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Devastator (MCM 6)

Call sign:
November - Delta - Echo - Victor

Avenger Class Mine Countermeasures Ship:

  • Laid down 9 February 1987 at Peterson Builders Inc., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
  • Launched 11 June 1988
  • Commissioned 6 October 1990


  • 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 Isotta Fraschini ship service diesel generator sets, one solar gas turbine generator and one omni-thruster 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, MDG 1701 Marconi Magnetometer Degaussing System.
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    Devastator 93k . .
    Devastator 29k Photo by Jesster79 Robert Hurst
    Devastator 86k . Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Devastator 115k
    Devastator 115k
    Devastator 91k 8 June 1992
    Potomac River
    Dept of Defense photo DN-S92-09011
    Champion 82k 13 March 1999
    Champion (MCM 4), Devastator and Avenger (MCM 1) in line for refueling.
    U.S. Navy photo 990313-N-7949J-0101
    Devastator 107k Battling heavy seas during a refueling at sea operation with USS Inchon (MCS 12) in the Atlantic, 16 March 1999. The ships are en route to the Sixth Fleet area
    of operations
    U.S. Navy photo 990316-N-7949J-007.
    Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Sean Jordan
    Devastator 240k 15 March 2003
    Souda Bay, Crete, Greece
    The submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) sits at anchor in Souda Bay with Devastator standing by to receive maintenance and stores. She is outboard of an unidentified MCM
    U.S. Navy photo 030315-N-4004O-002 by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Benjamin D. Olvey
    Robert M. Cieri
    Devastator 251k 3 December 2004
    Panama City, FL
    Devastator receives assistance from Navy utility boats as she gets underway for the Gulf of Mexico Exercise (GOMEX) 05-1. GOMEX is scheduled quarterly for mine countermeasures units that have completed a basic mine countermeasures training phase. GOMEX marks the transition of a mine warfare readiness group from training to ready-to-deploy status and includes integrated surface, air and explosive ordnance disposal mine countermeasures operations
    U.S. Navy photo 041203-N-0206B-019 by Jacqui Barker
    Devastator 352k 6 May 2005
    San Diego, CA
    Devastator participates in a maritime homeland security and defense exercise near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). The exercise named Lead Shield III / Roguex V, featured significant participation from the community and included 19 USCG and Navy commands, six ships, seven aircraft and 24 interagency organizations totaling approximately 1,200 personnel. The two main components of the exercise were Lead Shield, which exercises anti-mine warfare capabilities and Roguex, which exercises the ability to interdict and secure a rogue vessel
    U.S. Navy photo 050506-N-8252B-059
    Devastator 455k 7 August 2005
    Panama Canal, Panama
    Devastator makes her way through the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal on the Pacific side of Panama during PANAMAX 05. PANAMAX was a training exercise in defense of the Panama Canal involving 15 countries from August 4 - 17. The Panama Canal is critical to the free flow of trade and goods in the Western Hemisphere and the entire world. The region's economy and stability largely depend on the safe transport of several hundred million tons of cargo that transit through the canal every year
    U.S. Air Force photo 050807-F-4883S-115 by Tech. Sgt. Rick Sforza
    Devastator 290k 29 August 2005
    Ingleside, TX
    Friends and family members of sailors aboard Devastator, eagerly await the return the ship from a five-month deployment. During her Eastern Pacific and Southern Command deployment, the ship traveled nearly 11,000 nautical miles and participated in a number of exercises including Exercise Lead Shield and
    PANAMAX 2005
    U.S. Navy photo 050829-N-2006A-001 by Mike Antoine
    Devastator 143k c. May 2007
    Gulf of Mexico
    HMC(SW) Charles T. "Tom" Canterbury, IDC MHC Crew Gallant/USS Shrike (MHC 62)
    Devastator 119k
    Devastator 508k 8 July 2008
    Gulf of Mexico
    Devastator conducts sea trials with advanced minesweeping gear off the coast of Texas. The new rigging will enable minesweepers to clear larger lanes in
    the ocean
    U.S. Navy photo 080708-N-3492R-001 and 080708-N-3492R-003 by Lt. Cmdr. L. Reinhold
    Bill Gonyo and Robert M. Cieri
    Devastator 566k
    Devastator 612k Devastator and USS Pioneer (MCM-9) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD-45) are underway near Hawaii on 18 July 2010 to participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve
    multinational interoperability
    U.S. Navy photo 100718-N-7200S-100 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Stevens
    Robert Hurst
    Devastator 220k Moored at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, on 20 July 2010, as part of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercise
    U.S. Navy photo 100720-N-7498L-094 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico
    Devastator 82k Departing Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on 29 July 2010 after participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercises.
    U.S. Navy photo 100729-N-0641S-017 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason Swink
    Sentry 251k c. May 2012
    Long Beach, CA
    Sentry (MCM 3), Devastator (MCM 6), Pioneer (MCM 9) and Warrior MCM 10) loaded on board The Netherlands Heavy Lift ship MV Tern for transit
    to Bahrain
    Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Sentry 345k
    Sentry 286k c. 2012
    Sentry (MCM 3), Devastator (MCM 6), Pioneer (MCM 9) and Warrior MCM 10) loaded on board The Netherlands Heavy Lift ship MV Tern en route to Bahrain
    Sentry 312k c. 2012
    MSC-chartered ship MV Tern transits the Indian Ocean while carrying the four mine countermeasure ships Sentry, Devastator (MCM 6), Pioneer (MCM 9) and Warrior MCM 10) to their new homeport of Manama, Bahrain. They arrived at Bahrain 20 June 2012
    U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Alex Forster, USN
    Joe Radigan
    Devastator 259k 23 June 2012
    Tugboats pull the mine counter measure ship Devastator into position as Devastator and three other mine counter measure ships arrived in Bahrain. Devastator is assigned to Commander, Task Force 52, supporting mine countermeasure operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility
    U.S. Navy photo 120623-N-XD935-134 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jayme Pastoric
    Ron Reeves
    Sentry 193k 20 September 2012
    Gulf of Oman
    The British Royal Fleet Auxiliary amphibious assault vessel RFA Cardigan Bay (L3009), left, the mine countermeasures ship USS Sentry (MCM 3), the British Royal navy destroyer HMS Diamond (D 34), and the mine countermeasures ship Devastator transit in formation in the Gulf of Oman. The coalition force is operating in support of International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 2012 as part of Task Force South. IMCMEX 12 includes navies from more than 30 countries and focuses on promoting regional security through mine countermeasure operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility
    U.S. Navy photo 120920-N-ZZ999-008 by Lt. Cmdr. Micah Murphy
    Devastator 450k 31 October 2014
    The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104), center, participates in International Mine-countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) with the mine countermeasures ships Devastator and USS Dextrous (MCM 13) and the Royal Navy mine-countermeasure vessels HMS Penzance (M 106), top, and HMS Chiddingfold (M 37). Sterett is deployed as part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility
    U.S. Navy photo 141031-N-GW139-784 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric Coffer
    Devastator 222k 6 November 2014
    Gulf of Oman
    The mine countermeasures ship Devastator prepares to re-supply during the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX). With a quarter of the world's navies participating including 6,500 Sailors from every region, IMCMEX is the largest international naval exercise promoting maritime security and the free-flow of trade through mine countermeasure operations, maritime security operations, and maritime infrastructure protection in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility and throughout the world
    U.S. Navy photo 141106-N-SI773-059 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ace Rheaume

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Daine Edward Eisold, USN6 October 1990 - 15 October 1991
    02CDR George Joseph Smith, Jr., USN15 October 1991 - 4 December 1991
    03CDR John Paul Wallace, USN - USNA Class of 19784 December 1991 - 28 June 1993
    04LCDR Thomas John Strei, Jr., USN28 June 1993 - 24 February 1994
    05LCDR Jeffery Scott Jones, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral21 September 1994
    06LCDR Alan Charles Westphaul, USN24 February 1994
    07LCDR Terry Tyrone Miller, USN17 October 1995 - 4 October 1996
    08LCDR Brian Thomas Donegan, USN - USNA Class of 19834 October 1996 - 18 June 1998
    09LCDR Thomas Aquinas Flisk, Jr., USN18 June 1998 - 24 February 2000
    10LCDR Clifford A. Pish, USNR24 February 2000
    11LCDR Randell Wayne Dykes, USN10 September 2001 - 1 July 2003
    12LCDR Kendall Gennick, USN1 July 2003 - 7 October 2005
    13LCDR Paul Donald Young, USN7 October 2005 - 14 December 2006
    14LCDR John Kenneth (Ken) Reilley, USN - USNA Class of 199314 December 2006 - 10 April 2008
    15LCDR Lloyd R. (Luke) Reinhold, USN10 April 2008 - 25 November 2008
    16LCDR Matthew Bradley Tucker, USN25 November 2008 - 3 March 2009
    17LCDR Angel Castro Cruz, USN3 March 2009 - 6 March 2009
    18LCDR Thomas A. Shear, II, USN6 March 2009 - 29 March 2009
    19LCDR John Robert Callaway, USN29 March 2009 - 19 June 2009
    20LCDR Patrick R. Murphy, USN - Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, seven Navy Commendation Medals and two Navy Achievement Medals12 June 2009 - 2010 (Crew Dominant)
    21LCDR 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 Medals2010 - 2012
    22LCDR Leonard M. Leos, USN2012
    23LCDR Edison Clair Rush, III, USN2012
    24LCDR Chavius G. Lewis, USN2013
    25LCDR Dawn T. Ricketts, USN - Awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals1 November 2013 - 2014 (Crew Conflict)
    26LCDR Ian J. Scaliatine, USN - USNA Class of 2000
    Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Joint Services Commendation Medal and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals
    27LCDR Paul Sablan Duenas, USN - USNA Class of 2003
    Awarded the Bronze Star, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals
    12 February 2015
    28LCDR Robert C. Burke, USN - Awarded four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement MedalsApril 2016
    29LCDR Kurt Albaugh, USN - USNA CLass of 2006
    Awarded four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
    15 June 2017
    ??LCDR Andrew D. Bucher, USN - Awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals(Crew Swerve)
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Joe Radigan and Bill Gonyo

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    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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