MUARA, Brunei - The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM 14) arrived in Muara, Feb. 15, for a port visit.
Chief is visiting Brunei while operating in U.S. 7th Fleet to strengthen regional security and stability, and enhance interoperability with partners.
“Port visits like this one are important because they emphasize not only our commitment to maintaining peace and stability in the region but, more so, our desire to strengthen and foster relationships with our partners and allies.” said Lt. Cmdr. Fred Crayton, commanding officer of Chief.
While in port Chief Sailors will have a chance to interact with Royal Brunei Navy sailors, explore the city, rainforests, beaches and take tours to exchange cultures and practices.
“I’m excited for this port visit,” said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Brandon Colin. “This is my first port visit to a foreign country and I want to sightsee and learn about their culture.”
Crayton also expressed what he wants the crew to gain while in Brunei.
“I want the Chief team to capitalize on any interaction with the Royal Brunei Navy to share knowledge and experiences,” said Crayton. “I want them to take advantage of all the wonderful culture Brunei has to offer while justly representing the United States.”
Chief, part of Mine Countermeasures Squadron 7, is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response platform for contingency operations.
Chief is continuing a tradition of naval visits that began in 1845 when the famous sailing ship USS Constitution arrived in Brunei. Like the USS Salute which was destroyed when clearing mines from Brunei Bay in 1945 to help liberate Brunei, Chief is a minesweeper.