At the all-hands call Montgomery talked to Sailors about the focus of Mustin's 2013 fall patrol, the importance of their pacific partnerships and her recent success with the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).
"I would just like to start out with saying what a great job you all did with INSURV," said Montgomery. "USS Mustin Sailors have a stellar reputation, and I'm very happy with the job that you have done. You all have a very long track record of doing well and keeping Mustin operational, and I just want you all to keep up the good work."
For one of the Sailors assigned to Mustin the chance to listen to the admiral speak was a great opportunity.
"It's a unique occasion any time you get to listen to leadership speak in the Navy and I'm glad that we, as Mustin Sailors, got this experience," said Yeoman 3rd Class Larrece Hills.
After the all-hands call, Montgomery toured Mustin's spaces and got to interact with more of the Sailors on board.
"We are extremely thrilled to have our Battle Force 7th Fleet Commander Rear Adm. Montgomery aboard Mustin today," said Cmdr. Joseph Ring, commanding officer of Mustin. "We greatly appreciate the opportunity to engage him in a dialogue about the importance of regional partnerships, challenges in our area of responsibility, and our duty to keep Mustin combat ready. I speak on behalf of the entire Mustin Nation when I say we really appreciate the admiral taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Mustin."
Mustin is currently on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group in the 7th fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.