United States NAVY
USS Pioneer ( MCM - 9 )
Mine Countermeasures Ship
SIZE: 5" X 3 1/4"
USS Pioneer (MCM-9), an Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship, is the ninth ship of the class and the second US Navy ship of that name. Pioneer
was laid down by Peterson Builders, Inc., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, on 5
June 1989. Mrs. Sally McGuire Tobin christened the ship on 25 August
1990. Construction and fitting out progressed on schedule and, on 14
August 1990, Lieutenant Commander Jerald Tyler Ballance, USNR, accepted Pioneer on behalf of the Navy from Mr. Ellsworth Peterson of Peterson Builders. Pioneer
began her commissioned service on 1 September 1992 and, after
completing initial crew training, sailed to her new homeport of NS
Ingleside, Texas. Pioneer was formally commissioned on 7 December 1992, a tribute to the many U.S. servicemen who had served at Pearl Harbor.