USS ARDENT
MCM 12
  
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The Ardent (MCM 12) is the 12th Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship and the third United States ship to bear that name. Her kell was laid down on October 22, 1990, by Peterson Builders, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

November 26, 1991 The Pre Commissioning Unit (PCU) Ardent was christened during a ceremony at Peterson Builders shipyard. Mrs. Sue Ann M. Thompson, the wife of Tommy G. Thompson, Governor of Wisconsin, served as sponsor of the ship. Lt. Cmdr. John T. Ririe is the prospective commanding officer.

From June 14-18, 1993, the Ardent was underway for the first time to conduct Bulider's (Alpha "A") trials. Underway for acceptance trials from July 26-30.

August 20, PCU Ardent was delivered to the U.S. Navy without a ceremony at City Dock, Sturgeon Bay, WS.

October 30, The mine countermeasures ship arrived in Green Bay, Wis., for a three-day port visit. Port call to Toronto, Canada, from Nov. 6-11; Inport Rochester, New York, to refuel from Nov. 11-12; Briefr stop to Quebec City on Nov. 14; Inport Halifax, N.S. Canada, from Nov. 17-21.

November 24, MCM 12 pulled into Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va., for a four-day port call to refuel and to onload CL-3 cable from USS Exploit (AM 440), that will be decommissioned next month.

November 30, The Ardent arrived in Naval Station Charleston, S.C., to offload magnetic material. Moved to Pier Yankee Degaussing Cradle on Dec. 1; Underway for degaussing runs at Charleston Magnetic Silencing Facility Cooper River range from Dec. 6-7; Departed Charleston after onload on Dec. 8; Brief stop to refuel at USCG Station Key West, Fla., on Dec. 11.

December 15, MCM 12 arrived in its homeport of Naval Station Ingleside after a 46-day transit from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

On January 13, 1994, the Ardent was underway for TB-26/TB-27 checks in the Corpus Christi Op. Area. Underway for burials at sea on Jan. 31; Underway for routine training from Feb. 1-5.

February 18, USS Ardent was commissioned during a ceremony at Ingleside, Texas.

From March 2-3, the mine countermeasures ship was underway in support of Fleet Mine Warfate Training Center (FMWTC) filming evolution; Underway for routine training from March 8-9 and 15th; Underway again for filming evolution on March 17 and 21-24th; Underway for engine grooms on April 21; Underway for routine training from May 5-6.

July 6, USS Ardent departed Naval Station Ingleside for Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) in Panama City, Fla.

September 11, MCM 12 arrived in Key West, Fla., for a two-day port call to refuel. Inport Port Everglades, Fla., for acoustic trials from Sept. 14-21; Inport Key West from Sept. 22-24.

September 26, USS Ardent arrived in Cozumel, Mexico, for a four-day port visit. Returned home on Oct. 4 after a three-month underway.

From October 12-13, the Ardent was underway for at-sea portion of final contract trials.

November 21, USS Ardent commenced a three-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) while pierside at Berth 1 on Naval Station Ingleside.

August 12, 1995 Lt. Cmdr. Richard B. Landolt relieved Lt. Cmdr. John T. Ririe as CO of the Ardent.

From January 19-29, 1997, the mine countermeasures ship was underway to participate in Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Evaluation Measurement (SHAREM) 119 exercise, in the Arabian Gulf.

February 2, The MCM Rotational Crew Alpha relieved MCM Rotational Crew Charlie during a pierside ceremony at Mina Salman Port in Manama, Bahrain; Underway for sea trials from Feb. 4-8; Commenced a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) on Feb. 12.

March 13, Lt. Cmdr. Jeffery R. Howlett relieved Lt. Cmdr. A. J. Collins as CO of the USS Ardent (Alpha Crew).

April 12, The Ardent departed its forward-deployed homeport for sea trials. Underway for Q-Route survey on April 15; Port visit to Dubai, U.A.E., from April 20-23; Brief stop in Manama on April 24; Inport Kuwait City, Kuwait, from April 25-26 before participating in exercise Eager Sentry; Inport Kuwait City again from April 29- May 1; Returned to Manama on May 7; Underway for MCM operations from May 15-19; Underway for Q-Route surveys on May 24 and June 10; Port visit to Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., from June 13-16; Underway for tornover demostrations on June 20.

June 24, Lt. Cmdr. Kevin P. Campbell relieved Lt. Cmdr. Jeffery R. Howlett as CO of the MCM 12 (Bravo Crew).

From June 26 through July 1, the Ardent was underway for a two-day port visit to Doha, Qatar. Underway for MCM training with the USS Dextrous (MCM 13) from July 6-9; Underway in support of exercise Red Reef from July 11-18; Anchored at Jubail, Saudi Arabia, from July 11-12 and 13-16th; Underway again on Aug. 8.

August 11, USS Ardent pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a three-day port call to conduct engine repairs. Returned to Manama, Bahrain, on Aug. 15; Underway for local operations at Sitrah Anchorage from Aug. 20-25.

September 17, The Ardent entered the Basrec shipyard in Manama for emergent repairs to AN/SQQ-32 sonar. Returned to Mina Salman Pier on Oct. 16; Underway for sea trials from Oct. 17-20; Underway for Mine Danger Area (MDA) operations on Oct. 22; Inport Kuwait City from Nov. 1-3; Port visit to Dubai from Nov. 10-12; Returned home on Nov. 18; Underway in support of exercise Neon Falcon from Nov. 22-24.

December 8, Lt. Cmdr. Timothy T. Smith relieved Lt. Cmdr. Kevin P. Campbell as CO of the USS Ardent (Hotel Crew).

From December 14-18, the Ardent was underway in support of exercise Nautical Swimmer with the Saudi Arabian Navy. Underway for routine training from Dec. 21-23; Underway again on Dec. 28; Port visit to Dubai, U.A.E., from Dec. 31- Jan. 3; Returned home on Jan. 10, 1998; Underway again for mine clearance operations in the NAG from Jan. 22-27 and Feb. 12-14.

February 15, While underway in the North Arabian Gulf, USS Ardent received emergent tasking to assist USNS Catawba (T-ATF 168) in locating and recovering an F/A-18C, that crashed in the NAG; Supported exercise Nautical Swimmer from Feb. 19-24; Returned home on Feb. 26; Underway for mine clearance operations from March 3-14; Underway in support of MCMEX '98 from March 21-25; Underway for MCM training on March 31; Port visit to Dubai from April 3-8; Returned home on April 12.

April 21, Lt. Cmdr. James R. Boorujy relieved Lt. Cmdr. Timothy T. Smith as the 7th CO of Ardent (Charlie Crew).

May 15, USS Ardent moored outboard the USS Simon Lake (AS 33) in Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a six-day Fleet Maintenance Availability (FMAV). Conducted "Hornet" recovery operations from May 23-24; Returned to Manama on May 25.

From May 31 through June 8, the mine countermeasures ship was underway for MINEX with Royal Saudi Naval forces and F/A-18 recovery operations. Underway for routine training from June 19-21 and July 11-18; Underway again on Aug. 5; Port visit to Dubai from Aug. 7-9; Inport Sharjah, U.A.E., from Aug. 13-16; Port visit to Muscat, Oman, cancelled due to terrorist threat; Returned home on Aug. 26; Underway in support of MIREM 3 exercise and INSURV Preps. from Sept. 2-10; Underway for a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment from Sept. 16-17; Underway for navigation check ride on Sept. 23.

From Sept. 24-27, the Ardent was underway to search for two torpedos that have been lost overboard from one of the U.S. Navy ship in the NAG. Underway for Engineering Demo. on Oct. 4.

October 7, Lt. Cmdr. Christopher W. Grady relieved Lt. Cmdr. James R. Boorujy as commanding officer of the USS Ardent (Echo Crew).

October 8, MCM 12 departed Manama, Bahrain, in support of exercise Red Reef. Inport Jubail, Saudi Arabia, from Oct. 13-15; Brief stop in Kuwait City to refuel from Oct. 17-18; Returned home on Oct. 22; Underway for survey operations in the CAG from Oct. 29- Nov. 2; Underway again on Nov. 9; Inport Jebel Ali from Nov. 11-15; Returned to Manama on Nov. 21.

From December 18-27, the Ardent was underway in support of Operation Desert Fox. Conducted operations inside Iraqi teritorial waters in Mine Danger Area (MDA) 10.

September 9, 1999 Lt. Cmdr. Curt W. Steigers relieved William C. Harris as CO of the Ardent (Hotel Crew).

From January 3-24, 2000, USS Ardent was underway for MCM operations. Port visit to Dubai from Jan. 16-22; Inport Doha, Qatar, from Jan. 22-23; Underway again for MCM Ops. from Jan. 25-31.

February 3, MCM 12 pulled into Mina Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., for a three-day port call. Returned home on Feb. 8.

February 18, Lt. Cmdr. Rodelio Laco, Jr., relieved Lt. Cmdr. Curt W. Steigers as CO of the USS Ardent (Charlie Crew).

From February 20-26, the mine countermeasures ship was underway for a shakedown cruise.

March 1, USS Ardent became permanently home ported in Manama, Bahrain, with its first permanent crew. Underway in support of GULFEX from March 12-21; Inport Dubai from March 16-19; Underway for MCM Ops. from March 29-30; Underway in support of exercise Arabian Gauntlet from April 4-10; Underway for a port visit to Jubail, Saudi Arabia, from April 25-30; Underway for a port visit to Doha from May 7-11; Underway again for MCM Ops. on May 16; Port visit to Dubai from May 20-23; Returned home on May 25; Underway again on June 4.

June 6, The Ardent moored at King Abdul Aziz naval base in Jubail for a brief port call before participating in exercise Nautical Swimmer. Returned to Manama on June 11; Underway for MCM operations from July 25-27; Underway again on Aug. 8; Port visit to Dubai from Aug. 11-14; Returned home on Aug. 19; Underway for search ops. for AN/AQS-14 sonar from Sept. 10-14.

From September 22-29, MCM 12 was underway for a surge Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO). Underway for MCM operations from Oct. 3-5.

October 12, USS Ardent emergency sortied from Mina Salman Port, with all other ships, in the wake of USS Cole (DDG 67) bombing in Port of Aden, Yemen. Returned on Nov. 12; Underway for MCM operations from Dec. 10-13 and Jan. 7-11, 2001; Underway for routine training from Jan. 23-25, 30-31 and Feb. 4-8; Underway for Mine Warfare (MIW) training from March 11-14.

From March 24 through April 4, the Ardent was underway in support of the world's largest mine countermeasure exercise Arabian Gauntlet '01.

April 11, Lt. Cmdr. Mark S. Manfredi relieved Lt. Cmdr. Rodelio Laco, Jr., as the 12th CO of Ardent.

From April 14-24, the mine countermeasures ship was underway in support of exercise Neon Falcon. Underway for Mine Warfare sweep training from April 25- May 3; Underway for engineering training from May 13-21; Emergency sortied from Manama from May 27- June 2, June 22- July 1 and July 4-9; Underway to lay mine shapes from July 15-17; Underway for Group Sail with Commander Mine Coutermeasures Division (COMCMDIV) 31 from Aug. 12-19; Ammo offload on Aug. 26.

September 6, USS Ardent commenced a three-month Planned Maintenance Availability (PMA) at Mina Salman Pier. Underway for sea trials on Dec. 10; Underway for routine training in the CAG from Jan. 9-16 and Feb. 8-12, 2002; Underway for local operations on Feb. 14; Underway in support of exercise MIREM 20 from March 2-11; Underway for Group Sail with COMCMDIV 31 from March 19-24; Underway for navigation check ride on May 12.

From July 20-30, the Ardent was underway for Q-route surveys, in the North Arabian Gulf (NAG), using Klein 5000 Side Scan Sonar. Inport Kuwait naval base from July 25-26; Underway again for Q-route surveys from Sept. 19-30, Oct. 13-24 and Nov. 12-23; Underway for PCO operations from Dec. 4-5.

December 12, Lt. Cmdr. Scott J. Shepard relieved Lt. Cmdr. Mark S. Manfredi as commanding officer of MCM 12.

March 8, 2003 USS Ardent recently pulled into Kuwait Naval Base for a brief port call to refuel.

August 15, 2004 Lt. Cmdr. Lance C. Esswein relieved Lt. Cmdr. Scott J. Shepard as CO of the Ardent.

July 19, 2005 USS Ardent is currenty underway in the Arabian Gulf in support of joint exercise Nautical Union.

March 10, 2006 While conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in the Arabian Gulf on March 6, USS Ardent, commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Philip E. Sobec, responded to a distress call by an Iraqi-owned commercial vessel "Gulf Queen". The mine countermeasures ship remained on station for three days, providing support until the owner of the vessel could arrange for a tug boat to arrive to tow the damaged vessel to Iraq. The Ardent Sailors also supplied them with food and fresh water.

September 19, MCM 12 is currently conducting mine sweeping operations, in the Arabian Gulf, with the USS Saipan (LHA 2).

December 2, USS Ardent, commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Angel C. Cruz, is currently underway in the Arabian Gulf conducting routine exercices.

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

September 4, 2009 The Ardent is currently participating in mine countermeasure exercises, along with with USS Bataan (LHD 5), USS Gladiator (MCM 11), USS Dextrous, HMS Grimsby (M108) and RFA Lyme Bay (L 3007), in the Arabian Gulf.

May 23, 2010 USS Ardent, commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Joze Roman, departed floating dry-dock at the Mina Salman Port after a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). The ship underwent interior and exterior painting, preservation, renovations and repairs.

September 1, USS Ardent, along with USS Scout (MCM 8), USS Gladiator and USS Dextrous, participated in a training evolution from Aug. 15-25, in the Arabian Gulf, along with four British mine countermeasures (MCM) ships.

March 30, 2011 USS Ardent, USS Scout (MCM 8), RFA Lyme Bay, HMS Pembroke (M107) and HMS Middleton (M34), all assigned to CTF 52, participated alongside French Ships Croix de Sud and Var as well as the ships of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group (SNMCMG) 2 in a mine countermeasures exercise, in the Arabian Gulf, March 20-24.

May 13, 2013 MCM 12 departed Manama to participate in at-sea phase of International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 2013.

November 3, USS Ardent departed Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Bahrain, after being loaded aboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC)-chartered heavy lift ship M/V Eide Transporter on Oct. 30, to be transported to its new homeport of San Diego, California; Transited Basilan Strait on Nov. 25.

August 15, 2014 BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, San Diego, California, was awarded a $7,4 million modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-4405) for the USS Ardent's Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Work is expected to be completed by March 2015.

June 15, 2015 Lt. Cmdr. Jermaine B. Brooms relieved Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey J. Murawski as CO of the Ardent during a change-of-command ceremony at North Mole Pier on Naval Base San Diego.