The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) patrolled the South China Sea from April 12 to June 6.
During her patrol in the South China Sea, Mustin was observed in a professional manner by a host of People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA (N)) warships and aircraft.
Mustin communicated with foreign warships via CUES communication method, a standard method used to formally communicate ships’ maneuvering intentions and maintain safety of navigation.
Mustin also conducted daily flight operations with her two embarked MH-60R Seahawk helicopters, assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51, also known as the “Warlords.”
Mustin, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and assigned to DESRON 15, is on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region.
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