VADM Henry Croskey “Hank” Mustin II

VADM Henry Croskey “Hank” Mustin II

Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington, USA
Death 11 Apr 2016 (aged 82)
Suffolk, Suffolk City, Virginia, USA
Burial Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
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Vice Admiral Henry C. Mustin, USN (ret.) of Alexandria, VA, passed away on April 11, 2016 from heart failure in Norfolk, VA. He was 82 years old.

He was the son, grandson, great-grandson and nephew of distinguished naval officers, and the great nephew of the 12th Commandant of the Marine Corps. He graduated from Coronado High School, Coronado, CA and attended the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was graduated and commissioned an Ensign in 1955. A distinguished graduate of the US Naval War College, he retired from the US Navy in 1989. The Guided Missile Destroyer, USS MUSTIN (DDG-89) is named for the Mustin family.

Vice Admiral “Hammerin’ Hank” Mustin, a destroyerman, served at sea in the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets and was a plankowner in both USS LAWRENCE (DDG-4) and USS CONYGHAM (DDG-17). As Executive Officer on USS CONYGHAM, he developed a system of coordinated Naval Gunfire Support that is still in use today. His seven commands at sea included USS BUNTING (MHC-45), USS HENRY B. WILSON (DDG-7); Commander, Destroyer Squadron TWELVE; Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group TWO (Commander, AMERICA (CV-66) Battlegroup); Commander, US Second Fleet; Commander, NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic; and Commander, Joint Task Force 120, where he was responsible for 225 ships and 2100 aircraft spanning over 45 million square miles from the Arctic Circle to the Equator.

He served ashore in Vietnam with the Delta River Patrol Group; as Director, Surface Combat Systems Division in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; and as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Plans, Policy and Operations). He was responsible for the development of requirements and fleet introduction of the Tomahawk missile, the Standard missile (SM-2), LAMPS helicopters, and the TICONDEROGA-class Aegis cruisers. He was also instrumental in defining the initial requirements for the ARLEIGH BURKE class destroyers.

Vice Admiral Mustin directed US Navy arms control planning, including the START negotiations with the Soviet Union. He led high-level US interagency delegations to Moscow, London, Paris, Lisbon, Oslo and Seoul. As Commander, NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic, he instituted major strategic changes to the defense of NATO that shaped the nation’s Maritime Strategy. He also served as the Senior US Military Representative to the United Nations.

Following his naval service, he served as the VP of International Sales for Kaman Incorporated and served as a Distinguished Fellow at the Center of Naval Analysis in Alexandria, VA.

His decorations include two Distinguished Service Medals, three Legions of Merit, three Bronze Stars with Combat “V,” two Air Medals with Combat “V,” Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V,” Combat Action Ribbon, various campaign and service medals, and numerous foreign decorations and awards, including the Vietnamese Medal of Honor and Gallantry Cross with Palm.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 160963495
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for VADM Henry Croskey “Hank” Mustin II (31 Aug 1933–11 Apr 2016), Find a Grave Memorial no. 160963495, citing United States Naval Academy Cemetery, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by David Baker (contributor 48023659) .