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U.S.S. MUSTIN DDG-89 Arleigh Burke Class Flight IIA Destroyer

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The USS Mustin (DDG-89) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missle destroyer in the US Navy. She was named in honor of the Mustin Family. Mustin was the first Burke destroyer built with her funnels submerged into the superstructure, an additional stealth measure taken on the warships. The ship is the Navy's second Mustin after USS Mustin (DD-413) of World War II era.

The contract to build her was awarded to Ingalls Shipbuilding on 6 March 1998. Her keel was laid down on 15 January 2001, she was launched on 12 December 2001, and commissioned 26 July 2003. Mustin is equipped with Aegis, an advanced combat weapons system. 

In July 2006, Mustin and her crew of 300 was deployed to Yokosuka Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan, home of the Navy's 7th Fleet, for permanent assignment. Though coming at an opportune time in response to the recent North Korea missle tests, the deployment was previously ordered, unrelated to the incidents.

During the 2008 Myanmar Cyclone Nargis crisis and the subsequent Operation Caring Response aid mission, as part of the USS Essex Amphibious Ready Group (also including the USS Juneau and the USS Harpers Ferry), she stood by off Burma from May 13 to June 5, waiting for the Myanmar junta government to permit US aid to its citizens. However, in early June, with permission still not forthcoming, it was decided to put the group back on its scheduled operations.

In March 2011, in company with the carrier Ronald Reagan, the ship was deployed off northeastern Honshu, Japan. The mission was to assist with relief efforts after the 2011 Tohoku eartquake and Tsunami. 

During the 2011 Thailand floods, the ship was docked at Port Laem Chabang on a routine visit when the Thai government asked for assistance in aerial surveillance of the extent of  Bangkok flooding. Captain John Kirby said Thailand had asked the warship to prolong its stay at the port for up to six days; the Pentagon said the two Seahawk helicopters aboard would conduct the reconnaissance.

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