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 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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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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