USS Mustin (DDG 89)
"Always the Bold"
CDR Scott A. Tait
CDR Scott A. Tait
Commanding Officer (June 2010 - June 2012)

Commander Tait, a native of Brighton, Michigan, was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy through the University of Michigan NROTC program in 1992.
He reported aboard his first ship, USS MCCLUSKY (FFG 41) homeported in Yokosuka, Japan in early 1994 where he served as Ordnance Officer and Damage Control Assistant. During his tour, MCCLUSKY completed one Persian Gulf and several Western Pacific / Indian Ocean deployments, including service with the INDEPENDENCE Battle Group off Taiwan during the 1996 missile crisis.
Commander Tait next transferred to USS STUMP (DD 978) homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as Navigator during her 1996 Persian Gulf deployment, and as Operations Officer during her 1998 Mediterranean Sea Deployment
with COMDESRON TWO / CTF 65 embarked.
Rotating ashore in late 1998, he was assigned to the U.S. European Command Joint Analysis Center (JAC), Molesworth, U.K. During this tour he had the unique opportunity to work in the Joint Intelligence / Targeting communities, and to serve on the ground with NATO forces in Kosovo, Bosnia, and Cyprus.
Returning to sea and to Japan, Commander Tait reported aboard USS COWPENS (CG 63) in August, 2001. He served as Weapons Officer, Combat Systems Officer, Operations Officer and Air Defense Officer deploying in support of Operations NOBLE EAGLE, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM. During IRAQI FREEDOM, COWPENS served as the CTF 50 Arabian Gulf Air Defense Commander, responsible for up to 4 U.S. Carrier Strike Groups and over 100 coalition ships, in addition to launching 39 Tomahawk strikes.
In 2004-2005 he was privileged to serve as the Navy’s Federal Executive Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
Following his FEF tour, Commander Tait returned to sea as Executive Officer in USS HUE CITY (CG 66) homeported in Mayport, Florida. During his tour HUE CITY deployed to the FIFTH and SIXTH Fleets, supported the evacuation of U.S. citizens from Lebanon during the Israel-Hezbollah crisis, and served as Air Defense Commander for the HARRY S. TRUMAN Carrier Strike Group.
After his Executive Officer assignment, CDR Tait attended the U.S. Naval War College during the 2007-8 academic year, where he graduated with distinction.
He reported to the staff of the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet in November, 2008 and served there in the N00 Warfighting Assessment and Readiness directorate until April, 2010 when he entered the command training pipeline en route USS MUSTIN (DDG 89) homeported in Yokosuka, Japan.
Commander Tait holds masters degrees in International Policy from Stanford University and National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.


USS Mustin conducts ship-wide zone inspections
Cmdr. Michael V. Misiewicz departs as Cmdr. Scott A. Tait, commanding officer of the USS Mustin.
Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk addresses the crew of USS Mustin (DDG 89) during a ship visit.
USS Mustin (DDG 89) Gets Underway From the Japan Maritime SDF Base Kure
PHILIPPINE SEA - The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) connects with the oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193)
USS Mustin (DDG 89) Frocks Nearly Two Dozez Sailors in At-Sea Ceremony
USS Musting (DDG 89) replenishment at sea
Cambodia Port Visit
USS Mustin (DDG 89), takes part in community service (COMSERV) project
USS Mustin (DDG 89) anchors out at sea
CO of USS Mustin, Cmdr. Michael Misiewicz welcomes Tokihiko Umezaki, CO of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Ikazuchi
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USS Mustin (DDG 89) Sailors Welcomed by Mitsuyoshi Kajimoto, a former member of the Imperial Japanese Navy
USS Mustin (DDG 89) Sailors Hang Lanyard at Yamato Museum (Japan)
USS Mustin (DDG 89) anchored off the shoreline of Cambodia (U.S. Navy file photo)
USS Mustin (DDG 89) Community Service in Thailand
USS Mustin (DDG 89) Technician Helps Prepare Packaged Goods During Community Service in Thailand
Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) heave a line during a replenishment at sea
USS Mustin (DDG 89) Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Katherine Curtis Explains Torpedo Tubes to Royal Thai Navy
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Damage Controlman First Class Antonino Garcia demonstrates communications methods to Republic of Korea Navy sailors.

 Served with...

LCDR Collin C. Sullivan
CMDCM(SW/AW) Rachel Costello
CMDCM(SW/AW) Steven J. Snyder
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