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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Ship Photo Archive

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Scout (MCM-8)

Call sign:
November - Alpha - Bravo - Whiskey

Avenger Class Mine Countermeasures Ship:

  • The fourth Scout was laid down 8 June 1987 by Peterson Builders, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
  • Launched 20 May 1989
  • Commissioned 15 December 1990
  • Decommissioned 26 August 2020 at Naval Base San Diego, CA.


  • 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, 7.62mm machine guns and two Mk19 grenade launchers
  • Propulsion: Four 600bhp Isotta Fraschini diesel engines, two controllable reversible pitch propellers, two electric light load propulsion motors
  • Auxiliary Systems: Three Isotta Fraschini ship service diesel generator sets, one solar gas turbine generator and 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 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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    Scout 122k Under construction. Like her sisters she has a wooden inner hull with a fiberglass outer shell Tommy Trampp>
    USS Scout (MCM 8)
    Scout 81k Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Scout 163k
    Scout 371k 7 August 1993
    Scout approaching Key West, FL
    U.S. Navy photo 330-CFD-DN-ST-93-05782 by PHC Marc Klothakis, USN (Ret) from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Michael Mohl
    Scout 77k Photo taken from Malaga pier, in the Spring of 1999. Scout shown pierside, "nested" Juan Ternero
    Scout 85k
    Scout 85k
    Scout 66k Photo taken from Malaga pier, in the Spring of 1999. Scout shown "nested" with Champion (MCM 4) and Avenger (MCM 1)
    Scout 243k 22 October 2002
    Scout is refueled from a hose that's floating 300 feet from the well deck of the amphibious assault ship Kearsarge (LHD 3)
    U.S. Navy photo 021022-N-2819P-528 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Jose Ponce
    Bill Gonyo
    Scout 69k 27 April 2003
    Scout's first visit to Valletta, Malta
    Anthony Vella,
    Senglea, Malta
    Scout 372k 6 May 2005
    San Diego, CA
    Scout participates in a maritime homeland security and defense exercise near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). The exercise named Lead Shield III / Roguex V, will feature significant participation from the community and will include 19 USCG and Navy commands, six ships, seven aircraft and 24 interagency organizations totaling approximately 1,200 personnel. The two main components of the exercise are Lead Shield, which exercises anti-mine warfare capabilities and Roguex, which exercises the ability to interdict and secure a rogue vessel
    U.S. Navy photo 050506-N-8252B-136
    Robert M. Cieri
    Scout 184k 15 September 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    Scout prepares to dock at Allegheny Pier onboard NAS Pensacola, FL in front of the Canadian icebreaker Sir William Alexander. The icebreaker also is participating in the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. The Scout, along with the USS Defender (MCM-2), USS Gladiator (MCM-11) and USS Falcon (MHC-59) recently completed a survey of 938 nautical miles along the coast of Louisiana since beginning operations on 10 September 2005 following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
    Photo by Mike O'Connor from the NAS Pensacola newspaper Gosport
    Joe Radigan
    Scout 330k 15 September 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    Scout pulls alongside the Allegheny Pier on board Naval Air Station Pensacola
    U.S. Navy photos 050915-N-0856N-636 and 050915-N-0856N-641 by Gary Nichols
    Robert M. Cieri
    Scout 266k
    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, 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
    Scout 14k c. 2007 - 2008
    Operation Iraqi Freedom
    Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Scout 227k 1 March 2008
    Persian Gulf
    Scout, participated in a mine countermeasure training exercise involving American, British and Kuwaiti naval forces.
    U.S. Navy photos 080301-N-0803S-003 and 080303-N-0803S-005 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Schaeffer
    Robert M. Cieri
    Scout 110k
    Scout 205k 1 March 2008
    Persian Gulf
    Lt. Cmdr. Lloyd Reinhold, commanding officer of Scout, speaks with Kuwaiti navy Capt. Faisal al-Majed aboard Scout during a mine counter measure training exercise involving American, British and Kuwaiti naval forces
    U.S. Navy photo 080301-N-0803S-005 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Schaeffer
    Bill Gonyo
    Scout 220k 3 March 2008
    North Arabian Gulf
    Mineman 3rd Class Nicholas Perez shows the Scoutís mechanical mine sweep system to Royal Navy sailors. Scout and HMS Blyth (M 111) participated in a personnel exchange during a U.S., U.K., and Kuwait mine countermeasures exercise, held Feb. 26 - March 6 in the North Arabian Gulf. Coalition sea services operate across the full spectrum of operations to include mine countermeasure capabilities, a key element of Maritime Security Operations (MSO). MSO help set the conditions for security, which promotes stability and global prosperity in the maritime environment and complements the counterterrorism and security efforts of regional nations
    U.S. Navy photo 080303-N-0803S-004
    Scout 192k 30 June 2009
    Umm Qasr, Iraq
    Pulling into port at Umm Qasr, Iraq. Scout's port call marks the first time a U.S. ship has visited the port since it transitioned to Iraqi control
    U.S. Navy photo 090630-N-6814F-043 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian K. Fromal
    Champion 413k c. January 2014
    Naval Station San Diego, CA
    Scout, Ardent (MCM 12), Champion (MCM 4), and Chief (MCM 14)
    BMCS Richard Miller, USNR, Ret.
    Scout 305k 17 July 2014
    The Avenger-class mine countermeasures shipScout transits off the coast of Southern California as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships, six submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 26 to August 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California
    (U.S. Navy photo 140717-N-FE250-467 by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Mark C. Schult
    Bill Gonyo
    Anchorage 156k 17 July 2014
    USS Anchorage (LPD-23)), the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ships Scout and USS Champion (MCM 4), and the Canadian Forces Kingston-Class coastal defense vessel HMCS Nanaimo (MM 702) transit in formation off the coast of Southern California, 17 July 2014, as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships, six submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California
    U.S. Navy photo 140717-N-FE250-760 by MCC Mark C. Schultz
    Robert Hurst
    Scout 129k 7 June 2018
    Portland, OR
    Arriving in Portland for Rose Festival Fleet Week. The festival and Portland Fleet Week are a celebration of the sea services with Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guard members from the U.S. and Canada making the city a port of call
    U.S. Navy photo 180607-N-EH218-0295 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan J. Batchelder
    Lee Wahler

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Andrew Thomas Karakos, USN - USNA Class of 197815 December 1990 - 1 July 1992
    02LCDR Gary Wayne Hampton, USN1 July 1992 - 21 January 1994
    03LCDR John M. Buroon, USN21 January 1994 - 19 September 1994
    04LCDR Mark David Kavanaugh, USN19 September 1994 - 30 June 1995
    05LCDR Jonathan David Kurtz, USN - USNA Class of 198230 June 1995 - 18 November 1995
    06LCDR Mark Raymond Rios, USN - USNA Class of 198218 November 1995 - 27 April 1996
    07LCDR Steven Craig Ritchie, USN27 April 1996 - 9 January 1998
    08CDR William Clinton McQuilkin, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral9 January 1998 - 10 September 1999
    09CDR Edward Francis Kenyon, USN - USNA Class of 198510 September 1999 - 9 June 2001
    10LCDR Dean Mark Vesely, USN9 June 2001 - 7 June 2003
    11LCDR James Randall (Randy) Garner, USN - USNA Class of 19907 June 2003 - 18 November 2005
    12LCDR Jeffrey Scott Miller, USN18 November 2005 - December 2006
    13LCDR Bertram C. Hodge, USNDecember 2006 - 7 June 2007
    14LCDR Lloyd R. (Luke) Reinhold, USN7 June 2007 - 29 March 2008
    15LCDR John Kenneth (Ken) Reilley, USN - USNA Class of 199329 March 2008 - 21 September 2008
    16LCDR Michael Frank Gesualdo, USN21 September 2008 - 29 September 2008
    17LCDR John R. Callaway, USN29 September 2008 - 29 March 2009
    18LCDR Thomas A. Shear, II, USN29 March 2009 - 1 July 2010
    19LCDR Patrick R. Murphy, USN - Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, seven Navy Commendation Medals and two Navy Achievement Medals10 September 2009 - March 2010(Crew Dominant)
    20LCDR Victor Brace Sheldon, II,, USN - USNA Class of 19991 July 2010 - 1 November 2010 (Crew Persistent)
    21LCDR Brandon Lee Murray, USN - Awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, and five Navy Achievement Medals1 November 2010 - 28 May 2011
    22LCDR Gerald Paul Lario, USN28 May 2011 - 30 October 2011 (Crew Dominant)
    23LCDR Matthew Thomas Erdner, USN - Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal30 October 2011 - 7 November 2011 (Crew Dominant)
    24LCDR Victor Brace Sheldon, II,, USN - USNA Class of 19997 November 2011 - 24 January 2012
    25LCDR Nathan S. Wemett, USN5 December 2011 - 2012
    26LCDR Scott C. Neitzel, USN2012
    27LCDR DonAnn M. Gilmore, USN2013 - January 2014
    28LCDR Matthew D. Gleason, USNJanuary 2014
    29LCDR Dawn T. Ricketts, USN - Awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals and four Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals2014 - 2015 (Crew Conflict)
    30LCDR William J. Hafer, USN2015 - 14 October 2016
    31LCDR Matthew Duane Brown, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 2005
    Awarded the Joint Services Commendation Medal, The Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal
    14 October 2016 - December 2017
    32LCDR Eric Joshua Bloomberg, USN - Awarded three Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals and three Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals8 December 2017 - March 2019(Crew Conflict)
    33LCDR Shawn Richard Callihan, USN - Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal and two Navy Achievement Medals8 March 2019 - 26 August 2020
    ??LCDR Leonard M. Leos, USN - Awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals and four Navy Achievement Medals
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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