USS Scout (MCM-8)

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Scout in the Persian Gulf, March 2008

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For other ships with the same name, see USS Scout.

The fourth USS Scout (MCM-8) is an Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship of the United States Navy.


Service history[edit]

Scout was laid down on 8 June 1987 at Peterson Builders in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Launched on 20 May 1989, she was commissioned on 15 December 1990.

The Avenger-class ships were designed to have very low acoustic and magnetic signatures to avoid detonating mines. While most modern warships have steel hulls, the Avengers have wooden hulls with an external coating of fiberglass. They are equipped with sophisticated minehunting and classification sonar as well as remotely operated mine neutralization and disposal systems.

On 25 June 1992, Scout was the first ship to arrive at the newly established Naval Station Ingleside, center of the Navy's Mine Warfare operations.[1]

While on a five-month deployment in the Mediterranean during 1999, Scout assisted in the evacuation of ethnic Albanians from war-torn Kosovo.[2]

Scout deployed to the Mediterranean in early 2003 for a five-month tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, returning on 13 June.[3]

On 1 April 2005, Scout and her sister ship USS Devastator departed Naval Station Ingleside for a five-month deployment on the West Coast of the US, operating out of Naval Station San Diego.[4] On 24 August, the Armed Forces Base Realignment and Closure Committee recommended closing Naval Station Ingleside and moving Navy Mine Warfare operations to Naval Station San Diego. The recommendation was signed into law on 9 November 2005, and planning for the base's closure has begun. Navy Mine Warfare operations are to be relocated to Naval Station San Diego.[1]

In September 2005, Scout and several of her sister ships participated in relief efforts in the Gulf of Mexico following Hurricane Katrina. The mine countermeasure ships spent weeks surveying waterways around the Louisiana coast and offshore oil platforms, using their high-tech sonar systems to locate sunken debris that could pose a hazard to navigation.[5][6]

On 18 February 2007 Scout arrived in Manama, Bahrain, where she remains forward deployed with the United States 5th Fleet.[7] Scout was transported from Naval Station Ingleside aboard the semi-submersible heavy-lift ship Condock III, chartered by Military Sealift Command.[8]

Scout participated in a mine countermeasures exercise with British forces in August 2007, where air, surface, and subsurface countermeasures were employed in the central Persian Gulf to locate, identify, and destroy planted dummy mines.[9]

From 26 February to 6 March 2008 Scout participated in another mine countermeasures exercise in the northern Persian Gulf with British and Kuwaiti forces. During the exercise, Scout exchanged two sailors with the Royal Navy ship Blyth to foster interoperability between coalition forces engaged in mine warfare.[10]


In May 2004, Scout was the Atlantic Fleet winner of the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award for overall readiness.[11]


  1. ^ a b NS Ingleside
  2. ^ Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2001
  3. ^ US USS Scout (MCM-8)
  4. ^ Mine Warfare Ships Deploy to West Coast
  5. ^ Mine Warfare Ships Support Hurricane Katrina Recovery, Relief Efforts
  6. ^ Defender Clears Way for Shipping off Gulf Coast
  7. ^ USS Scout Arrives in Bahrain
  8. ^ MSC Delivers Second Minesweeper to Bahrain
  9. ^ US, UK Forces Train to Ensure Free Use of Seas
  10. ^ US, UK Engage in Personnel Exchanges During MCM Exercise
  11. ^ Boxer Earns Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award

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United States
Name: USS Scout
Ordered: 20 August 1986
Builder: Peterson Builders
Laid down: 8 June 1987
Launched: 20 May 1989
Acquired: 27 November 1990
Commissioned: 15 December 1990
Identification: MCM-8
Fate: in active service
Badge: USS Scout MCM-8 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship
  • 1,258 tons (light)
  • 1,371 tons (full)
Length: 224 ft (68 m) (LOA)
Beam: 39 ft (12 m)
Draft: 12 ft (3.7 m)
Propulsion: four diesel engines, 2 screws
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h)
Complement: 81
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SSN-2 Precise Integrated Navigation System (PINS), AN/SQQ-32 Mine Hunting Sonar, AN/SPS-73 Surface Radar, AN/WSN-7B Gyro Compass
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
AN/SLQ-48 (V) Mine Neutralization System, AN/SQL-37 (V) 3 Magnetic/Acoustic Influence Minesweeping Gear, AN/SQL-38 Oropesa type 0 size 1 Mechanical Sweep Equipment, MDG 1701 Marconi Magnetometer Degaussing System
Armament: Four single mount M2HB .50 calibur machine guns as well as two M240B single mounts and one twin mount M240B.
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