The U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) arrived for its third port visit to Otaru, Japan, Feb. 2.
During Mustin’s time in port, the ship will conduct tours for distinguished visitors, play basketball with Otaru Meiho High School students, and participate in a Canal Clean-up downtown. Sailors also have the opportunity to help Naval Air Facility Misawa carve their ice sculpture at the 69th Annual Sapporo Snow Festival. “My crew and I feel very blessed to have this opportunity to visit Otaru during such a beautiful season of the year,” said Cmdr. Warren Smith, commanding officer of Mustin. “There are very few U.S. Navy sailors who get such a wonderful opportunity to see Otaru in both the summer and winter seasons.”
The Mustin leadership will host a welcome meeting and tour for the Otaru Welcome Delegation and local media aboard the ship.
According to a U.S. Navy statement, the Mustin Sailors are excited to return to Otaru and Sapporo and experience the Hokkaido area in its grandest season and with such an enthusiastic welcome by the citizens and leadership in Otaru.
“Without the support of the citizens of Otaru, organizations like the Self-Defense Force supporters association, and the government of Japan, this opportunity would not have been possible,” said Smith.
USS Mustin is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and visits Otaru as part of a routine patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
USS Mustin (DDG-89)
USS Mustin (DDG-89) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in the United States Navy. She is named in honor of the Mustin family who has devoted nearly a century of U.S. Naval service.
This ship is the 39th destroyer of her class. USS Mustin was the 18th ship of this class to be built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and construction began on 15 January 2001.
She was launched on 12 December 2001 and was christened on 15 December 2001. On 26 July 2003, a twilight commissioning ceremony was held at the Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California.
Ensign Leah Antil, USS Mustin (DDG 89)