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USS MASON (DDG-87)


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CLASS - BURKE Flight IIa As Built.
Displacement 8373 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 509' 5" (oa) x 66' 11" x 20' (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/62 RF, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), 96 VLS Cells,
2 SH-60B helicopters, 8 Harpoon Missiles, 6 x 12.75" TT.
Machinery, 100,000 SHP; 4 GE LM-2500 Gas Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots, Range 4400 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 370.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid: Jan 20 2000
Launched: Jun 23 2001
Commissioned April 12 2003 at Port Canaveral, FL.
Active unit of the US Navy.
Homeported at Norfolk, VA.

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First photo, NH 54775-KN, John Y. Mason, Secretary of the Navy, 26 March 1844 - 10 March 1845,and 10 September 1846 - 7 March 1849. Portrait by Robert Hinckley. Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C., U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Second photo, extreme left, back row: ENS Newton H. Mason was killed in action against Japanese forces in the Battle of the Coral Sea, May 1942. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his skill and courage in battle. Destroyer escort USS Mason (DE-529) —the first Navy ship with a predominantly African-American crew— and guided missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87) were named after him. For more about this amazing photo and the people it contains go to our page for the USS Lexington (CV-2).

Third photo, The USS Mason (DE-529) had the distinction of being the only U.S. Navy destroyer to be manned with a predominantly black enlisted crew. This was the first time black Americans were permitted to be trained and serve in ratings other than cooks and stewards. In late 1943, the Navy announced its plan to place an all-black crew with white officers aboard Mason. One hundred and sixty black Sailors were enrolled in all fields of operational and technical training and manned the ship at commissioning. Although known as “Eleanor’s Folly” for Eleanor Roosevelt’s introduction of the idea for an all-black crew, the Mason served with distinction during World War II. During the worst North Atlantic storm of the century, Mason was serving as an escort to a convoy of merchant ships bound for England. During the storm, the convoy was forced the break up and Mason was chosen to escort a section of ships to their destination. With land in sight, Mason's deck split under the strain of heavy sea, threatening the structural integrity of the ship. Emergency repairs were conducted and Mason returned immediately to assist the remainder of the convoy.
The Mason and her crew was recommended for commendation from their Captain, Lieutenant Commander Bill Blackford, and the Convoy Commander, Commander Alfred Lind. The commendations were never rewarded. At the end of the war Mason was assigned as a training ship operating from Miami, Florida until being decommissioned and sold for scrap in 1947. On July 26, 1947 President Truman signed Executive Order 9981, officially desegregating the Armed Forces.
Through the efforts of the Mason veterans and the author Mary Pat Kelly, the Mason story has been chronicled in the book “Proudly We Served.” Their persistence in telling the Mason story paid off in 1994 when President Clinton awarded the long-overdue commendation to sixty-seven surviving crewmembers. In 1998, the Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton made official his decision to name an Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer the USS Mason (DDG-87) in order to mark the contributions of USS Mason (DE-529) sailors to equality and desegregation in Today’s Navy. 150,000 African-Americans served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Text courtesy of the USS Mason (DDG-87)
Hugh Stratford, VF-3, 1941-1942


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Mason 49kArtist's conception of the Mason as built by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Mason 108kUnder construction, July 2 2000.Chester O. Morris
Mason 118kChristening, Ship Sponsor is the Honorable Olimpia Snowe, U.S. Senator for the State of Maine. USS Mason (DDG-87) honors two previous ships name. The first was USS Mason (DD-191) served the US Navy from 1920-1941 and was named for John Young Mason, secretary of the Navy for President John Tyler and James K. Polk. The second US Mason (DE-529) was named for Ensign Newton Henry Mason, who enlisted as a seaman in the Naval Reserve and became an aviation cadet in 1941. Assigned to Fighting Squadron 3, he died following the Battle of the Coral Sea , May 8-9, 1942. Mason was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his skill and courage in battle. DE-529 is also known as the first U.S. navy ship to carry African-American sailors to Sea.Steven A. Cardali
Mason 113kDN-SC-02-05320. During the christening ceremony for the USS MASON (DDG 87) the Ships sponsor, the Honorable Olympia J. Snowe, Senator, Maine and the Matron of Honors Kathleen Mason Bond, and Barbara B. Graham pose for a photograph. Bath, Maine June 23 2001.Bill Gonyo
Mason 105kPreparations began at 0700 for the 1525 Christening of the USS Mason (DDG-87) on June 23, 2001. Photo by M.J. Sullivan.Bill Gonyo
Mason 79kThe launching program cover, June 23 2001.Steven A. Cardali
Mason 321kThe launching program inside pages, June 23 2001.Steven A. Cardali
Mason 84kUSS Mason is the Bath Iron Works' 21st Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and the LAST to launch from traditional inclined ways in the company's 117-year history. Future christenings will be held at the shipyards' new world class land-transfer facility. Launching date & photo June 23, 2001.Steven A. Cardali
Mason 64kScenes from the launching.Steven A. Cardali
Mason 105kAs above.Steven A. Cardali
Mason 90kAs above.Fred Weiss
Mason 63kAs above.Steven A. Cardali
Mason 101kAs above.Steven A. Cardali
Mason 109kAs above.Steven A. Cardali
Mason 60kAs above.Steven A. Cardali
Mason 98kAs above.Steven A. Cardali
Mason 88kAnother view from the Launching.Bill Gonyo
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The Christening/Launching coin.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 68k030404-N-0000X-567. Port Canaveral, Florida April 4 2003, on April 12, 2003 the Navy commissioned its newest guided missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87). The third ship to carry the name, Mason comes to life, like many U.S. Navy ships, with a built in and proud history. But that's in addition to the heroics and statesmanship of the two men for which the ship is named: John Young Mason, Secretary of the Navy for Presidents John Tyler and James K. Polk and Distinguished Flying Cross winner Ensign Newton Henry Mason who died in aerial combat during World War II's Battle of Coral Sea. U.S. Navy photo by Cliff Steenhoff.Bill Gonyo
Mason 148kAnother view of the Mason during the Commissioning Ceremony.Bill Gonyo
Mason 104kCover of the Commissioning pamphlet.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 76k040801-N-0295M-001. Norfolk, Virginia August 1 2004, the guided missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) sits moored to a pier in her homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Mason is the 37th Aegis-class Destroyer. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain.Bill Gonyo
Mason 87kNOB Norfolk, September 2004.Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
Mason 126k050102-N-1444C-013. Persian Gulf, January 2 2005, the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) patrols the Northern Persian Gulf. Mason is on her first deployment to the Persian Gulf as part of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group, to support coalition efforts in the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Peter J. Carney.Steven A. Cardali/Robert M. Cieri
Mason 156k 050102-N-1444C-053. Persian Gulf, January 2 2005, the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) and an SH-60B Seahawk, assigned to the "Grandmasters" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Four Six (HSL 46), patrol the Northern Persian Gulf. Mason is on her first deployment to the Persian Gulf as part of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group, to support coalition efforts in the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Peter J. Carney.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 94k050103-N-1825E-050. Persian Gulf, January 3 2005, an SH-60B Seahawk helicopter lifts off from the guided missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) to conduct an aerial security patrol over the Central Persian Gulf. Mason is on her first deployment to the Persian Gulf as part of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group, to support coalition efforts in the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist Seaman Joseph Ebalo.Bill Gonyo
Mason 97k050204-N-5345W-030. Persian Gulf, February 4 2005, Lt.j.g. Jesus Garzon, the Disbursing Officer as well as Helicopter Control Officer aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87), watches from the Helicopter Control Tower as an SH-60B Seahawk, assigned to the "Grandmasters" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Four Six (HSL-46), lands on Mason's flight deck. Mason is conducting operations in the Persian Gulf as a part of Destroyer Squadron Two Six (DESRON 26) and the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group (CSG). The Truman CSG and CVW-3 are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Kristopher Wilson.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 200k050205-N-5345W-027. Persian Gulf, February 5 2005, an SH-60B Seahawk, assigned to the "Grandmasters" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Four Six (HSL-46), flies past the fantail of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87), showing a good view of her stern vertical launch system (VLS). Mason is conducting operations in the Persian Gulf as a part of Destroyer Squadron Two Six (DESRON 26) and the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group (CSG). The Truman CSG and CVW-3 are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Kristopher Wilson.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 132k050207-N-5345W-063. Persian Gulf, February 7 2005, Seaman Amanda Blauvelt, right, mans the helm of the guided missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) while Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Chase Boatmon watches the ship's course from the bridge. Mason is conducting operations in the Persian Gulf as a part of Destroyer Squadron Two Six (DESRON 26) and the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group and CVW-3 are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Kristopher Wilson.Bill Gonyo
Mason 185k050207-N-5345W-036. Persian Gulf, February 7 2005, Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Robert Jackson pulls a gun swab out of the turret of the MK-45 5-in./54-cal. lightweight gun while cleaning the gun system on the forecastle aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) after an early-morning test fire. Mason is conducting operations in the Persian Gulf as a part of Destroyer Squadron Two Six (DESRON 26) and the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group and CVW-3 are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Kristopher Wilson.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 142k050208-N-5345W-003. Persian Gulf, February 8 2005, a port quarter view of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87), as seen from a helicopter, underway in the Persian Gulf. Mason is conducting operations in the Persian Gulf as a part of Destroyer Squadron Two Six (DESRON 26) and the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group and CVW-3 are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Kristopher Wilson.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 206k050208-N-5345W-016. Persian Gulf, February 8 2005, the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) underway in the Persian Gulf, conducting operations as a part of Destroyer Squadron Two Six (DESRON 26) and the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group (CSG). The Truman CSG and CVW-3 are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Kristopher Wilson.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 118k060219-N-7359L-001. Atlantic Ocean, February 19 2006, the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) approaches the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) for a replenishment at sea (RAS). Eisenhower and Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) are underway conducting Tailored Ship's Training Availability/Final Evaluation Period. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Christopher B. Long.Bill Gonyo
Mason 122kArctic (T-AOE-8) underway in the Atlantic Ocean, 6 May 2006, with guided-missile cruiser Anzio (CG-68), and guided-missile destroyer Ramage (DDG-61) followed by guided-missile destroyer Mason (DDG-87). The ships were participating in Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) as part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike group. US Navy photo # 060506-N-0490C-004 Atlantic Ocean (May 6, 2006) by PH2 Miguel A. Contreras.Douglas Brown
Mason 146kDN-SD-07-05893, 060526-N-4936C-002. Mr. Lorenzo Dufau (center), a World War Two (WW II) Signalman who served aboard the US Navy (USN) Destroyer, USS MASON (DE-529) poses for a group photograph with USN Sailors from the present day USN Arleigh Burke Class (Flight IIA): Destroyer (Aegis), USS MASON (DDG 87), in New York City during Fleet Week New York 2006 activities. Mr. Dufau is holding a DVD copy of the move 'Proud,' which is base on the WWII experiences of the USS MASON (DE-529), which was the first Naval ship predominantly manned by black crewmembers. Fleet Week includes dozens of military demonstrations and displays throughout the week, as well as public visitation to many of the participating ships. New York photo by JO2 David Coleman, May 26 2006.Bill Gonyo
Mason 104k060526-N-4936C-005. New York City, 26 May 2006, Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Ariene Enriquez, (right) and Engineman 1st Class John Manley (both assigned to the Ramage), patrol the waters around pier 88 in New York City during Fleet Week New York 2006. Shown nested at pier 88 are USS Mason (DDG 87) and outboard of her USS Ramage (DDG 61). U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class David P. Coleman. Robert M. Cieri
Mason 107kDN-SD-07-09536, 060802-N-6827R-119. August 2, 2006, onboard the US Navy (USN) Arleigh Burke Class (Flight IIA) Guided Missile Destroyer (Aegis) USS MASON (DDG 87), USN Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Joe R. Campa Jr. speaks to a group of Petty Officer 1st Class Sailor about the responsibilities of our future Chief Petty Officers, while in port at Naval Station (NS) Norfolk, Virginia (VA). MCPON Campa visited NS Norfolk to talk to the Sailors in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Scott C. Rancilio.Bill Gonyo
Mason 202k061125-N-5972H-103. Arabian Gulf, November 25 2006, sailors have chow with Secretary of the Navy, the honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) while underway. Dr. Winter visited Mason during its deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility and wished the Sailors happy holidays and thanked them for their hard work and dedication. Mason is currently working alongside coalition partners conducting maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Richard Hankins.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 103k070523-N-3567L-025. Norfolk, May 23 2007, sailors assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) return to Naval Station Norfolk after the longest deployment by a carrier strike group since 2003. The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG) deployed Oct. 3, 2006 to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility to support ongoing operations including efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Maritime Operations in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nathan Lockwood.Bill Gonyo
Mason 198k070523-N-3567L-056. Norfolk, May 23 2007, family and friends wave to Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87), as she returns to Naval Station Norfolk after the longest deployment by a carrier strike group since 2003. The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG) deployed Oct. 3, 2006 to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nathan Lockwood.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 146k070523-N-7653W-079. Naval Station Norfolk, May 23 2007, the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) is eased to the pier, as she returns to her homeport after the longest deployment by a carrier strike group since 2003. The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group deployed on Oct. 3, 2006 to the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justan Williams.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 98k080328-N-2838C-018. Atlantic Ocean, March 28 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) steams off the coast of Florida. Mason is conducting group sail operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael D. Cole.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 176k080729-N-3392P-025. Atlantic Ocean, July 29 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) steams through the Atlantic Ocean. Mason is participating in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 08-4 as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Katrina Parker.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 138k080729-N-3392P-087. Atlantic Ocean, July 29 2008, sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) observe the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) approach the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195). Mason & Carter Hall are participating in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 08-4 as a part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Katrina Parker.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 122k080912-N-1688B-044. Norfolk, Va., September 12 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) is escorted by tug boats while pulling away from the pier for a scheduled deployment. Mason is part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Bookwalter.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 158k090125-N-3931M-146. Indian Ocean, January 25 2009, Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Adam Gayner mans a 25MM chain gun aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) while monitoring a small boat transiting from the merchant vessel MV Faina. Faina and her crew are being held by pirates off the coast of Somalia. Mason is conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael R. McCormick.Bill Gonyo
Mason 185k090125-N-3931M-124. Indian Ocean, January 25 2009, Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Adam Gayner mans a 25MM chain gun aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) while monitoring a small boat transiting from the merchant vessel MV Faina. Faina and her crew are being held by pirates off the coast of Somalia. Mason is conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael R. McCormick.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 183k090125-N-3931M-160. Indian Ocean, January 25 2009, Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Adam Gayner mans a 25MM chain gun aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) while monitoring a small boat transiting from the merchant vessel MV Faina. Faina and her crew are being held by pirates off the coast of Somalia. Mason is conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael R. McCormick.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 186kA watch stander on the bow of USS Mason (DDG-87) monitors the fleet ocean tug USNS Catawba (T-ATF 168) as it makes preparations to transfer fuel and fresh water to M/V Faina, 6 February 2009. Somali pirates released the M/V Faina on 5 February, after holding it for more than four months. The U.S. Navy has remained within visual range of the ship and maintained a 24-hour, 7-days a week presence since it was captured. The Belize-flagged cargo ship is owned and operated by Kaalbye Shipping Ukraine and is carrying a cargo of Ukrainian T-72 tanks and related equipment. The ship was attacked on 25 September and forced to proceed to anchorage off the Somali Coast. U.S. 5th Fleet conducts maritime security operations to promote stability and regional economic prosperity. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael R. McCormick. Navy NewsStand photo ID 090206-N-3931M-158.Robert Hurst
Mason 172k110114-N-5838W-001. Atlantic Ocean, January 14 2011, the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) fires its MK-45 5-inch/54-caliber lightweight gun during a pre-aim calibration fire. Mason is deployed as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeffry A. Willadsen.Bill Gonyo
Mason 178k110114-N-5324W-008. Atlantic Ocean, January 14 2011, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) is underway as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group. The strike group is deploying to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anna Wade.Bill Gonyo
Mason 144kAt Palma de Mallorca January 29 2011.Jose Antonio Rodriguez Carreño
Mason 104k110228-N-MM360-004. Gulf of Aden, February 28 2011, the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) fires her Mark 38 25 mm machine gun system during a live-fire exercise while under way. Mason, deployed with the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group and assigned to Combined Task Force 151, is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet's area of responsibility. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeffry A. Willadsen.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 137kAt Ponta Delgada, Azores on July 18 2011.Carlos Manuel Estrela
Mason 221k131108-N-PW661-009. Red Sea, November 9 2013, the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) fires her Mark 45 5-inch gun during a live-fire exercise. Mason is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rob Aylward, USN.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 127k121110-N-PW661-007. Red Sea, November 10 2013, a U.S. Navy MH-60S Seahawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6 delivers cargo to the guided missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) during a replenishment at sea (RAS). The Mason was part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group and was underway in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rob Aylward, USN.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 197k131117-N-PW661-024. Gulf of Aden, November 17 2013, Chief Boatswain's Mate Mark Maxwell signals a winch operator aboard the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO 188) from the missile deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) during a replenishment-at-sea. Mason is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 110k131122-N-PW661-055. Gulf of Aden, November 22 2013, sailors assigned to the visit, board, search and seizure team from the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) return to Mason. Mason is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rob Aylward.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 134k131208-N-PW661-032. Gulf of Oman, December 8 2013, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) fires its 5-inch gun during a live-fire exercise. Mason is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rob Aylward.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 141k131229-N-PW661-010. Arabian Gulf, December 29 2013, Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Alejandra Davila-Valadez signals to pilots aboard an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to the "Swamp Foxes" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 74, to shut down their engines on the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87). Mason is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rob Aylward.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 154k131230-N-PW661-032. Arabian Sea, December 30 2013, Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Daniel Thomas engages an inflatable buoy target with a MK 38 Mod 2 25 mm machine gun from the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) during a live-fire exercise. Mason is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rob Aylward.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 101k140221-N-PW661-020. Gulf of Aden, February 21 2014, the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) fires her aft close-in weapons system (CIWS), during a live-fire exercise. Mason is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rob Aylward.Robert M. Cieri
Mason 163k160315-N-UY653-161. Atlantic Ocean, March 15 2016, guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94), front, steams in formation with USS Stout (DDG 55), USS Mason (DDG 87), USS Monterey (CG 61) and USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). While at sea, the ships supported a live-fire event conducted as part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), the final certification event prior to deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan U. Kledzik.Ron Reeves
Mason 163k160405-N-CL027-021. Atlantic Ocean, April 5 2016 the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) fires a MK 45 5-inch gun during a Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) Exercise. Mason is underway conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group in preparation for a future deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Janweb B. Lagazo.Ron Reeves
Mason 152k160616-N-LV331-004. Medierranean Sea, June 16 2016, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, left, observes an underway replenishment with Adm. Giuseppe De Giorgi, chief of the Italian navy, while aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87). This was the U.S. Navy's first underway replenishment where the fuel was made from alternative sources and transferred from a partner nation's ship. The Italian navy auxiliary ship ITS Etna (A5326) provided Mason with biofuel, made from waste fat beef and inedible vegetable oil, as part of the Great Green Fleet initiative. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales.Ron Reeves
Mason 178k160616-N-QY430-006. Atlantic Ocean, June 16 2016, the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87), right, and Italian navy destroyer ITNS Andrea Doria (D553) receive alternative fuel during a replenishment-at-sea with the Italian oiler ITNS Etna (A5326). Mason, deployed with the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rafael Martie.Ron Reeves
Mason 104kUSS Mason (DDG-87) on Aug. 3, 2016. US Navy Photo.Ron Reeves
Mason 91kSailors on USS Mason (DDG-87) during an anti-submarine formation exercise with the guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) on August 28 2016. guided-missile destroyers USS Nitze (DDG-94), USS Mason (DDG-87) and the afloat forward staging base USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15) – are on station off Yemen near the Bab Al Mandeb strait that links the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden. The strait is a key transit route for ships passing from the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal into the Indian Ocean. The two guided missile destroyers are assigned to the Dwight D. Eisenhower carrier strike group operating in the region. US Navy Photo.Tommy Trampp
Mason 104kThe guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87) was unsuccessfully attacked with two missiles fired from Yemen on Sunday, October 9 2016, Pentagon officials told reporters early Monday morning. Mason was near the strait of Bab el-Mandeb in international waters when two missiles were fired from shore around 7 P.M. local time on Sunday, Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said to reporters. August 3 2016 US Navy Photo.Tommy Trampp
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October 23 2016, USS Mason (DDG-87) arrived at port of Piraeus for a port visit.
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Mason 671kUSS Mason (DDG-87) under refit at Norfolk Naval Station, 22 September 2017. USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO-188) is moored to right.Hugh L. Husdon III
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Mason 42kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

USS MASON DDG-87 History
Note: History is unavailable at this time
This ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves


CDR David John Gale    Apr 12 2003 - May 21 2004 (Later RADM)

CDR Eugene Henry Black III    May 21 2004 - Jan 13 2006 (Later RADM)

CDR John Vincent Fuller    Jan 13 2006 - Aug 31 2007 (Later RADM)

CDR Robert E. Clark    Aug 31 2007 - May 15 2009

CDR Kevin M. Robinson    May 15 2009 - Mar 15 2011

CDR Adan Gilberto Cruz    Mar 15 2011 - Aug 3 2012

CDR Donald Wilson Marks    Aug 3 2012 - Feb 28 2014

CDR Mikal J. Phillips    Feb 28 2014 - Aug 2015

CDR Christopher James Gilbertson    Aug 2015 - Feb 17 2017

CDR Stephen William Aldridge    Feb 17 2017 - present




Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Mason DDG-87 Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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