HACHINOHE, Japan – Sailors assigned to Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Misawa visited mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) for a tour of the ship Feb. 9.
Led by Patriot’s Command Master Chief Mike Kaszubowski , the NIOC Sailors were given the opportunity to see first hand the inner and outer workings of Patriot.
“I think today was an opportunity of a lifetime for the Sailors at NIOC Misawa to come and see a ship as special as the minesweeper,” said Kaszubowski. “For some of the Sailors today this was their first visit to a Navy ship. Whether on shore duty or at sea, it is important to provide our Sailors with as much access to experience our naval capabilities as possible.”
Kaszubowski said the tour was beneficial because it helped the Sailors get a better understanding of the operations conducted by mine countermeasure ships.
“The Navy is very diverse in its daily operations and the tour offered a chance to bridge the elements of Navy shore and sea life together for these Sailors,” he said. “They had a bunch of interesting questions and I am very proud of the Patriot Sailors who were on hand throughout the tour that handled the questions and shared their expertise.”
Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 3rd Class Samantha Rubin said while it was not the first Navy ship she had ever seen, it was definitely the first wooden hulled Navy ship she had seen.
“When I heard the ship was made out of wood I was surprised, but it makes sense for hunting down mines, it kind of reminds me of a pirate ship,” she said. “I visited a lot of ships during the Navy’s Fleet Week back in the U.S. but never saw a minesweeper. I thought it was nice that we were able take time and visit the ship while it was here.”
For Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Seaman Apprentice Alexianna Morton, it was her first time being on a Navy ship and said she enjoyed the experience.
“Being able to come down to Hachinohe and see the ship was great,” she said. “Of course being at Misawa Air Base we never see ships so this was a great chance to see one close up.”
Patriot is currently on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations and is one of four mine countermeasure ships forward deployed in Sasebo Japan.