USS MAHAN
DDG 72
  
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The Mahan (DDG 72) is the U.S. Navy's 22nd Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer. The ship is named in honor of Rear Adm. Alfred Thayer Mahan, USN (1840-1914) who served with the union's blockading squadrons during the Civil War, and for two terms as President of the Naval War College. Admiral Mahan is a renowned U.S. Naval theoretician and is best known as the author of the book Influence of Sea Power on History, which with his other scholarly works, continues to influence strategic and geopolitical thinking throughout the world.

The keel was laid down on August 17, 1995, at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, and Mahan was christened on June 29, 1996. Mrs. Jennie Lou Arthur, wife of Admiral Stanley R. Arthur, USN (Retired), served as sonsor of the ship. Cmdr. Michael L. James is the prospective commanding officer.

February 14, 1998 USS Mahan (DDG 72) was commissioned during a ceremony at Tampa, Fla. Returned to Naval Station Norfolk on Feb. 20; Ammo onload at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., from March 16-18; Underway for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I from March 30- April 3 and April 8-10.

May 11, The Mahan departed homeport for Post Delivery Tests and Trials (PDT&T) and Combat Systems Ship's Qualifications Trials (CSSQT).

May 16, USS Mahan pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a four-day visit to Ft. Lauderdale before conducting testing at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) range. Port calls to Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, from May 28-31; June 4-6 and June 15-17.

June 21, DDG 72 arrived in Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Roosevelt Roads from June 26-29; Returned to Norfolk on July 3; Underway for VANDAL exercise off Wallops Island from July 6-9; Underway for TSTA II from Aug. 4-6 and 18-20; Underway again on Aug. 21; Port call to Halifax, Nova Scotia, from Aug. 24-26.

August 27, USS Mahan entered the Bath Iron Works facility in Portland, Maine, for a 10-week Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). In dry-dock from Sept. 1-30; Underway for sea trials on Nov. 10; Returned home on Nov. 20; Underway for deck landing qualifications from Dec. 1-3 and 15-17.

February 8, 1999 The guided-missile destroyer departed Norfolk for testing in the Gulf of Mexico and Jacksonville Op. Area. Port visit to Tampa, Fla., from Feb. 12-16 and Miami from Feb. 25- March 1; Underway for Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) from March 11-12.

March 30, The Mahan departed Naval Station Norfolk for a Family Day Cruise.

April 2, Cmdr. James R. Yohe relieved Cmdr. Michael L. James as CO of DDG 72 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

April 6, USS Mahan departed homeport for routine training in the Cherry Point and Puerto Rican Op. Areas. Port call to Roosevelt Roads from April 12-13; Port visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from April 15-19; Returned home on 23rd; Underway for Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26 Group Sail from June 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 and June 29- July 1; Underway for Group Sail with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) BG from Aug 1-6.

August 13, The guided-missile destroyer departed homeport fora Friends and Family Day Cruise. Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown from Sept. 13-15; Emergency sortied on 15th to avoid the Hurricane Dennis; Underway for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) from Sept. 17 through Oct. 26; Underway for JTFEX from Dec. 3-16.

February 18, 2000 USS Mahan departed Naval Station Norfolk for its maiden deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR). Conducted Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) qualifications off Cape Wrath, Scotland, from March 1-2.

March 8, The Mahan pulled into Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a four-day port visit.

March 20, DDG 72 arrived at Naval Support Activity La Maddalena, Italy, for a four-day port call to get tender support services from USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), after participating in exercise Shark Hunt, off the coast of Hebrides, from March 14-19.

March 27, USS Mahan arrived in Trieste, Italy, for a four-day port call. Anchored off Gaeta, Italy, from April 4-6; Supported Noble Suzanne Freedom of Navigation Operations (FRONOS) from April 8-13.

April 14, The Mahan anchored off the coast of Antalya, Turkey, for a four-day visit. Port calls to Split, Croatia, (April 22-25) and Corfu, Greece (May 1-5).

May 12, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Aksaz Naval Base for a four-day visit to Marmaris, Turkey. Port call to Souda Bay, Greece, from May 19-22 before participating in exercise Dynamic Mix; Anchored in Augusta Bay, Italy, on May 28; Another visit to Souda Bay from June 5-6; Port call to Palma de Mallorca from June 12-15.

June 23, USS Mahan arrived in Barcelona, Spain, for a week-long port visit after participating ina multi-national exercise SHAREM.

July 3, USS Mahan anchored off Cannes, France, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Naples, Italy, from July 10-17.

July 21, DDG 72 anchored off the coast of Fethiye, Turkey, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Rijeka, Croatia, from July 28- Aug. 1.

August 4, The Mahan anchored off Ibiza, Spain, for a three-day visit. Brief port call to Naval Station Newport, R.I., on Aug. 16 to embark "Tigers."

August 18, USS Mahan returned to Norfolk after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR.

September 22, Cmdr. David C. Robertson, Jr., relieved Cmdr. James R. Yohe as the 3rd CO of the Mahan.

October 3, USS Mahan entered the NORSHIPCO shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., for a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

December 7, The Mahan moored at Nauticus Pier in downtown Norfolk for a five-day visit. Magnetic deperming at Lambert Point from Jan. 22-25, 2001.

February 9, The guided-missile destroyer arrived at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a three-day port call. Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown from March 12-13; Underway for routine training from April 9-13; Underway for anti-submarine exercise Veritas VII from April 23-27.

May 23, USS Mahan moored at Manhattan's Pier 88 for a week-long port visit to participate in 23rd Fleet Week New York. Underway for a Midshipmen CORTRAMID Cruise from June 11-14; Underway again from July 9-12.

August 3, DDG 72 pulled into Naval Station Mayport for a brief visit to onload two Tomahawk missiles for Operational Test Launch in the Gulf of Mexico. Another visit to Mayport from Aug. 10-15; Underway for DESRON 26 Group Sail from Aug. 27-31.

September 10, The Mahan departed Norfolk for local operations with USS George Washington (CVN 73). Ammo onload at Yorktown from Sept. 13-14; Underway for ASW exercise Smart Search from Sept. 27- Oct. 5; Underway again from Dec. 10-12 and 17-19th.

March 18, 2002 Cmdr. Terry D. Mosher relieved Cmdr. David C. Robertson, Jr., as CO of the USS Mahan.

March 28, The Mahan departed homeport for a combined Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX).

April 22, The guided-missile destroyer anchored oof the coast off the coast of Cruz Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands, for a three-day visit to St. John. Returned home on May 6.

June 4, DDG 72 departed Naval Station Norfolk for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

June 20, USS Mahan departed Norfolk for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment as part of the George Washington Battle Group (BG).

July 1, The Mahan pulled into Gibraltar for a four-day visit to British overseas territory; Port call to Koper, Slovenia, from July 18-22.

August 4, USS Mahan arrived at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Crete, for a four-day port call; Port visit to Valletta, Malta, from Aug. 22-26.

September 13, DDG 72 pulled into Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a five-day port call before participating in exercises Noe Tapon (Sept. 18-26) and Med Shark 2002 (Sept. 26-30), off the coast of Morrocco.

October 3, The Mahan arrived in Sauthampton, England, for a three-day port visit; Port call to Brest, France, from Oct. 10-14.

October 24, The guided-missile destroyer arrived at HMNB Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, for a two-day port call after participating in Royal Navy's Joint Maritime Course (JMC).

From Oct. 26 through Dec. 13, the Mahan operated as Strait of Gibraltar (STROG) escort ship. Port visits to Rota, Spain, from Oct. 31- Nov. 3; Nov. 8-12; Nov. 27- Dec. 1; and Dec. 7-12.

December 20, USS Mahan returned to Norfolk after a six-month deployment in support of Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO).

December 18, 2004 USS Mahan returned Norfolk after a two-month surge deployment in support of Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean (STANAVFORMED). The ship deployed with the Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) on Oct. 13, in support of Operation Active Endeavour in the eastern Mediterranean.

May 16, 2005 USS Mahan departed homeport for a scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

June 23, The Mahan is currently participating in FRUKUS ’05, a multilateral fleet training and command post exercise in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, June 20-25. French Navy destroyer De Grasse, the Russian Federation Navy destroyer Adm. Levchenko, and the Royal Navy frigate Montrose are also participating.

July 20, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, for a routine port call.

July 23, Approximately 1,200 U.S. Sailors and Marines kicked off a series of naval training engagements with forces from Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Turkey, and Ukraine in the Black Sea.

October 17, The Mahan moored outboard the USS Emory S. Land in La Maddalena, Sardinia, for a two-day Fleet Maintenance Availability (FMAV).

November 15, USS Mahan returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR.

June 14, 2006 USS Mahan is currently in the Atlantic Ocean participating in exercise Frontier Sentinel, marking the first time a U.S. Navy surface combatant ship operated under the tactical control of the Coast Guard for a Maritime Homeland Security mission.

February 2, 2007 DDG 72 pulled into Boston, Mass., for a brief port visit before resuming a NATO joint operational training mission in the Atlantic Ocean.

February 20, The guided-missile destroyer recently pulled into Port Canaveral, Fla., for a routine port call.

March 7, The Mahan is currently in the Atlantic Ocean conducting trainings in support of Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 1.

April 4, USS Mahan recently departed Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, after a brief port call.

April 11, Cmdr. Richard M. Miller Jr. relieved Cmdr. Frank J. Olmo, as CO of the Mahan, during the change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship in Fort de France, Martinique.

April 28, The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer recently departed Mindelo, Cape Verde, after a brief port visit.

May 19, USS Mahan is currently conducting routine trainings in the Baltic Sea.

May 28, DDG 72 recently departed Gdynia, Poland, after a scheduled port call. The Mahan turned over duties to USS Normandy (CG 60) as the flagship for Rear Adm Michael K. Mahon, Commander, Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1).

June 6, USS Mahan participated in combined Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) with the Russian frigate, Neustrashimy (RFS 712), as part of the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2007. BALTOPS, taking place June 4-15, is the largest annual international training event organized in the Baltic Sea and includes in-port and at-sea serialized training events designed to build interoperability and better information-sharing practices with partnering nations.

June 16, The Mahan recently pulled into Kiel, Germany, for a scheduled port visit.

July 9, 2008 The guided-missile destroyer is currently participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG).

September 9, USS Mahan departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations.

October 1, DDG 72 anchored at Great Bitter Lake, Egypt, for a brief stop after transiting Suez Canal.

January 25, 2009 The Mahan, commanded by Cmdr. Stephen F. Murphy, is currently conducting counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, as part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151.

March 26, USS Mahan recently arrived in Valencia, Spain, for a liberty port visit.

April 7, USS Mahan returned to homeport after a seven-month deployment.

July 13, The Mahan arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a four-day port call.

July 19, USS Mahan, along with HMAS Sydney (FFG 03) and HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155), arrived at New York City for a four-day port visit as part of Operation Northern Trident 2009. The two frigates are scheduled to also visit Baltimore and Norfolk in reciprocation for the U.S. Navy's "Great White Fleet" celebrations in Australia in 2008.

June 11, 2010 USS Mahan participated in a multinational Southeast Anti-Submarine Warfare Integration Training Initiative (SEASWITI) exercise 10-3, off the eastern coast of Florida June 4-9.

September 17, The XO Cmdr. Charles Mansfield has been relieved of duty for strucking a subordinate officer while the ship was on training July 9. The incident took place in the Mahan's combat direction center in front of several other sailors.

November 7, USS Mahan departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations.

February 15, 2011 DDG 72 recently arrived in Port Victoria, Seychelles, for a a goodwill port call.

May 11, The Mahan arrived in Istanbul, Turkey, for a brief port visit to participate in International Defense Industry Fair 2011.

June 8, USS Mahan returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a seven-month underway period in the Mediterranean Sea and off Northeast Africa.

August 15, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Naval Station Newport, R.I., for a four-day visit to conduct school ship training with Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS).

August 25, The Mahan departed Naval Station Norfolk to avoid the approaching Category 3 Hurricane Irene.

November 4, Cmdr. Adam M. Aycock relieved Cmdr. Kurt A. Mondlak as commanding officer of USS Mahan.

April 4, 2012 Twelve Sailors from USS Mahan received non-judicial punishment under Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for the use, purchase, and/or distribution of illegal synthetic cannabinoid, also known as "Spice," during Captain's Mast proceeding held aboard the ship. DDG 72 completed a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) in March.

September 14, USS Mahan recently entered the dry-dock in Norfolk, Va., for emergent repairs.

October 26, The Mahan emergency sortied from Naval Station Norfolk to avoid the Hurricane Sandy. Moored at Naval Station Newport, R.I., on Oct. 28 to onload supplies in preparation for training period with the logistics specialists from Logistics Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group.

December 28, USS Mahan departed homeport for a scheduled independent deployment with the primary focus on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) operations.

January 5, 2013 The Mahan pulled into Funchal, Portugal, for a brief stop to refuel.

January 11, USS Mahan pulled into Augusta Bay, Sicily, for a brief port call to conduct turnover with the USS Cole (DDG 67).

January 14, The guided-missile destroyer recently pulled into Naples, Italy, for a scheduled port visit.

January 27, USS Mahan recently arrived in Haifa, Israel, for a scheduled port visit.

February 11, DDG 72 recently pulled into Limassol, Cyprus, for a routine port call.

April 12, The Mahan arrived in Naval Support Activity Souda Bay in Crete, Greece, for a routine port call; Inport Souda Bay again from May 1-3.

May 7, Cmdr. Zoah Scheneman relieved Cmdr. Adam M. Aycock as CO of the Mahan during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship. USS Mahan pulled into Rhodes, Greece, today for a three-day port visit.

June 17, The guided-missile destroyer recently moored at HM Naval Base Gibraltar, British overseas teritory, for a routine port call.?

June 28, DDG 72 is currently participating in a BMD exercise with the flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 2, SPS Blas de Lezo (F 103), in the western Mediterranean.

August 25, Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, Vice Adm. Frank C. Pandolfe ordered the Mahan to stay in the Mediterranean and to redeploy off the coast of Syria. USS Mahan recently conducted turnover with the USS Ramage (DDG 61) and was scheduled to return home in late August; Transited Strait of Gibraltar on Sept. 4.?

September 13, USS Mahan returned to Norfolk after an extended eight-and-a-half month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR.

October 29, The Mahan is currently underway in support of the USS Bataan (LHD 5) ARG's COMPTUEX as part of opposition forces. Conducted carrier escort duties for USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in mid-November.

February 21, 2014 The guided-missile destroyer is currently underway in support of Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX) off the coast of Florida.

February 28, USS Mahan moored at Berth 1, Gov. Nicholls Street Wharf in New Orleans, La., for a five-day port visit in conjunction with the Mardi Gras Festival.

March 24, Jeffrey Tyrone Savage drove his Freightliner truck through Gate 5 and approached the Mahan’s quarterdeck at approximately 11:20 p.m. EDT, while the ship was moored at Berth 2, Pier 1 on Naval Station Norfolk. After confronted by the ship's petty officer of the watch, a struggle occurred and he was able to disarm a female Sailor and then used the weapon to fatally shoot Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo, assigned to Naval Security Forces, who came to the aid of the unarmed sentry. Savage was killed by security forces.

August 11, USS Mahan departed Norfolk for an independent Arabian Gulf deployment.

August 21, The Mahan entered the Mediterranean Sea after transiting Strait of Gibraltar.

August 25, DDG 72 moored at West Berth K14, NATO Fuel Depot in Souda Bay, Greece, for a routine port call; Transited the Suez Canal on Sept. 2; Entered the Arabian Gulf for Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) on Sept. 10.

September 11, USS Mahan moored at Berth 6, Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) in Hidd, Bahrain, for a four-day port call to conduct inchop brief and turnover with the USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51).

October 15, The Mahan moored at Port of Mina Zayed, United Arab Emirates, for a 10-day upkeep.

November 4, Cmdr. Joseph S. Matison relieved Cmdr. Zoah Scheneman as the 12th CO of Mahan during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship in the Arabian Gulf.

December 9, The Mahan recently departed KBSP, Bahrain, after a brief port call for outchop brief and turnover with the USS Milius (DDG 69).??

January 10, 2015 USS Mahan moored at Pier 6, Naval Station Norfolk after a five-month deployment.

February 18, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair was awarded a $38,3 million modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-4308) for the USS Mahan's Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). Work is expected to be completed by August.

December 4, USS Mahan departed Norfolk for sea trials after an extended nine-month availability?; Underway for routine training on Jan. 11.

April 1?, 2016 The Mahan moored at Berth 6, Pier 5 on Naval Station Norfolk after underway in support of the Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) CSG's Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of opposition forces.

June 13, USS Mahan is currently moored at Berth 6, Pier 2 on Naval Station Norfolk; Underway for Group Sail, in the Jacksonville Op. Area, from June 27- July 21.

September 26, The guided-missile destroyer departed homeport for a Missile Exercise (MISSILEX), as part of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) CSG.

November 10, The Mahan is currently moored at Berth 2, Pier 4 on Naval Station Norfolk.

November 19, USS Mahan departed Norfolk for a scheduled Arabian Gulf deployment.

November 27, DDG 72 moored at Pontinha Pier in Port of Funchal, Portugal, for a brief stop at Madeira Island to refuel; Transited the Strait of Gibraltar on Nov. 28; Transited the Suez Canal on Dec. 5.