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The Warrior (MCM 10) is the 10th Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship and the first United States ship to bear that name. The keel was laid down on September 25, 1989, at Peterson Builders in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. She was christened and launched on December 8, 1990. Mrs. Penelope Nyquist, the wife of Vice Adm. John W. Nyquist, served as sponsor of the ship. USS Warrior was commissioned on April 7, 1993.

February 24, 1995 USS Warrior departed Naval Station Ingleside, Texas, for its maiden six-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).

January 2, 2002 USS Warrior, along with USS Gladiator (MCM 11), USS Oriole (MHC 55), USS Shrike (MHC 62) and USS Cormorant (MHC 57), recently departed Ingleside, Texas, to participate to support the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) BG's Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 02-1, from Jan. 19-26, in the waters off the Virginia and North Carolina coasts.

August 18, 2006 USS Warrior is currently participating in the multinational Panama Exercise (PANAMAX) 2006, tailored to the defense of the Panama Canal, involving civil and military forces from the region.

September 13, The Warrior returned to Naval Station Ingleside after a five weeks of MCM operations during PANAMAX 06, an exercise off the coast of Panama, designed to counter potential terrorist attacks against shipping or canal infrastructure.

November 9, 2007 USS Warrior completed the Gulf of Mexico Exercise (GOMEX) 08-2 in the Corpus Christi OPAREA. This exercise marks the transition from a training group to fully capable and deployable assets in the MCM arsenal.

March 6, 2009 The commander of U.S. 2nd Fleet announced that the first two of eight mine countermeasures ships will begin the transfer from 2nd Fleet's Area of Responsibility to 3rd Fleet. The two ships will depart Naval Station Ingleside's waterfront on March 9 and begin a month-long journey to a new homeport in San Diego. USS Warrior and USS Chief (MCM 14) are set to leave for a permanent change of duty station in accordance with the Department of Defense Base Relocation and Closure Commission's directed closure of Naval Station Ingleside. Four of the six remaining ships will set sail in phases once maintenance and upgrades are complete. Two other MCM ships will be heavy lifted.

April 5, USS Warrior, commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Joseph D. Femino, with the assistance of USS Chief and the Mexican Navy, rescued two fishermen 36 miles off the coast of Mexico.

April 17, The Warrior (MCM 10) arrived in its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego, Calif., for the first time.

November 7, 2011 MCM 10 is currently moored at Northrop Grumman Continental Maritime of San Diego shipyard for a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

June 23, 2012 USS Warrior arrived in Manama, Bahrain, aboard the M/V Tern, for a seven-month deployment with rotational crews from San Diego to provide continuous manning.

September 20, The mine countermeasures ship departed Mina Salman Port in Manama for at-sea phase of International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 2012 in the Arabian Gulf.

February 19, 2013 Lt. Cmdr. Robert M. Laird, Jr., relieved Lt. Cmdr. Matthew T. Erdner as commanding officer of the USS Warrior (Dominant Crew).

March 2, USS Warrior, along with USS Pioneer (MCM 9), departed Khalifa Bin Salman Port in Hidd, Bahrain, after being loaded aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC)-chartered heavy lift ship Super Servant III on Feb. 24, to be transported to Sasebo, Japan, to replace the USS Guardian (MCM 5), that was decommissioned last month. The majority of the Warrior's crew will return to San Diego from Bahrain while the remaining Sailors will accompany the ship to Sasebo. The Pioneer will returned to its homeport of San Diego.

March 10, The Netherlands Antilles-flagged heavy lift ship Super Servant III pulled into Galle, Sri Lanka, for a brief port call to refuel; Arrived in Japan on March 27.

March 31, USS Warrior arrived in its new homeport of Fleet Activities Sasebo in Nagasaki Prefecture for the first time.

May 2, Lt. Cmdr. Kevin S. McCormick, Jr., relieved Lt. Cmdr. Robert M. Laird as CO of the Warrior.

July 30, MCM 10 departed Fleet Activities Sasebo for local operations. Underway again from Aug. 29-31.

October 14, USS Warrior returned to Sasebo after a two-week underway for routine training. Underway again from Nov. 6-18.

February 3, 2014 USS Warrior entered the Dry Dock #2 at SSK Shipyard in Sasebo for a three-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA); Undocked on May 9.

July 25, Lt. Cmdr. Robert C. Biggs relieved Lt. Cmdr. Kevin S. McCormick, Jr., as CO of the Warrior during a pierside ceremony at Fleet Activities Sasebo.

August 15, USS Warrior returned to homeport after a four-week underway period. Underway for local operations from Aug. 28-31; Underway again on Sept. 9.

September 15, The Warrior joined Republic of Korea Navy ships in a naval demonstration and reenactment, off the coast of Incheon, to pay tribute to Korean War veterans who fought side-by-side during the Incheon landing 64 years ago; Returned home on Sept. 30.

October 19, USS Warrior recently moored at Chinhae Naval Base, Republic of Korea, for a brief port call before participating in annual mine counter-measures exercise Clear Horizon 2014, from Oct. 20-24.

November 25, The mine countermeasures ship returned to India Basin, Fleet Activities Sasebo after a 12-day underway; Underway again from Jan. 4-10, 2015; Underway in support of MCMEX, off Chinhae, ROK, from March 27- April 15; Underway for local operations from May 13-16.

July 10, USS Warrior departed Berth 10, Fleet Activities Sasebo for a 25-day underway to participate in MINEX/EODEX 15-2JA in Mutsu Bay, Aomori Prefecture.

July 14, MCM 10 moored at Chuo Wharf in Port of Hakodate, Aichi Prefecture, for a scheduled port visit.

August 27, USS Warrior departed homeport for a week-long underway off the coast of Japan; Underway again from Sept. 5-14.

November 6, Lt. Cmdr. John R. Mateikat relieved Lt. Cmdr. Robert C. Biggs as CO of the USS Warrior during a change-of-command ceremony at Berth 9, India Basin.

July 15, 2016 The Warrior departed Sasebo for a brief underway to conduct sea trials, following an emergent repairs to its port-side Main Reduction Gear that broke last year; Underway again on Sept. 8.?

September 10, USS Warrior recently moored at Port of Incheon, Republic of Korea, for a scheduled port visit before participating in the 66th anniversary of the historical amphibious landing at the city; Returned home on Sept. 14.

September 28, The Warrior returned to Fleet Activities Sasebo after a week-long underway for routine training; Underway in support of mine counter-measures exercise Clear Horizon 2016 on Oct. 1?.