SINGAPORE - Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) departed Changi Naval Base, Singapore, July 26, after a scheduled voyage repair maintenance period.
Commander, Logistics Group, Western Pacific executes voyage repairs on deployed ships allowing them to continue on mission rather than returning to their home port.
"The voyage repair allowed Mustin to complete 121 jobs including various lagging jobs, overhaul of three engineering pumps, repair of a gas turbine generator (GTG) cooling fan, bearing replacements, GTG stackhouse repairs, shore power rain guard installation and numerous deck tile jobs" said Chief Warrant Officer Felix E. Slater, Sr., USS Mustin main propulsion assistant.
"The maintenance period was very well organized and executed," said Cmdr. Scott Tait, USS Mustin commanding officer. "We got our emergent mission-critical jobs done, and also a lot of additional work. The entire Singapore maintenance team was a pleasure to work with."
Although the primary purpose of the extended time in port was maintenance, Mustin Sailors still had ample opportunity to tour the diverse cultural sights and taste the local cuisine.
Mustin Sailors also participated in community service projects. The first was a visit to Boys' Town, a Catholic Institution founded by the Brothers of St. Gabriel and dedicated to teaching critical life skills to underprivileged children. The second project involved various maintenance and cleaning at the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH). In both instances, Mustin Sailors had the opportunity to reach out and build relationships with the people of Singapore.
Mustin Sailors also spent time dining in Clarke Quay, strolling along Orchard Road, or venturing to areas such as Chinatown, Little India, and Arab Street. Some of the crew also spent a few days on the resort island of Sentosa.
Mustin is one of seven Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 and is permanently forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.