Mustin Honors the Passing of their Namesake

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christian Senyk

YOKOSUKA, Japan – The crew of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) held a memorial service for a member of the Mustin family, the ship’s namesake, at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka’s Chapel of Hope.

160506-N-NT265-023 YOKOSUKA, Japan (May 6, 2016) – Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) fold the ensign during the memorial service for Vice Adm. Henry C. Mustin. Mustin is named after the Mustin family, of whom eight members and four generations have become Navy officers. Mustin is forward deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christian Senyk/Released)

160506-N-NT265-023 YOKOSUKA, Japan (May 6, 2016) – Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) fold the ensign during the memorial service for Vice Adm. Henry C. Mustin. Mustin is named after the Mustin family, of whom eight members and four generations have become Navy officers. Mustin is forward deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christian Senyk/Released)

The ceremony gave the Sailors a chance to pay their respects and remember the life of Vice Adm. Henry C. Mustin who passed away, April 11, 2016.

Henry Mustin, born in Bremerton, Wash., was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy on June 3, 1955. Among his accomplishments he served as Commander, Destroyer Squadron 12, Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 2, and as Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet and at NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic before retiring on Jan. 1, 1989.

Capt. John Mustin, son of Henry Mustin, who was not able to attend, addressed the crew of Mustin in a letter saying, “I hope you know how much he adored every Sailor associated with the Mustin-Nation and how proud he was with the magnificent manner in which the crew has represented our country, our Navy and our family.”

Mustin has been forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, since 2006 where the crew executes missions with allies in the 7th Fleet area of operations.

“We are all proud to serve under the name of Vice Adm. Mustin” said Cmdr. Thane Clare, Mustin’s commanding officer. “I trust that we have done honor to the Mustin name and that we will continue to do so.”

The Mustin family legacy to Navy service has lasted from 1896 to today with eight members of the family and four generations having served as officers.

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