USS Patriot MCM 7
In 1994 Patriot was called to serve in the Pacific, and since then has served as one of four forward-deployed MCMs in 7th Fleet’s Amphibious Ready Group. Patriot is operationally assigned to MCMDiv 11, CTF 76, ComSeventhFlt, CinCPacFlt, and USCinCPac. Her administrative chain of command is CoMCMDiv 11, CoMCMDIV 11, CoMineWarCom (NAS Corpus Christi, TX) recently merged with Naval Anti-Submarine Warfare Command into NMAWC (Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command), and ComNavSurfLant. Although Patriot was permanently assigned to Sasebo, Japan, her crew served on a rotational basis from Ingleside, Texas. Each rotation lasted approximately 6 months. In 1996 the crew assignments were changed to permanent overseas assignments.
In March 2003 the major event was TSTA3/FEP. This Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA3)/ Final Exercise Problem (FEP) initially designed to be a training assist visit to assess readiness, was turned into a graded scenario to prove her battle readiness. This advanced stage of training is designed to improve ships operations and give Patriot an opportunity to prove she is ready to perform her primary and secondary missions with utmost efficiency and skill.
Patriot executed her deployment phase during the 2003 calendar year. Along with conducting MINEX, she participated in Exercise Foal Eagle 2003, a combined naval exercise with the Republic of Korea. Patriot successfully accomplished 100 percent mine-warfare tasking during the integrated exercise. Patriot conducted a WESTPAC Deployment during the months of May and June conducting port visits in Okinawa, Fukuoak, JA, Pusan, ROK, Inchon, ROK, and Kagoshima, JA. Patriot also took part in the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War with a port visit to Pusan, South Korea.
Patriot routinely participates in combined Mine Warfare training exercises with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force as part of an annual MINEX and EODEX. MINEX/EODEX is a joint mine countermeasures (MCM) exercise designed to foster US Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) interoperability through the use of the MCM Triad, surface MCM (SMCM) air MCM (AMCM) and Explosive Ordnance disposal (EOD) teams.
In 2005, Patriot conducted a Selected Maintenance Availability during which the ship was refitted with the most recent equipment upgrades and shipboard alterations. The maintenance period allowed the ship to re-train personnel and in preparations for the ship's Basic Training Phase and Interdeployment Training Cycle.
On 16 February 2007, Patriot was awarded the 2006 Battle “E” award