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USS Mahan (DDG-72)
USS Mahan
The USS Mahan (DDG-72) underway in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in September 2002.
Career (U.S.)
Name: Mahan
Namesake: Alfred Thayer Mahan
Ordered: 8 April 1992
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, U.S.
Laid down: 17 August 1995
Launched: 29 June 1996
Commissioned: 14 February 1998
Status: in active service, as of 2022
Badge: USS Mahan DDG-72 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: Light: approx. 6,805 tons
Full: approx. 8,939 tons
Length: 505 ft (154 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower (75 MW)
Speed: >30 knots (56 km/h)
  • 4,400 nautical miles at 20 knots
  • (8,100 km at 37 km/h)
  • 33 commissioned officers
  • 38 chief petty officers
  • 210 enlisted personnel
  • Sensors and
    processing systems:
  • AN/SPY-1D 3D Radar
  • AN/SPS-67(V)2 Surface Search Radar
  • AN/SPS-73(V)12 Surface Search Radar
  • AN/SPG-62 Fire Control Radar
  • AN/SQS-53C Sonar Array
  • AN/SQR-19 Tactical Towed Array Sonar
  • AN/SQQ-28 LAMPS III Shipboard System
  • Electronic warfare
    & decoys:
  • AN/SLQ-32(V)2 Electronic Warfare System
  • AN/SLQ-25 Nixie Torpedo Countermeasures
  • MK 36 MOD 12 Decoy Launching System
  • AN/SLQ-39 CHAFF Buoys
  • Armament:
  • 1 × 29 cell, 1 × 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems with 90 × RIM-67 SM-2, RIM-161 SM-3, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-ASROC missiles
  • 2 x Mk 141 Harpoon Missile Launcher SSM
  • 1 × Mark 45 5/54 in (127/54 mm)
  • 2 × 25 mm chain gun
  • 4 × .50 caliber (12.7 mm) guns
  • 2 × 20 mm Phalanx CIWS
  • 2 × Mk 32 triple torpedo tubes
  • Aircraft carried: 2 Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters can be embarked
    Motto: Built to Fight

    USS Mahan (DDG-72) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer currently in service with the United States Navy.


    The USS Mahan is homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, and is one of the ships of the United States Fleet Forces Command.


    Like her predecessors, the USS Mahan is named for Alfred Thayer Mahan, a naval theorist on seapower. She is the fourth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name.

    Service history


    The USS Mahan was commissioned on 14 February 1998 at Tampa, Florida.


    On 16 February 2007, Mahan was awarded the 2006 Battle "E" award.[1]


    During a 2011 maritime security operation deployment, USS Mahan was dispatched to the Mediterranean Sea to conduct operations in Libya. Insitu Inc. announced that its ScanEagle been assisting U.S. and NATO Forces in their mission to protect civilians and reduce the flow of arms to Libya. During a 72-hour counter-terrorism surge supporting Operation Unified Protector, the ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle was operated organically aboard Mahan to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support. In strong winds, ScanEagle performed cooperatively with a host of US and NATO participating forces. On this deployment ScanEagles (the second aboard Mahan) the team achieved a 100 percent mission readiness rate, accruing 1,154 flight hours and 167 sorties. [2]

    USS Mahan received the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System during the ship's 2011 maintenance availability.

    USS Mahan left Naval Station Norfolk on December 28, 2012 for a maritime security operation deployment to the United States Sixth Fleet Area of Responsibility. [3] She returned on September 13, 2013 and had a pinning ceremony for 10 chief petty officer selects as soon as the ship was moored.[4]

    Executive officer relieved of duty

    On Friday, 17 September 2010, Commander Charles Mansfield was relieved of his duty for misconduct by Captain Jeffrey Wolstenholme, commander of Destroyer Squadron 22. Relief of Mansfield came after investigation into allegations that Mansfield struck a subordinate officer while the ship was underway, participating in a composite training unit exercise on 9 July. Mansfield appeared at Commodore's Mast for non-judicial punishment proceedings (an administrative not criminal hearing) on charges of assault and conduct unbecoming an officer. He was found to have committed the offenses as charged and was subsequently awarded a career-ending Punitive Letter of Reprimand according to Lieutenant Commander Bill Urban, a spokesman with Naval Surface Force Atlantic. The incident took place in Mahan's combat information center.[5]

    Ship Awards

    Ribbon Description Notes
    Ribbon of the NMUC Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon
    Navy "E" Ribbon with three Battle E devices
    National Defense Service Medal
    Ribbon of the GWTEM Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
    Ribbon of the GWTSM Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
    Silver star
    Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with one silver service star


    This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here. This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here. This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.

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