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.
Captain Henry C. Mustin’s son, Vice Admiral Lloyd Mustin, (1911-1999), was a 1932 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who 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, a 1962 Naval Academy Graduate, earned a Bronze Star during the Vietnam conflict for river patrol combat action.
Current USS Mustin
USS Mustin (DDG 89) was laid down on 15 January 2001, christened on 15 December 2001, and commissioned 26 July 2003 during a twilight ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, Calif. with Cmdr. Ann C. Phillips as the commanding officer. In June 2004 Mustin participated in the amphibious phase of UNITAS, including Marine Force UNITAS.
In January USS Mustin participated in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 05-02. In February 2005 Mustin deployed San Diego, with the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Carrier Strike Group, in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). In May USS Mustin rescued 27 people from the Motor Vessel Olympias. In August USS Mustin returned to homeport after her deployment.
In July 2006 DDG 89 arrived at its new homeport of Yokosuka, Japan and relieved USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) as part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. In October USS Mustin departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a routine western Pacific patrol as part of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) CSG. In November the guided-missile destroyer Mustin participated in ANNUALEX.
In March 2007 USS Mustin departed homeport for a scheduled underway period. In April USS Mustin participated in exercise Malabar 07-01 and Trilateralex. In August USS Mustin, as part of USS Kitty Hawk CSG, participated in exercise Valiant Shield 2007. In October USS Mustin departed homeport for a routine Fall Patrol. In November the Mustin completed the ANNUALEX 19G exercise as part of the Kitty Hawk CSG.
In February 2008 USS Mustin was in the western Pacific on its routine patrol. In May USS Mustin, with the USS Essex (LHD 2) ARG, supported Joint Task Force Caring Response, a humanitarian assistance operation in the wake of Cyclone Nargis. In November DDG 89 returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka after completing its fall patrol.
In April 2009 USS Mustin arrived was on its routine underway period in the western Pacific. In June USS Mustin departed Yokosuka, Japan for a summer patrol as part of USS George Washington (CVN 73) CSG. In July USS Mustin participated in exercise Talisman Sabre '09. In November the guided-missile destroyer participated in exercise ANNUALEX 21G.
In March 2010 the Mustin took part in exercise Foal Eagle. In June USS Mustin took part in Foreign Exchange Training of Midshipmen (FOREXTRAMID) activities. In July USS Mustin supported the Counter Special Operations Forces Exercise (CSOFEX) 10-3.
In February 2011 DDG 89 participated in a Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Evaluation Measurement (SHAREM) exercise. In March USS Mustin supported Operation Tomodachi with humanitarian assistance/disaster relief duties. In September USS Mustin deployed as part of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Strike Group (CSG). In November USS Mustin participated in the bilateral Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 23G.
In January 2012 DDG 89 participated in the Multi-Sail 2012 exercise. In March the Mustin departed Yokosuka for a routine patrol in the western Pacific. In September USS Mustin departed Yokosuka for a Fall Patrol as part of the GW CSG. The guided-missile also participated in exercise Valiant Shield 2012. In November the Mustin participated in exercise Keen Sword 2013. In December USS Mustin returned to homeport.
In January 2013 USS Mustin embarked Rear Adm. Thomas Carney, Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific, the on-scene commander to oversee the USS Guardian (MCM 5) recovery operations. In February the Mustin returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka.
1st USS Mustin
The first USS Mustin (DD 413), named in CAPT Henry C. Mustin's honor, was laid down 20 December 1937 by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va., launched 8 December 1938, sponsored by Mrs. Lloyd M. Mustin, daughter‑in‑law of Captain Mustin, and commissioned on 15 September 1939 with Lt. Comdr. James S. Freeman as the commanding officer.
Mustin joined the Atlantic Fleet for the tense period of neutrality patrol preceding American entry in World War II. On 7 December 1941 she was in overhaul at Boston, but put to sea next day escorting battleships Idaho (BB‑42) and Mississippi (BB‑41). She completed overhaul in Charleston, S.C., on 3 January 1942 and arrived at Pearl Harbor on 17 February for duty escorting convoys between Hawaii and San Francisco until 3 April.
USS Mustin provided cover for a convoy to and then escorted a merchantman with reinforcements to Midway Island. In June the destroyer sailed with TF 17. In August Mustin sailed with the Hornet (CV‑8) group to Guadalcanal and participated in the initial phase of fighting there. In the air battle of Santa Cruz on 26 October Mustin rescued 337 of Hornet’s survivors and had the grim duty of destroying the heavily damaged carrier with a full salvo of torpedoes. She shot down five enemy aircraft during the battle. On 11 November Mustin joined TF 16 for the third battle of Savo Island. On Christmas Day, Mustin fired shore bombardment at enemy positions on Guadalcanal.
In February 1943 Mustin guarded carrier air operations off Guadalcanal then performed patrol and escort duties until April. Then Mustin patrolled northwest of the island of Adak until the end of May. Through the summer she patrolled the waters of the Aleutians, bombarding Kiska and blocking Japanese reinforcement of that island. On the night of 25 and 26 July, Mustin’s group was engaged in the “Battle of the Pips,” firing on what they thought was a Japanese force but was really radar pips created by unusual atmospheric conditions. Mustin covered the American recapture of Kiska on 15 August. Mustin sortied with TF 52 in November for the assault on Makin in the Gilberts 10.
In January 1944 Mustin bombarded enemy positions on Wotje. In February she screened cruisers pounding Kwajalein and joined in firing at the atoll. She also escorted various task groups around Kwajalein and operated off newly captured Eniwetok. In March Mustin joined the support force of TF 58 in support of the attacks on Palau, Yap, Woleai, and Ulithi in the Carolines. She returned to the southwest Pacific in April to screen carriers in amphibious assaults on New Guinea, Aitape, Hollandia and at Wakde. The Mustin escorted, patrolled, bombarded and directed fighter operations. Noemfoor, Sansapor, Mios Woendi, Humboldt Bay, Biak; all were struck by forces in which Mustin served with vigor and gallantry. In September Mustin served as the primary fighter-director in the initial assault on Morotai, Netherlands East Indies She cleared Humboldt Bay in October with reinforcements for newly invaded Leyte and escorted convoys safely away from the Battle for Leyte Gulf.
After rehearsals off New Guinea, Mustin sortied for the assault on Luzon in January 1945, and for the next month fired salvos in support of land forces. She joined in repelling enemy air attack off Lingayen, and made antisubmarine patrols. She operated in the Philippines until 2 February when she sailed for Guadalcanal. Mustin then joined the 5th Fleet, serving as antisubmarine patrol ship while awaiting the beginning of the rehearsals for the Okinawa operation. Her task group staged at Ulithi, and arrived off Hagushi Beach, Okinawa, 1 April, screening the transport area as the initial assault was made. She guarded the transports off the beaches by day and during their night retirements, firing on the numerous kamikaze attackers. Between 5 and 17 April, Mustin sailed to bring a convoy in from Saipan and Ulithi, then returned to fire support, radar picket, antisubmarine, and antiaircraft duty off Okinawa until 2 May when she joined the screen of an escort carrier group operating to the southwest of Okinawa.
After the war ended, Mustin sailed for occupation duty in Japan. Late in the year she returned to the west coast and sailed back to Hawaii to prepare for operation “Crossroads,” the atomic tests at Bikini, in which she was engaged through the summer of 1946. She decommissioned 29 August 1946 after use as a target; remained at Bikini; and was destroyed by gunfire 18 April 1948 in the Marshalls.
Mustin earned 13 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 her veterans.