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Champion (MCM 4)

Call sign:
November - Oscar - Kilo - Bravo

Avenger Class Mine Countermeasures Ship:

  • The fourth Champion was laid down 28 June 1984 by the Marinette Marine Corp, Marinette, Wisconsin
  • Launched 15 April 1989
  • Commissioned 8 February 1991
  • Decommissioned 25 August 2020 at Naval Base San Diego, CA.


  • 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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    Champion 126k Ships plaque Tommy Trampp
    Champion 66k
    Champion 134k . Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Champion 139k
    Champion 31k Belt buckle Tommy Trampp
    Champion 591k 11 October 1991
    San Diego Bay
    One of six U.S. Navy ships taking part in the Parade of Ships, part of San Diego's Accolades '91 celebration honoring local military units and installations
    U.S. Navy photo 330-CFD-DN-ST-92-01251 by PH1 Oriez from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Michael Mohl
    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
    Champion 413k c. January 2014
    Naval Station San Diego, CA
    Scout (MCM 8), Ardent (MCM 12), Champion, and Chief (MCM 14)
    BMCS Richard Miller, USNR, Ret.
    Anchorage 156k 17 July 2014
    USS Anchorage (LPD-23)), the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ships USS Scout (MCM-8) and Champion, and the Canadian Forces Kingston-Class coastal defense vessel HMCS Nanaimo (MM 702) transit in formation off the coast of Southern California, 17 July 2014, as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships, six submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California
    U.S. Navy photo 140717-N-FE250-760 by MCC Mark C. Schultz
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Stanley Vincent DeGeus, USN27 July 1991 - 18 September 1992
    02LCDR Todd Webster Malloy, USN - USNA Class of 198118 September 1992 - 24 June 1994
    03LCDR Mark Raymond Rios, USN - USNA Class of 198224 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 (Crew Dominant)
    13LCDR Benjamin R. Nicholson, USNDecember 2005 - February 2006
    14LCDR Michael Brent DeVore, USNFebruary 2006 - April 2006
    15LT David Kingdon Faught, USNApril 2006 - June 2007
    16LCDR Bertram C. Hodge, USNJune 2007 - 7 December 2007
    17LCDR John R. Callaway, USN7 December 2007 - 29 September 2008
    18LCDR Michael Frank Gesualdo, USN29 September 2008 - November 2009
    20LCDR Brandon Lee Murray, USN - Awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, and five Navy Achievement MedalsNovember 2009 - 6 August 2010
    21LCDR Patrick R. Murphy, USN - Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, seven Navy Commendation Medals and two Navy Achievement Medals2 April 2010 - 6 August 2010 (Crew Dominant)
    22LCDR Gerald Paul Lario, USN6 August 2010 - 1 May 2011 (Crew Dominant)
    23LCDR Victor Brace Sheldon, II, USN - USNA Class of 1999
    Awarded four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals
    1 May 2011 - 7 November 2011 (Crew Persistent)
    24LCDR Matthew Thomas Erdner, USN - Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal7 November 2011 - February 2012 (Crew Dominant)
    25LCDR Daniel Lee Shorter, II, USNFebruary 2012
    26LCDR Edward Jenkins "Ted" Pledger, USN - USNA Class of 2000February 2012 - August 2012 (Crew Spartan)
    27LCDR Edison Clair Rush, III, USN - USMMA Class of 2002
    Awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals and three Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals
    August 2012 - 2013 (Crew Swerve)
    28LCDR Christopher James Gilbertson, USN - Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and six Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals2013 - 11 March 2014
    29LCDR Horst Dieter Sollfrank, Jr., USN - Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal11 March 2014 - 20 January 2015 (Crew Dominant)
    30LCDR Christopher W. Petro, USN - Awarded five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals20 January 2015 - 24 July 2016 (Crew Dominant)
    31LCDR Joseph Christopher Burgon, USN - USNA Class of 200424 July 2016 - 14 July 2017 (Crew Dominant)
    32LCDR Joshua D. Kristenson, USN - Awarded two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals14 July 2017 - 6 September 2018 (Crew Dominant)
    33LCDR Matthew T. Yokeley, USN - Awarded two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals and two Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals6 September 2018 (Crew Dominant)
    ??LCDR James J. Sordi, Jr., USN - Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals and two Navy Achievement Medals(Crew Persistent)
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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