CO's Corner

Command Philosophy  

 ● Ship Combat/Material Readiness/Safety are priority! ● You want to be here ● You want to succeed ● This is “OUR SHIP” ● Truth and integrity are paramount ● Excellence is a habit, not an act. We are what we repeatedly do ● Only I say “No” on a bottom line ● Keep me informed! ● Bad news does not get better – and does not travel by phone or email ● Try to bring a solution with a problem ● If you’re reporting it to me, I expect the XO knows the same thing as soon as practicable ● Don’t ask for outside help without working it “inside” first” ● We actively seek Sailors’ inputs ● Our crew is the example of how to “do it the right way” ● Words mean things ● Your signature means things ● I will support and defend you ● I determine operational necessity ● After hours work is planned / briefed ● The wardroom and CPO mess are generally no places of business ● No non-concurrence through silence; no malicious compliance ● CO’s door is always open, but have faith in the chain of command ● “Steady strain” is better than “heroics” ● Remember the 50-90 rule ● We use standard/certified procedures vice tribal myth and folk lore. Procedural compliance! ● We work to a plan – let’s do it right once ● We are gentleman, reasonable and professional ● We are on time and execute events as scheduled ● You will have read the traffic before we meet in the morning ● Evals/FITREPs will be delivered on the last day of the reporting period ● Brief me before speaking to the Staff ● We help others & other ships whenever possible. I approve parts transfers. ● No “open” discussion of a subordinate’s performance in public forums ● I will use the chain of command to command, but I communicate with everyone on different levels. ● We are all working toward specific personal, professional, and financial goals. ● Use formal counseling sheet to document EMI assignments ●


LCDR Dawn Ricketts
Commanding Officer



It is our pleasure to welcome you to the Minesweeper community and to one of the finest MCM crews in the Navy!  This will be, without a doubt, one of the most challenging and rewarding assignments of your Naval career.  As a member of MCM CREW CONFLICT, you will be performing a job vital to our nation’s defense, keeping the world’s waterways open and safe from hostile forces.  We are confident you will do an outstanding job in contributing to our team.

MCM CREW CONFLICT is homeported at Naval Base San Diego, California.  While in homeport we serve on USS CHIEF (MCM 14) and when deployed we serve on USS ARDENT (MCM 12), stationed out of Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain and now aboard the USS Scout (MCM 8).

Our mailing address is: USS Scout (MCM 8) FPO AP 96678-1928

Your sponsor will be able to assist you with any information or issues you may need assistance with.  It is important you communicate with your sponsor as soon as possible and keep him informed of your travel plans and estimated arrival date.  Listed below are points of contact which may be valuable in your relocation process:

Mine Countermeasures Squadron TWO (ISIC):


Fleet Family Service Center - NAVBASE San Diego


San Diego Housing Welcome Center


San Diego Personal Property Office


TRICARE Service Center




Prior to detaching, contact your sponsor to obtain the latest information on the ship and its schedule.  You may also email our Command Master Chief, at to obtain this information.  Ensure you and your dependents have enrolled into DEERS and all medical needs are current.  You will receive a full briefing on your medical and dental benefits during your initial check-in.

Report with all your records to Personnel Support Detachment, Naval Base Point Loma, California.  They will put you in touch with our Squadron Commander, COMCMRON TWO, who will provide you further instructions and guidance. 

We look forward to having you on our team...WELCOME ABOARD!

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