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USS Champion (MCM 4)

- decommissioned -

USS CHAMPION was the fourth ship in the AVENGER class of Mine Countermeasures Ships and also the fourth ship in the Navy to bear the name. During her almost 30 years of service, the CHAMPION has mainly operated along the US east and west coasts and in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1999, she completed a 5-month Mediterranean deployment. In 2009, the CHAMPION shifted her homeport from Ingleside, Tx., to San Diego, Calif., where she was subsequently used to train crews for her forward-deployed sisterships. USS CHAMPION held a decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on August 18, 2020, and was officially decommissioned on August 25, 2020.


General Characteristics:Keel Laid: June 28, 1984
Launched: April 15, 1989
Commissioned: February 8, 1991
Decommissioned: August 25, 2020
Builder: Marinette Marine, Wisconsin
Propulsion System: four diesels
Propellers: two
Length: 224 feet (68.28 meters)
Beam: 39 feet (11.89 meters)
Draft: 11,5 feet (3.5 meters)
Displacement: 1,312 tons
Speed: 14 knots
Armament: Mine neutralization system, two .50 caliber machine guns
Crew: 8 Officers, 76 Enlisted


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS CHAMPION. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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USS CHAMPION in the News:


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The photo below was taken by me and shows the CHAMPION undergoing maintenance at San Diego, Calif., on March 15, 2012.



The photo below was taken by me and shows the CHAMPION near the end of her maintenance period at San Diego, Calif., on May 10, 2012.



The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the CHAMPION at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on October 2, 2015.



The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the CHAMPION at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on April 18, 2016.



The photo below was taken by Sebastian Thoma and shows the CHAMPION at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on December 20, 2016.



The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the CHAMPION during the Parade of Ships during Fleet Week San Francisco on October 6, 2017.



The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning on October 8, 2017, during an open ship event aboard USS CHAMPION as part of Fleet Week San Francisco.



The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the CHAMPION at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on March 2, 2019.



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