MCM 3 Sentry
USS Sentry (MCM 3) is homeported at Naval Station Ingleside, Texas. Sentry is assigned to Mine Countermeasures Squadron Two and is part of the Mine Warfare Command.
The mission of Avenger class ships such as Sentry is to detect, classify and neutralize all known and projected types of influence and contact mines. There are three primary mission objectives: mine hunting , mine neutralization , and mine sweeping . Sentry performs precise navigation and clears minefields by sweeping moored, magnetic and acoustic influence mines. Sentry also conducts coordinated operations with airborne and other mine countermeasure forces.
USS Sentry (MCM 3) is the third of 14 Avenger class mine countermeasures ships, but was actually the second MCM to join the fleet. She was built at Peterson Builders Inc. in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Sentry's keel was laid Oct. 8, 1984. She was launched Sept. 20, 1986 and commissioned Sept. 2, 1989. Sentry arrived in Ingleside on Aug. 25, 1992 after first being homeported in San Diego, Calif.
Sentry is the second ship in our Navy's history to bear the name. Her predecessor, USS SENTRY (AM 299) was built by the Winslow Marine Railway and Shipbuilding Company, Seattle, Washington and was commissioned on 30 May 1944. She gallantly served during World War II as a mine sweeper with the U.S. Seventh Fleet, earning six battle stars. She participated in mine sweeping operations preceding the invasions of Leyte, Luzon, other islands in the Philippines and at Balikpapan, Borneo. Sentry was decommissioned in June 1946 and stricken from the Naval Register in February 1962, when she was transferred to the Republic of Vietnam.
In military parlance a Sentry is one who stalwartly protects his assigned post. The John Parker Statue located in Lexington, Massachusetts typifies the attributes and dedication of the ideal American Sentry. Just as this Sentry was ready to protect his freedom and liberty from the invading British, USS Sentry is ready on a moment's notice to respond to any crisis and protect the warships and commercial shipping or our great nation from the threat of enemy naval mines. The Minuteman symbolizes the spirit and pride of the officers and men of USS Sentry and their readiness to assume the role as "Sentinel of the Sea."
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