USS JOHN C. STENNIS comes alongside the USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) March 30, 1998, in the Arabian Gulf where both ships were deployed in support of UN-mandated sanctions against Iraq and enforcement of the "No-Fly Zone" under OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH.
USS JOHN C. STENNIS is 1,092 feet long and towers some 20 stories above the waterline. As a self-contained city, JOHN C. STENNIS has virtually the same amenities as any American city with a comparable population. It has a daily newspaper, radio and television stations, fire department, library, hospital, general store, laundry, two barbershops and even a post office with its own zip code.....snip~
Wayne E. Meyer is the 58th destroyer in her class. She carries the 100th AEGIS Weapon System to be delivered to the United States Navy. She was built by Bath Iron Works, and was christened by sponsor Anna Mae Meyer (wife of Admiral Meyer) and launched on 18 October 2008.....snip~
The USS Milius (DDG-69) is an Arleigh Burke-classAegis guided missile destroyer of the United States Navy. Her namesake is Commander Paul L. Milius (1928-1968) of U.S. Navy squadron VO-67. His aircraft was hit over Laos in 1968 and he ordered his crew to bail out. Although he exited his aircraft, he was never recovered. Commander Milius received the Navy Cross in 1968.
The motto of the ship is "Alii Prae Me" (Others before me).
In January 2005, she participated in Operation Unified Assistance. On 6 December 2006, the ship successfully launched a Block IV Tomahawkcruise missile for the first time in a test of the Block IV configuration. The launch took place in the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Sea Test Range off of California. The missile flew 869 miles before impacting its target on the land range at China Lake, California.
On 12 September 2007, the U.S. embassy in the Philippines stated that the arrival of the missile destroyers USS Chung-Hoon and USS Milius was a goodwill visit to strengthen ties between the U.S. and the Philippines.....snip~