USS Defender (MCM-2)
|Name:||USS Defender (MCM 2)|
|Laid down:||1 December 1983|
|Launched:||4 April 1987|
|Commissioned:||30 September 1989|
|Decommissioned:||1 October 2014|
|Class & type:||Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship|
|Displacement:||1,253 tons (light)
1,367 tons (full load)
|Length:||224 ft (68 m)|
|Beam:||39 ft (12 m)|
|Draft:||15 ft (4.6 m)|
|Propulsion:||four Waukasha Motors Co. diesel engines, two controllable reversible pitch propellers, two rudders, two electric light load propulsion motors|
|Speed:||13.5 knots (25.0 km/h; 15.5 mph)|
|Complement:||8 officers, 76 enlisted|
|Armament:||six M2HB .50 cal. machine guns, four M240B 7.62mm machine guns, two Mk 19 grenade launchers|
Construction and commissioning
It was laid down on 1 December 1983 at Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, Wisconsin; launched on 4 April 1987; and commissioned on 30 September 1989. As of 1 July 2009, she was active in, Mine Countermeasures Squadron Seven, U.S. Pacific Fleet, permanently forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan.
Defender was decommissioned at San Diego on 1 October 2014.
Electronic systems: one AN/SSN-2 Precise Integrated Navigation System (PINS), one AN/SQQ-32 Mine Hunting Sonar, one AN/SPS-55 Surface Radar, one AN/WSN-7 Gyro compass, Mine Countermeasure Equipment Suite, one AN/SLQ-48 (V) Mine Neutralization System, one AN/SQL-37 (V) 3 Magnetic/Acoustic Influence Minesweeping Gear, Oropesa type 0 size 1 Mechanical Sweep Equipment, MDG 1701 Marconi Magnetometer Degaussing System.
For a review of current year-to-year operations of USS Defender), including operations after Hurricane Katrina, see:
- Index for Histories/Command Operations Reports submitted by Defender (MCM 2)
- Mine Warfare Ships Support Hurricane Katrina Recovery, Relief Efforts
- Defender Clears Way for Shipping off Gulf Coast (2005)
- "141001-N-VO234-037". Flickr. US Pacific Fleet. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
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