USS Mitscher was commissioned on December 10th,1994, and was sponsored by Mrs. Elizabeth Ferguson. Mitscher transferred to her homeport in Norfolk, Virginia later in December 1994, and has since made three Mediterranean deployments and participated in many Caribbean exercises.
The USS Mitscher (DDG 57) became the second U.S. Navy warship named to honor Admiral Marc A. Mitscher (1887-1947), famed naval aviator and World War II aircraft carrier task group commander. In 1988 the U.S. Navy contracted with Ingalls Shipbuilding, in Pascagoula, Mississippi to build the seventh ship of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Mitscher (DDG 57).These destroyers are designed to replace the Adams and Coontz-class destroyers.
On Friday, January 12, 2001 USS Mitscher began a six-month deployment with the Truman Battle Group. The entire battle group had trained together for the past eight months in preparation for this deployment through a series of increasingly demanding exercises and operations. These pre-deployment exercises culminated in October with the successful completion of Joint Task Force Exercise 01-1 and NATO Exercise Unified Spirit 2000.
During its 2001 deployment the USS Mitscher visited Algiers, Algeria, for an antisubmarine warfare (ASW) exercise with the Algerian Navy. The joint exercise included surface and subsurface units. Mitscher and an Algerian Koni-class frigate, RAIS KELLICH, were the surface participants. The nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Norfolk and the Algerian Kilo-class attack submarine EL HADJ SLIMANE, composed the subsurface force.