Scout: A person or vessel that probes, explores or can “scout out” dangers and opportunities 

USS Scout 
USS Scout (MCM-8)
The USS Scout (MCM 8) exemplifies the noble qualities of a vessel and crew that can scout ahead, identify and remove dangers from the sea lanes and provide a forward presence for the U.S. Navy.

Current USS Scout

USS Scout (MCM 8) is an Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship in the service of the United States Navy. Scout was laid down on 8 June 1987 at Peterson Builders in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, launched on 20 May 1989 and commissioned on 15 December 1990.

On 25 June 1992, Scout was the first ship to arrive at the newly established Naval Station Ingleside, which was the center of the Navy's Mine Warfare operations.

During the remainder of the decade Scout went on regularly scheduled deployments from Ingleside. While on a scheduled five-month deployment in the Mediterranean in 1999, Scout assisted in the evacuation of ethnic Albanians from war-torn Kosovo.

In 2003 USS Scout departed on a five-month surge deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, in the Mediterranean. Scout returned to Naval Station Ingleside, Texas in June.

In April 2005 USS Scout departed Naval Station Ingleside for a five-month deployment. Scout participated in a number of exercises during the deployment including Exercise Lead Shield. In September USS Scout (MCM 8) worked with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration off the coast of Louisiana to clear waterways that were clogged by debris.

In February 2007 Heavy-lift ship M/V Condock III, chartered by Military Sealift Command (MSC), delivered mine countermeasures ship USS Scout to Manama, Bahrain, after a month-and-a-half journey.

In March 2008 USS Scout participated in a mine countermeasure training exercise involving American, British and Kuwaiti naval forces in the Persian Gulf.

In April 2010 the Scout conducted mine sweeping and mine hunting operations in the Central Arabian Gulf.

1st USS Scout

The first USS Scout was built for the United States Customs Service in 1903 at Astoria, Oreg. She was taken over by the United States Revenue Cutter Service in May 1914 and placed in service in the United States Coast Guard on 8 March 1915, assigned to the Puget Sound area. With the entry of the United States into World War I in April 1917, Coast Guard personnel and units were taken into the Navy and, for the next 28 months, Scout served in the Navy as a patrol boat in the Puget Sound area. She was returned to the Treasury Department on 28 August 1919. Renamed AB-11 in 1923 and served the Coast Guard until 1930.

2nd USS Scout

The second USS Scout (SP-114) was an armed steamboat that served in the United States Navy as a patrol vessel in 1917. Scout was built in 1900 by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., Bristol, R.I., was acquired by the Navy on 25 May 1917 on loan from her owner, Mr. August Belmont, New York. After being refitted for section patrol work Scout was placed in service on 25 June. For the next five months, she operated in the 3d Naval District. On 12 December 1917, she was returned to her owner.

3rd USS Scout

The third USS Scout (AM-296) was an Admirable-class minesweeper. She was laid down on 8 February 1943 by Winslow Marine Railway and Shipbuilding Co., Seattle, Wash., launched on 2 May 1943 and commissioned on 3 March 1944 with Lt. E. G. Anderson, Jr. as the commanding officer.

After shakedown, Scout sailed from San Francisco on 15 May 1944 for Hawaii. Between June and September 1944, she escorted convoys between Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, Kwajalein, Funafuti, and Tulagi, before reporting to the 7th Fleet at Manus on 6 October for the Leyte invasion. From 17 to 19 October, she carried out a pre-invasion sweep off Leyte; and, on the 20th, she joined Mine Division 34 in a four-day sweep of the main transport channel. She then provided antiaircraft support. Between 27 and 31 October, Scout helped search for survivors at the scene of the Battle off Samar. For the next month, she carried out local patrols and sweeps in the vicinity of Leyte.

Scout participated, with her division, in most of the subsequent landings in the Philippines. She carried out pre-invasion sweeps at Ormoc Bay on 6 December, Mindoro Island on 14 December, Lingayen Gulf on 6 January 1945, and Zambales and Subic Bay between 29 and 31 January. During and after the initial troop landings, she helped extend the mineswept areas and provided antisubmarine and antiaircraft protection to the transports anchored off the beaches. Few mines were encountered, but kamikaze resistance was intense; and, on 7 December, Scout rescued survivors of one "Divine Wind" victim, USS Ward (APD-16).

On 13 February, Scout and her division began pre-invasion sweeps in Manila Bay in preparation for the landings at Mariveles and Corregidor. While sweeping off Corregidor on the 14th, the minesweepers came within 5,000 yards of the island and were repeatedly straddled by Japanese fire before supporting ships silenced the enemy's guns. Scout continued sweeping in Manila Bay through 19 February, and her division earned a Navy Unit Commendation for the operation.

During the next one and one-half months, Scout carried out various local sweeps in support of mop-up operations in the Philippines, the most notable being a pre-assault sweep for the landings at Legaspi, Luzon, on 1 April. This was followed by a three-day exploratory sweep in the San Bernardino Strait.

Between 7 and 18 June, Scout supported the landings at Brunei Bay, Borneo; and between 22 June and 8 July, she helped clear the way for the assault at Balikpapan. During both operations, the minesweepers came under fire from shore batteries and one ship, Salute, was sunk by a mine on 8 June. Scout's task unit won a Presidential Unit Citation for its service off Borneo between 15 June and 1 July.

Scout arrived at her homport on 11 September 1945. She then reported to Orange, Tex., on 2 April 1946; was placed in reserve on 10 May; and out of commission on 26 February 1947.

Due to the need for minecraft during the Korean War, Scout was recommissioned on 11 May 1951 with Lt. Comdr. Samuel E. Clark as the commanding officer. Scout remained on the Atlantic coast and, for two years, operated between her home port of Charleston, S.C., the Mine School at Yorktown, Va., and local operating areas. She was ordered inactivated in October 1953 and was decommissioned on 1 March 1954.

Scout received 5 battle stars for her World War II.

For more details of the third USS Scout see http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/s7/scout-iii.htm

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