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Patriot Continues Mission After Visiting Singapore

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS100420-20

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard Doolin, Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs

SINGAPORE (NNS) -- After two weeks of repairs in Singapore, the mine counter-measures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) resumed its spring patrol April 20.

"We left in the best possible condition we could. As you go through a long patrol like this, especially as many miles as we put on this hull, things just wear and they break down, and we do our best to keep them running," said Lt. Gorden Wells, Patriot's chief engineer.

"And the crew's done a fantastic job doing that to this point, but, even with that, you still got to go see the doctor once in a while; Singapore is our medic out here."

While in Singapore a lot of work was done to Patriot's engine rooms.

"We're getting one of our medium pressure air compressors overhauled completely. We're also getting one of our main engines overhauled completely. The other three main engines are getting their 500-hour checks done," said Wells.

Civilian contractors from the United States and Singapore did a lot of maintenance work. Greg Andreoni, a marine surveyor from Command Logistics Western Pacific, was in charge of the civilian contractors.

"Singapore generally is a great place to work. They have a lot of good contractors here," said Andreoni.

Patriot is one of four mine counter-measures ships forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan. Patriot's crew reports to Rear Adm. Richard Landolt, commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, who is headquartered in Okinawa, Japan.

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