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USS Milius (DDG 69)
“Others Before Myself”
Welcome aboard the U.S. Navy's 19th Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer, USS MILIUS! We are extremely proud of this great warship and her vast accomplishments. Since commissioning on November 23, 1996, her dedicated service has included six deployments and Battle Efficiency Awards in 1998, 2002, and 2013. MILIUS is built around the Aegis combat system and the SPY-1D multi-function phased array radar. A multi-mission capable ship, MILIUS is designed
to perform anti-air, anti-submarine, surface, and strike warfare simultaneously. She is also a Ballistic Missile Defense platform, capable of providing theater and homeland protection through her ability to detect, track, and engage ballistic missiles.
USS MILIUS is named in honor of Navy Captain Paul Lloyd Milius. Captain Milius' selfless actions over Laos saved the lives of seven Americans during the Vietnam War. Despite all efforts, Captain (then Commander) Milius was never recovered, and on April 26, 1978, he was declared Presumed Killed In Action. He was posthu mously promoted to Captain and awarded the Navy Cross. Born on February 11, 1928, in Denver, Iowa, Paul Milius enlisted in the Navy at age 18 and attended boot camp at Naval Training Center in San Diego, CA. In 1948, he was discharged from active duty and enrolled at Iowa State Teacher's College, now the University of Northern Iowa. Upon graduation, he was accepted into the Naval Aviation Cadet Program, and on December 21, 1951, he received his commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Captain Milius married his high school sweetheart, Darlene Meyerhoff on December 30, 1951, and had two children, Annette and David. Annette later became the official sponsor to USS MILIUS, christening the ship on October
The Navy's Observation Squadron Sixty-Seven (V0-67) was a top-secret squadron that existed from February 1967 to July 1968. Their mission was to detect, classify, hinder, and penalize the North Vietnamese Army infiltration into the South using twelve extensively modified P2V-5
Neptune aircraft, called OP-2Es. The squadron was deployed to Nakhon Phanom RoyalThaiAir
Force Base,Thailand, nine miles from the Laotian border.
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Captain (then Commander) Paul Lloyd Milius, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism on 27 February 1967, as an Aircraft Commander in Observation Squadron Sixty-Seven (V0-67). During a combat mission in Southeast Asia, Captain Milius' aircraft received multiple hits from 37mm anti-aircraft-artillery fire during a run over the assigned target. Immediately, the aircraft burst into flames, several members of the crew received injuries, and dense smoke and fumes filled the fuselage. Remaining at the controls to insure stable flight, Captain Milius ordered his crew members to bail out. As a result of his action, seven of his nine crewmen were rescued within three hours of bail-out. Rescue flights, however, were unable to locate Captain Milius.
His heroic efforts and inspiring devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Replenishments at sea (RAS) are vital to keeping MILIUS mission ready while underway. During a RAS, MILIUS steers alongside a supply ship while pallets of everything from food to ammunition are hoisted over. At the same time, MILIUS receives fuel through hoses from the supply ship. The evolution requires extensive planning and all hands' participation.
MILIUS' Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) team performs a boarding exercise during an Arabian Gulf deployment. The team plays a crucial role in supporting MILIUS' maritime security mission. Using rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIB), the team boards and inspects nearby merchant vessels.
The flight deck allows helicopters, like this SH-60S, to land on MILIUS in order to transfer mail, equipment, and people to and from the ship. MILIUS' flight deck is also a valuable asset to helicopter crews looking for a location to refuel or make repairs during long missions.
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