Mustin at 20

Painting, oil on canvas; by Morgan Ian Wilbur; unframed dimension 15H X 30W. Naval History and Heritage Command. Accession #: 2015-012-10.

The 39th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer was christened USS Mustin (DDG-89) on 15 December 2001 at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula.

Named after the storied Mustin family (Captain Henry C. Mustin–“The Father of Naval Aviation”– his son, VADM Lloyd M. Mustin of WWII fame, and the latter’s sons: VADM Henry C. Mustin and CDR Thomas M. Mustin), the Flight IIA destroyer recently returned to San Diego this summer after 15 years serving in the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) in Japan.

The above painting, “Under a Pacific Moon,” was produced in 2015 for the Navy after the artist embarked on the forward-deployed destroyer for a cruise in 2014.

More on the work of Mr. Morgan Ian Wilbur, here.

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