History Awarded: 20 August 1986
USS Devastator (MCM-6) is an Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship of the United States Navy.
Construction of Devastator began on February 9, 1987 when her keel was laid at Peterson Shipbuilders in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Construction was finished and the vessel was launched on June 11, 1988. Devastator received her commission in the US Navy on October 6, 1990.
USS DEVASTATOR is the sixth of the fourteen AVENGER class Mine Countermeasures Ships and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name.
Builder: Perterson Shipbuilders
Laid down: 9 February 1987
Launched: 11 June 1988
Acquired: 31 August 1990
Commissioned: 6 October 1990
Status: Active in service as of 2008
Class and type: Avenger-class minesweeper
Displacement: 1,260 tons (light), 1,373 tons (full)
Length: 224 ft (68 m)
Beam: 39 ft (12 m)
Draft: 12 ft (3.7 m)
Propulsion: Diesel Engines
Complement: Officers: 6 Enlisted: 75
The ship's shield shows dark blue and gold which are colors traditionally associated with the Navy. Sea waves are symbolized by the white wavy bar. A trident is the symbol of sea power; it is charged with a lightning flash to highlight MCM 6's modern electronic warfare capabilities.
The pile, or "V" shape, pointing down toward the mine, emphasizes the ship's minesweeping mission: to search, detect and neutralize mines The pile also simulates a ship's bow cutting through the sea to clear critical sea lanes of enemy mines. The stylized detonated mine highlights the previous ship's service during the dangerous pre-invasion minesweeps of Japanese and Korean waters.
On the ship's crest, the name of the ship is characterized by the dragon, symbolizing invincibility and power. The dragon breathing fire also dramatizes the action to remove the enemy threat. The cutlass together with the sabre reflects the team spirit of the enlisted and officers.
The' five stars on his collar honor and commemorate the previous USS DEVASTATOR's three battle stars for, World War II service and two for Korean War Service.
The ship's motto is shown on a scroll azure edged on which are the words "IRON MEN, NO GREATER HEROES" in letters of the second, signifying the deeds of her namesake and her sister ships of the minesweep Navy during numerous campaigns in World War II.