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USS Milius (DDG 69)

USS MILIUS is the 19th ship in the ARLEIGH BURKE - class of Guided Missile Destroyers. The ship is named for the late Captain Paul Milius, an OP-2E reconnaissance pilot who was shot down during the Vietnam War.

USS MILIUS is taking part in an Optimal Manning Project that reduces the numer of billets authorized from 289 to 231. Aboard MILIUS, the installation of a new self-service mess line has allowed the ship to reduce the number of food service attendants (FSA) on the ship. Greater use of video cameras for remote monitoring will reduce the need aboard MILIUS for 24-hour manning of certain watches and distance support software will give sailors an increased capability to access technicians ashore.

Aboard MILIUS, some procedural changes have also helped the ship to reduce billets. The boatswain's mate of the watch, quartermaster of the watch and signalman of the watch have been consolidated into a new position called the bridge specialist. Electronics technicians and information systems technicians are learning each other's jobs and the ship is adopting a more flexible, rapid-response approach to damage control, using one robust repair locker instead of three to fight a main-space fire.

General Characteristics:Awarded: April 8, 1992
Keel laid: August 8, 1994
Launched: August 1, 1995
Commissioned: November 23, 1996
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.
Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines
Propellers: two
Blades on each Propeller: five
Length: 505,25 feet (154 meters)
Beam: 67 feet (20.4 meters)
Draft: 30,5 feet (9.3 meters)
Displacement: approx. 8.300 tons full load
Speed: 30+ knots
Aircraft: None. But LAMPS 3 electronics installed on landing deck for coordinated DDG/helicopter ASW operations.
Armament: two MK 41 VLS for Standard missiles, Tomahawk; Harpoon missile launchers, one Mk 45 5-inch/54 caliber lightweight gun, two Phalanx CIWS, Mk 46 torpedoes (from two triple tube mounts)
Homeport: San Diego, Calif.
Crew: 23 Officers, 24 Chief Petty Officers and 291 Enlisted


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS MILIUS. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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USS MILIUS Cruise Books:


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USS MILIUS in the News:

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USS MILIUS History:

DateEvent
August 23, 1993Construction started
August 8, 1994Keel was laid
August 1, 1995Ship was launched
October 28, 1995Christening
November 23, 1996Commissioning
May 1997First stateside port visit in San Francisco, Calif.
May - September 1997Dry dock to complete Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) in San Diego, Calif.
May - November 1998Maiden deployment to the Arabian Gulf.
June - December 2000Second WestPac deployment. Operations in support of Operation Southern Watch.
June 2001Participation in an exercise against the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) Battle Group.
July 20, 2002Left San Diego, Calif., on its third deployment. Operated as part of the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) Battle Group conducting Maritime Interdiction Operations in the Persian Gulf.
March 20, 2003Operation Iraqi Freedom starts. MILIUS is involved in Tomahawk strikes against targets in Iraqi.
June 2, 2003MILIUS returns to San Diego following her WestPac deployment.
December 6, 2004 - June 6, 2005WestPac deployment. Participation in Operations Unified Assistance and Iraqi Freedom.
December 6, 2006First Tomahawk IV launch from USS MILIUS
April 10 - October 8, 2007WestPac deployment as part of the USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) Expeditionary Strike Group.
January - July 2, 2009WestPac deployment
May 18 - December 16, 2010Independent WestPac deployment with focus on Ballistic Missile Defense.
January 11 - September 11, 2012Independent WestPac deployment
December 17, 2012 - October 30, 2013Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA) at BAE Systems San Diego, Calif.

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Click here to read more about Navy pilot Captain Paul L. Milius



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USS MILIUS Patch Gallery:

WestPac 2002-2003


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The photo below was taken by me and shows the MILIUS at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on March 10, 2008.



The photo below was taken by me and shows the MILIUS at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on March 23, 2010.



The photos below were taken by me and show the MILIUS at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., shortly after returning from a short underway period off the US west coast. The photos were taken on September 29, 2011.



The photos below were taken by me on October 8, 2011, and show the MILIUS arriving at San Francisco, Calif., during the parade of ships as part of Fleet Week 2011.



The photos below were taken by me on October 10, 2011, and show the MILIUS berthed in San Francisco, Calif., during Fleet Week 2011.



The photos below were taken by me on October 3, 2012, and show the MILIUS berthed at Naval Base San Diego, Calif.



The photo below was taken by Henry Schnutz on August 27, 2013, and shows the MILIUS at BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair during an Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA) as part of the DDG Modernization (DDG MOD) upgrade. MILIUS entered the shipyard on December 17, 2012. Dry-docking started on March 19, 2013, and undocking took place on August 19.



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