U.S. SECNAV Names Two Future Guided Missile Destroyers (DDG 143) And (DDG 144)

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U.S. SECNAV Names Two Future Guided Missile Destroyers (DDG 143) And (DDG 144)

The U.S. Navy has named two new guided missile destroyers, DDG 143 and DDG 144, after Richard J. Danzig and Admiral Michael J. Mullen, honoring their distinguished service and contributions. These advanced warships will enhance the Navy's global defense capabilities.

The U.S. Navy has announced the naming of two future guided missile destroyers, DDG 143 and DDG 144, in honor of two prominent leaders: Richard J. Danzig, the 71st Secretary of the Navy, and retired Admiral Michael J. Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Chief of Naval Operations. These will be the first ships to carry their names.

Honoring Distinguished Service

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro emphasized the impact of both honorees, stating, "Secretary Danzig and Admiral Mullen were visionary leaders. They worked tirelessly to ensure our Sailors and Marines had the resources and capabilities needed for success."

Richard J. Danzig's Legacy

Born in 1944 in New York City, Richard J. Danzig's educational background includes a B.A. from Reed College, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and both a Bachelor and Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University. He began his service in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1977 to 1981 and later served as Under Secretary of the Navy from 1993 to 1997. In 1998, he was sworn in as Secretary of the Navy.

During his tenure, Danzig focused on treating Sailors and Marines as skilled workers, improving synergy between the Navy and Marine Corps, enhancing the Navy's influence ashore, and embracing new technologies. Post-tenure, he has contributed to various technology and national security think tanks and panels.

Admiral Michael J. Mullen's Service

Commissioned in 1968, Admiral Mullen first deployed aboard the USS Collett (DD 730) during the Vietnam War. His command tours included the USS Noxubee (AOG 56), USS Goldsboro (DDG 20), and several others. He held significant positions such as Commander of the U.S. Second Fleet and NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic.

As Chief of Naval Operations, Mullen led maritime strategy and supported the Global War on Terror. As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he focused on operations in Afghanistan and Libya, humanitarian missions in Japan, and the establishment of U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Cyber Command.

Significance of the New Destroyers

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, known for their advanced Aegis Combat System, form the backbone of the U.S. Navy’s surface fleet. The new ships, DDG 143 and DDG 144, will be among the most technologically advanced warships ever built, featuring stealth capabilities and multi-mission operational capacity.

These ships will be vital in protecting national security and maintaining a global presence, capable of handling threats across air, surface, and subsurface domains. Secretary Del Toro highlighted their importance, saying they will continue the legacy of excellence demonstrated by their predecessors.

A Lasting Tribute

Both Secretary Danzig and Admiral Mullen expressed deep gratitude for this honor. Danzig remarked on the significance of the connection it provides among all Sailors, while Mullen reflected on the special bond it represents with the Navy and his lifetime of service.

These new destroyers not only honor the distinguished careers of Danzig and Mullen but also ensure that their legacies will continue to inspire and protect future generations of Sailors and Marines.

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