MCM 7 Patriot
"Fortune Favors the Brave"
The mission of USS Patriot (MCM 7) is to clear the bottom and water column of mines in coastal and offshore areas regardless of depth. A wide variety of instruments and techniques are used to find and eliminate mines. These includees mechanical cutters on stainless steel wires towed astern, magnetic and accoustic influence mechanisms, and neutralization with charges placed by the mine neutralization vehicle.
USS Patriot fulfills an important role in the long standing objective to maintain the nation's mine countermeasures capability.
Patriot is the seventh in a class of fourteen MCM AVENGER Class ships built for the US Navy.
Built of white oak, Douglas fir, and Alaskan cedar from America's forests Patriot was launched the 15th of May 1990 in Marinette, Wisconsin, and over a year later on December 13th, 1991, she was commissioned in Charleston, South Carolina. CDR Michael J. O'Moore, a native of Brooklyn New York was the commissioning Commanding Officer. Patriot was originally homeported in Charleston, SC until 1993, when, she transferred to Ingleside, TX.
In 1994 Patriot was called to serve in the Pacific, and since then has served as one of two forward deployed MCM's in SEVENTH Fleet's Amphibious Ready Group. Patriot is operationally assigned to MCMDIV ELEVEN, CTF 76, COMSEVENTHFLT, CINCPACFLT, and USCINCPAC. Her administrative chain of command is COMCMDIV ELEVEN, COMCMRON ONE, COMINEWARCOM (Corpus Christi, TX), and COMNAVSURFLANT. Although Patriot was permanently assigned to Sasebo Japan her crew served on a rotational basis from Ingleside, Texas. Each rotation lasted approximately 6 months. In 1997 the crew assignments was changed to permanent overseas assignments.
In March 2003 the major event was TSTA3/FEP. This Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA3)/ Final Exercise Problem (FEP) initially designed to be a training assist visit to assess readiness, was turned into a graded scenario to prove her battle readiness. This advanced stage of training is designed to improve ships operations and give Patriot an opportunity to prove she is ready to perform her primary and secondary missions with utmost efficiency and skill.
Patriot executed her deployment phase during the 2003 calendar year. Along with conducting MINEX, she participated in Exercise Foal Eagle 2003, a combined naval exercise with the Republic of Korea. Patriot successfully accomplished 100 percent mine warfare tasking during the integrated exercise. Patriot conducted a WESTPAC Deployment during the months of May and June conducting port visits in Okinawa, Fukuoka, JA, Pusan, ROK, Inchon, ROK, and Kagoshima, JA. Patriot also took part in the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War with a port visit to Pusan, South Korea.
Patriot routinely participates in a combined Mine Warfare training exercises with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force as part of an annual MINEX and EODEX. MINEX/EODEX is a joint mine countermeasures (MCM) exercise designed to foster US Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) interoperability through the use of the MCM Triad, surface MCM (SMCM) air MCM (AMCM) and Explosive Ordnance disposal (EOD) teams.
As of March 2005, Patriot was conducting Selected Maintenance Availability in which the ship is refitted with the most recent equipment upgrades and shipboard alterations. The maintenance period allows the ship to re-train personnel and begin preparations for the upcoming Basic Training Phase and Interdeployment Training Cycle.
The trident is a symbol of Naval Power and strength. The waves denote coastal waters and the Navy's theater of operation. The two arms represent the two previous ships called Patriot. The Naval Officer's sword and the NCO cutlass depict strong defense and cooperation. The exploding ordnance represents the ship's mine countermeasures mission.
The first Patriot, a wooden schooner, was purchased by the Navy at Baltimore 13 August 1861 to be sunk to block the channel leading into the Carolina Sounds at Hatteras Inlet. However, a rough surf, the poor condition of the ship and Confederate Naval defenses forced postponement of this project until it was obviated by Flag Officer Stringham's victory at Cape Hatteras at the end of August. Patriot served as a storeship in Hampton Roads before disappearing from Naval and Maritime records.
The second Patriot was a costal patrol vessel. On March 1, 1941 she reported to duty in Boston with the 1st Naval District. There she conducted coastal patrol assignments until brought out of service September 29, 1944. She was laid up at Quincy, Massachusetts and finally sold back to her former owner for one dollar.
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