Built of white oak, Douglas fir, and Alaskan cedar from America’s forests USS Patriot (MCM 7) was launched the 15th of May 1990 in Marinette, Wisconsin, and over a year later on December 13th, 1991, she was commissioned in Charleston, South Carolina with CDR Michael J. O’Moore as the commanding officer. The USS Patriot was originally homeported in Charleston, SC until 1993, when, she transferred to Ingleside, TX.
In 1994 Patriot was called to serve in the Pacific, and since then has served as one of two forward deployed MCM’s in SEVENTH Fleet's Amphibious Ready Group. Patriot was operationally assigned to MCMDIV ELEVEN, CTF 76, COMSEVENTHFLT, COMPACFLT, and USCINCPAC. Her administrative chain of command was COMCMDIV ELEVEN, COMCMRON ONE, COMINEWARCOM (Corpus Christi, TX), 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 1997 the crew assignments was changed to permanent overseas assignments.
Patriot routinely participated 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. USS Patriot also participated in the annual exercise Clear Horizon conducted with the Republic of Korea navy. It is one of the largest, international, mine counter-measures exercises in the world.
In May 2002 USS Patriot arrived off the coast of Thailand to participate in a joint/combined exercise Cobra Gold 2002.
In January 2006 MCM 7 departed homeport for a routine training period. Patriot departed her homeport Sasebo April 17 on a Southeast Asia deployment. So far in 2006, the Patriot has participated in MINEX-EODEX 06, Reception, Staging, Onward-Movement and Integration/Foal Eagle 06. In May USS Patriot participated in the 25th U.S./Thai exercise Cobra Gold 2006. In June MCM 7 participated in Western Pacific Mine Countermeasures Exercise (WP-MCMEX) 2006. In July USS Patriot returned to Sasebo after a three-month deployment.
In February 2007 USS Patriot participated in a three-day passing exercise (PASSEX) with Japanese maritime assets. In March the Patriot participated in Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration (RSOI) and Foal Eagle (FE) 07. In late June MCM 7 returned to Sasebo after a three-month spring patrol to Pacific Rim nations. In September USS Patriot departed homeport for a fall patrol throughout the Pacific region. In September the mine countermeasures ship participated in Pacific Eagle. In October MCM 7 participated in the bilateral mine warfare exercise Clear Horizons 2007.
In May 2008 MCM 7 participated in MERCURYEX 2008.
In February 2009 the Patriot is currently participating in the bilateral mine countermeasures exercise 1JA. In June USS Patriot returned to homeport after a nearly four-month underway period. The ship also participated in exercise Foal Eagle 2009.
In January 2010 USS Patriot departed Sasebo for an extended Spring Patrol. The mine countermeasures ship participated in exercise Cobra Gold. In May USS Patriot returned to homeport after a four-month deployment.
In October 2011 USS Patriot participated in a bilateral Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2011.
In January 2012 USS Patriot departed Fleet Activities Sasebo for a western Pacific patrol. In March the Patriot participated in exercise Foal Eagle 2012. In September the guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) departed for a 10-month deployment to the Western Pacific and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility.
1st USS Patriot
The first USS Patriot, a wooden schooner, was purchased by the Navy at Baltimore 13 August 1861 to be sunk to block the channel leading into the Carolina Sounds at Hatteras Inlet. However, a rough surf, the poor condition of the ship, and Confederate Naval defenses forced postponement of this project until it was obviated by Flag Officer Stringham’s victory at Cape Hatteras at the end of August. Patriot served as a storeship at Hampton Roads before disappearing from Naval and Maritime records.
2nd USS Patriot
The second USS Patriot, a tug built at Bay City, Mich. in 1926, was acquired from the U.S. Coast Guard 24 August 1936. As YT–127 she served at New London, Conn., then at Guantanamo Bay Cuba. Redesignated YP–69 on 1 March 1938, she operated as a district patrol craft at Guantanamo and then in the 8th Naval District until transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 18 November 1946.
3rd USS Patriot
The third USS Patriot was a costal patrol vessel purchased for one dollar on 20 September 1940. Converted at the Greenport Basin and Construction Co., Greenport, L.I., N.Y. and designated PC–455 on 4 November 1940 she was placed in service 27 February 1941.
On March 1, 1941 she reported to duty in Boston with the 1st Naval District. There she conducted coastal patrol assignments until brought out of service September 29, 1944. She was laid up at Quincy, Massachusetts and finally sold back to her former owner for one dollar.