USS MAHAN is the 22nd guided missile destroyer in the ARLEIGH BURKE class and the twelfth ship in that class built by Bath Iron Works in Maine.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: April 8, 1992|
|Keel laid: August 17, 1995|
|Launched: June 29, 1996|
|Commissioned: February 14, 1998|
|Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine|
|Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines|
|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: Norfolk, VA|
|Crew: 23 Officers, 24 Chief Petty Officers and 291 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS MAHAN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS MAHAN Cruise Books:
USS MAHAN's Commanding Officers:
|February 14, 1998 - March 1999||Commander Michael L. James, USN|
|March 1999 - September 22, 2000||Commander James R. Yohe, USN|
|September 22, 2000 - March 18, 2002||Commander David C. Robertson, USN|
|March 18, 2002 - January 23, 2004||Commander Terry Mosher, USN|
|January 23, 2004 - October 19, 2005||Commander Charles W. Wydler, USN|
|October 19, 2005 - April 2007||Commander Frank J. Olmo, USN|
|April 2007 - October 2008||Commander Richard M. Miller, Jr., USN|
|October 2008 - March 2010||Commander Stephen F. Murphy, USN|
|March 2010 - November 2011||Commander Kurt A. Mondlak, USN|
|November 2011 - present||Commander Adam McGregor Aycock, USN|
About the Ship's Coat of Arms:
(Click on the Coat of Arms for a larger version)
Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally used by the Navy and represent the sea and excellence. The trident, symbolizing sea power, denotes DDG 72ís warfare capabilities and underscores the importance of a strong Navy. The gauntlet and torch are adapted from the previous USS MAHANís emblem and highlight the shipís namesake, Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan, as the father of all modern navies. The tines of the trident represent the three previous ships named MAHAN, as well as the Officer, Chief Petty Officer and Enlisted Corps of personnel which man the ship.
The central star commemorates the second USS MAHANís World War II battle honors (five battle stars), earned before she was sunk by Kamikazes. The twelve small stars on the gauntlet denote the battle stars of the third USS MAHAN for service in the Vietnam War. The unfurled scroll underscores Mahan as the author of "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History (1660-1783)". The compass rose and gauntlet represent Mahanís influence of sea power, its strategy and geopolitical importance worldwide. The wreath combines laurel and palm to symbolize honor and victory.
The motto was chosen in remembrance of Admiral Arleigh Burke in memory of his many contributions to the U.S. Navy. During the commissioning of the USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51), Admiral Burke issued the following challenge to those who man this class of ship: "This ship is built to fight; youíd better know how."
History of USS MAHAN:
|July 17, 1994||Start Fabrication|
|August 17, 1995||Keel laid|
|February 6, 1996||Mast stepping ceremony|
|June 29, 1996||Launched and christened. MAHANís sponsor was Mrs. Jennie Lou Arthur, wife of Admiral Stanley R. Arthur, USN (Retired).|
|December 19, 1996||AEGIS Light Off|
|July 21, 1997||Alpha/Bravo Trials|
|August 5, 1997||Charlie Trials|
|August 12, 1997||Delta Trials|
|August 22, 1997||Ship Custody Transfer|
|October 17, 1997||Crew moved aboard|
|January 16, 1998||Sailaway|
|February 14, 1998||Commissioning ceremony in Tampa, Fla.|
|February 19, 2000||Departed Norfolk, Va. on its maiden deployment to the Arabian Gulf as part of the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Battle Group.|
|August 18, 2000||Returned to Norfolk, Va.|
About the Shipís Name, about Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan:
The ship is named in honor of Rear Admiral 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.
USS MAHAN Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me on June 16 and 17, 2007, and show the MAHAN during a port visit to Kiel, Germany, after her participation in BALTOPS 2007 in the Baltic Sea.
The photos below were taken by me and show the MAHAN at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 29, 2010.
The photos below were taken by me and show the MAHAN at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on May 6, 2012.