Guided Missile Destroyer

DDG 57  -  USS Mitscher

 

 

DDG-57 USS Mitscher patch crest insignia

DDG-57 USS Mitscher - Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer AEGIS

Type, Class:

 

Guided Missile Destroyer; Arleigh Burke - class / Flight I;

planned and built as DDG 57;

Builder:

 

Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA

STATUS:

 

Awarded: December 13, 1988

Laid down: February 12, 1992

Launched: May 7, 1993

Commissioned: December 10, 1994

ACTIVE UNIT/ in commission (Atlantic Fleet)

Homeport:

 

Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Namesake:

 

Named after and in honor of  Admiral Marc Andrew Mitscher (1887 - 1947)

> see history, below;

Ship's Motto:

 

SEIZE THE DAY

Technical Data:

(Measures, Propulsion,

Armament, Aviation, etc.)

 

see: INFO > Arleigh Burke - class Guided Missile Destroyer

see also: USS Mitscher (DDG 35)

 

ship images

 

DDG-57 USS Mitscher fires a RGM-84 Harpoon SSM from Mk-141 launcher

USS Mitscher fires a RGM-84 Harpoon SSM

 

USS Mitscher DDG-57 fires a RGM-84 Harpoon SSM

 

DDG-57 USS Mitscher fires RGM-84 Harpoon SSM

 

USS Mitscher DDG-57 fires a Harpoon SSM RGM-84

 

DDG-57 USS Mitscher fires her Mk-45 Mod.2 gun

USS Mitscher fires her Mk-45 Mod.2 gun

 

USS Mitscher DDG-57 fires her Mk-45 gun

 

DDG-57 USS Mitscher fires her Mk-45 gun

 

DDG-57 USS Mitscher fires Mk-45 gun

 

DDG-57 USS Mitscher fires a Standard Missile SM-2 from Mk-41 VLS

USS Mitscher fires a Standard Missile SM-2

 

DDG-57 USS Mitscher - Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer

 

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USS Mitscher DDG-57 Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer AEGIS

 

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USS Mitscher DDG-57

 

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USS Mitscher DDG-57 Souda Bay, Greece

 

USS Mitscher DDG-57

 

DDG-57 USS Mitscher

 

DDG-57 USS Mitscher - Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer AEGIS

 

USS Mitscher DDG-57

 

DDG-57 USS Mitscher transits Suez Canal

 

USS Mitscher DDG-57 Suez Canal

 

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USS Mitscher DDG-57 Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer AEGIS

 

DDG-57 USS Mitscher

 

DDG-57 USS Mitscher commissioning ceremony

 

DDG-57 USS Mitscher Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer AEGIS

 

DDG-57 USS Mitscher and SH-60B Seahawk

 

 

Marc Andrew Mitscher

 

Lieutenant Commander Marc Andrew Mitscher, US Navy   Vice Admiral Marc Andrew Mitscher, US Navy

 

Admiral Marc Andrew Mitscher, US Navy   Admiral Marc Andrew Mitscher, US Navy

 

 

Vice Admiral Marc Andrew Mitscher, US Navy

 

Vice Admiral Marc Andrew Mitscher and Commodore Arleigh Albert Burke, US Navy

Vice Admiral Marc Andrew Mitscher with Commodore Arleigh Burke - 1945

 

Vice Admiral Marc Andrew Mitscher and Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, US Navy

Vice Admiral Marc Andrew Mitscher with Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz - 1945

 

 

Namesake & History:

Admiral Marc Andrew Mitscher (January 26, 1887 – February 3, 1947):

 

A 1910 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he was a pioneer Naval Aviator whose early service included duty as pilot of the NC-1 seaplane during the 1919 trans-Atlantic flight of the NC-4.

He was Captain of the USS Hornet when Pearl Harbor was attacked, and he commanded that aircraft carrier on the Doolittle raids against Tokyo, April 18, 1942, and in the Battle of Midway, June 3-7, 1942. In 1943, he was the overall commander, Fleet Air, Solomon Islands, and was the overall tactical commander of the operations that resulted in the shooting-down the aircraft carrying Japanese Admiral Isoruku Yamamoto on April 18, 1943.

In January 1944, he became commander of Carrier Division 3, which later became Fast Carrier Task Force 58. He stayed in that post, as a Vice Admiral, through the rest of World War II. Welded fast carriers into a fighting team that fought the Battles of Philippine Sea, June 19-20, 1944, and Gulf of Leyte, October 24-25, 1944, and bested the Japanese Kamikazes in the Okinawa Campaign in the Spring of 1945.
He was offered the post of Chief of Naval Operations, but turned it down to become commander of the 8th Fleet and then Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet, where he served until his death from heart problems on February 3, 1947. He was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.

Admiral Marc A. Mitscher earned distinction as one of the U.S. Navy’s great battle commanders in the 41 years he served his country.

Marc Andrew Mitscher was born in Hillsboro, Wisconsin on January 26, 1887. While growing up in the Washington, D.C. area, he attended intermediate and high school there. In 1906, he received his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. He graduated in 1910 and served at sea for two years, as required by law at that time, before being commissioned on March 7, 1912.

In August 1913 he served aboard the USS California on the West Coast during the Mexican Campaign. After subsequent duty on the destroyers Whipple and Stewart, he reported for aviation training at Naval Aeronautic Station, Pensacola, on board USS North Carolina, one of the first Navy ships to carry an airplane. Mitscher was designated Naval Aviator #33 on June 2, 1916 and remained at NAS Pensacola for duty and further instruction.

On April 6, 1917, he reported to USS Huntington for duty in connection with aircraft catapult experiments, which was followed by various assignments until February 1919 when he was transferred to the Aviation Section in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations. Later in 1919 Mitscher, then a lieutenant commander, piloted one of the three NC seaplanes that attempted the first airborne transatlantic crossing. The NC-4, not piloted by Mitscher, went on to make the successful, historic crossing. Then, Admiral Mitscher joined the USS Aroostook with additional duty later commanding the Detachment of Air Forces at Fleet Air Base, San Diego, California. He was then assigned to the Plans Division, Bureau of Aeronautics in 1922.

Mitscher made the USS Saratoga’s first takeoff and landing on January 11, 1928 in a Vought UO-l. He justify Saratoga in June 1929 to return to the USS Langley, the carrier on which he was assigned for a brief period in 1926. The Admiral had a series of staff and command assignments until July 1941 when he went to Norfolk, Virginia, for the duty in fitting out USS Hornet. The carrier was commissioned on October 20, 1941, and Captain Marc Mitscher became her first commanding officer. During World War II, the Hornet was the "Shangri-La" from which American planes, under the command of Army Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle, took off on April 18, 1942, to bomb military targets on the Japanese homeland. Aboard the Hornet, Mitscher led several successful attacks against the enemy carrier forces. He was relieved of command of the Hornet in July 1942, three months before she was sunk in an air attack at the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands.

Mitscher then commanded Patrol Wing Two until December 1942, when he became Commander Fleet Wing, Noumea. In April 1943, now a rear admiral, Mitscher went to Guadalcanal as Commander Air, Solomon Islands, in charge of the Navy, Army, Marine and Royal New Zealand Air Force units. Guadalcanal had been secured but was still under constant enemy fire from the Japanese occupying the North Islands. Vice Admiral Halsey sent Mitscher, according to Admiral Arleigh Burke, because he "was a fighting fool and could handle the tough job."

When Mitscher assumed command of Task Force 58 in 1944, the mighty naval force opened the campaign to capture the Marshall Islands. Under Mitscher’s leadership and guided by his wisdom, Task Force 58 contributed directly to the capture and occupation of the Marshalls in February, 1944. In the days that followed, Mitscher led his task forces in attacks against heavily fortified Japanese bases. In the closing months of the war, Admiral Mitscher used many innovative tactics as he experimented with formations and maneuvers, leading a series of attacks against the Japanese home forces.
 
He returned to the U.S. as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations on July 10, 1945, and was appointed to the rank of Admiral and assumed command of the Eighth Fleet on March 1, 1946. He became Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet in September of 1946. After 41 years of continuous naval service, Admiral Marc A. Mitscher died of a heart attack on February 3, 1947. Admiral Arleigh Burke attributed Mitscher as being a "bulldog of a fighter, a strategist blessed with an uncanny ability to foresee his enemy’s next move. He was above all else, a Naval Aviator."

 

USS Mitscher (DDG 57):

 

USS Mitscher was commissioned on December 10th,1994, and was sponsored by Mrs. Elizabeth Ferguson. Mitscher transferred to her homeport in Norfolk, Virginia later in December 1994, and has since made three Mediterranean deployments and participated in many Caribbean exercises.
 
On Friday, January 12, 2001 USS Mitscher began a six-month deployment with the Truman Battle Group. The entire battle group had trained together for the past eight months in preparation for this deployment through a series of increasingly demanding exercises and operations. These pre-deployment exercises culminated in October with the successful completion of Joint Task Force Exercise 01-1 and NATO Exercise Unified Spirit 2000.
 
During its 2001 deployment the USS Mitscher visited Algiers, Algeria, for an antisubmarine warfare (ASW) exercise with the Algerian Navy. The joint exercise included surface and subsurface units. Mitscher and an Algerian Koni-class frigate, RAIS KELLICH, were the surface participants. The nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Norfolk and the Algerian Kilo-class attack submarine EL HADJ SLIMANE, composed the subsurface force.
 
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patches

 

DDG-57 USS Mitscher patch crest insignia  USS Mitscher DDG-57 patch crest insignia  DDG-57 USS Mitscher cruise patch

 

 

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