USS Sentry (MCM-3)

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For other ships with the same name, see USS Sentry.
Sentry (MCM-3) and coastal minehunter Kingfisher (MHC-56), 16 March 2000.
Sentry (front) and USS Kingfisher
United States
Name: USS Sentry
Awarded: 23 December 1983
Builder: Peterson Shipbuilders
Laid down: 8 October 1984
Launched: 20 September 1986
Commissioned: 2 September 1989
Homeport: Bahrain[1]
Motto: "Iron men in wooden ships."
Nickname(s): The Sentinel of the Sea
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Sentry MCM-3 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship
Displacement: 1,367 tons (1,390 t)
Length: 224 ft (68 m) overall
Beam: 39 ft (12 m)
Draft: 13 ft (4.0 m)
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
Capacity: 81
Complement: 6 officers, 75 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • MCM suite:
  • AN/SLQ-48 Mine Neutralization System,
  • AN/SQL-37(V)3 Magnetic/Acoustic Influence Minesweeping Gear,
  • Oropesa type 0 size 1 Mechanical Sweep Equipment,
  • MDG 1701 Marconi Magnetometer Degaussing System
  • Electronics:
  • AN/SSN-2 Precise Integrated Navigation System (PINS),
  • AN/SQQ-32 Mine Hunting Sonar,
  • AN/SPS-55 Surface Radar,
  • AN/WSN-7 Gyro Compass

USS Sentry (MCM-3), an Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship, is the second U.S. Navy ship of that name. Sentry was laid down on 8 October 1984 by Peterson Builders in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; launched on 20 September 1986 and commissioned on 2 September 1989.

In 1993, Sentry made a 6 month cruise to Europe, joining the Standing Naval Force Channel and participating in exercise Blue Harrier, in the Baltic Sea. The ship visited Key West, Norfolk, Bermuda, Azores, Oostende, Kiel, Aarhus, Brest, St Malo, La Rochelle, Vigo, Cadiz, Porto, Lisbon, and Gibraltar during this deployment.[citation needed]

Her homeport is Naval Base San Diego.[1]

On 15 March 2012, the U.S. Navy announced USS Sentry would be one of four minesweepers moved to the Persian Gulf region.[2]


  1. ^ a b Leporati, Mike (12 September 2009). "USS Sentry Moves to San Diego". Navy News Service. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  2. ^ Cavas, Christopher P. (15 March 2012). "U.S. doubling minesweepers in Persian Gulf". Navy Times. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 

External links[edit]

Sentry on the Hudson River, May 2002