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Champion (MCM 4)



Call sign:
November - Oscar - Kilo - Bravo

Avenger Class Mine Countermeasures Ship:

  • Laid down 28 June 1984 by the Marinette Marine Corp, Marinette, Wisconsin
  • Launched 15 April 1989
  • Commissioned 8 February 1991.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,253 t.(lt), 1,367 t.(fl)
  • Length 224'
  • Beam 39'
  • Draft 15'
  • Speed 13.5 kts.
  • Complement 82
  • Armament: Two M2HB .50 cal. machine guns, two M60 7.62mm machine guns and two Mk19 Grenade Launchers
  • Propulsion: Four 600bhp Isotta Fraschini diesel engines, two controllable pitch propellers and two electric light load propulsion motors
  • Auxiliary Systems: Three Waukesha ship service diesel generator sets, one solar gas turbine generator, one omnithruster bow thruster system
  • Electronic systems: One AN/SSN-2 Precise Integrated Navigation System (PINS), one AN/SQQ-32 Mine Hunting Sonar, one AN/SPS-55 Surface Radar and one AN/WSN-2 Gyro Compass
  • Mine Countermeasure Equipment Suite: One AN/SLQ-48 (V) Mine Neutralization System, one AN/SQL-37 (V) 3 Magnetic/Acoustic Influence Minesweeping Gear, Oropesa type 0 size 1 Mechanical Sweep Equipment and one
    MDG 1701 Marconi Magnetometer Degaussing System.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Champion 66k - .
    Champion 82k 13 March 1999
    Champion, Devastator (MCM 6) and Avenger (MCM 1) in line for refueling.
    U.S. Navy photo 990313-N-7949J-0101
    Champion 437k 27 April 1999
    Champion and Avenger (MCM 1) at Toulon, France
    Photo by Guy Schaeffer
    Paolo Marsan
    Avenger 223k
    Champion 257k 30 April 1999
    La Spezia, Italy
    Carlo Martinelli
    Champion 245k 21 May 1999
    La Spezia, Italy
    Avenger 58k c. 1999
    Malaga, Spain
    Scout (MCM 8), Champion and Avenger (MCM 1) in port
    Thomas Dollard
    Champion 128k 22 July 2002
    Sailors aboard the Champion lower the AN/SLQ-48 Mine Neutralization Vehicle into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The remotely operated vehicle uses sonar and video cameras to find and identify underwater objects. If the operators find a mine, the vehicle can place small explosive charges near the mine to neutralize it. Champion is participating in Gulf of Mexico Exercise 02-2 near Corpus Christi, Tex. During the exercise, Champion was tasked with searching for and clearing exercise "mines" from critical waterways in the area.
    U.S. Navy photo 020722-N-5745B-002 by Lieutenant Marc Boyd.
    Bill Gonyo
    Scout 221k 23 September 2005
    Ingleside, TX
    In preparation of Hurricane Rita, mine countermeasures ships home ported at Naval Station Ingleside nest in a modified mooring. Ships present (left to right): Unknown, Scout (MCM 8), unknown, Sentry (MCM 3), Champion, Pioneer (MCM 9), Chief (MCM 14), Gladiator (MCM 11), Avenger (MCM 1) and Defender (MCM 2).
    U.S. Navy photo 050923-N-4913K-006 by Fifi Kieschnick
    Robert M. Cieri

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Stanley Vincent DeGeus, USN27 July 1991 - 18 September 1992
    02LCDR Todd Webster Malloy, USN18 September 1992 - 24 June 1994
    03LCDR Mark Raymond Rios, USN24 June 1994 - February 1995
    04LCDR Glenn Michael Irvine, USNFebruary 1995 - 21 July 1995
    05LCDR Shaun Gullilland, USN21 July 1995 - 8 March 1996
    06LCDR John Maddox Chandler, USN8 March 1996 - 29 March 1996
    07LCDR Lewis Christopher Nygard, USN29 March 1996 - 6 February 1998
    08CDR John Garrett (Johnny) Walker, USN6 February 1998 - 4 November 1999
    09CDR Kenneth Lewis Williams, Jr., USN4 November 1999 - 7 August 2001
    10LCDR Philip Hans Roos, USN - Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and three Meritorious Service Medals7 August 2001 - 2 May 2003
    11LCDR Warren R. Buller, II, USN2 May 2003 - 15 August 2004
    12LCDR Michael B. Riley, USN15 August 2004 - December 2005
    13LCDR Benjamin R. Nicholson, USNDecember 2005 - February 2006
    14LCDR Michael Brent DeVore, USNFebruary 2006 - April 2006
    15LT David Kingdon Faught, USNApril 2006 - 2007
    16LCDR Bertram C. Hodge, USN2007 - 7 December 2007
    17LCDR John R. Callaway, USN7 December 2007 - 29 September 2008
    18LCDR Michael Frank Gesualdo, USN29 September 2008
    19LCDR Brandon Lee Murray, USN29 September 2008 - 6 August 2010
    20LCDR Gerald Paul Lario, USN6 August 2010 - May 2011
    21LCDR Victor Brace Sheldon, USNMay 2011 - 2011
    22LCDR Matthew T. Erdner, USN2011
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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