Destroyer USS Milius Arrives in Japan to Join Forward-Deployed Naval Forces
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile-destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) arrived at its new homeport in Yokosuka, Japan, on May 22, becoming a part of the U.S. 7th Fleet’s Forward-Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF), the Navy said in a release of the same date.
The Milius, which departed its former homeport of San Diego on Aug. 20, is equipped with a Baseline 9 Aegis Combat System and is capable of ballistic-missile defense.
The Milius will strengthen the FDNF, which was weakened last year by the grounding of the cruiser USS Antietam and the separate at-sea collisions of the cruiser USS Lake Champlain and destroyers USS Fitzgerald and USS McCain. The lives of 17 Sailors were lost in the latter two incidents.
The Fitzgerald is being repaired and upgraded at the Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The McCain is being repaired in Yokosuka, Japan.