Washington (NWSA)

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Aegis Guided Missile Destroyer MAHAN (DDG-72) was commissioned 14 February in Tampa, Florida. Mrs. Jennie Lou Arthur, wife of former Vice Chief of Naval Operations, retired Adm. Stanley R. Arthur, is the ship's sponsor.

MAHAN will operate with aircraft carriers and battle groups in high-- threat environments and will also provide essential escort capabilities to Navy and Marine Corps amphibious forces, combat logistics ships and convoys.

Aegis destroyers are equipped to conduct a variety of missions, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, in support of national military strategy.

These multi-mission ships are equipped with the Navy's modern Aegis Combat Weapons System, which combines space-age communication, radar and weapons technologies in a single platform for unlimited flexibility while operating "Forward...From the Sea."

These new destroyers will replace older, less capable ships that are being taken out of service as the Navy reduces spending while maintaining quality as part of its overall plan to recapitalize the fleet. …