USS MILIUS
DDG 69
  
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The Milius (DDG 69) is the U.S. Navy's 19th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer. It was named in honor of Capt. Paul L. Milius. On February 27, 1968, he was piloting an OP-2E aircraft, assigned to Observation Squadron (VO) 67, on an armed reconnaissance mission over Laos. While conducting his mission, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft artillery fire. Cmdr. Milius elected to remain at the controls of his badly damaged aircraft, maintaining stable flight, and ordered his seven crew members to bail out, all of whom were rescued. Just before the aircraft crashed, Commander Milius is believed to have bailed out, but rescuers were unable to locate him. He was declared Missing In Action (MIA). On April 26, 1978, his status was revised to Presumed Killed In Action (PKIA). Capt. Milius was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

The keel was laid down on August 8, 1994, at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.; christened on October 25, 1995; Ms. Annette Milius, daughter of Captain Paul Lloyd Milius, served as sponsor of the ship. USS Milius was commissioned at Ingalls shipyard on November 23, 1996.

In May 1997, USS Milius entered the dry-dock at Southwest Marine shipyard in San Diego for a four-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA).

February 27, 1998 Cmdr. James P. McManamon relieved Cmdr. Daine E. Eisold as the 2nd CO of the Milius.

May 26, USS Milius departed Naval Station San Diego, Calif., for its maiden deployment.

June 24, The Milius anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a four-day port visit.

August 18, The guided-missile destroyer recently moored at Mina Salman Pier in Manama, Bahrain, for a brief port call. DDG 69 is currently participating in a Tactical Evaluation Exercise 98-1; Turnover with USS Hopper (DDG 70) in Bahrain on Oct. 8.

October 22, USS Milius arrived in Darwin, Australia, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Mackay Harbour from Oct. 31- Nov. 4.

November 14, The Milius pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a three-day port call to embark "Tigers."

November 23, USS Milius returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th nad 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

March 16, 1999 The guided-missile destroyer departed for sea trials after a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

May 7, USS Milius arrived in Santa Barbara, Calif., for a three-day port visit to participate in Harbor Festival. Ammo onload at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., from May 12-13; Participated in JTFEX as part of oposition forces from May 13-20.

July 9, DDG 69 departed homeport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise. Underway for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I from Aug. 30- Sept. 3 and Sept. 7-10; Underway for TSTA II from Oct. 4-8.

October 29, Cmdr. Thomas S. Rowden relieved Cmdr. James P. McManamon as commanding officer of the USS Milius.

November 8, The guided-missile destroyer departed San Diego for a Final Evaluation Problem (FEP). Port visit to Mazatlan, Mexico, from Nov. 12-15.

June 22, 2000 USS Milius departed homeport for a scheduled five-month western Pacific deployment.

January 31, 2001 The Milius arrived at NWS Seal Beach to offload ammunition. Port call to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, from Feb. 7-11.

February 13, DDG 69 entered the Continental Maritime of San Diego shipyard for a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for sea trials from April 19-20; Underway in SOCAL Op. Area froms April 30- May 4.

May 11, Cmdr. Jeffrey A. Harley relieved Cmdr. Thomas S. Rowden as CO of the Milius.

May 15, The guided-missile destroyer arrived at NWS Seal Beach for ordnance onload. Moored at Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego from May 19-22; Underway from May 22-25; Underway for USS Carl Vinson BG's JTFEX as part of opposition forces from June 6-11; Returned home on 14th; Underway for routine training from June 20-23 and 26-30; Underway for DLQ from July 24-25.

July 31, USS Milius pulled into Naval Station Everett, Wash., for an overnight stay before participating in Seattle Sea Fair from Aug. 1-6.

September 15, The Milius departed San Diego in support of Operation Noble Eagle. Port call to Naval Station Everett from Sept. 21-28; Returned home on Oct. 3. Underway again on Oct. 13; Port call to NS Everett from Oct. 19-24 and 26-31.

November 2, DDG 69 arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada, for a three-day port visit. Returned home on Nov. 8; Underway for Leaders to Sea program from Nov. 19-21.

From January 7-11, 2002, USS Milius was underway for CART II rehearsal in the SOCAL Op. Area. Underway again from Jan. 15-18; Underway for TSTA from Feb. 4-6 and 25-28.

March 5, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Port Hueneme, Calif., for an eight-day visit to the Naval Surface Warfare Center. Underway for TSTA II from March 25-28; Underway again from April 8-11 and 16-19; Underway for FEP from April 30-31; Underway for INSURV demonstration on June 5.

June 10, The Milius departed San Diego for a Friends and Family Day Cruise. Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach from June 13-14; Underway again from June 19-21.

From July 8-24, USS Milius was underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of southern California.

August 15, The Milius arrived in Mazatlan, Mexico, for a four-day port visit. Ammo onload at Seal Beach from Aug. 22-24; Underway again for routine training from Sept. 7-13; Underway for Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) from Oct. 16-29.

November 2, USS Milius departed Naval Station San Diego, as part of USS Constellation (CV 64) Battle Group, for a scheduled deployment in support of Operation Southern Watch (OSW) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

November 9, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Pearl Harbor for a brief port call. Port visit to Hong Kong from Nov. 22-27.

December 1, USS Milius pulled into Changi Naval Base for a six-day visit to Singapore.

December 20, DDG 69 entered the Arabian Gulf and commenced Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO).

January 25, 2003 USS Milius pulled into Manama, Bahrain, for a four-day port call. Another visit to Manama from Feb. 22-26.

March 19, By order of U.S. President George W. Bush, USS Milius, USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), USS Cowpens (CG 63), USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) and USS Montpelier (SSN 765) launched 42 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

By March 26, the Milius launched 28 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs). Moored to Mina Salman Pier in Manama on March 31 to onload TLAMs.

April 15, Cmdr. John S. Mitchell, III relieved Cmdr. Jeffrey A. Harley as the fifth commanding officer of USS Milius during a ceremony on board the ship in Manama, Bahrain.

April 29, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Bunbury, Australia, for a six-day port visit. Port call to Pearl Harbor from May 22-27.

June 2, USS Milius returned to homeport after a seven-month combat deployment.

July 21, The Milius departed Naval Base San Diego for a Friends and Family Day Cruise. Ammo offload at NWS Seal Beach from July 21-23.

August 6, DDG 69 entered the dry-dock at Southwest Marine Shipyard for a two-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). Moved to Continental Maritime of San Diego shipyard on Sept. 6; Underway for sea trials from Oct. 9-10; Ammo onload from Oct. 27-29; Underway for TSTA from Dec. 8-12.

January 12, 2004 USS Milius arrived in Mazatlan, Mexico, for a five-day port visit. Underway for routine training from Feb. 10-13; Feb. 17-20; March 1-12; March 23-25.

From May 3-7, the guided-missile destroyer was underway for Group Sail operations with the Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7.

May 24, USS Milius departed san Diego in support of Operation Northern Edge, as part of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) CSG. Port visit to Kodiak, Alaska, from May 29- June 2.

June 17, The Milius anchored off Vancouver, B.C., Canada, for a four-day port visit. Returned home on June 24.

From August 3-6, USS Milius was underway for a Midshipmen CORTRAMID Cruise. Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on Aug. 16; Underway again from Aug. 17-20; Underway for Integration Training with the Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Expeditionary Strike Group from Sept. 17-27; Amoo onload at NWS Seal Beach from Oct. 4-6; Underway for COMPTUEX 04-2 from Oct. 7-22; Ammo onload at Naval Air Station North Island on 22nd; Underway for JTFEX from Nov. 3-13.

December 6, USS Milius departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR, with the USS Bonhomme Richard ESG-5, in support of the global war on terrorism.

December 13, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a two-day port call.

December 31, USS Milius arrived in Darwin, Australia, for a scheduled port visit to celebrate the New Year.

January 10, 2005 The Milius recently departed Dili, East Timor, after a goodwill port visit. Port call to Muscat, Oman, from Feb. 5-7.

June 6, USS Milius returned to homeport after six-month deployment in support of Operation Unified Assistance and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

August 1, 2006 DDG 69 arrived in Seattle, Wash., to participate in Sea Fair festivities.

December 6, USS Milius launched an Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile, while underway off the coast of southern California, marking the first Tomahawk IV launch from DDG 69.

January 22, 2007 The Milius is currently underway off the coast of southern California, participating in Expeditionary Strike Group Integrated Training (ESGINT) exercice, in preparation for the upcoming deployment with the USS Bonhomme Richard.

April 10, USS Milius departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment with the BHR ESG-5.

May 1, The guided-missile destroyer departed Apra Harbor, Guam, after a three-day port call.

August 14, DDG 69 is currently conducting Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) in the Arabian Gulf.

October 8, USS Milius, commanded by Cmdr. Edmund B. Hernandez, returned to homeport after a six-month underway period.

July 28, 2008 The Milius departed Victoria, British Columbia, after a scheduled port visit.

February 23, 2009 Ships from Combined Task Force (CTF) 152, consisting of USS Milius, Australian frigate HMAS Warramunga (FFH 152) and Royal Bahraini frigate RBNS Sabha (FFG 90), as well as other various patrol boats and small craft, conducted a five-day exercise Stake Net aimed at improving the abilities of coalition maritime forces to protect vital offshore infrastructure in the Arabian Gulf.

May 11, The Milius recently pulled into Manama, Bahrain, for a routine port call.

July 2, USS Milius returned to San Diego after a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

November 5, Cmdr. R. Trevor King relieved Cmdr. Kendall Gennick as CO of the Milius during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Base San Diego.

November 14, The guided-missile destroyer is currently off the coast of southern California participating in a strike group sustainment exercise (SUSTAINEX), as part of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Strike Group.

May 18, 2010 USS Milius departed Naval Base San Diego, after a one-day delay, for an independent deployment to the 5th Fleet AoR with a primary focus on Ballistic Missile Defense.

November 15, The Milius moored at Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a liberty port visit.

December 16, USS Milius returned to homeport after a seven-month deployment. The ship also made port calls to Apra Harbor, Guam; Manama, Bahrain; and United Arab Emirates.

February 27, 2011 DDG 69 is currently at BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair facility for repairs and modernization.

April 15, Cmdr. Nicholie Bufkin relieved Cmdr. R. Trevor King as commanding officer of the Milius.

October 8, USS Milius recently pulled into San Francisco, Calif., to participate in Fleet Week 2011.

November 10, The guided-missile destroyer anchored off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., for a five-day port visit in conjunction with the 16th Annual Pierre Claeyssens Military Ball.

January 11, 2012 USS Milius departed San Diego for a scheduled independent deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.

January 28, DDG 69 pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call.

February 7, The Milius arrived in Port Klang, Malaysia, for three-day visit to Kuala Lumpur.

April 12, USS Milius recently departed Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., after a week-long port call. The ship is currently assigned to Combined Maritime Forces, Commander, Task Force (CTF) 152.

June 22, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Khalifa Bin Salman Port in Hidd, Bahrain, for an 11-day port call.

August 9, USS Milius anchored of the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a liberty port visit.

August 18, The Milius pulled into Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a four-day port call.

August 25, DDG 69 pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call; Inport Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from Sept. 4-5.

September 11, USS Milius returned to Naval Base San Diego after an eight-month deployment.

September 21, BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair has been awarded $40 million modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-4408) for repairs and modernization of the Milius, as part of the DDG Modernization (DDG MOD) upgrade.

November 2, Cmdr. Stephen F. Shedd relieved Cmdr. Nicholie Bufkin as CO of the Milius during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Naval Base San Diego.

December 17, USS Milius commenced an Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA). Entered the dry-dock at BAE Systems on March 19, 2013; Undocked on Aug. 19; Returned to Naval Base San Diego on Oct. 30; Underway for sea trials on Jan. 29, 2014; Underway several times in February for routine training and ammo onload.

March 6, The guided-missile destroyer returned to homeport after a brief underway in the SOCAL Op. Area.

May 2, Cmdr. Michael J. Rak relieved Cmdr. Stephen F. Shedd as the 12th commanding officer of Milius during a ceremony on board the ship at Naval Base San Diego.

October 20, USS Milius departed San Diego for a scheduled Arabian Gulf deployment in support of Maritime Interception Operations (MIO). The ship will first participate in a Task Group Exercise (TGEX), off the coast of southern California, along with other units from the U.S and Canadian navies and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

December 3, The Milius pulled into Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, for a brief port call.

December 5, DDG 69 moored at Berth 6, Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP), Bahrain, for a three-day port call for inchop brief and a liberty port visit to Manama.

February 4, 2015 USS Milius recently moored at Berth 20, Mina Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., for a liberty port visit.

March 6, The Millius recently moored at Khalifa Port in Taweelah, United Arab Emirates, for upkeep and a liberty visit to Abu Dhabi; Departed Arabian Gulf on May 12.?

June 4, USS Milius moored at Container Terminal in Port of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, for a four-day liberty visit.

June 19, The guided-missile destroyer departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after a four-day port call.

June 25, USS Milius moored at Berth 1, Pier 8 on Naval Base San Diego following an eight-month deployment.

July 27, The Milius departed homeport for routine training off the coast of southern California; Moored at Berth 5, Pier 7 on July 28; Underway for ammo offload at NWS Seal Beach from Aug. 3-7; Brief underway off the coast of San Diego in support of CORTRAMID program on Aug. 11; Underway again from Sept. 12-16.

September 30, BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair was awarded a $53,6 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-4408) for the USS Milius' Extended Selected Restricted Availability (E-SRA). Work is expected to be completed by December 2016.

October 30, USS Milius moored at BAE Systems shipyard for a 14-month E-SRA.

November 20, Cmdr. Gilbert Ayan relieved Cmdr. Michael J. Rak as CO of the Milius during a change-of-command ceremony at the Breakers Beach deck on NAS North Island in Coronado, Calif.

July ?, 2016 The Milius moved "dead-stick" from BAE Systems shipyard to Berth 6, Pier 10 on Naval Base San Diego; Moored at Navy Fuel Farm (NFF) on NB Point Loma for a brief stop to refuel before underway for sea trials on Oct. 11.

October 12, DDG 69 moored at Bravo Pier, Naval Air Station North Island for a brief stop to onload ammunition; Returned home on Oct. 1?; Underway again on Dec. 9.