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A bow view of the mine countermeasures ship USS AVENGER (MCM 1) arriving in home port at Naval Base, Charleston. The AVENGER assigned to Mine Squadron 2, is the first of eight ships currently being built by the Navy to replace the older ocean minesweepers (MSOs) constructed in the 1950s

A close-up view of an M2.50-caliber machine gun mounted on the deck of the mine countereasures ship USS AVENGER (MCM 1). The AVENGER is the first of eight ships currently being built by the Navy to replace the older open ocean minesweepers (MSOs) constructed in the 1950s. The vessel is assigned to Mine Squadron 2 and has just arrived at its home port, Naval Base, Charleston

A view of the stern of the mine countermeasures ship USS AVENGER (MCM 1) arriving in home port at Naval Base, Charleston. The AVENGER assigned to Mine Squadron 2, is the first of eight ships currently being built by the Navy to replace the older ocean minesweepers (MSOs) constructed in the 1950s

The mine countermeasures ship USS AVENGER (MCM 1) arrives in home port at Naval Base, Charleston. The AVENGER assigned to Mine Squadron 2, is the first of eight ships currently being built by the Navy to replace the older ocean minesweepers (MSOs) constructed in the 1950s

A port bow view of the mine countermeasures ship USS AVENGER (MCM 1) arriving in home port at Naval Base, Charleston. The AVENGER assigned to Mine Squadron 2, is the first of eight ships currently being built by the Navy to replace the older ocean minesweepers (MSOs) constructed in the 1950s

Crew members of the mine countereasures ship USS AVENGER (MCM 1) stand on the bridge as the ship arrives in home port at Naval Base, Charleston. The AVENGER assigned to Mine Squadron 2, is the first of eight ships currently being built by the Navy to replace the older ocean minesweepers (MSOs) constructed in the 1950s

A starboard bow view of the mine countermeasures ship USS AVENGER (MCM 1) moored to the dock at its home port at its home port at Naval Base, Charleston. The AVENGER, assigned to Mine Squadron 2, is the first of eight ships currently being built by the Navy to replace the older open ocean minesweepers (MSOs) constructed in the 1950s

A starboard quarter view of the mine countermeasures ship USS AVENGER (MCM 1) arriving in home port at Naval Base, Charleston. The AVENGER, assigned to Mine Squadron 2, is the first of eight ships currently being built by the Navy to replace the older open ocean minesweepers (MSOs) constructed in the 1950s

A crew member secures the gangplank for family members to board the mine countermeasures ship USS AVENGER (MCM 1) as the vessel arrives in home port at Naval Base, Charleston. The AVENGER, assigned to Mine Squadron 2, is the first of eight ships currently being built by the Navy to replace the older open ocean minesweepers (MSOs) constructed in the 1950s

A view of the Mine Neutralization System (MNS) vehicle which is cable-controlled by the mine countermeasures ship USS AVENGER (MCM 1). The submersible vehicle is on board the AVENGER as the vessel arrives in home port at Naval Base, Charleston. The AVENGER, assigned to Mine Squadron 2, is the first of eight ships currently being built by the Navy to replace the older open ocean minesweepers (MSOs) constructed in the 1950s

A starboard quarter view of the mine countermeasures ship USS AVENGER (MCM 1) arriving in home port at Naval Base, Charleston. The AVENGER, assigned to Mine Squadron 2, is the first of eight ships currently being built by the Navy to replace the older open ocean minesweepers (MSOs) constructed in the 1950s

Crew members secure the gangplank for family members to board the mine countermeasures ship USS AVENGER (MCM 1) as the vessel arrives in home port at Naval Base, Charleston. The AVENGER, assigned to Mine Squadron 2, is the first of eight ships currently being built by the Navy to replace the older open ocean minesweepers (MSOs) constructed in the 1950s

A close-up view showing the cable cutters and a small explosive device on the front section of the Mine Neutralization System (MNS) vehicle which is cable-controlled by the mine countermeasures ship USS AVENGER (MCM 1). The submersible vehicle is on board the AVENGER as the vessel arrives in home port at Naval Base, Charleston. The AVENGER, assigned to Mine Squadron 2, is the first of eight ships currently being built by the Navy to replace the older open ocean minesweepers (MSOs) constructed in the 1950s

An overhead view of the Mine Neutralization System (MNS) vehicle which is cable-controlled by the mine countermeasures ship USS AVENGER (MCM 1). The submersible vehicle is on board the AVENGER as the vessel arrives in home port at Naval Base, Charleston. The AVENGER, assigned to Mine Squadron 2, is the first of eight ships currently being built by the Navy to replace the older open ocean minesweepers (MSOs) constructed in the 1950s

A view of the Mine Neutralization System (MNS) vehicle which is cable-controlled by the mine countermeasures ship USS AVENGER (MCM 1). The submersible vehicle is on board the AVENGER as the vessel arrives in home port at Naval Base, Charleston. The AVENGER, assigned to Mine Squadron 2, is the first of eight ships currently being built by the Navy to replace the older open ocean minesweepers (MSOs) constructed in the 1950s