In honor of Chief Petty Officers of the US
The USS CHIEF MCM-14 is named for the former USS CHIEF AM-315, and to
honor the service and tradition of the Chief Petty Officer's of the
United States Navy. USS CHIEF MCM-14 was christened by Mrs. Susan
Bushey (the wife of the seventh Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
MCPON Duane Bushey) on 12 June 1993. Construction and fitting-out was
done in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, and the ship was accepted from Mr.
Ellsworth Peterson on behalf of the United States Navy, and placed in
commission by Lieutenant Commander Timothy S. Garrold, USN, her first
Commanding Officer, on 8 July 1994.
Navy blue and gold are the traditional colors of the United States
Navy. The mine in the center of the shield represents the mine
countermeasures mission of the USS CHIEF (MCM 14) while the crossed
Officers’ sword and Enlisted cutlass symbolize Surface
excellence. The fouled Navy anchor, insignia of a Chief Petty Officer,
is further symbolic of the United States Navy’s leadership
commemorates the fact that the USS CHIEF (MCM 14) was launched on June
12, 1993 during the centennial of the Chief Petty Officer Corps. The
three silver stars above the fouled anchor depict the leadership and
service of the Master Chief Petty Officers of the Navy (MCPON)
past, present and future and honor the ship’s Sponsor.
The stars are also arranged in the same manner about the anchor as the
international navigational symbol for lights and shapes about the mast;
signifying a vessel engaged in mine clearance operations. There are 84
links in the fouled anchor chain, one for each plank owner, the
ship’s sponsor, and the Matron of Honor. The trident atop the
crest denotes seapower. The blue and white surface from which it rises
represents both the sea, upon which the ship was born.
Surrounding the trident are seven stars representing the seven Battle
Stars won during the Second World War and the Korean War by the first
ship to bear the name “Chief”, USS CHIEF (AM 315).
above the trident for World War TWO and the two alongside for the
HONOR, TRADITION, VALOR