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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 623-94
November 03, 1994

NAVY TO COMMISSION MINE COUNTERMEASURES

SHIP CHIEF (MCM 14)

The commissioning of the mine countermeasures ship, Chief (MCM 14) will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 5, 1994 at the Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia. Hundreds of active-duty and retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officers are expected to attend the ceremony for the ship named in their honor.

Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jeremy "Mike" Boorda will be the ceremony's principal speaker. Mrs. Susan Bushey, wife of former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Duane R. Bushey, is the ship's Sponsor, and will also be present.

The last Avenger Class ship currently authorized to be built by Congress, Chief provides enhanced mine-hunting, minesweeping and mine neutralization capabilities through the use of advanced hull designs and state-of-the-art combat systems which complement the Navy's focus on operations in the littoral regions around the world "Forward ...From the Sea." One previous Navy ship was named Chief, a minecraft (AM 14) which served in World War II and Korea.

The ship is powered by diesel engines that drive two controllable, reversible pitch propellers. It features a glass-reinforced, plastic-sheathed wooden hull and degaussing system in order to maintain a very low magnetic signature. Chief is 224 feet in length, has a beam of 39 feet and displaces approximately 1,320 tons fully loaded. The ship will carry a crew of six officers and 76 enlisted personnel. Lieutenant Commander Timothy Garrold will be the ship's commanding officer.

An open invitation has been extended to all active-duty and retired Chief Petty Officers to attend the ceremony. For further information and for media coverage, please contact Senior Chief Ted Brown at (804) 444-6887.