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MCM 13 Dextrous

The USS Dextrous was commissioned on July 9, 1994 at Ingleside, Texas. Dextrous is the 13th of 14 Avenger Class ships authorized by Congress.

The ship forward deployed to the Persian Gulf in March 1996. She was transported to the Gulf via commercial heavy- lift vessel Sea Swift in order to prolong the engine life of the ship and reduce her transit time from 60 days (under her own power) to 30 days. The 83-man crew was flown from Ingleside to join the ship in late March. She is manned by four rotational crews from other MCMs that remain based in Ingleside.

The Shield is dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the Navy and reflect high ideals, excellence and the sea, the MCM 13's theater of operations. The broad arrow is red for courage and valor and war service while alluding to the ship's skillful capability to make a path to clear sea-lanes of enemy mines. The white fimbriation around the broad arrow simulates a second arrow reflecting that there have been two ships of the same name.

The crest has a triangle that represents strong support and suggests the integral part the USS DEXTROUS will serve in support of the fleet. The red Torii gate denotes service in the Korean War. The heraldic fountain, indicating clear water, symbolizes service by the prior USS DEXTROUS as a minesweeper. The wreath of laurel and palm implies honor and victory and service in World War II in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. "NEMO NOS ANTECEDIT" "NO ONE GOES BEFORE US"

AM 341

Dextrous (MCM 13) commemorates the prior service of a minecraft of the same name (AM 341) which earned five battle stars for service during World War II.

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