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Ardent (MCM 12)


Avenger Class Mine Countermeasures Ship:

  • The third Ardent was laid down 22 October 1990 at Peterson Builders, Inc., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
  • Launched 16 November 1991
  • Delivered 20 August 1993
  • Commissioned 18 February 1994.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,253 t.(lt), 1,367 t.(fl)
  • Length 224'
  • Beam 39'
  • Draft 15'
  • Speed 13.5 kts.
  • Complement 84
  • 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 and 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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    Ardent 102k . .
    MCM-9/10/11/12 57k c. 1993/1994
    Ardent, Pioneer (MCM 9), Gladiator (MCM 11), and Warrior (MCM 10) at Peterson Builders.
    Bob Daly/PC-1181
    Ardent 303k 4 April 2001
    Underway in the Persian Gulf, while conducting training for the mine countermeasures Exercise Arabian Gauntlet 2001
    U.S. Navy photo 330-CFD-DN-SD-03-09106 by PH1 Tina M. Ackerman, USN from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Michael Mohl
    Ardent 286k 8 March 2003
    Camp Patriot, Kuwait
    Ardent refuels and provides her crew a few hours’ break. Capable of finding and destroying both moored and bottom mines, the technological capabilities of these ships are considered to be the most advanced in the world. The missions of mine-countermeasure ships like these include clearing the ocean bottoms and sea lanes of mines in both coastal and offshore areas
    U.S. Navy photo photo 030308-N-1050K-001 by Journalist 1st Class Joseph Krypel
    Robert M. Cieri
    Ardent 201k 8 March 2003
    Camp Patriot, Kuwait
    From left, British mine countermeasures ship HMS Sandown (M 110) and Ardent stand together in the waters of the North Arabian Sea. The two pulled alongside one another for fuel intake, allowing their crews a few hours’ break. Routinely, minesweeper ships from both nations take part in exercises to hone the skills and abilities of their well-trained crews
    U.S. Navy photo photo 030308-N-1050K-007 by Journalist 1st Class Joseph Krypel
    Ardent 271k c. January 2005
    Photo sign by LCDR Lance C. Esswein, USN commanding officer 15 August 2004 - 8 February 2005
    Tommy Trampp
    Ardent 169k 19 July 2005
    Persian Gulf
    Ardent conducts Surface Action Group operations during exercise Nautical Union. Nautical Union is a joint exercise directed through Commander Destroyer Squadron Five Zero (COMDESRON 50) between the U.S. and coalition forces.
    Defense Visual Information Center photo 050719-N-5526M-012 by Photographer's Mate 1st class Robert R. McRill
    Original photo: Bill Gonyo
    Replacement photo: Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Ardent 83k 4 April 2006 DC1(SW/SS) David Johnston, USNR
    MCM Crew Implicit
    Ardent 103k 4 April 2006
    Refueling from USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7)
    Ardent 405k 19 September 2006
    Persian Gulf
    The amphibious assault ship USS Saipan (LHA 2) and Ardent conduct mine sweeping operations in the Persian gulf. Saipan was on deployment conducting maritime security operations in support of the global war on terrorism
    U.S. Navy photo photo 060919-N-2651J-022 by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Gary L. Johnson III
    Robert M. Cieri
    Ardent 277k 1 December 2006
    Persian Gulf
    One of the Navy's Mine Neutralization Vehicles (MNV) is raised after a mine countermeasure exercise aboard Ardent. The MNV's mission is to seek and destroy mines and is used in the region to support maritime security operations (MSO). MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. These operations deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material
    U.S. Navy photo photo 061201-N-5555T-003 by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Justin K. Thomas
    Ardent 118k 1 December 2006
    Persian Gulf
    One of the Navy's Mine Neutralization Vehicles (MNV) is raised out of the water after the completion of a mine countermeasure exercise aboard Ardent in the Arabian Gulf. The MNV's mission is to seek and destroy mines and is used in the region to support maritime security operations
    Defense Visual Information Center photo 061201-N-5555T-007 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin K. Thomas
    Bill Gonyo
    Ardent 98k 2 December 2006
    Persian Gulf
    Ardent's Commanding Officer Lt. Cmdr. Angel Cruz speaks to Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kori Melvin on Officer of the Deck procedures during a mine countermeasure exercise. The exercise is being conducted in support of maritime security operations.
    Defense Visual Information Center photo 061202-N-5555T-012 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin K. Thomas
    Ardent 147k 2 December 2006
    Persian Gulf
    Ardent's minemen move a Type 1 float that is used to conduct mechanical mine sweeping prior to a mine countermeasure exercise. The exercise is being conducted in support of maritime
    security operations
    Defense Visual Information Center photo 061202-N-5555T-017 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin K. Thomas
    Ardent 224k 2 December 2006
    Persian Gulf
    Ardent mineman moves a Type 1 float that is used to conduct mechanical mine sweeping prior to a mine countermeasure exercise
    U.S. Navy photo photo 061202-N-5555T-018 by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Justin K. Thomas
    Robert M. Cieri
    Ardent 327k 2 December 2006
    Arabian Sea
    Sailors with the mine countermeasures ship Ardent test the motor to a mine neutralization vehicle (MNV) in the Arabian Sea prior to conducting a mine countermeasure exercise. The MNV's mission is to seek and destroy mines; it is used in the region to support maritime security operations
    U.S. Navy photo photo 061202-N-5555T-019 by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Justin K. Thomas
    Scout 14k c. 2007 - 2008
    Operation Iraqi Freedom
    Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Ardent 337k 12 August 2008
    Manama, Bahrain
    Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead is piped ashore after visiting Sailors aboard the Ardent. Roughead, and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Joe R. Campa, Jr. traveled throughout the Central Command Area of Operation to visit Sailors, thank them for their contributions and hear their thoughts firsthand.
    U.S. Navy photo photo 080812-N-8273J-085 by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones
    Robert M. Cieri
    Gladiator, Ardent & Dextrous 254k 5 September 2009
    The Royal Navy fleet auxiliary dock landing ship RFA Lyme Bay (L 3007) leads a formation of ships including the mine countermeasure ships USS Gladiator (MCM 11), Ardent, USS Dextrous (MCM-13), the Royal Navy single-role minehunter HMS Grimsby (M108) and the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) during a training exercise. The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group is conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility
    U.S. Navy photo 090905-N-3165S-631 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan Steinhour
    Robert Hurst
    Ardent 332k 23 May 2010
    Manama, Bahrain
    Ardent returns to sea after the three-month dry dock portion of the service restricted availability period at Mina Salman pier. The ship underwent interior and exterior painting, preservation, renovations and repairs
    U.S. Navy photo 100523-N-5821P-064 by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jason T. Poplin
    Bill Gonyo
    Ardent 201k 27 May 2010
    Manama, Bahrain
    Lt. Cmdr. Jose Roman, Commanding Officer of Ardent, discusses maintenance done to the ship with Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 5
    U.S. Navy photo 100527-N-6832D-086 by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Brianna Dandridge
    Ardent 364k 16 August 2010
    Arabian Sea
    U.S. Navy photo 100816-N-8959T-522 by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Cassandra Thompson
    Champion 413k c. January 2014
    Naval Station San Diego, CA
    Scout (MCM 8), Ardent, Champion (MCM 4), and Chief (MCM 14)
    BMCS Richard Miller, USNR, Ret.

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR John Thomas Ririe, USN8 February 1994 - 12 August 1995
    02LCDR Richard Banks Landolt, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral12 August 1995 - 4 September 1996
    03LCDR Shaun Gillilland, USN4 September 1996 -21 January 1997
    04LCDR Jeffery Richmond Howlett, USN21 January 1997 - 24 June 1997
    05LCDR Kevin Peter Campbell, USN24 June 1997 - 19 January 1998
    06CDR Timothy Thompson Smith, USN19 January 1998 - 22 April 1998
    07LCDR James Robert Boorujy, USN22 April 1998 - 7 October 1998
    08LCDR Christopher Watson Grady, USN - Awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legions of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals with Combat "V", and the Joint Service Achievement Medal - Retired as Rear Admiral7 October 1998 - 20 March 1999
    09LCDR William Claiborne Harris, USN20 March 1999 - 9 September 1999
    10LCDR Curt William Steigers, USN9 September 1999 - 18 February 2000
    11LCDR Rodelio (Rudy) Laco, Jr., USNR18 February 2000 - 11 April 2001
    12LCDR Mark Stephen Manfredi, USN11 April 2001 - 12 December 2002
    13LCDR Scott Joseph Shepard, USN12 December 2002 - 15 August 2004
    14LCDR Lance Christopher Esswein, USN15 August 2004 - 8 February 2005
    15LCDR Ian Michael Hall, USN8 February 2005 - 20 February 2005
    16LCDR David Thomas (Tom) Peterson, USN20 February 2005 - August 2005
    17LCDR Michael Edward Hutchens, USNAugust 2005 - January 2006
    18LCDR Philip Edward Sobeck, USNJanuary 2006 - June 2006
    19LCDR James Paul Lowell, USN - USNA Class of 1993June 2006 - August 2006
    20LCDR Walter Scott Switzer, USNAugust 2006 - 28 October 2006
    21LCDR Michael Scott Sciretta, USNR28 October 2006 - 3 November 2006
    22LCDR Angel Castro Cruz, USN3 November 2006 - February 2007
    23LCDR Michael Scott Sciretta, USNRFebruary 2007 - March 2007
    24LCDR James LeRoy Storm, USN - Awarded two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals(Crew Fearless) 2007
    25LCDR John A. Krisciunas, USNMarch 2008 - 9 July 2009
    26LCDR Mark Bryan Stefanik, USN - USNA Class of 19989 July 2009
    27LCDR Elaine A. Brunelle, USN11 September 2009
    28LCDR Jose A. Roman, USN(Crew Conflict) 5 February 2010
    29LCDR Spencer P. Austin, USNAugust 2010
    30LCDR Martin J. Holguin, USNNovember 2010
    31LCDR Courtney Marie Minetree, USN - USNA Class of 2000
    Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and the Navy Achievement Medal
    December 2010 - 2011(Crew Conflict)
    32LCDR Daniel Lee Shorter, II, USN2011
    33LCDR Peter Abbott, USNJuly 2012
    34LCDR James J. Sordi, Jr., USN20 May 2013
    35LCDR Chavius Germaine Lewis, USN19 June 2013
    36LCDR Jeffrey J. Murawski, USN - Awarded two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals2015
    37LCDR Jermaine B. Brooms, USN15 June 2015
    38LCDR Samuel Hoard, Jr., USN2016
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Joe Radigan and Bill Gonyo

    There is no DANFS history available for Ardent (MCM-12)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Official Navy Web Site for USS Ardent (MCM-12)
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen

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