USS PATRIOT
MCM 7
  
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May 16, 2002 Two forward-deployed U.S. mine countermeasures ships USS Patriot and USS Guardian arrived off the coast of Thailand to participate in a joint/combined exercise Cobra Gold 2002. The Armed Forces of Thailand, Singapore and the United States are conducting the 21st exercise Cobra Gold in Thailand, from May 14-28. Cobra Gold 2002 is a regularly-scheduled joint/combined exercise and is the latest in the continuing series of U.S.-Thai military exercises designed to contribute to regional peace and enhance the ability of the Royal Thai Armed Forces to defend Thailand and respond to regional contingencies.

May 20, 2004 MCM 7 is currently in dry-dock at Sasebo, Japan, for a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

May 7, 2005 Rear Adm. Victor Guillory, Commander, Amphibious Force, U.S. 7th Fleet relieved of command Lt. Cmdr. Mike Little, due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." The decision to relieve Little was made following a Judge Advocate General’s investigation into an incident on March 19, when the Patriot sustained damage to the hull and underwater sonar after grounding while transiting Chinhae Bay, Republic of Korea. Cmdr. Kurt E. Hedberg assumed the temporary command of USS Patriot. The mine countermeasures ship is currently in dry-dock at Sasebo Naval Base for emergent repairs.

May 18, Lt. Cmdr. Richard D. Brawley relieved Cmdr. Kurt E. Hedberg as commanding officer of the Patriot.

July 3, MCM 7 arrived in Vladivostok, Russia, for a two-day port visit to celebrate the 145th anniversary celebration of the city and the Fourth of July.

August 25, USS Patriot returned to Sasebo after a three-week underway period for routine training that was cut short due to a developing typhoon in the region. The ship also made port calls to Yokosuka and Kure.

December 3, The Patriot returned to Fleet Activities Sasebo after a two-day port visit to Chinhae, Republic of Korea.

January 30, 2006 MCM 7 departed homeport for local operationd to conduct mine sweeping efficiency and overall ship readiness.

April 17, USS Patriot departed Sasebo for a western Pacific patrol. So far in 2006, the ship has participated in MINEX-EODEX with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and Reception, Staging, Onward-Movement and Integration/Foal Eagle '06 exercise with the Republic of Korea.

May 3, The mine countermeasures ship arrived in Maura, Brunei, for a routine port call.

May 27, USS Patriot departed the Kingdom of Thailand after participated in U.S./Thai exercise Cobra Gold 2006, from May 15-26.

May 29, The Patriot moored at Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a scheduled port visit.

June 16, MCM 7 completed its participation in Malaysian-sponsored western Pacific Mine Countermeasures Exercise (WP-MCMEX) 2006 in Kuantan, Malaysia, after three days of at-sea mine hunting and mine neutralization by 12 ships from six different countries directly involved in the tactical portion.

June 25, The Patriot arrived in Port Maura, Brunei, for a goodwill port visit.

July 1, USS Patriot and USS Salvor (ARS 52) completed a five-hour, navigationally complex transit down the Saigon River to arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for a scheduled port visit. This is the fourth visit by U.S. Navy ship to a Vietnamese port and the third to Ho Chi Minh City since normalization of diplomatic relations in 1995.

July 11, The mine countermeasures ship arrived in Hong Kong for a scheduled port visit.

July 23, USS Patriot returned to homeport after a three-month underway period.

September 16, MCM 7 is currently in dry-dock at the Ship Repair Facility (SRF) in Sasebo, Japan, for a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). The ship entered the dry-dock for "safe haven" from incoming Typhoon Shanshan.

Janaury 12, 2007 Lt. Cmdr. Thomas E. Shultz relieved Lt. Cmdr. Richard D. Brawley as commanding officer of USS Patriot.

January 19, The Patriot arrived in Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a training availability (TRAV).

February 9, USS Patriot pulled into port at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, becoming the first U.S. Navy ship to utilize the air base’s recently built port and harbor facility.

February 17, USS Patriot returned to Sasebo after a three-day passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Japanese maritime assets. The mine countermeasures ship departed Kure, Japan, on Feb. 15 after a brief port visit.

March 21, The Patriot arrived in Chinhae, Republic of Korea, in preparation for the upcoming bilateral exercises Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration (RSOI) and Foal Eagle (FE) 07.

May 2, MCM 7 recently departed Muara, Brunei, after a brief port call for refuel.

May 17, USS Patriot arrived in Batam, Indonesia, for a three-day port visit. The Batam Island, known for a free trade zone as a part of the Sijori Growth Triangle, is located just 15 miles south of Singapore, merely 45 minutes by boat from Sentosa Island.

June 7, Two Patriot departed Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines, after a scheduled port visit.

June 26, MCM 7 departed Yonaguni, Japan, after a two-day port visit.

June 29, USS Patriot returned to Sasebo after a three-month Spring Patrol.

September 20, USS Patriot departed homeport for a Fall Patrol in the western Pacific.

September 24, The mine countermeasures ship, along with USS Lassen (DDG 82), arrived in Vladivostok, Russia, to participate in Pacific Eagle, a bilateral exercise with the Russian Federated Navy.

October 23, MCM 7 is currently underway off the coast of Chinhae, ROK, participating in bilateral mine warfare exercise Clear Horizons 2007.

November 7, USS Patriot pulled into Hong Kong for a scheduled port visit.

November 14, Two Sasebo-based mine countermeasures ships arrived in Hai Phong, Vietnam, for a first port visit by a U.S. Navy ship since 1973.

November 28, USS Patriot returned to Sasebo after a two-month underway period.

May 29, 2008 MCM 7 recently arrived in Singapore to participate in MERCURYEX 2008, the U.S. Navy's 10th annual bilateral mine countermeasures exercise with the Republic of Singapore Navy.

August 7, Lt. Cmdr. Robert E. Shu relieved Lt. Cmdr. Thomas E. Shultz as CO of the Patriot during a change-of-command ceremony at Sasebo, Japan.

February 18, 2009 The Patriot is currently participating in a bilateral mine countermeasures exercise 1JA, between the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

May 9, The mine countermeasures ship arrived in Bali, Indonesia, for a scheduled port visit.

May 19, MCM 7 arrived in Puerto Princesa, Republic of the Philippines, for a goodwill port call.

June 7, USS Patriot returned to homeport after a nearly four-month underway period. The ship participated in exercise Foal Eagle 2009 in Chinhae, South Korea, and visited nine ports.

October 30, The Patriot pulled into Hakodate, Japan, for a scheduled port visit.

January 19, 2010 USS Patriot, commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Walter C. Mainor, departed Sasebo for an extended Spring Patrol. The mine countermeasures ship will set course to Sattahip, Thailand, to participate in exercise Cobra Gold. The Patriot will also conduct exercises with the navies of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bangladesh.

February 15, MCM 7 pulled into Sihanoukville for a weeklong visit to conduct exercises with the Cambodian Navy.

March 3, USS Patriot anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a scheduled port call. The ship departed Batam, Indonesia, on March 1 after a four-day port visit.

March 13, The Patriot arrived in Chittagong, Bangladesh, for a week port call.

March 23, The mine countermeasures ship arrived in Port Blair, India, for a rare port visit to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

March 30, USS Patriot pulled into Lumut, Malaysia, for a scheduled port visit; Departed Singapore after a two-week upkeep on April 20.

May 6, The Patriot departed Hong Kong after a four-day port call.

May 12, USS Patriot returned to homeport after a four-month deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).

July 23, The mine countermeasures ship arrived in Vladivostok, Russia, for a four-day port visit; Returned home on Aug. 23.

September 29, The Patriot recently entered the dry-dock at SSK Shipyard in Sasebo for a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

March 7, 2011 USS Patriot returned to homeport after week-long underway in support of annual exercise Foal Eagle, off the coast of Republic of Korea.

April 1, Lt. Cmdr. Suzanne L. Schang relieved Lt. Cmdr. Walter C. Mainor as CO of MCM 7 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at Fleet Activities Sasebo.

October 28, USS Patriot, along with USS Guardian (MCM 5), pulled into Kagoshima, Japan, for a port visit before participating in a bilateral Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 201; Returned home on Nov. 6.

January 23, 2012 USS Patriot departed Fleet Activities Sasebo for a western Pacific patrol.

January 27, The mine countermeasures ship arrived in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, for a four-day port visit.

February 3, MCM 7 pulled into Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a brief port call.

February 10, USS Patriot arrived in Tomakomai, Japan, for a goodwill port visit that coincides with the nearby Sapporo Snow and Ice Festival. The ship departed Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, after a two-day port call on Feb. 9.

February 14, The Patriot arrived in Hakodate, Oshima Subprefecture, for a brief port visit.

February 21, The mine countermeasures ship arrived again in Yokosuka for a week-long port call.

March 5, USS Patriot arrived in Sakaiminato, Japan, for a goodwill port visit. The last U.S. Navy ship to visit the coastal city was USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) in 2006.

March 9, The Patriot pulled into Chinhae, Republic of Korea, for a port visit before participating in exercise Foal Eagle 2012; Returned home on March 24.

From September 19-20, MCM 7 was underway for sea trials after completed a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA); Underway for routine training with the USS Guardian from Oct. 8-18 and USS Patriot from Nov. 5-19.

January 18, 2013 USS Patriot arrived in Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a training availability (TRAV); Underway on March 6.

March 12, The Patriot returned to Fleet Activities Sasebo after a 56-day underway period; Underway for routine training from May 15-22 and June 5-13.

July 24, The mine countermeasures ship recently moored at Ominato Naval Base in Ominato, Aomori Prefecture, for a brief port call while participating in a bilateral mine exercise off the northern coast of Honshu, Japan.

September 20, The Patriot returned to homeport after an 11-day underway for routine training; Underway again from Oct. 11-14.

December 4, USS Patriot returned to Sasebo after a 25-day underway in preparation for Mine Readiness Certification Inspection (MRCI); Underway for local operations from Jan. 23-25, 2014; Underway again from Feb. 22- March 7.

March 7, 2014 Lt. Cmdr. Matthew E. Hollinger relieved Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan A. Hopkins as CO of the Patriot.

From March 10-12, the Patriot was underway for local operations; Underway for routine training from April 8-18; Underway for INSURV Preps. from May 13-14, 23-26 and June 5-16; Completed the Board of Inspection and Survey on June 19.

August 16, USS Patriot returned to Fleet Activities Sasebo after a five-week underway period in support of MINEX-EODEX 14-2JA.

February 24, 2015 MCM 7 recently moored at Army Pier, White Beach Naval Facility for the annual Mine Warfare Staff Talks hosted at Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet Headquarters in Okinawa, Japan; Underway on March 5; Returned home on March 13.

May 2?, Lt. Cmdr. Emily Y. Royse relieved Lt. Cmdr. Matthew E. Hollinger as CO of the Patriot during a change-of-command ceremony at Berth 9, India Basin.

July 10, USS Patriot, along with the USS Warrior (MCM 10), departed Sasebo to participate in a Mine Exercise-Explosive Ordnance Disposal Exercise (MINEX-EODEX) 15-2JA, with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), in Mutsu Bay.

July 14, The Patriot recently moored at Chuo Wharf in Port of Hakodate, Aichi Prefecture, for a scheduled port visit.

July 28, USS Patriot recently moored at Ominato Naval Base after concluding operations in the bi-lateral mine warfare exercise; Returned home on Aug. 4; Underway again on Sept. 2.

September 6, USS Patriot recently moored at Port of Incheon, Republic of Korea, for a scheduled port visit before participating in the 65th anniversary of the historical amphibious landing at the city; Anchored in Incheon Harbor from Sept. 11-15; Returned to Sasebo on Sept. 25.

February 4, 2016 MCM 7 moored at Quay 3, Katsunai Wharf in Port of Otaru, Hokkaido Prefecture, for a three-day port visit in conjunction with the annual Sapporo Snow and Ice Festival.

February 12, The Patriot moored at Berth 1 1\2 in Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a three-week training availability (TRAV).

March 11, USS Patriot departed White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, after a brief port call for squadron level mine countermeasure training; Inport Amami, Kagoshima Prefecture from March 19-20; Brief stop at Navy Pier, White Beach again on March 21.

March 24, The Patriot moored at Pier 11 in Chinhae Naval Base, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port call before participating in annual joint exercise Foal Eagle; Returned home on April 6.

April 29, USS Patriot recently pulled into Donghae, Republic of Korea, for a scheduled port visit after participated in a mine countermeasures exercises with the ROKS Ongjin (MSH 572).

July 2, USS Patriot departed Fleet Activities Sasebo to participate in a Mine Exercise-Explosive Ordnance Disposal Exercise (MINEX-EODEX) 16-2JA; Moored at Navy Yard in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, From July 3-5. 

July 6, The Patriot moored at Nanko-Minami Wharf in Port of Osaka, Japan, for a scheduled liberty visit; Inport Hakodate from July 14-17; Returned home on Aug. 1.