USS Patriot (mcm7) 

TAKAMATSU, Japan (Jan. 31, 2012) - A local citizen displays the international maritime signal flags uniform, whiskey, wishing the USS Patriot (MCM 7) safe travel as it departs Takamatsu following a four-day port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devon Dow)
Patriot Departs Takamatsu, Japan 
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devon Dow 
TAKAMATSU, Japan – Mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) departed Takamatsu, Japan following a four-day port visit to the coastal city Jan. 31.
 

Patriot Sailors participated in a community service (COMSERV) project at the Seto Inland Sea National Park Jan. 29 and experienced regional customs while engaging with the local community.

Local media were invited onboard following Patriot’s arrival and were provided with escorted tours. Patriot’s Commanding Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Suzanne Schang also gave a speech on “Women and Leadership” at the Kagawa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jan. 30.

“This was a highly successful and enjoyable port visit for me and my crew,” said Schang. “The people of Takamatsu were gracious and hospitable. It was wonderful to be so welcomed into their community for an intercultural exchange event. And it was an honor for us to participate in such a wonderful example of pride and ownership in one’s community. We hope we left as positive of an impression on the people of Takamatsu as they left upon us.”

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.

As of 2012, Patriot has received five consecutive “Battle E” awards for battle effectiveness, an exemplary standard of excellence in the Navy.

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