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US Navy - Guided Missile Destroyer
DDG 57 - USS Mitscher
 
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Type, class: Guided Missile Destroyer - DDG; Arleigh Burke class, Flight I
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA
  
STATUS:
Awarded: December 13, 1988
Laid down: February 12, 1992
Launched: May 7, 1993
Commissioned: December 10, 1994
IN SERVICE
 

Homeport: Norfolk, Virginia
 Namesake: Admiral Marc Andrew Mitscher (1887-1947)
Ships Motto: SEIZE THE DAY
Technical Data: see: INFO > Arleigh Burke class Guided Missile Destroyer - DDG
 

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Mk-45 Mod.2 (5-inches 54-caliber 127mm) gun live fire exercise - Atlantic Ocean - March 2018

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Mk-45 Mod.2 (5"/54) gun live fire exercise during exercise Formidable Shield 17 - Atlantic Ocean - March 2018

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Portsmouth, U.K. - October 2017

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Atlantic Ocean - October 2017

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Atlantic Ocean - October 2017

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Mk-45 Mod.2 (5"/54) gun live fire exercise - Atlantic Ocean - September 2017

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Mk-15 Phalanx CIWS live fire exercise - Atlantic Ocean - September 2017

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Atlantic Ocean - September 2017

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Atlantic Ocean - September 2017

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Atlantic Ocean - February 2017

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Mobile, Alabama - February 2017

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returning to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia - May 2015

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Arabian Gulf - January 2015

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5th Fleet AOR - November 2014

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5th Fleet AOR - November 2014

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Red Sea - October 2014

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Mk-15 Phalanx CIWS live fire exercise - Atlantic Ocean - October 2014

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departing Norfolk, Virginia - September 2014

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Faslane, Scotland - September 2012

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New York - May 2012

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New York - May 2012

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New Orleans, Louisiana - April 2012

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Gulf of Mexico - April 2012

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Gulf of Mexico - April 2012

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Gulf of Mexico - April 2012

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returning to Norfolk, Virginia - December 2011

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Atlantic Ocean - December 2011

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Atlantic Ocean - November 2011

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Atlantic Ocean - November 2011

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Atlantic Ocean - November 2011

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Mk-15 Phalanx CIWS live fire exercise - Arabian Sea - November 2011

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Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun live fire exercise - Arabian Sea - November 2011

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Mk-32 torpedo tubes exercise - Arabian Sea - October 2011

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Mk-32 torpedo tubes exercise - Arabian Sea - October 2011

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Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun live fire exercise - Arabian Sea - October 2011

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Mk-45 Mod.2 gun live fire exercise - Arabian Sea - October 2011

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Mk-45 Mod.2 gun live fire exercise - Indian Ocean - September 2011

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a Mk-46 recoverable exercise torpedo (REXTORP) was fired from Mk-32 torpedo tubes - Arabian Sea - August 2011

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a Mk-46 recoverable exercise torpedo (REXTORP) was fired from Mk-32 torpedo tubes - Arabian Sea - August 2011

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Atlantic Ocean - May 2011

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Atlantic Ocean - May 2011

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Atlantic Ocean - May 2011

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Atlantic Ocean - May 2011

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departing Norfolk, Virginia - May 2011

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departing Norfolk, Virginia - May 2011

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Mk-45 Mod.2 gun live fire exercise - Atlantic Ocean - January 2011

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USS Mitscher launches a RGM-84 Harpoon SSM missile during a sinking exercise (SINKEX) - Atlantic Ocean - October 2010

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USS Mitscher launches a RGM-84 Harpoon SSM missile during a sinking exercise (SINKEX) - Atlantic Ocean - October 2010

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USS Mitscher launches a RGM-84 Harpoon SSM missile during a sinking exercise (SINKEX) - Atlantic Ocean - October 2010

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Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun operator console during a sinking exercise (SINKEX) - Atlantic Ocean - October 2010

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Mk-45 Mod.2 gun live fire during a sinking exercise (SINKEX) - Atlantic Ocean - October 2010

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USS Mitscher launches a RIM-66 Stanndard Missile SM-2MR during a sinking exercise (SINKEX) - Atlantic Ocean - October 2010

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sailors loading the Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun with 25mm ammunition during a sinking exercise (SINKEX) - Atlantic Ocean - October 2010

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Mk-45 Mod.2 gun live fire during a sinking exercise (SINKEX) - Atlantic Ocean - October 2010

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Atlantic Ocean - October 2010

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Mk-45 Mod.2 (5" 54-caliber) gun live fire exercise - Atlantic Ocean - September 2008

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Port Everglades, Florida - May 2008

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Port Everglades, Florida - April 2008

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Port Everglades, Florida - April 2008

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Pacific Ocean - June 2007

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Atlantic Ocean - May 2007

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Atlantic Ocean - April 2007

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Norfolk, Virginia - June 2006

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Norfolk, Virginia - November 2005

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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - October 2005

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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - October 2005

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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - August 2005

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Atlantic Ocean - June 2004

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Suez Canal - April 2003

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Suez Canal - April 2003

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Central Command AOR - April 2003

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Norfolk, Virginia - December 2002

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October 2002

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida - March 2002

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Norfolk, Virginia - September 1999

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Norfolk, Virginia - September 1999

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during refueling operations with USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - July 1996

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Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico - November 1995

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Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico - November 1995

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commissioning ceremony at NAS Pensacola, Florida - December 10, 1994

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commissioning ceremony at NAS Pensacola, Florida - December 10, 1994

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commissioning ceremony at NAS Pensacola, Florida - December 10, 1994

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commissioning ceremony at NAS Pensacola, Florida - December 10, 1994

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builder's sea trials - June 1994

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builder's sea trials - June 1994

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builder's sea trials - June 1994

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builder's sea trials - June 1994

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builder's sea trials - June 1994
 
 
USS Mitscher (DDG 57):
 
USS Mitscher was commissioned on 10 December 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.

In 2001, Mitscher deployed with Carrier Group 2 centered on the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman. During this deployment, Mitscher visited Algiers, Algeria and conducted joint training exercises with the Algerian Navy. In October 2006, Mitscher participated in Neptune Warrior, a joint war exercise with navies from all over the world.

On 16 February 2007, Mitscher was awarded the 2006 Battle "E" award.

Beginning 23 July 2011, during its 2011 deployment, the strike group's anti-piracy capabilities was augmented by the addition of a U.S. Coast Guard 12-person Advanced Interdiction Team (AIT) embarked aboard Mitscher. These deployable Coast Guard boarding teams consisted of highly trained maritime law enforcement specialists capable of Level III non-compliant boardings. As the only organization in the U.S. government with the combined authority of a law enforcement agency, an intelligence agency, and a military service, they brought additional capabilities and expertise to Mitscher's embarked visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team. Mitscher's VBSS team and the AIT trained together between operations to enhance their joint boarding tactics, boat operation skills, and internal movements.

On 13 August 2011, as part of Combined Task Force 150 operating in the Gulf of Aden, Mitscher provided assistance to the Sri Lankan-flagged cargo vessel Al Habib which was experiencing engineering problems and running low on water. Mitscher's VBSS-AIT boarding party transported supplies to Al Habib via rigid-hulled inflatable boat, including two 3-gallon (11.36 liters) containers of water and four cases of bottled water.

On 24 February 2012 Commander Monika W. Stoker became the first African-American female to become the Commanding Officer of a United States warship. Commander Stoker relieved Commander Brian K. Sorrenson after serving as his Executive Officer for 20 months prior.

On 2 June 2015, Mitscher welcomed the French frigate Hermione in US waters on behalf of the US Navy.

source: wikipedia
 
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."

source: US Navy

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Vice Admiral Marc Andrew Mitscher with Commodore Arleigh Burke - 1945

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

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Admiral Marc Andrew Mitscher with President Harry S. Truman - 1946

  
 
> see also: USS Mitscher (DDG 35)
 

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