SASEBO, Japan – The crew of USS Avenger (MCM 1) hosted Rear Adm. Glenn C. Robillard, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Fleet Supply and Ordnance, U.S. Pacific Fleet, April 4, while pier side in Sasebo.
While onboard, Robillard was given a tour of the wood and fiberglass Mine Countermeasure ship, escorted by Avenger’s Commanding Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Sullivan, to learn more about the unique role of a forward deployed MCM.
“It is great to see someone so high up in rank visiting the ship and asking questions,” said Engineman Third Class Nicolas Parker, who helped explain and answer questions on the engineering spaces of Avenger.
The tour included the Combat Information Center, the Sonar Maintenance Room, Main and Auxiliary Machinery rooms, and ended topside at the Mine Neutralization Vehicle.
“We take a lot of pride in the vehicle, so it’s great to explain how it works,” Mineman 2nd Class Dana Baynard said after detailed explanation on how the neutralization vehicle works in concert with the onboard sonar suite to neutralize a mine threat.
Avenger was commissioned 12 September 1987, and forward deployed to Sasebo in 2010. Avenger reports to Commander, Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet, Rear Adm. J. Scott Jones, who is headquartered in Okinawa, Japan.