USS CHIEF
MCM 14
  
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The Chief (MCM 14) is the 14th and last Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship and the third United States ship to bear that name. The keel was laid down on August 19, 1991, at Peterson Builders in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. She was christened and launched on June 12, 1993. Mrs. Susan Bushey, the wife of the 7th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Duane R. Bushey (Ret.), served as sponsor of the ship. USS Chief was commissioned on November 5, 1994. Lt. Cmdr. Timothy S. Garolld in command.

July 19, 1996 Lt. Cmdr. Clliford S. Sharpe relieved Lt. Cmdr. Timothy S. Garolld as commanding officer of the Chief.

December 13, 1997 Lt. Cmdr. Christopher W. Grady relieved Lt. Cmdr. Clliford S. Sharpe as the 5th CO of the MCM 14 (Echo Crew).

From February 24 through March 13, 1998, the Chief was underway for MCM operations in the Panama City Op. Area. Inport NAS Pensacola, Fla., from March 9-10.

August 28, Lt. Cmdr. Timothy T. Smith relieved Lt. Cmdr. Christopher W. Grady as CO of the USS Chief (Hotel Crew).

From September 1-3, the mine countermeasures ship was underway for a shakedown cruise. Moored at Ingleside Turning Basin-Nest for "safe haven" from Tropical Storm Charlie from Sept. 10-12.

From Sept. 22-24, USS Chief was underway for routine training in the Corpus Christi OPAREA.

September 28, MCM 14 departed Naval Station Ingleside for a visit to U.S. Naval Academy. Brief stop in Naval Station Mayport, Fla., on Oct. 4; Port call to Morehead City to onload mine shapes on Oct. 7; Inport NAB Little Creek, Va., from Oct. 9-13.

October 15, USS Chief moored at Farragut Field in Annapolis, Md., for a four-day port visit. Inport Freeport, Bahamas, from Oct. 23-26; Port call to Key West, Fla., from Nov. 2-3.

November 7, The Chief pulled into Port Manatee, Fla., for a two-day visit in conjunction with the annual Manatee Festival. Returned home on Nov. 12; Underway for CART II on Nov. 19.

From March through the end of June 1999, USS Chief completed its TSTA I/II/III/FEP and also participated in GOMEX 99-1.

July 30, Lt. Cmdr. Christopher W. Grady relieved Lt. Cmdr. Curt W. Steigers as CO of the MCM 14 (Echo Crew).

August 19, Lt. Cmdr. Mark V. Dennis assumed command of the MCM Rotational Crew Echo.

From August 21-24, the Chief was moored at Ingleside Turning Basin-Nest 3 for a "safe haven" from Hurricane Bret.

In November, USS Chief was underway for a port visit to Port Everglades, Fla., to participate in annual Broward County Navy Days Ft. Lauderdale.

January 10, 2000 USS Chief entered the Peterson Builders Inc. shipyard in Ingleside for a three-month Planned Maintenance Availability (PMA). Underway for sea trials on March 30; Underway for CO's Time from April 18-21; Underway for INSURV rehearsal from May 3-4; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on May 5; Underway for a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment on May 18?; Underway for a port visit to Cancun, Mexico, from May 31- June 9; Underway for CO's Time from June 11-16; Underway for ECERT on Aug. 2?.

From August 25- Sept. 11, the mine countermeasures ship was underway for Fleet Battle Experiment Hotel off the East Coast. Underway for CO's Time from Sept. 19-22; Underway for a port visit to Port Everglades for Fleet Week from Sept. 25- Oct. 14; Underway for a Tailored Ships' Training Availability (TSTA) III from Nov. 6-10; Underway for Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) from Nov. 12-17.

February 15, 2001 USS Chief departed homeport for a scheduled six-month eastern Pacific deployment.

April 19, Lt. Cmdr. Jon E. Lux relieved Lt. Cmdr. Mark V. Dennis as commanding officer of the Chief.

March 10, 2002 Lt. Cmdr. Scott D. Davis relieved Lt. Cmdr. Jon E. Lux as CO of the MCM 14.

January 13, 2003 USS Chief departed Ingleside, Texas, for a surge deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism, as part of the Mine Readiness Group (MRG) 3.

April 27, The Chief recently pulled into Valletta, Malta, for a liberty port visit.

November 23, 2004 Lt. Cmdr. David T. Peterson relieved Lt. Cmdr. Scott D. Davis as CO of USS Chief.

December 3, USS Chief recently pulled into Panama City, Fla., for a brief port call before participating in GOMEX 05-1. The exercise 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.

September 21, 2005 MCM 14 moored outboard the USS Pioneer (MCM 9) and USS Gladiator (MCM 11), in a modified moor of five MCM ships at Ingleside Turning Basin-Nest, in preparation for Hurricane Catrina.

April 15, 2009 USS Chief arrived in its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego in San Diego, Calif., after a four-week transit from Ingleside, Texas. The relocation of the MCMs and other mine warfare (MIW) commands is in accordance with the Department of Defense Base Relocation and Closure Commission's (BRAC) directed closure of Naval Station Ingleside.

December 8, 2010 Cmdr. Robert S. Smith relieved Lt. Cmdr. James A. Rushton as CO of the Chief.

March 1, 2011 USS Chief, along with USS Gladiator (MCM 11) and six Royal Navy ships, is currently participating in a mine countermeasures exercise in the Arabian Gulf.

July 8, MCM 14 returned to Naval Base San Diego after a six-month Middle East deployment.

From October 17-20, the Chief participated in a bilateral mine countermeasures exercise (MCMEX) off the coast of southern California.

February 29, 2012 USS Chief, commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Matthew T. Erdner (Dominant Crew), departed San Diego for a two-day Certification Verification.

May 31, 2014 USS Chief, commanded by Lt. Cmdr. James S. Sordi (Persistent Crew), departed San Diego, after recently being loaded aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC)-chartered heavy lift ship M/V Eide Transporter, to be transported to its new homeport of Sasebo, Japan; Arrived in Yokosuka, Japan, on June 26.

July 3, USS Chief was offloaded from heavy lift ship, during a float on/float off (FLO/FLO) operation at Fleet Activities Sasebo, and moored at Berth 1, India Basin for the first time.

July ?, Lt. Cmdr. James L. Correia assumed command of the Chief during an exchange of command and crew ("hull swap") ceremony with the USS Defender (MCM 2).

August 30, MCM 14 returned to Sasebo after a 10-day underway in support of Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Evaluation Measurement (SHAREM) exercise.

October 19, USS Chief recently moored at Chinhae Naval Base, Republic of Korea, for a brief port call before participating in annual mine counter-measures exercise Clear Horizon 2014.

January 28, 2015 The Chief departed Berth 10, India Basin for a three-day underway to conduct routine training; Underway with the USS Pioneer from Feb. 28- March 4.

March ?, Lt. Cmdr. Shane R. Dennis relieved Lt. Cmdr. James L. Correia as CO of the MCM 14.

March 27, USS Chief, along with USS Warrior (MCM 10), departed Sasebo to participate in a mine countermeasures exercise as part of the annual exercise Foal Eagle, off the coast of Chinhae, Republic of Korea, from March 30 through April 11; Returned home on April 13; Underway again from Aug. 26- Sept 3, Oct. 26- Nov. 4 and Nov. 16-21.

February 2?, 2016 USS Chief departed homeport for a squadron level mine countermeasures training off Okinawa; Brief stop at White Beach Naval Facility on March 11 and 21st; Inport Sasebo from March 23-25.

March 26, The Chief moored at Pier 11 in Chinhae Naval Base, Republic of Korea, for a two-day port call before participating in annual joint exercise Foal Eagle; Moored at Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a training availability (TRAV) from April 7-18; Returned home on May 5.

September 13, MCM 14 moored at Berth 9, India Basin after a four-day underway for routine training.?

November 1?, USS Chief departed Fleet Activities Sasebo to participate in a bilateral mine countermeasures exercise (MCMEX) 3JA, off the coast of Hyuga, Miyazaki Prefecture, from Nov. 20-28.