USS Patriot

CO’s Philosophy




    First and foremost we are professional mariners and war fighters who can be called at a moments notice to conduct prompt and sustained combat operations anywhere in the world in defense of our nation, her interests and allies.

As Commanding Officer, I am ultimately responsible for ship, crew, and mission accomplishment but I cannot do this alone.  It will take each and every one of us to make PATRIOT mission capable and mission ready!


1.        People:  Positive leadership and personal mentorship are the keys to a successful command climate.  Leadership is contagious and must exist at all levels.  Each of us is responsible for providing sage leadership and guidance for those entrusted in our care.  I require that you embody our Navy’s core values in exercising your roles as leaders and shipmates in both word and deed. 

2.        Training:  You train like you fight and fight like you train.  From cleaning and maintenance to complex ship maneuvers and operations, training makes the complex things simple and the simple things routine.  It gives you the wherewithal to act when things are foggy and a lack of situational awareness exists.  We will train as if our lives depend on it, because it does!

3.        Safety:  We will use SOP’s and follow CSOSS and EOSS.  I am the only one who can authorize a deviation from procedures during peacetime.  But safety goes beyond combat readiness and falls into everything we do.  As a rule, we must practice safety in everything from combat operations to the 100 days of summer.  Safety is everyone’s responsibility! 

4.        Communication:  There must be an atmosphere of open and honest communication without the fear of retribution.  Two-way horizontal and vertical communication is essential.  You must be willing to accept both the good and bad. Bad news doesn’t get better with age.  Equipment will break and people will make mistakes.  I would rather you make a mistake of co-mission rather than omission.  Bring problems with options and solutions.

5.        Trust and Confidence:  I trust human nature to do the right thing and I am confident that you will engender, practice and maintain that trust whether you are operating independently or as a team.  Observed or not observed.  I expect my leaders and managers to be enablers and catalysts for creativity and unconventional thinking and foster an environment for professional growth and personal development.

6.        My door is always open: You can come see me at anytime.       

7.        Balance:  Individual purpose and Professional obligation:  Fun is where you find it.  One of our greatest challenges in life is handling the stress of change and uncertainty.  To overcome that stress, we must be able to strike a peaceful balance between our personal lives and our work.  We must enjoy what we do and find a way to make it enjoyable for those around us.

        It is an honor to serve with you. Together we can make this ship the command that all others try to emulate.  I look forward to working with each and every one of you and together we will make this tour the highlight of our careers.

                                                                                                                                                                  LCDR W. C. MAINOR


Ship's Crest

The trident is a symbol of Naval Power and strength. The waves denote coastal waters and the Navy's theater of operation. The two arms represent the two previous ships called Patriot. The Naval Officer's sword and the NCO cutlass depict strong defense and cooperation. The exploding ordnance represents the ship's mine countermeasures mission.  

MCM Diagram

Ship's Characteristics


Length.........................224 feet/68 meters

Beam...........................39 feet/12 meters

Displacement (Full Load).......1250 tons/1270 metric tons

Mean Draft.....................12 feet/3.7 meters

Propulsion.....................Four IF Diesel Engines with
                               Twin Propellers

Max Speed......................14 Knots/25.6 km/hr

Crew...........................8 Officers, 76 Enlisted

Armament.......................2 duel-mounted .50 caliber

                               machine guns.

                               4 M240 machine guns.

                               2 Mk-19 40mm grenade



Ship History

 PATRIOT is the seventh in a class of fourteen MCM AVENGER Class ships built for the US Navy.

The first 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 in Hampton Roads before disappearing from Naval and Maritime records.

The second PATRIOT was a costal patrol vessel. 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.

Built of white oak, Douglas fir, and Alaskan cedar from America’s forests PATRIOT 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. CDR Michael J. O’Moore, a native of Brooklyn New York was the commissioning Commanding Officer. 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 is operationally assigned to MCMDIV ELEVEN, CTF 76, COMSEVENTHFLT, CINCPACFLT, and USCINCPAC. Her administrative chain of command is 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 participates 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.

Patriot also participates 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. 

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