USS Ardent (MCM-12)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Ardent.
USS Ardent at sea in the Persian Gulf, July 2005
USS Ardent at sea in the Persian Gulf, July 2005
Ordered: 12 December 1989
Laid down: 22 October 1990
Launched: 16 November 1991
Christened: 20 August 1993
Commissioned: 18 February 1994
Homeport: San Diego, California
Status: in active service, as of 2014
Badge: USS Ardent MCM-12 Crest.png
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,312 tons
Length: 224 ft (68 m)
Beam: 39 ft (12 m)
Draft: 11.5 ft (3.5 m)
Propulsion: four diesels
Speed: 14 knots
Complement: 8 Officers, 6 Chief Petty Officers and 58 Enlisted
Armament: Mine neutralization system, two .50 caliber machine guns

The third USS Ardent (MCM-12) is an Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship in the United States Navy.

She was built by Peterson Shipbuilders, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Ardent is homeported at San Diego, CA and is part of the U.S. 3rd Fleet.

Ardent was featured in a front-page article in the 31 July 2006 edition of DefenceNews that pointed out that Ardent and USS Dextrous (MCM-13) were suffering from equipment failures that made them unable to perform their role.

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.

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Official page

AN/SLQ-48 MNS (Mine Neutralization System) in use aboard Ardent. This remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) is controlled through an umbilical cable, has low acoustic and magnetic signature, and is equipped with low-light television (LLTV) cameras, allowing it to get close to mines to place destructive charges or cut their mooring lines without triggering them.