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USS Patriot (MCM 7)

USS PATRIOT is the seventh AVENGER class Mine Countermeasures Ship and one of the two ships in that class forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan.

General Characteristics:Keel Laid: 1987
Commissioned: December 13, 1991
Builder: Marinette Marine, Wisconsin
Propulsion System: four diesels
Propellers: two
Length: 224 feet (68.28 meters)
Beam: 39 feet (11.89 meters)
Draft: 11,5 feet (3.5 meters)
Displacement: 1,312 tons
Speed: 14 knots
Armament: Mine neutralization system, two .50 caliber machine guns
Homeport: Sasebo, Japan
Crew: 8 Officers, 76 Enlisted


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS PATRIOT. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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Accidents aboard USS PATRIOT:

DateWhereEvents
March 20, 2005Chinhae Bay, Republic of Korea
USS PATRIOT runs aground on a coral head and shears the variable depth sonar from its cable and causes minor hull damage. No injuries are reported. The PATRIOT subsequently enters drydock at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan, for repairs. Lt. Cmdr. Mike Little, commanding officer of PATRIOT, received a punitive letter of reprimand and was relieved of command on May 7, 2005, by Rear Adm. Victor Guillory, commander, Amphibious Force, U.S. 7th Fleet.


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History of USS PATRIOT:

USS PATRIOT was commissioned December 13, 1991 at Charleston Naval Station, South Carolina. With the consolidation of all mine countermeasures ships at Ingleside, Texas, to create a "Mine Warfare Center of Excellence", PATRIOT changed homeport in August 1993.

In 1994, during a routine deployment to the Pacific in company with USS GUARDIAN (MCM 5) to participate in regular fleet exercises, PATRIOT and GUARDIAN were called upon to continue westward to Sasebo, Japan. In August of that year, mine countermeasures rotation crews were formed to man this forward-deployed ship for periods of six months. These crews trained at Ingleside in other ships of the class and then deployed to Sasebo.

In February 1996, Sasebo officially became PATRIOT's and GUARDIAN's new homeport. With that, came a permanent crew. PATRIOT and GUARDIAN now participate in a rigorous schedule of mine countermeasures (MCM) exercises in support of Seventh Fleet objectives. This includes regular operations with both the Republic of Korea Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.


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