SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Cmdr. Michael J. Ford relieved Cmdr. Ann C. Phillips as commanding officer of USS Mustin (DDG 89) in a change of command ceremony held Oct. 8 at Naval Station San Diego.
Retired Vice Adm. Henry C. Mustin served as the ceremony's guest speaker. A unique event in itself, all the ship's living namesakes and sponsors were in attendance.
The ship was named after Capt. Henry C. Mustin (1874-1923), Vice Adm. Lloyd M. Mustin (1911-1999), Vice Adm. Henry C. Mustin and Lt. Cmdr. Thomas M. Mustin.
Mustin, reemphasizing his family's legacy of sacrifice and service, said, "I am wearing my grandfather's buttons, my father's shoulder boards, and my brother, Tom, is in the audience ... all four of us are here today."
As the ship's first commanding officer, Phillips contributed her own legacy to the honorable tradition of naval service that is reflected in the three generations of the Mustin family, providing flawless leadership and training to a diverse crew of more than 325 Sailors and 38 officers.
Reading her orders to Joint Headquarters, NATO Joint Command, Lisbon, Portugal, she said goodbye to the officers, crew and her new family - the Mustins, the ship's namesakes.
Under her steady hand, Mustin completed all requirements early and with outstanding results.
Ford eagerly accepted the total responsibility, authority and accountability of Mustin, her officers and crew, becoming Mustin's second commanding officer.
Mustin is an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer attached to Carrier Strike Group 11, the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Strike Group.
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