SASEBO, Japan – USS Patriot (MCM 7) has earned its seventh consecutive Battle “E” Award.
USS Patriot had an impressive start to 2013 after learning they had won the prestigious award. The award is a measure of each ship’s overall effectiveness; from combat readiness to daily maintenance on the ship, the standards to win this award require an entire crew’s participation.
“The history we are making is unprecedented. These continued accomplishments are directly correlated to the work of our enlisted personnel, who possess an unwavering devotion to duty and a loyalty to the ship that is beyond reproach. The credit belongs to them,” said Lieutenant Junior Grade Allen, Assistant Chief Engineer on USS Patriot.
Out of four minesweepers stationed in Sasebo, USS Patriot has distinguished itself the last seven years through her crew’s successful exercises and certifications. On the Messdecks one can easily view the Battle “E” of previous years on display.
On Wednesday, May 29, the crew of USS Patriot was presented her award by Rear Admiral Harley, Commander Amphibious Forces 7th Fleet. Though half the crew was onboard for the previous awards, every crew member continues to appreciate the magnitude of this accomplishment. The crew understands that for every achievement and award they earn, they do it for their family, friends, and country. The award serves as a standard that USS Patriot strives to surpass rather than meet.
USS Patriot (MCM-7) is an Avenger Class Mine Countermeasures ship homeported in Sasebo, Japan since 1994.