USS Chief Arrives in Manila

March 17, 2019 – The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM 14) arrived in Manila, Philippines, March 17, for a port visit. Chief is visiting Manila while operating in U.S. 7th Fleet to work with our Philippines partners to strengthen regional security and stability, and enhance interoperability. “The crew of Chief is thrilled at the opportunity to visit Manila,” said Lt. Cmdr. Fred Crayton, commanding officer of Chief. “Our camaraderie with the Philippines is one of our most enduring relationships in the Indo-Pacific region. The Filipino people are some…

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U.S., Australia & Indonesia Commemorate WWII Battle of Sunda Strait

March 1, 2019 – USS Chief (MCM 14) attended a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Sunda Strait aboard the Indonesian Navy corvette KRI Usman Harun (359), March 1. The ceremony honored American and Australian crews who lost their lives fighting aboard USS Houston (CA 30) and HMAS Perth (D 29) during the WWII battle. “It is important to remember the sacrifice of the Sailors that have gone before us to pay tribute to shipmates who have made the ultimate commitment while personifying the…

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USS Chief Visits Jakarta

February 26, 2019 – USS Chief (MCM 14) arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia, Feb. 26, for a port visit. Chief is visiting Jakarta while operating in U.S. 7th Fleet to work with their Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) counterparts to strengthen regional security and stability, and enhance interoperability. “Partnerships, especially persistent partnerships, enhance our ability to maintain peace and maritime stability in the Indo-Pacific region,” said Lt. Cmdr. Fred Crayton, commanding officer of Chief. “As such, the U.S. Navy is committed to continuing to engage and work side-by-side with our Indonesian Navy partners…

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USS Chief Makes Port Call in Brunei

February 15, 2019 – USS Chief (MCM 14) arrived in Muara, Brunei, Feb. 15, for a port visit. Chief is visiting Brunei while operating in U.S. 7th Fleet to strengthen regional security and stability, and enhance interoperability with partners. “Port visits like this one are important because they emphasize not only our commitment to maintaining peace and stability in the region but, more so, our desire to strengthen and foster relationships with our partners and allies.” said Lt. Cmdr. Fred Crayton, commanding officer of Chief. While in port Chief Sailors…

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USS Chief Completes MCM Exercise with Japanese and Australian Navies

December 3, 2018 – USS Chief (MCM 14) participated in Mine Warfare Exercise 3JA 2018, Nov. 24-27. 3JA is an annual exercise series that is designed to increase proficiency in mine countermeasure operations between the U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and this year, for the first time, the Royal Australian Navy. “These opportunities to train with our partners demonstrate the commitment we have to maintain peace and stability throughout the region,” said Lt. Cmdr. Fred Crayton, commanding officer of Chief. During the exercise Sailors aboard Chief operated sonar to…

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US, Japan, Australia to conduct Mine Warfare Exercise

November 13, 2018 – The U.S. Navy, Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) are scheduled to begin Mine Warfare Exercise 3JA 2018 off the coast of southern Japan, November 17. This is part of an annual exercise series with the U.S. Navy and JMSDF, joined for the first time this year by the RAN. The exercise increases proficiency in mine countermeasure operations. “Our continued work with the JSMDF combined with this year’s addition of our Australian allies gives exercise 3JA a much more vibrant impact and…

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USS Chief Pulls into Hakodate

USS Chief (MCM 14) pulled into Hakodate, Japan, July 14, for a goodwill port visit and training. Chief, an Avenger-class mine countermeasure ship, is crewed by roughly 90 Sailors. Port visits like this one gives the Sailors aboard an opportunity to interact with the people of Hakodate, who have not received a port visit from the U.S. Navy since 2016. “I have not been to Hakodate in ten years,” said Lt. Cdr. Frederick Crayton, Chief’s commanding officer. “I look forward to seeing how much the city has changed, and letting…

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USS Chief to Visit Niigata

USS Chief (MCM 14), forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan, as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet, will make a brief port visit to Niigata, Japan on July 9, 2018. Chief is visiting Niigata for training and goodwill. Conducting port calls provides the crew with experience and improves mission readiness. Chief, commanded by Lt. Cmdr. William A. Russell, is an Avenger-class mine countermeasure ship and is 68.3 meters in length. The ship displaces approximately 1,300 tons with approximately crew size of 90. While in Niigata, the crew is looking forward to…

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US-Japan Complete 3JA Exercise

USS Chief (MCM 14), Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7 staff, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14) Detachment 2A, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) units successfully completed exercise 3JA Nov. 28. The exercise, which lasted three days, was part of a series of exercises held between U.S. and Japan forces in order to increase proficiency and interoperability in mine countermeasure operations. USS Chief hosted JMSDF members aboard to build bonds and share tactics on mine countermeasure operations. EODMU 5 embarked the Uraga class…

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USS Chief departs Sasebo for 3JA MCM exercise with Japanese

USS Chief (MCM 14) departed Sasebo Nov. 21 to join Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) MCM ships and aircraft in MCM exercise 3JA. MCMEX 3JA is part of an annual series of bilateral exercises held between the U.S. and Japan to increase proficiency and interoperability in mine countermeasure operations. This will be the second year that Chief will participate in the U.S.-Japan bilateral exercise and follows its recent participation in the Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise with the Republic of Korea and United Nation Command Sending States. “Chief is excited…

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US and ROK Forces Complete MIWEX

Maritime forces from the U.S. and Republic of Korea successfully completed the Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise (MN MIWEX), Oct. 22. USS Chief (MCM 14), staff from Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7, and Mine Countermeasures Helicopter Squadron (HM) 14 Detachment 2A participated in MIWEX with Republic of Korea (ROK) counterparts and members of United Nations Command Sending States to increase mine countermeasure interoperability and tactical proficiency. The exercise spanned over a week and included a multitude of training drills designed to improve cooperation and proficiencies in mine countermeasures operations. HM-14 conducted…

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USS Chief Arrives in Busan ahead of MN MIWEX

USS Chief (MCM 14) arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, Oct. 10 for a routine port call as the ship makes final preparations for the Multinational Mine Countermeasures Exercise (MN MIWEX). MN MIWEX consists of ships, aircraft, and explosive ordnance units who will participate in a week of drills meant to detect and neutralize mines in order to create safe navigation routes off the Korean peninsula. “We’re looking forward to participating with our partners and building on our joint capabilities and enhancing interoperability,” said Lt. Cmdr. William Russell, commanding officer…

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USS Chief visits South Korea’s Jeju Island

USS Chief (MCM 14) arrived at the southern island of Jeju-do for a routine port visit and completion of planned training and certifications, Sept. 26. Capt. Glen Leverette, the deputy commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea, greeted the ship along with Rear Adm. Kim, Jung-Soo, the commander of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy’s Maritime Task Force Flotilla 7, and more than 100 ROK sailors, welcome Chief to the southern island. “The ROK Navy and Flotilla 7 leadership always provide a warm welcome and excellent support to our ships,” said…

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U.S., Republic of Korea team up for MCM portion of Foal Eagle

April 3, 2017 – U.S. mine countermeasures, surface and expeditionary assets and counterparts from the Republic of Korea navy wrapped up the mine countermeasures portion of the bilateral exercise Foal Eagle March 29. Foal Eagle is a series of joint and combined field training exercises conducted by Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea components (ground, air, naval, and special operations) in order to enhance the combat readiness, flexibility, and capabilities of the Alliance. The MCM portion of Foal Eagle was conducted off the coast of the Republic of Korea…

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