The first Patriot, a wooden schooner was purchased by the Navy at Baltimore on August 13, 1861 to be used to block the channel leading into the Carolina Sounds at Hatteras Inlet. Unfortunately with rough seas and the ship’s weak condition ended with Confederate Naval defenses to delay the project until it the end of August. She then served as a store ship 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 First Naval District. There she conducted coastal patrol assignments until she was brought out of service on September 29, 1944. She was laid up at Quincy, Massachusetts till she was sold back to her former owner for one dollar.
Built of white oak, Douglas fir, and Alaskan cedar USS Patriot was launched on May 15, 1990 in Marinette, Wisconsin. On December 13, 1991 she was commissioned in Charleston, South Carolina by CDR Michael J. O’Moore. She was originally home ported in Charleston, SC until 1993 then she transferred to Ingleside, TX.
In 1994 she was called to serve in the Pacific, and since then has served as one of the two forward deployed MCM’s in Seventh Fleet's Amphibious Ready Group. MCM 7 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 she 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.
USS 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.
She 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.