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|
|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|
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 History:
|August 23, 1993||Construction started|
|August 8, 1994||Keel was laid|
|August 1, 1995||Ship was launched|
|October 28, 1995||Christening|
|November 23, 1996||Commissioning|
|May 1997||First stateside port visit in San Francisco, Calif.|
|May - September 1997||Dry dock to complete Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) in San Diego, Calif.|
|May - November 1998||Maiden deployment to the Arabian Gulf.|
|June - December 2000||Second WestPac deployment. Operations in support of Operation Southern Watch.|
|June 2001||Participation in an exercise against the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) Battle Group.|
|July 20, 2002||Left 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, 2003||Operation Iraqi Freedom starts. MILIUS is involved in Tomahawk strikes against targets in Iraqi.|
|June 2, 2003||MILIUS returns to San Diego following her WestPac deployment.|
|December 6, 2004 - June 6, 2005||WestPac deployment. Participation in Operations Unified Assistance and Iraqi Freedom.|
|December 6, 2006||First Tomahawk IV launch from USS MILIUS|
|April 10 - October 8, 2007||WestPac deployment as part of the USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) Expeditionary Strike Group.|
|January - July 2, 2009||WestPac deployment|
|May 18 - December 16, 2010||Independent WestPac deployment with focus on Ballistic Missile Defense.|
|January 11 - September 11, 2012||Independent WestPac deployment|
|December 17, 2012 - October 30, 2013||Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA) at BAE Systems San Diego, Calif.|
USS MILIUS Patch Gallery:
USS MILIUS Image Gallery:
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.
The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the MILIUS at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on October 2, 2015.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the MILIUS undergoing an Extended Selected Restricted Availability (E-SRA) at BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair on April 18, 2016.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the MILIUS at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on October 6, 2016. The photos show some upgrades the MILIUS received during her recent Extended Selected Restricted Availability (E-SRA) at BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair. Her SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare System has been upgraded with the Navy’s Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 (visible below the bridgewing). New sensors have also been installed outside on the bridgewing. At her aft stack two new platforms can be spotted that will house two torpedo tubes each (the mountings for the tubes are in place but the tubes are still missing). These tubes are part of the Surface Ship Torpedo Defence (SSTD) system.
The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the MILIUS at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on December 20, 2016.