USS GLADIATOR
MCM 11
  
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The Gladiator (MCM 11) is the 11th Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship and the third United States ship to bear that name. Her kell was laid down on May 7, 1991, by Peterson Builders, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; She was christened and launched on June 29, 1991. Lt. Cmdr. Christopher D. Noble is the prospective commanding officer.

September 18, 1993 USS Gladiator was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Newport, R.I.

From January 17-27, 1994, the Gladiator was underway for routine trainig in the Corpus Christi Op. Area. Underway for Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) from Feb. 1-3.

From Feb. 24 through March 21, MCM 11 was underway for acoustic trials in Port Everglades, Fla.

From April 11 through June 10, USS Gladiator was underway for Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) in Panama City, Fla. Underway for final contract trials from July 18-22; Underway for Mine Readiness Certification Inspection (MRCI) from Aug. 29- Sept. 1.

September 3, USS Gladiator departed Naval Station Ingleside, Texas, for a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) at American Shipbuilding in Newport, R.I. Departed Newport on Sept. 30; Acoustic trials in Port Eveglades on Oct. 11; Returned home on Oct. 16.

October 19, The Gladiator entered the Peterson Builders Inc. shipyard in Ingleside to continue its PSA.

From February 18-23, 1995, the mine countermeasures ship was underway for seach and rescue perations to locate the downed T-34 aircratf from NAS Corpus Christi.

February 24, USS Gladiator departed Ingleside for its maiden deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR), along with USS Defender (MCM 2), USS Pioneer (MCM 9) and USS Warrior (MCM 10). Brief stop at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., to refuel from March 1-2.

March 6, The Gladiator arrived in Naval Weapons Station Charleston, S.C., for magnetic material offload. Degaussing runs at Charleston Magnetic Silencing Facility Cooper River Range and upkeep at Naval Station Charleston from March 10-16; Inport Naval Annex, Bermuda, from March 21-24.

April 10, USS Gladiator pulled into Portsmouth, England, for an eight-day upkeep. Port visit to Aarhus, Denmark, from April 20-24; Participated in NATO exercise Blue Harrier '95, in the Baltic Sea, from April 24-28.

May 5, MCM 11 arrived in St. Petersburg, Russia, for a five-day port visit, the first by U.S. Navy ship in 20 years. Inport Lisbon, Portugal, to refuel from May 21-22; Brief stop in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on May 25.

June 2, The Gladiator pulled into La Spezia, Italy, for a five-day port call after participating in exercise Tridente. Fleet Maintenance Availability (FMAV) in Cartagena, Spain, from June 10-21; Port call to Palma de Mallorca from June 22-27; Inport Malaga, Spain, to refuel from June 30- July 1.

July 3, The mine countermeasures ship arrived in Lisbon, Portugal, for a six-day port visit to celebrate the Independence Day.

July 8, Lt. Cmdr. Alfred Collins relieved Lt. Cmdr. Christopher D. Noble as CO of the Gladiator.

August 1, MCM 11 moored at USCG Station Key West, Fla., for a brief stop to refuel.

August 5, USS Gladiator returned to Naval Station Ingleside after more than a five-month deployment.

From October 1-6, the Gladiator was underway in the Corpus Christi OPAREA for routine training. Emergency sortied to avoid the Hurricane Roxanne from Oct. 10-13; Underway for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I from Oct. 14-20, 23-27 and Oct. 30- Nov. 10; Underway in support of Operation Drumstick from Nov. 15-20; Underway for local operations from Nov. 21-29; Underway for OPPE Preps. from Jan. 11-12 and Jan. 16-17, 1996; Underway for OPPE on Jan. 24.

February 9, USS Gladiator arrived in Galveston, Texas, for a 10-day port visit to participate in Mardi Gras festivities. Returned home on Feb. 21; Underway for routine training from March 4-7 and 11-15.

From March 25-29, the mine countermeasures ship was underway for S&R operation for a downed T-44 aircraft from NAS Corpus Christi. Underway for Final Evaluation Period (FEP) from April 23-26.

May 13, The Gladiator entered the Peterson Builders shipyard for a two-month Planned Maintenance Availability (PMA). Underway for sea trials on July 10; Underway for routine training from July 16-17; Underway for MP-3 operational testing from July 29- Aug. 2.

August 9, MCM 11 departed Naval Station Ingleside to conduct SSQ-94 operational evaluation testing in Panama City, Fla.

August 12, USS Gladiator moored at Wolfenberg Park in downtown New Orleans, La., for a week-long port visit. Inport Panama City from Aug. 22- Sept. 6; After a port calls to NAS Pensacola and Tampa, Fla., the ship returned to homeport in mid-September.

In October, the Gladiator was underway in support of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) BG's Joint Training Fleet Exercise (JTFEX). Underway in late October to test the new sonar displays for SSQ-32; Underway for the most of the November for more testing and training.

December 12, Lt. Cmdr. Richard B. Landolt relieved Lt. Cmdr. Alfred Collins as CO of the USS Gladiator (Foxtrot Crew).

February 28, 1997 Lt. Cmdr. David D. Bruhn relieved Lt. Cmdr. Richard B. Landolt as CO of the MCM 11 (Foxtrot Crew).

December 5, Lt. Cmdr. Jeffery R. Howlett relieved Lt. Cmdr. David D. Bruhn as CO of the Gladiator (Alpha Crew).

August 17, 1998 Lt. Cmdr. Brian J. Shanahan relieved Lt. Cmdr. Jeffery R. Howlett as CO of the Gladiator (Alpha Crew).

December 5, Lt. Cmdr. Donald H. Hodge relieved Lt. Cmdr. Brian J. Shanahan as commanding officer of MCM 11 (Foxtrot Crew).

October 1, 1999 Lt. Cmdr. Brian J. Shanahan relieved Lt. Cmdr. Donald H. Hodge as CO of the USS Gladiator (Alpha Crew). The Gladiator became permanent home for the MCM Rotational Crew Alpha.

From October 6-7, the mine countermeasures ship was underway for routine training in the Corpus Christi Op. Area. Underway again from Oct. 12-13, 19-21, Nov. 8-10 and 16-17; Underway to tow USS Shrike (MHC 63), back to Ingleside, in heavy seas, from Nov. 23-26.

January 13, 2000 Lt. Cmdr. Dominic Descisciolo relieved Lt. Cmdr. Brian J. Shanahan as the 9th CO of Gladiator.

From February 1-4, the Gladiator was underway for TSTA I in the Corpus Christi OPAREA. Underway for mine recovery operation from Feb. 13-18; Underway for TSTA I from Feb. 22-23.

March 2, USS Gladiator arrived in Mobile, Ala., for a week-long port visit to participate in Mardi Gras festivities. Returned home on March 13; Underway for MCM training on March 27; Port visit to Tampa, Fla., from March 31- April 3; Inport Panama City from April 4-5 and 7-10; Returned to Naval Station Ingleside on April 14; Underway for TSTA I from April 25-27 and May 4; Underway for routine training on May 9 and 18th; Underway again on June 26; Brief stop to refuel in Key West from July 1-2.

July 3, MCM 11 arrived in Miami, Fla., for a four-day port visit. Inport Naval Air Station Key West from July 9-13; Inport NAS Pensacola from July 18-20.

July 22, The Gladiator arrived in New Orleans, La., for a five-day port visit. Returned home on July 31; Underway for Dependent's Day Cruise on Aug. 3; Underway for TSTA II from Aug. 8-11, 15-17, 22-24 and 29-31st; Underway for TSTA III from Sept. 6-7; Underway for FEP from Sept. 13-14.

September 25, USS Gladiator entered the Soutwest Marine shipyard in Ingleside for a 10-week Planned Maintenance Availability (PMA). Underway for sea trials on Dec. 7.

August 24, 2001 Lt. Cmdr. Everett S. Pratt relieved Lt. Cmdr. Dominic Descisciolo as CO of the MCM 11.

January 2, 2002 The Gladiator recently departed Ingleside, Texas, to support the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) BG's Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 02-1, off the East Coast, from Jan. 19-26.

From February 14-21, 2003, USS Gladiator was underway for routine training in the Corpus Christi Op. Area. Underway again from Feb. 24-27 and March 3-9; Underway for Independent Steaming Exercises (ISE) from March 28-29; Underway for RONEX 03-2 from April 14-15; Underway for INSURV assessment on April 29; Underway for routine training from May 12-14.

From May 19-28, the Gladiator was underway for GOMEX 03-2 in the Gulf of Mexico.

June 26, Lt. Cmdr. Lyle D. Stuffle relieved Lt. Cmdr. Everett S. Pratt as CO of the USS Gladiator. Underway for TSTA III from June 30- July 3; Underway for FEP from July 7-10; Underway for local operations from July 29-31 and Aug. 12.

August 18, USS Gladiator departed homeport for a scheduled eastern Pacific deployment.

August 24, The mine countermeasures ship arrived in Belize City, Belize, for a three-day port visit.

September 1, The Gladiator moored at Vasco Nunez de Balboa Naval Base for an eight-day port call after transiting Panama Canal. Inport Naval Station San Diego from Sept. 23-29; Port visit to Alameda, Calif., from Oct. 1-4.

October 6, MCM 11 pulled into Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Wash., for a 16-day upkeep. Inport NAS Alameda from Oct. 30- Nov. 3 and Nov. 8-11; Upkeep in San Diego from Nov. 17-19 and Nov. 21- Dec. 5; Underway off the coast of southern California from Dec. 5-14.

January 10, 2004 USS Gladiator departed San Diego, Calif., after a 26-day upkeep. Inport Balboa Naval Base from Jan. 26-30; Anchored off Belize City from Feb. 5-9.

February 15, USS Gladiator returned to Naval Station Ingleside after a six-month deployment.

From April 13-20, the Gladiator was underway for mine shape recovery and ISE. Underway again from April 27-29 and May 4-5.

May 7, USS Gladiator moored in downtown Corpus Christi, Texas, for a three-day port visit in conjunction with the Maritime Festival. Underway for mine shape placement/recovery from May 11-13; Underway for local operations from May 26-27; Underway for Midshipmen cruise from June 1-2; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on June 4.

July 13, MCM 11 entered the Southwest Marine shipyard for a two-month Planned Maintenance Availability (PMA). Underway for sea trials from Sept. 14-15;

In September, the Gladiator's crew switched from MCM squadron 3 to MCM squadron 2 and changed its name from India to Constant, under the command of Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey A. Bennett, II; Underway for testing at FACDAR range from Oct. 3-6; Underway for CART II from Nov. 3-4; Underway for local operations from Nov. 19-22, Dec. 7-8 and 14th;

September 10, 2005 USS Gladiator, along with USS Defender (MCM 2), USS Scout (MCM 8), and USS Falcon (MHC 59), is currently working off the coast of Louisiana with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, helping to clear waterways that may be clogged by debris. The ships are identifying obstructions so that U.S. Navy and Coast Guard divers can recover them to ensure safe passage.

September 29, The Gladiator, Avenger (MCM 1) and Pioneer (MCM 9) are currently underway in the Gulf of Mexico conducting unit level training and sonar calibration operations. These ships are on standby to conduct survey operations in support of Hurricane Rita disaster recovery efforts of the Galveston and Houston safety fairways, to help determine if they are free of any storm-related debris and to ensure the safety of deep-draft traffic transit.

December 7, 2006 USS Gladiator, commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Michael E. Hutchens, departed from Naval Station Ingleside, Texas, after being loaded aboard Military Sealift Command (MSC)-chartered heavy lift ship Condock V (6763/84), to be transported to Mina Salman Port in Manama, Bahrain. Moving the mine countermeasures ship in this manner prevents the wear and tear of an open-ocean voyage. MCM 11 will replace one of two coastal mine hunters (MHC) being decommissioned and sold to Egypt. A second mine countermeasures ship will be transferred via heavy-lift on another Condock ship later this year.

January 23, 2007 USS Gladiator arrived in its new homeport of Manama, Bahrain.

June 2, MCM 11 concluded the eight-day exercise Nautical Union 2007, with Saudi Arabian forces, in the Arabian Gulf.

August 27, USS Gladiator is currently participating in a mine countermeasures exercise, with the USS Bonhomme Richard ESG, in the Arabian Gulf.

May ?, 2008 Lt. Cmdr. Hans E. Lynch relieved Lt. Cmdr. William S. Switzer as the 17th CO of Gladiator.

April 4, 2010 The Gladiator, with embarked members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1, is currently conducting mine sweeping and mine hunting operations in the Central Arabian Gulf.

April 22, 2011 USS Gladiator, along with RFA Lyme Bay, HMS Grimsby, HMS Pembroke, HMS Chiddingfold, PNS Munsif and PNS Muhafiz, is currently participating in a multinational exercise Arabian Gauntlet 11, in the Arabian Gulf.

August 24, MCM 11 is currently participating in a bilateral training exercise with the Royal Navy mine countermeasures ships in the Arabian Gulf.

October 24, USS Gladiator, commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Wayne P. Liebold, is currently participating in a mine countermeasures exercise, with Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force ship JS Uraga (MST 463), in the Arabian Gulf.

March 1, 2012 The Gladiator, along with USS Chief (MCM 14) and six Royal Navy ships, is currently participating in a mine countermeasures exercise in the Arabian Gulf.

May 13, 2013 USS Gladiator departed Manama to participate in at-sea phase of International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 2013.

August ?, 2014 Lt. Cmdr. Corey D. Odom relieved Lt. Cmdr. Robert M. Laird, Jr., as CO of the MCM 11 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Berth 12, Mina Salman Port.

September 15, USS Gladiator entered the floating dry-dock at Basrec Shipyard in Manama for a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA); Undocked in early December.

February 15, 2015 Lt. Cmdr. Christopher M. Causee relieved Lt. Cmdr. Corey D. Odom as CO of the Gladiator during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Mina Salman Port.

August ?, USS Gladiator returned to Manama after a two-month underway period.

September 27, Seaman Philip Frazier Manes died from a non-hostile-related gunshot wound aboard the Gladiator while the ship was moored at Mina Salman Port in Manama.

April 11, 2016 The Gladiator departed homeport to participate in at-sea phase of International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 2016.

From July 30- Aug. 5, USS Gladiator, along with the USS Sentry (MCM 3), RFA Lyme Bay (L3007), HMS Penzance (M106) and HMS Bangor (M109), participated in a joint mine countermeasures exercise SQUADEX-16, while underway in the Arabian Gulf.

September 11, The Gladiator recently departed Mina Salman Port for a Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise, with embarked mine warfare trainers, in the Arabian Gulf.

October 19, MCM 11 recently departed homeport for a combined U.S./U.K. mine countermeasure exercise (MCMEX) 17-1.