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Patriot (MCM 7)

Call sign:
November - Papa - Alpha - Tango

Avenger Class Mine Countermeasures Ship:

  • Laid down, 31 March 1987 at Marinette Marine, Marinette, Wisc.
  • Launched, 13 May 1990
  • Commissioned 18 October 1991.


  • 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, two Mk 19 grenade Launchers
  • Propulsion: Four 600bhp Isotta Fraschini diesel engines, two controllable reversible pitch propellers, two shafts, two electric light load propulsion motors
  • Auxiliary Systems: Three Isotta Fraschini ship service diesel generator sets, one Solar gas turbine generator, one omnithruster 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. 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, MDG
    1701 Marconi Magnetometer Degaussing System.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Patriot 117k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Patriot 117k Photo from Robert Hurst
    Patriot 93k . Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Patriot 108k
    Patriot 183k c. late April 1994.
    Approaching Juneau (LPD 10) for fuel
    RM1 Lacy Lee, USN, Ret.
    MCM-5/7 37k Patriot steaming to port of USS Guardian (MCM 5)
    U.S. Navy photo by Charles Whorton from the October 2001 edition of Naval Institute Proceedings
    Joe Radigan
    Patriot 204k 20 February 2004
    Inland Sea, Japan
    Patriot completes fuel connections while preparing to take on fuel from the Japanese minesweeper tender JDS Bungo (MST 464) during an underway replenishment (UNREP) operation. The UNREP was part of the Mine Countermeasures Exercise/Explosive Ordnance Demolition Exercise 2004 off the coast of Shimonoseki, Japan
    U.S. Navy photo 040220-N-0000W-001
    Robert M. Cieri
    Patriot 341k 10 March 2004
    Sasebo, Japan
    Patriot and USS Guardian (MCM 5) sit moored in a shipbuilding dry dock for a one-month maintenance and repair schedule in Sasebo
    U.S. Navy photo 040310-N-7217H-002 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Marvin Harris
    Patriot 271k 20 May 2004
    Sasebo, Japan
    The crew of Patriot poses for a command photo during a dry dock maintenance period in Sasebo.
    U.S. Navy photo 040520-N-2420K-001 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jonathan R. Kulp
    Patriot 232k 27 May 2006
    Gulf of Thailand
    Quartermaster 2nd Class Maynard Sagaya takes bearings reading aboard Patriot as the ship departs the Kingdom of Thailand after participating in Cobra Gold 2006.
    U.S. Navy photo 060527-N-4124C-018 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam R. Cole
    Patriot 118k 3 June 2006
    South China Sea
    Sailors assigned to Patriot, signal a good will message to a fellow mine countermeasures ship of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSSF) as she enters port in Malaysia. Patriot was preparing to participate in the multi-national exercise Western Pacific Mine Countermeasures Exercise.
    U.S. Navy photo 060603-N-4124C-004 by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Adam R. Cole
    Bill Gonyo
    Patriot 190k 14 June 2006
    South China Sea
    Mineman 2nd Class Simon S. Walters, assigned to Patriot, prepares to throw a line to his ship during mine-recovery operations as part of Western Pacific Mine Countermeasures Exercise
    in Malaysia.
    U.S. Navy photo 060614-N-4124C-020 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam R. Cole
    Robert M. Cieri
    Patriot 207k 15 June 2006
    South China Sea
    Sailors assigned to the Patriot, hoist in a mine shape during mine-shape recovery operations as part of Western Pacific Mine Countermeasures Exercise in Malaysia.
    U.S. Navy photo 060615-N-4124C-036 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam R. Cole
    Patriot 171k 1 July 2006
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Patriot pulls into Ho Chi Minh City.
    U.S. Navy photo 060701-N-9851B-007 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John L. Beeman
    Patriot 210k 4 July 2006
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Patriot is in holiday dress for a 4th of July celebration, while in port at Ho Chi Minh City.
    U.S. Navy photo 060704-N-9851B-010 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John L. Beeman
    Patriot 253k 13 July 2006
    South China Sea
    Patriot anchored in the waters just off of Hong Kong island as the crew makes a scheduled port visit.
    U.S. Navy photo 060712-N-4124C-010 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam R. Cole
    Patriot 274k 23 July 2006
    Sasebo, Japan
    Two dependents await the arrival of their fathers on Patriot with embarked Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5, Detachment 5.
    U.S. Navy photo 060723-N-6235S-008 by Lt. Ken Shade
    Patriot 144k 9 February 2007
    Patriot pulls into port at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan becoming the first U.S. Navy ship to utilize the air baseís recently built port and harbor facility.
    U.S. Navy photo 070209-N-4124C-008 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam R. Cole
    Lee Wahler
    Patriot 220k 9 February 2007
    Iwakuni, Japan
    Seaman Alyson Mahler and Seaman Somatie S. Jagdharry, both assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni port operations, work to moor the Patriot.
    U.S. Navy photo 070209-N-4124C-029 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam R. Cole
    Robert M. Cieri
    Guardian 498k 16 February 2007
    Sea of Japan
    USS Guardian (MCM 5) and Patriot split two Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ships, JDS Tsushima (MSO 302) and JDS Hachijo (MSO 303), during a photo exercise at the conclusion of a passing exercise between the two navies. Guardian and Patriot met with the JMSDF ships for bi-lateral training as they headed back to their forward-deployed home
    of Sasebo.
    U.S. Navy photo 020716-N-0000X-001 courtesy of Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Public Affairs.
    Patriot 288k 16 February 2007
    Kure, Japan
    Patriot follows JDS Hachijo (MSO 303) during a mine-countermeasures passing exercise conducted during the shipís transit to her forward-deployed home of Sasebo, Japan. The exercise brought together Navy mine warfare ships with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force ships JDS Tsushima (MSO 302) and Hachijo, which are homeported at Yokosuka, Japan.
    U.S. Navy photo 020716-N-0394C-047 by Chief Electricianís Mate Noel B. Corneja
    Patriot 261k 24 June 2007
    Yonaguni, Japan
    USS Guardian (MCM 5) and Patriot are moored abreast at Port Sonai for a two-day port visit. Yonaguni, part of Okinawa Prefecture, is a small island located at the end of the Ryukyu Islands chain. The port call marked the first time a Navy vessel visited the island since the United States returned Okinawa to Japan in 1972.
    U.S. Navy photo 070624-N-3019M-006 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan C. McGinley
    Patriot 150k 20 September 2007
    Patriot prepares to leave the Sasebo harbor as she embarks on a fall patrol
    U.S. Navy photo 070920-N-4124C-011 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam R. Cole
    Lee Wahler
    Guardian 86k Lieutenant Commander Steve DeMoss (L), commanding officer of Guardian, and Lieutenant Commander Thomas Shultz, commanding officer of USS Patriot (MCM 7), walk in the northeastern Vietnam port of Haiphong, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Hanoi November 14, 2007. The two vessels are the first U.S. Navy ships to visit northern Vietnam since the former foes ended the war in 1975 and established diplomatic relations in 1995
    Reuters Newsservice photo
    Bill Gonyo
    Patriot 223k 7 August 2008
    Sasebo, Japan
    Patriot held a change of command ceremony pier-side onboard Fleet Activities Sasebo. Rear Adm. Richard D. Landolt, Commander, Amphibious Force, 7th Fleet/Expeditionary Strike Group 7, awards the Meritorious Service Medal to Lt. Cmdr. Thomas E. Shultz. Shultz relinquished command to Lt. Cmdr. Robert E. Shu, marking the end of a successful 20-month tour in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility
    U.S. Navy photo 080807-N-0807W-215 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua J. Wahl
    Patriot 291k 25 September 2009
    Sasebo, Japan
    Moored pier side during a Board of Inspection and Survey inspection
    U.S. Navy photo 090925-N-8335D-003 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard Doolin
    Lee Wahler
    Patriot 305k 21 November 2009
    Chinhae, South Korea
    USS Guardian (MCM 5) and Patriot are moored at Chinhae for Exercise Clear Horizon. Clear Horizon, an annual exercise conducted with the Republic of Korea Navy, is one of the largest, international, mine counter-measures exercises in the world
    U.S. Navy photo 091121-N-8335D-035 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard Doolin
    Patriot 232k 13 March 2010
    Chittagong, Bangladesh
    Lt Cmdr. Walter Mainor, seated, commanding officer of Patriot, talks with the officer of the deck, Lt. Gorden Wells, as Patriot enters the port of Chittagong, for a port visit
    U.S. Navy photo 100313-N-8335D-059 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard Doolin
    Bill Gonyo
    Patriot 189k 5 March 2015
    Okinawa, Japan
    The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) and the mine countermeasures ship Patriot are docked at White Beach Naval Facility. Ashland arrived in White Beach along with USS Green Bay (LPD 20) and are part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group on deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region
    U.S. Navy photo 150305-N-MP556-060 by Lt. David Levy
    Lee Wahler
    Patriot 372k 4 February 2016
    Otaru, Japan
    Snow falls as the minesweeper Patriot pulls in for a port visit. Patriot is forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan, supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region as part of U.S. 7th Fleet's Amphibious Ready Group
    U.S. Navy photo 160204-N-EC644-002 by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan Delcore
    Patriot 192k 11 March 2016
    Okinawa, Japan
    Mine countermeasure ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) departs White Beach Naval Facility to join up with USS Chief (MCM 14) as they prepare to conduct squadron level mine countermeasure training which includes mine hunting and mine sweeping. Patriot and Chief are assigned to Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7 forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan in U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The Japanese destroyers JDS Akebono (DD 108 and JDS Yamayuki (DD 129) are in the background
    U.S. Navy photo 160311-N-MP556-047 by Lt. David Levy
    Ron Reeves
    Patriot 240k 1 August 2016
    Sasebo, Japan
    Patriot returns to Sasebo after a month-long underway. Avenger-class ships are designed as mine sweepers/hunter-killers capable of finding, classifying and destroying moored and bottom mines
    U.S. Navy photo 160801-N-NY430-023 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristopher S. Haley

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Michael John O'Moore, USN13 December 1991 - January 1993
    02LCDR Mark David Kavanaugh, USN22 January 1993 - 1993
    03LCDR Steven Richard Strausser, USN1993 - June 1994
    04LCDR John Monroe (Jay) Burdon, USNJune 1994 - 18 September 1994
    05LCDR Mark Raymond Rios, USN - USNA Class of 198218 September 1994 - 3 January 1995
    06LCDR Glenn Michael Irvine, USN3 January 1995 - 19 January 1996
    07LCDR Jonathan David Kurtz, USN19 January 1996 - March 1997
    08LCDR Timothy Martin Waterfield, USNMarch 1997 - March 1998
    09LCDR Kevin John Tokarick, USNMarch 1998 - November 1999
    10LCDR Michael J. Slotsky, USNNovember 1999 - May 2001
    11LCDR Edmund Burguillos Hernandez, USNMay 2001 - 31 January 2003
    12LCDR Curt Anthony Renshaw, USN - USNA Class of 199031 January 2003 - 17 December 2004
    13LCDR Michael W. Little, USN17 December 2004 - 7 May 2005
    14CDR Kurt E. Hedberg, USN7 May 2005 - 18 May 2005
    15LCDR Richard Douglas Brawley, USN18 May 2005 - 13 January 2007
    16LCDR Thomas E. Schultz, USN13 January 2007 - 7 August 2008
    17LCDR Robert Ying Shu, USN - Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, and the Navy Achievement Medal7 August 2008 - 30 October 2009
    18LCDR Walter C. Mainor, USN - Awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal30 October 2009 - 1 April 2011
    19LCDR Suzanne L. Schang, USN1 April 2011 - 6 July 2012
    20LCDR Jonathan A. Hopkins, USN6 July 2012 - 7 March 2014
    21LCDR Matthew E. Hollinger, USN7 March 2014 - May 2015
    22LCDR Emily Y. Royse, USNMay 2015 - 5 August 2016
    23LCDR Joseph Hamilton, USN5 August 2016
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Bill Gonyo and Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for Patriot (MCM-7)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Official Navy Web Site for USS Patriot (MCM-7)
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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