USS DEVASTATOR
MCM 6
  
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The Devastator (MCM 6) is the 6th Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship and the second United States ship to bear that name. Her kell was laid down on February 9, 1987, by Peterson Builders, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; She was christened and launched on June 11, 1988. Cmdr. Dwaine E. Eisold is the prospective commanding officer.

October 6, 1990 USS Devastator was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Newport, R.I.

Ocober 15, 1991 Cmdr. George J. Smith, Jr., took command of the Devastator during an exchange of command and crew ("hull swap") ceremony with the USS Guardian (MCM 5) in Manama, Bahrain.

December 4, Cmdr. John P. Wallace relieved Cmdr. George J. Smith, Jr., as the 3rd commanding officer.

April 10, 1992 USS Devastator departed Newport for sea trials after a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway again on April 15; Underway for local operations from April 20-23.

April 25, MCM 6 departed homeport for a two-month Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) Cruise. Ammo onload at Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J., from April 27- May 2; Inport NAB Little Creek, Va., from May 3-7 and 8-9; Inport Naval Station Charleston, S.C., from May 11-12 and 13-16th; Brief stop in Naval Station Mayport to refuel on May 20; Inport Charleston from May 21-27; Inport Little Creek from May 29- June 3.

June 4, USS Devastator arrived in Alexandria, Va., for a four-day port visit in conjunction with the Water Front Festival. Inport Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek from June 9-11; Inport Charleston from June 15-18 and 20-23rd; Returned home on June 27.

July 6, The Devastator entered the dry-dock at American Shipyard in Newport, R.I., for a three-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Underway for sea trials on Sept. 28.

October 8, The mine countermeasures ship pulled into NAB Little Creek, Va., for a brief port call. Inport Charleston, S.C. for magnetic deperming from Oct. 13- Nov. 3.

November 6, The Devastator moored at Naval Air Station Key West, Fla., for a three-day port call to refuel.

November 13, USS Devastator arrived in its new homeport of Naval Station Ingleside, Texas, after a 38-day transit from Newport, Rhode Island.

From Nov. 30 through Dec. 4, MCM 6 was underway for Mine Readiness Certification Inspection (MRCI) Preps. Underway again from Dec. 7-11; Underway for routine training from Jan. 7-9 and Jan. 11-14, 1993; Underway for MCM Refresher Training (REFTRA) from Jan. 18-22 and 25-29th; Underway for MRCI rehearsal from Feb. 1-5; Underway for MRCI from Feb. 9-12.

February 16, USS Devastator departed homeport for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR), along with USS Avenger (MCM 1), USS Sentry (MCM 3) and USS Scout (MCM 8).

February 21, The Devastator arrived in NAS Key West, Fla., for a brief port call to refuel. Inport Naval Station Charleston to offload magnetic material from Feb. 24- March 1; Inport NAB Little Creek from March 5-9 and 12-16t in support of exercise Unified Spirit; Inport Naval Annex, Bermuda, from March 20-22 to refuel.

April 8, USS Devastator arrived in Ostende, Belgium, for a week-long port call. Brief stop in Kiel, Germany, on April 17 to refuel; Inport Aarhus, Denmark, from April 17-19 before participating in exercise Blue Harrier; Inport Aarhus again from April 30- May 2; Brief stops to refuel in Brest, France, on May 5 and Lisbon, Portugal, from May 9-10.

From May 10-18, The mine countermeasures ship participated in exercise Linked Seas, off the coast of Portugal. Brief stop in Lisbon from May 19-20; Anchored off the coast of Liverpool to participate in Commemoration of the Battle for the Atlantic from May 25-27.

May 27, The Devastator arrived in Liverpool, England, for an eight-day port visit. Brief stop in Lisbon on June 9; Inport Cadiz, Spain, from June 11-14.

June 18, USS Devastator pulled into Vigo, Spain, for a three-day port visit. Port call to La Rochelle, France, from June 25-29.

June 28, Lt. Cmdr. Thomas J. Strei relieved Cmdr. John P. Wallace as CO of the MCM 6.

July 1, The Devastator arrived in Rouen, France, for a four-day port visit.

July 10, MCM 6 moored outboard the USS Simon Lake (AS 33) in Gibraltar, British overseas teritory, for a nine-day Fleet Maintenance Availability (FMAV).

July 23, The mine countermeasures ship pulled into Ponta Delgada, Portugal, for a brief visit to Azores to refuel. Inport Key West, Fla., from Aug. 8-10.

August 13, USS Devastator returned to Ingleside after a six-month deployment.

From October 14-15, the Devastator was underway for local operations. Underway again on Oct. 19, Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 8-11.

November 12, USS Devastator moored at Cargo Doc 2 in Corpus Christi, Texas, for a four-day port visit. Underway again in the Corpus Christi OPAREA from Nov. 18-19, Dec. 2, 8-9, 14, Jan. 11-13, 1994, Feb. 18-19, 21-22, 24-25, Feb. 28- March 1, March 14 and 17th.

April 1, The Devastator departed homeport in support of USS George Washington (CVN 73) BG's FLEETEX/SOCEX. Brief stop to refuel at USCG Station Key West from April 5-6; Inport Naval Station Charleston from April 8-11 and 20-23rd; Inport Key West from April 27-28; Returned home on May 2; Underway for ISE om May 17 and 20th; Underway for OPPE on May 25.

June 30, USS Devastator arrived in Port Isabel, Texas, for an eight-day port visit.

July 11, The mine countermeasures ship commenced a two-month Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA). Underway for sea trials on Aug. 24.

September 22, Capt. Richard L. Owens assumed temporary command of the MCM 6. Mine Countemeasures (MCM) Rotational Crew Golf, formed in early August, was flown overseas to relieve MCM Rotational Crew Foxtrot, embarked aboard the USS Guardian (MCM 5) in Sasebo, Japan.

October 4, Lt. Cmdr. Jeffery S. Jones assumed command of the USS Devastator (Foxtrot Crew).

On November 9 and 23, the Devastator was underway for Independent Steaming Exercises (ISE) in the Corpus Christi Op. Area. Underway again from Nov. 29-30; Underway for INSURV rehearsal on Dec. 6; Underway for INSURV assessment on Dec. 14.

February 24, 1995 Lt. Cmdr. Alan C. Westphaul relieved Lt. Cmdr. Jeffery S. Jones as the 6th CO of USS Devastator (Foxtrot Crew).

From March 15-17, MCM 6 was underway for TSTA I. Returned to port each evening; Underway again from March 20-23, 29-31, April 3-5, 11 and 13-14th; Underweay for TSTA II from April 19-21 and 26-27; Underway for TSTA III on May 19 and 24-25th; Underway for OPPE Preps. on June 1 and 8th; Underway for OPPE on June 14.

June 29, USS Devastator departed Naval Station Ingleside in support of USS America (CV 66) BG's JTFEX. Inport Key West, Fla., from July 3-5; Inport Morehead City, N.C., on July 8.

July 13, The Devastator pulled into Naval Weapons Station Charleston to offload magnetic material. Moved to Pier Yankee Degaussing Cradle at Naval Station Charleston on July 14; Degaussing runs at Charleston Magnetic Silencing Facility Cooper River Range on July 17; Departed NWS after onload on July 18.

July 20, The mine countermeasures ship arrived in Freeport, Bahamas, for a three-day port visit. Brief stop in Key West to refuel on July 24; Returned home on July 28; Underway for local operations on Aug. 16 and 25; Underway for TSTA IV on Aug. 29, 30, 31, Sept. 5-6, 8, 11, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20 and 21st; Underway for final MRCI Preps. on Sept. 28; Underway for MRCI inspection from Oct. 3-7; Underway for ISE from Nov. 2-4 and 7-9.

November 17, Lt. Cmdr. Terry T. Miller relieved Lt. Cmdr. Alan C. Westphaul as commanding officer of the Devastator (Alpha Crew).

From December 7-8, the Devastator was underway for local operations. Underway for LTT inspection from Dec. 11-15; Underway for navigation checks on Feb. 6, 1996; Underway in the Gulf of Mexico from Feb. 8-11; Underway for CNO Special project from Feb. 12-15; Underway for East Coast operations on March 1; Inport Key West due to bad weather from March 7-14; Moored at NWS Charleston from March 16-20.

From March 20 through April 3, USS Devastator was underway in the Charleston Op. Area, searching for a downed Marine Corps F/A-18.

April 5, MCM 6 arrived in Savannah, Ga., for a two-day port visit.

April 13, The mine countermeasures ship pulled into Morehead City, N.C., for a brief stop to refuel after participating in exercise MCMV Westlant; Inport Port Everglades, Fla., from April 17-19; Brief stop in Key West on April 22.

April 26, USS Devastator returned to Ingleside after a two-month underway period. Underway for Limited Type Training from May 6-9 and 13-16; Underway for MRCI from May 21-23; Underway for Dependent's Day Cruise on June 3.

July 1, The Devastator entered the Peterson Builders Inc. shipyard in Ingleside for a two-month Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA). Returned to Naval Station Ingleside on Sept. 3; Underway for sea trials from Sept. 17-19 and Oct. 2.

October 4, Lt. Cmdr. Brian T. Donegan relieved Lt. Cmdr. Terry T. Miller as CO of the Devastator.

From October 15-18, MCM 6 was underway for TSTA I in the Corpus Christi OPAREA. Underway again from Oct. 29-30 and Nov. 5-8; Underway for TSTA II from Nov. 19-21, Dec. 2 and 5th; Underway for FEP from Jan. 20-21; Underway for GOMEX 97-1 from Jan. 22-26.

February 21, 1997 USS Devastator departed Ingleside for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment. Brief stop in Key West on Feb. 25.

February 28, The Devastator arrived in NWS Charleston for magnetic material offload and to conduct magnetic signature measurement. Degaussing runs at Charleston Magnetic Silencing Facility Cooper River Range from March 5-6; Inport Naval Station Mayport from March 8-13; Brief stop at Bermuda from March 17-18.

April 5, The mine countermeasures ship pulled into Portsmouth, England, for a 10-day port call for emergent repairs to its 2A and 2B Main Engines. Brief stops to refuel in Porto de Leixoes, Portugal, on May 19 and Cartagena, Spain, on May 23; Port call to La Spezia, Italy, from May 27-29.

June 1, USS Devastator arrived in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a two-day port visit before participating in exercise Alcudra. Inport Palma again for emergent repairs to its port shaft from June 11-18; Returned home on July 14; Underway for sea trials from Sept. 25-26; Underway for local operations from Sept. 30- Oct. 2 and Oct. 15-17.

February 17, 1998 The Devastator entered the Gulf Copper dry-dock at Aransas Pass, Texas, for a four-month Drydocking Phased Maintenance Availability (E-DPMA). Returned to Naval Station Ingleside on April 17; Underway for sea trials from June 15-17, 18 and 19th.

June 18, Lt. Cmdr. Thomas A. Flisk, Jr., relieved Lt. Cmdr. Brian T. Donegan as CO of the MCM 6.

From July 15-17, USS Devastator was underway for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I. Underway again on July 28, Aug. 6-7 and 26-27th; Underway for TSTA II from Sept. 3-4, 22 and 23-25th; Underway for TSTA IV from Sept. 28-30, Oct. 8-9, 13-16 and 19-23rd; Underway for FEP from Oct. 27-29; Underway for a Gulf of Mexico Exercise (GOMEX) 98-1 from Nov. 9-12.

From January 14-23, 1999, the Devastator was underway in support of GOMEX 99-1.

February 24, USS Devastator departed Naval Station Ingleside for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment, along with USS Avenger, USS Champion and USS Scout. Brief stop in Port Everglades, Fla., to refuel on March 1.

March 19, The mine countermeasures ship arrived in Funchal, Portugal, for a brief stop at Madeira Island to refuel. Inport Naval Station Rota, Spain, from March 22-29.

April 1, USS Devastator pulled into Barcelona, Spain, for a six-day port visit. Port call to Palma de Mallorca from April 8-13.

April 16, MCM 6 arrived in Naples, Italy, for a six-day upkeep. Inport Souda Bay, Crete, to refuel from April 25-26.

April 29, The Devastator pulled into Haifa, Israel, for a six-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of exercise Noble Melinda. Inport Haifa again from May 7-9 and 13-17; Port call to Augusta Bay, Sicily, for ammo onload from May 22-24; Port visit to Mahon, Menorca, Spain, from May 27-31; Inport Palma de Mallorca from June 1-2 before participation in exercise Alcudra; Brief stop to Castallon, Spain, to refuel on June 5.

June 8, USS Devastator moored at Naval Station Rota for emergent repairs to its 1B Main Engine. Underway again on July 3; Brief stop in Funchal, Portugal, on July 6.

July 28, USS Devastator returned to homeport after a five-month deployment.

From August 22-24, the Devastator was moored at Ingleside Turning Basin-Nest 3 for a "safe haven" from Hurricane Bret. Underway for GOMEX 99-2 from Oct. 1-3; Underway for local operations on Oct. 19.

October 25, MCM 6 entered the Peterson Ship Repair in Ingleside for a four-month Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA). Returned to Naval Station Ingleside on Feb. 10, 2000; Underway for sea trials from Feb. 22-23.

February 24, Lt. Cmdr. Clifford A. Pish relieved Lt. Cmdr. Thomas A. Flisk, Jr., as the 10th CO of Devastator.

March 23, USS Devastator pulled into Panama City, Fla., for a five-day port visit. Underway for mine hunting operations from March 28-30; Inport Panama City to refuel from March 30-31; Returned home on April 3; Underway for minesweeping operations on April 5; Underway again on May 4 and 11th; Underway for routine training on May 18, June 5-6 and 7-8th; Underway to provide support to USS Robin (MHC 54) from June 13-18; Underway for local operations from June 22-23 and 29-30th; Underway in support of GOMEX '00 from July 17-20.

August 11, The Devastator departed homeport for search and rescue operations in response to downed MH-53 helicopter from HM-15. Returned the same day; Underway for mine hunting operations on Aug. 18; Inport Coastal Systems Station (CSS) in Panama City from Aug. 22-24, 28-30, Sept. 1-4 and 7-9th; Returned home on Sept. 12; Underway for routine training from Oct. 3-4, 12-13, 16-17, 18-20, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

February 15, 2001 USS Devastator departed Ingleside for a scheduled five-and-a-half month eastern Pacific deployment.

January 13, 2003 USS Devastator departed Naval Station Ingleside, Texas, for a surge deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism, as part of the Mine Readiness Group 3; including USS Sentry, USS Scout and USS Chief (MCM 14).

Upon arrival in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR, the four ships joined USS Cleveland (LPD 7), which had embarked personnel from three Explosive Ordnance Disposal detachments, Mine Countermeasures Squadron 2 and Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15. They then conducted several weeks of detailed Route Survey operations, surveillance and training in the vicinity of the Suez Canal, providing invaluable operational experience and continuing to define the future role of mine warfare forces. Sentry and Devastator arrived in the vicinity of the northern approach to the Suez Canal first and were in place when hostilities broke out in Iraq. Scout and Chief joined them shortly thereafter.

June 13, USS Devastator returned to homeport after a five-month Mediterranean deployment.

July 1, Lt. Cmdr. Kendall Gennick relieved Randell W. Dykes as CO of the Devastator.

February 3, 2005 The Devastator arrived in Mobile, Ala., for a six-day port visit to participate in Mardi Gras festivities.

April 1, USS Devastator departed Naval Station Ingleside for a scheduled deployment.

April 4, MCM 6 arrived in Cozumel, Mexico, for a brief stop to refuel.

May 6, The mine countermeasures ship is currently off the coast of Los Angeles participating in a maritime homeland security and defense exercise with the U.S. Coast Guard. The exercise named Lead Shield III/Roguex V, will feature significant participation from the community and will include 19 USCG and Navy commands, six ships, seven aircraft and 24 interagency organizations totaling approximately 1200 personnal.

August 29, The Devastator returned to Ingleside, Texas, after a five-month eastern Pacific and Southern Command deployment.

October 7, Lt. Cmdr. Paul D. Young relieved Lt. Cmdr. Kendall Gennick as CO of the MCM 6.

December 14, 2006 Lt. Cmdr. John K. Reilley relieved Lt. Cmdr. Paul D. Young as commanding officer of the Devastator.

November 9, 2007 USS Devastator completed Gulf of Mexico Exercise (GOMEX) 08-2 in the Corpus Christi operating area. This exercise marks the transition from a training group to fully capable and deployable assets in the MCM arsenal.

July 8, 2008 MCM 6 is currently conducting sea trials with advanced minesweeping gear off the coast of Texas. The new rigging will enable minesweepers to clear larger lanes in the ocean.

November 25, Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Tucker relieved Lt. Cmdr. Lloyd R. Reinhold as the 16th CO of Devastator.

March 3, 2009 Capt. Robert S. Hospodar, Commander, Mine Countermeasures Squadron (COMCMRON) 2, relieved the CO Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Tucker for not "maintaining ship readiness standards." He was fired just over three weeks after the Devastator underwent a scheduled examination by the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). The current XO Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Shear will took temporary command of the ship on Friday.

May 22, USS Devastator arrived at its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego, Calif., after a 32-day transit from Ingleside, Texas, in accordance with the Defense Base Relocation and Closure Commission.

June 19, Lt. Cmdr. Michael R. Murphy relieved Lt. Cmdr. John R. Callaway as commanding officer of the MCM 6.

June 29, 2010 USS Devastator, along with USS Pioneer, arrived in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010.

May 9, 2012 USS Devastator, commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Christopher J. Gilbertson, along with USS Sentry (MCM 3), USS Pioneer (MCM 9) and USS Warrior (MCM 10), departed port of Long Beach, Calif., to be forward-deployed to the 5th Fleet AoO. The four mine countermeasures ships were loaded aboard the contracted semi-submersible ship Tern for a six-week transit to Manama, Bahrain.

September 20, The Devastator departed Mina Salman Port in Manama for at-sea phase of International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 2012 in the Arabian Gulf.

May 13, 2013 USS Devastator departed Manama to participate in at-sea phase of International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 2013.

November 1, Lt. Cmdr. Dawn T. Ricketts relieved Lt. Cmdr. Chavius G. Lewis as CO of the Devastator (Conflict Crew) during a change-of-command ceremony at Manama. MCM 6 is currently undergoing a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

May 9, 2014 USS Gladiator, along with the USS Sirocco (PC 6) and USS Firebolt (PC 10), moored at Sultan Qaboos Port in Muscat, Oman, for a four-day port call after participated in a multi-national exercise Khunjar Haad.

October 31, The Gladiator departed homeport to participate in at-sea phase of International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 2014.

November 8, USS Devastator moored at Berth 3, Sultan Qaboos Port in Muscat, Oman, for a three-day port call; Inport Doha, Qatar, in Mid-December.

February 12, 2015 Lt. Cmdr. Paul S. Duenas relieved Lt. Cmdr. Kelechi R. Ndukwe as CO of the Devastator (Swerve Crew).

In April, USS Devastator participated in exercise Nautical Union 15, off the coast of Saudi Arabia, with the RSN AL Jawf (MCM 420).

September 2?, 2016 The Devastator departed Mina Salman Port for sea trials after piersided for 10 months.

October 19, USS Devastator, commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Robert C. Burke, recently departed Manama for a combined U.S./U.K. mine countermeasure exercise (MCMEX) 17-1.