Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan
The ship is named in honor of Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan, USN
(1840-1914) who served with the union's blockading squadrons during the
Civil War, and for two terms as President of the Naval War College.
Admiral Mahan is a renowned U.S. Naval theoretician and is best known
as the author of the book "Influence of Sea Power on History", which
with his other scholarly works, continues to influence strategic and
geopolitical thinking throughout the world.
July 17, 1994
August 17, 1995
February 6, 1996
Mast stepping ceremony
June 29, 1996
Launched and christened. MAHAN’s sponsor was Mrs. Jennie Lou
Arthur, wife of Admiral Stanley R. Arthur, USN (Retired).
1996 AEGIS Light Off
July 21, 1997
August 5, 1997
August 12, 1997
August 22, 1997
Ship Custody Transfer
October 17, 1997
Crew moved aboard
January 16, 1998
1998 Commissioning ceremony in Tampa, Fla.
2000 Departed Norfolk, Va. on its maiden deployment to the Arabian Gulf
as part of the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Battle Group.
August 18, 2000
Returned to Norfolk, Va.
crossed swords express strength through teamwork and cooperation from
the Enlisted and Officer Corps. Represented are the enlisted cutlass
and the officer sword.
The Shield: Dark blue and gold are
traditionally used by the Navy and represent the sea and excellence.
The trident, symbolizing sea power, denotes DDG 72s warfare
capabilities and underscores the importance of a strong Navy. The
gauntlet and torch are adapted from the previous USS MAHANs emblem and
highlight the ships namesake, Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan, as the
father of all modern navies. The tines of the trident represent the
three previous ships named MAHAN, as well as the Officer, Chief Petty
Officer and Enlisted Corps of personnel which man the ship.
The Crest: The central star
second USS MAHANs World War II battle honors (five battle stars),
earned before she was sunk by Kamikazes. The twelve small stars on the
gauntlet denote the battle stars of the third USS MAHAN for service in
the Vietnam War. The unfurled scroll underscores Mahan as the author of
"The Influence of Sea Power Upon History (1660-1783)". The compass rose
and gauntlet represent Mahans influence of sea power, its strategy and
geopolitical importance worldwide. The wreath combines laurel and palm
to symbolize honor and victory.
Motto: The motto was chosen in
Admiral Arleigh Burke in memory of his many contributions to the U.S.
Navy. During the commissioning of the USS ARLEIGH BURKE, Admiral Burke
issued the following challenge to those who man this class of ship:
"This ship is built to fight; youd better know how."
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