Coat Of Arms Coat Of Arms


Per chevron gules and azure, in chief a pale or between two arrows palewise argent and in base an anchor or between two flashes pilewise argent.

On a wreath of the colors (or and gules) a bar wavy per fess argent and azure issuing a goshawk’s head proper superimposed on a stylized demi-mine sable enflamed proper, all beneath an arc of five mullets or.

On a scroll azure edged or the words”PATHFINDERS - WE LEAD THE WAY” in letters of the second.

The coat of arms emblazoned upon a white oval enclosed by a blue collar on the outside with a gold rope and inscribed with the words USS SCOUT and MCM 8 below in gold letters.



Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the Navy. Gold is emblematic of honor and excellence; blue denotes loyalty and devotion. Red is the color of valor and sacrifice. Blue, yellow and red are adapted from the Navy Presidential Unit Citation and refer to the third SCOUT’s award for service off Borneo. The anchor symbolizes sea prowess; the lightning flashes highlight the modern electronic warfare capabilities of MCM 8 to search, detect and detonate mines. The chevron shape alludes to the minesweeper cutting through the water to clear critical sea lanes of enemy mines. The three vertical bars refer to the three previous ships named “SCOUT”, and the arrows pointing upward highlight the antiaircraft protection they provide.


The name of the ship is characterized by the hawk, who has extraordinary eyesight and can “scout out” and strike hidden prey from great distances. The goshawk is the bravest, fiercest and most powerful of North American raptors. The stylized detonated mine in flames recalls the previous SCOUT’s combat action, preinvasion minesweeps and patrols in World War II in the Philippine and the Pacific Theatre of Operations. SCOUT swept 196 Japanese mines and 6 other mines whose nationality is doubtful, and she is credited with destroying one Japanese bomber and one fighter with assists on three other enemy planes. The five stars commemorate her battle stars for World War II service. The white and blue wavy bar represents service at sea.

Ship's Characteristics
Overall Length: 224 ft Waterline Length: 217 ft
Extreme Beam: 39 ft Waterline Beam: 38 ft
Maximum Navigational Draft: 12 ft Draft Limit: 13 ft
Light Displacement: 1258 tons Full Displacement: 1371 tons
Dead Weight: 113 tons
Hull Material: Wood hull, (except engines and equipment).
Number of Propellers: 2
Propulsion Type: Diesel Engines
Accommodations: Officers: 6 Enlisted: 75

About Mine Countermeasures Ships - MCM

Ships designed to clear mines from vital waterways.

In the early 1980s, the U.S. Navy began development of a new mine countermeasures (MCM) force, which included two new classes of ships and minesweeping helicopters. The vital importance of a state-of-the-art mine countermeasures force was strongly underscored in the Persian Gulf during the eight years of the Iran-Iraq war, and in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991 when the Avenger (MCM 1) and Guardian (MCM 5) ships conducted MCM operations.

Avenger class ships are designed as mine hunter-killers capable of finding, classifying and destroying moored and bottom mines. The last three MCM ships were purchased in 1990, bringing the total to 14 fully deployable, oceangoing Avenger class ships.

These ships use sonar and video systems, cable cutters and a mine detonating device that can be released and detonated by remote control. They are also capable of conventional sweeping measures. The ships are of fiberglass sheathed, wooden hull construction. They are the first large mine countermeasures ships built in the United States in nearly 27 years.

General Characteristics -  Avenger class

Builder: Peterson Shipbuilders, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; Marinette Marine, Marinette, WI.
Date Deployed: Sept. 12, 1987 (USS Avenger)
Propulsion: Four diesels (600 horsepower each), two shafts with controllable pitch propellers.
Length: 224 feet (68.28 meters).
Beam: 39 feet (11.89 meters).
Displacement: 1,312 tons (1,333.06 metric tons) full load.
Speed: 14 knots (16.1 mph, 25.76 kmph).
Crew: 8 officers, 76 enlisted.
Armament: Mine neutralization system. Two .50 caliber machine guns.