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Sentry (MCM-3)

Call sign:
November - Sierra - November - Foxtrot

Avenger Class Mine Countermeasures Ship:

  • The second Senty was laid down 8 October 1984 by Peterson Builders Inc, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
  • Launched 20 September 1986
  • Commissioned 2 September 1989.


  • Displacement 1,253 t.(lt), 1,367 t.(fl)
  • Length 224'
  • Beam 39'
  • Draft 15'
  • Speed 13.5 kts.
  • Complement 82
  • Armament: Two M2HB .50 cal. machine guns, two M60 7.62 mm machine guns and two Mk19 grenade launchers
  • Propulsion: Four 600bhp Isotta Fraschini diesel engines, two controllable reversible pitch propellers and two electric light load propulsion motors
  • Auxiliary Systems: Three Waukesha ship service diesel generator sets, one Solar gas turbine generator and one omni-thruster bow thruster system
  • Electronic systems: one AN/SSN-2 Precise Integrated Navigation System (PINS), one AN/SQQ-32 Mine Hunting Sonar, one AN/SPS-55 Surface Radar and one AN/WSN-2 Gyro Compass
  • Mine Countermeasure Equipment Suite: One AN/SLQ-48 (V) Mine Neutralization System, one AN/SQL-37 (V) 3 Magnetic/Acoustic Influence minesweeping gear, Oropesa type 0 size 1 Mechanical Sweep Equipment, and
    MDG 1701 Marconi Magnetometer Degaussing System.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Sentry 123 - -
    Sentry 133 Department of Defense photo from "Twenty-First Century Warships" by Steve Crawford Robert Hurst
    Sentry 378 6 June 1990
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Photo by Rick Garcia
    Chris Howell
    Sentry 169 c. 1990
    Photo courtesy of L & L van Ginderen
    Robert Hurst
    Sentry 115 16 March 2000
    Gulf of Mexico
    Sentry foreground, and coastal minehunter USS Kingfisher (MHC 56) are underway in the Gulf of Mexico as they depart Naval Station, Ingleside, TX for a cruise to the Great Lakes and to several fleet exercises.
    U.S. Navy photo 000316-N-7867W-507
    Photographer's Mate 1st Class Charlo Whorton
    Sentry 150 22 May 2002
    New York City
    Sentry renders honors to New York City as she participates in the "Parade of Sail" up the Hudson River. More than 6000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel aboard 22 ships sailed into New York during the 15th Annual Fleet Week celebration.
    U.S. Navy photo 020522-N-2383B-655 by Chief Photographer's Mate Johnny Bivera
    Bill Gonyo
    Sentry 45 27 April 2003
    Sentry's first visit to Valletta, Malta.
    Anthony Vella
    Senglea, Malta
    Scout 221k 23 September 2005
    Ingleside, TX
    In preparation of Hurricane Rita, mine countermeasures ships home ported at Naval Station Ingleside nest in a modified mooring. Ships present (left to right): Unknown, Scout
    (MCM 8)
    , unknown, Sentry (MCM 3), Champion (MCM 4), Pioneer (MCM 9), Chief (MCM 14), Gladiator (MCM 11), Avenger (MCM 1) and Defender (MCM 2).
    U.S. Navy photo 050923-N-4913K-006 by Fifi Kieschnick
    Robert M. Cieri
    Sentry 430 14 December 2007
    Ingleside, TX
    Sentry, homeported at Naval Station Ingleside, Texas, took top honors in the station's annual Ships' Lighting Competition.
    U.S. Navy photo 071214-N-0000A-001 by Mike Antoine
    Lee Wahler
    Sentry 236 9 September 2009
    San Diego, CA
    Sentry, arrives at its new homeport at Naval Base San Diego after transiting from Ingleside, Texas. Sentry is the last of the eight mine countermeasure ships shifting homeports from Ingleside, Texas to Naval Station San Diego as part of the Defense Base Realignment and Closure.
    U.S. Navy photo 090909-N-0209M-001 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Martin
    Sentry 193 20 September 2012
    Gulf of Oman
    The British Royal Fleet Auxiliary amphibious assault vessel RFA Cardigan Bay (L3009), left, the mine countermeasures ship Sentry, the British Royal navy destroyer HMS Diamond (D 34), and the mine countermeasures ship USS Devastator (MCM 6) transit in formation in the Gulf of Oman. The coalition force is operating in support of International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 2012 as part of Task Force South. IMCMEX 12 includes navies from more than 30 countries and focuses on promoting regional security through mine countermeasure operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility
    U.S. Navy photo 120920-N-ZZ999-008 by Lt. Cmdr. Micah Murphy
    Ron Reeves
    Sentry 174 10 November 2014
    Arabian Gulf
    Sentry (leading the second column on the right) and other ships line up in formation for a photo exercise in the Arabian Gulf during the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX). With a quarter of the world's navies participating including 6,500 Sailors from every region, IMCMEX is the largest international naval exercise promoting maritime security and the free-flow of trade through mine countermeasure operations, maritime security operations, and maritime infrastructure protection in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility and throughout
    the world
    U.S. Navy photo 141110-N-NI474-574 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel M. Young

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Peter Francis Carr, USN2 September 1989 - 1 June 1991
    02LCDR George Parker Croy, III, USN1 June 1991 - 5 February 1993
    03LCDR Neal Joseph Kusumoto, USN5 February 1993 - 29 October 1994
    04LCDR Terry Tyrone Miller, USN29 October 1994 - 20 January 1995
    05LCDR Anthony Michael Kurta, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral20 January 1995 - 25 July 1995
    06LCDR Thomas Marvin Clemons, III, USN25 July 1995 - January 1996
    07LCDR Jonathan James Olson, USNJanuary 1996 - 21 February 1998
    08LCDR George Bonsall, USN21 February 1998 - 6 August 1999
    09LCDR Donald Gayle Hornbeck, USN6 August 1999 - 2 March 2001
    10LCDR Frank S. Lincous, USN2 March 2001 - 6 December 2002
    11LCDR John Milner Zuzich, USN6 December 2002 - 8 October 2004
    12LCDR Patrick Tyler Britt, USN8 October 2004 - 2005
    13LCDR William Scott Switzer, USN2005 - October 2005
    14LCDR David Thomas Peterson, USNOctober 2005 - 22 September 2006
    15LCDR John Kenneth (Ken) Reilley, USNSeptember 2006 - 16 April 2007
    16LCDR Benjamin R. Nicholson, USN16 April 2007 - March 2008
    17LCDR Adam McGregor Aycock, USNMarch 2008 - June 2009
    18LCDR Hans Eric Lynch, USNJune 2009 - 2010
    19LCDR Victor Brace Sheldon, USN2010 - 2011
    20LCDR R. Curtis Sparling, USN2011 - April 2012
    21LCDR Jack Beattie Benfield, USNApril 2012
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for Sentry (MCM-3)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen

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