SAN DIEGO-- Mine countermeasures ship USS Ardent (MCM 12) began the Afloat Training Group Pacific Basic Phase certification process March 24.
Ardent recently completed an extended shipyard period and successfully completed its Light Off Assessment and Contractor Sea Trials.
With the ship now shifting into a more robust operational posture, the change has given the crew a sense of accomplishment, and also a renewed sense of purpose, said Chief Information Systems Technician Michael Jefferson, a Chicago native.
“Both of which strengthens our resolve as Sailors and warfighters,” said Jefferson.
Sailors onboard Ardent have been paying close attention during the transition out of the Maintenance Phase and into pre-deployment certifications and it has had a positive impact, said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Luther Merriweather, a Los Angeles native.
"Being operational, I've noticed a huge boost in morale around the ship,” said Merriweather.
As the crew works through the Basic Phase certification process, they are now able to take on more operational tasking, such as participation in various exercises as a mine countermeasure asset, opportunities to participate in Fleet Weeks, and to act as an afloat training platform for Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center’s Advanced Mine Countermeasure Evaluator course.
Ardent is home ported in San Diego and is one of three MCMs that are a part of Mine Countermeasures Squadron Three.