USS Milius to Depart San Diego, Forward Deploy to 7th Fleet

The U.S. Navy’s USS Milius (DDG 69), a ballistic missile defense (BMD) capable guided-missile destroyer, will leave her homeport of San Diego, April 20, to join the Forward Deployed Naval Forces-Japan (FDNF-J).

Milius will be forward deployed to Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, and is scheduled to arrive at the end of May.

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers perform key roles in support of carrier strike groups, expeditionary strike groups or surface action groups. Destroyers are capable of sustained combat operations supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control and deterrence.

These combatants operate in a network centric warfare environment and execute multi-mission tasking to include air, surface, undersea, space and cyber warfare. Destroyers coordinate with units of a task group to conduct naval operations and execute the Maritime Strategy under a naval component commander.

Maintaining the most technologically advanced ships is vital to support the United States’ commitment to the security, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region.

USS Milius (DDG-69)

USS Milius (DDG-69) is an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyer of the United States Navy.

Her namesake is Commander Paul L. Milius (1928-1968) of U.S. Navy squadron VO-67. His OP-2E aircraft, callsign Sophomore 50, was hit by anti-aircraft fire over Laos on 27 February 1968 and he ordered his crew to bail out. Seven of the nine men aboard were rescued. The remains of the eighth crewmember, ATN2 John Hartzeim, who was wounded in the attack, were identified on 19 February 1999. Although he exited his aircraft, Commander Milius was never recovered. Commander Milius received the Navy Cross in 1968.

The vessel was laid down by Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula Miss. on Aug 8 1994. She was launched on August 1 1995 and was commissioned on November 23 1996.

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