The New Inchon Goes to Sea
By Captain David M. Crocker, U.S. Navy
The USS Inchon (MCS-12)—the Navy’s new Mine Countermeasures Support ship—completed her $125 million conversion in March and left Ingalls Pascagoula, Mississippi, shipyard 29 May for workups at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.
She brings a capability long overdue: a permanent, state-of-the-art mine warfare command-and-control mother ship. The requirement for such a ship is not new. Between 1955 and 1970, seven ships—mostly amphibious warfare vessels—were converted to fill the mission on an ad hoc basis. Never before, however, has the mine countermeasures mission demanded such a high level of sophistication to succeed.
She will be homeported in Ingleside, Texas, to complement the growing mine warfare infrastructure already in place. Extended yard periods and home port changes are always difficult for the crew, but the anticipation of a new mission on a one-of-a-kind platform has kept them motivated to live up to their ship’s motto: “Never more brightly!”