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Chief (MCM-14)

Call sign:
November - Charlie - Papa - Oscar

Avenger Class Mine Countermeasures Ship:

  • The second Chief was laid down 19 August 1991 at Peterson Builders, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
  • Launched 12 June 1993
  • Commissioned 5 November 1994.


  • Displacement 1,253 t.(lt), 1,367 t.(fl)
  • Length 224'
  • Beam 39'
  • Draft 15'
  • Speed 13.5 kts.
  • Complement 84
  • 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 reversible 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 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 MDG 1701 Marconi Magnetometer Degaussing System.

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    Chief 100k
    Chief 36k At Port Aransas, TX inbound to NavSta Ingleside Tom Langford
    Chief 57k
    Chief 44k Robert Hurst
    Chief 123k Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Chief 245k San Diego Bay
    Chief 558k 26 January 1995
    An early morning port bow view of the mine counter measures ship Chief shortly after mooring at Harbour Island in the Port of Tampa, FL
    U.S. Navy photo 330-CFD-DN-SC-95-01353 by OS2 John Bouvia from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Michael Mohl
    Chief 277k 27 January 1995
    Tampa, FL
    Under "attack" by the S.S. Ybor (actually the tugboat Janet K.) as the mock pirate invasion of Tampa by the Ybor Navy begins as part of the annual Gasparilla celebration
    Department of Defense photo DN-SC-95-01357 by OS2 John Bouvia
    Robert Hurst
    Chief 105k c. February 1995
    Cover of All Hands magazine
    Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Chief 120k 18 November 1997
    Gulf of Mexico
    A port beam view of the Chief underway
    U.S. Navy photo DN-SD-03-11978
    Robert M. Cieri
    Chief 94k 27 April 2003
    Chief's first visit to Valletta, Malta
    Anthony Vella
    Senglea, Malta
    Osprey 131k 3 December 2004
    Panama City, FL
    Chief and the mine hunter coastal ship Osprey (MHC 51) prior to getting underway for the Gulf of Mexico Exercises (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-016 by Jacqui Barker
    Original photo: Joe Radigan
    Replacement photo: 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 (MCM 4), Pioneer (MCM 9), Chief, 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 (MCM 4), and Chief
    BMCS Richard Miller, USNR, Ret.
    Chief 277k 23 October 2014
    Chief participates in Exercise Clear Horizon 2014 off the coast of the Korean peninsula. Clear Horizon is an annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Republic of Korea navies designed to enhance cooperation and improve capabilities in mine countermeasure operations
    U.S. Navy photo 141023-N-UH865-122 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Frank L. Andrews
    Ron Reeve

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Timothy Scott Garrold, USN - USNA Class of 19815 November 1994 - 19 July 1996
    02LCDR Clifford Seawell "Cliff" Sharpe, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral19 July 1996 - 16 January 1997 Crew Echo)
    03LCDR Anthony Ellis Mitchell, USN16 January 1997 - 15 August 1997
    04LCDR Timothy Thompson Smith, USN - USNA Class of 198315 August 1997 - 7 November 1997
    05LCDR Clifford Seawell Sharpe, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral7 November 1997 - 13 December 1997
    06LCDR Christopher Watson Grady, USN13 December 1997 - 28 August 1998
    07LCDR Timothy Thompson Smith, USN - USNA Class of 198328 August 1998 - 23 February 1999
    08LCDR Curt William Steigers, USN23 February 1999 - 30 July 1999
    09LCDR Christopher Watson Grady, USN - Awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legions of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals with Combat "V", and the Joint Service Achievement Medal
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    30 July 1999 - 19 August 1999
    10LCDR Mark Victor Dennis, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral19 August 1999 - 25 April 2001
    11LCDR Jon Erik Lux, USN25 April 2001 - 10 March 2002
    12LCDR Scott D. Davies, USN10 March 2002 - 23 November 2004
    13LCDR David Thomas (Tom) Peterson, USN - USNA Class of 199123 November 2004 - 4 April 2005
    14LCDR Warren R. Buller, II, USN4 April 2005 - 10 June 2005
    15LCDR Michael Scott Sciretta, USN10 June 2005 - July 2006
    16LCDR William Scott Switzer, USN2006
    18LCDR Angel Castro Cruz, USN2007
    17LCDR James LeRoy Storm, USN - Awarded two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement MedalsMarch 2007 (Crew Fearless)
    19LCDR John A. Krisciunas, USNNovember 2007 - 2008
    20LCDR Thomas Shear, USN2008
    20LCDR Samantha Dee Baldwin, USN2009 - 20 February 2010
    21LCDR Elaine A. Brunelle, USN20 February 2010 - 10 August 2010
    22LCDR James Anthony (Jim) Rushton, USN10 August 2010 - 8 December 2010
    23CDR Robert S. Smith, USN8 December 2010 - 2011
    24LCDR Edward Jenkins Pledger, USN2011
    25LCDR David Nathaniel Taft, USN - Awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement MedalsJanuary 2011 (Crew Constant)
    26LCDR Micha D. Murphy, USN - Awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals and two Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals2011 (Crew Exultant)
    27LCDR Matthew Thomas Erdner, USN - Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement MedalFebruary 2012 - 20 May 2012 (Crew Dominant)
    28LCDR Leonard M. Leos, USN20 May 2012 - 16 January 2013
    29LCDR Nathan S. Wemett, USN16 January 2013
    30LCDR Robert Myers Laird, Jr., USN2013 - January 2014
    31LCDR James J. Sordi, Jr., USN - Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals and two Navy Achievement MedalsJanuary 2014 - 15 July 2014 (Crew Persistent)
    32LCDR James L. "Jim" Correia, USN15 July 2014 - March 2015
    33LCDR Shane R. Dennis, USNMarch 2015 - 23 June 2016
    34LCDR Michael Tyree, USN - USNA Class of 2004
    Awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
    23 June 2016 - 25 August 2017
    35LCDR William A. Russell, USN25 August 2017
    36LCDR Frederick D. Crayton, USN - Awarded two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, five Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals and four Navy/Marine Corps Achievement MedalsAugust 2018
    ??LCDR Wayne P. Liebold, USN - Awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Army Achievement Medal(Crew Reaper)
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Joe Radigan and Thomas Shear

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