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Legendary Navy leader, surface warfare pioneer, dead at 82

By: David Larter, Navy Times
April 27, 2016 Updated: April 27, 2016 at 2:29 pm
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photo - Vice Adm. Henry Mustin was a tough fleet boss who oversaw the development of systems like the Tomahawk missile and the Ticonderoga-class cruisers that are at the center of the surface Navy's power.
(Photo: Courtesy)
Vice Adm. Henry Mustin was a tough fleet boss who oversaw the development of systems like the Tomahawk missile and the Ticonderoga-class cruisers that are at the center of the surface Navy's power. (Photo: Courtesy) 

Retired Vice Adm. Henry Mustin, a combat veteran and fleet boss renowned for his tactical brilliance and demanding leadership style and who hailed from one of the Navy's most storied families, has died. He was 82.

Mustin died of congestive heart failure April 11 and will be mourned Thursday at the Naval Academy, where he graduated as a fifth generation naval officer in 1955.

A career surface warfare officer, Mustin oversaw the development of many of the ship and guided missile systems that are at the heart of the fleet's power. Nicknamed "Hammerin' Hank," he was known for his fierce intellect and had a tough demeanor to match it, said Capt. Rick Hoffman, a retired cruiser captain who interacted with him when Mustin was head of the Atlantic Fleet.

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