The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) and its embarked helicopter detachment from the ‘Warlords’ of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM ) 51, were selected for the annual Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Ship-Helicopter Safety Award in May.
This unique award honors the cruiser or destroyer and embarked detachment with the most outstanding aviation safety record for 2014.
Throughout the year, Mustin and its two embarked MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters conducted 685 mishap-free flight hours, 266 day landings, and 456 night landings. The ship also transferred 44 passengers and 21 tons of cargo, and provided air support for several major joint and bilateral exercises, including Multi-Sail, Valiant Shield and Keen Sword.
The annual fleet-wide award recognizes sustained superior flight operations at sea with a commitment to aviation safety on flight deck and in the air.
Mustin is currently on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific Region.
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