USS Patriot Arrives in Cebu

July 23, 2019 – USS Patriot (MCM 7) arrived in Cebu, Philippines for a port visit, July 22, 2019. While in Cebu, sailors aboard Patriot will participate in multiple cultural engagements and community service events. “The U.S. and Philippines share strong historical and cultural links. It’s an honor to visit and be a part of the longstanding friendship between our two nations.” said Lt. Cmdr. Jon Volkle, Commanding Officer of Patriot. The visit to Cebu is a unique opportunity for Filipino-American crewmembers to reconnect with their roots. “I was born…

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USS Patriot Visits Darwin

July 11, 2019 – USS Patriot (MCM 7) arrived in Darwin for a port visit, July 11. Patriot is visiting Darwin while operating in U.S. 7th Fleet to work and strengthen regional security and stability. “USS Patriot’s visit to Darwin is yet another opportunity to continue to strengthen the shared naval heritage, interoperability, and strategic alliance between our two nations.” said Lt. Cmdr. Jon Volkle, commanding officer of Patriot. This port visit follows Patriot’s participation in the 25th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise in Sattahip, Thailand where…

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CARAT 2019: Building Security Through Maritime Domain Awareness

June 20, 2019 – The U.S. and Royal Thai Navy (RTN) conducted a series of training events focused on maritime domain awareness (MDA), culminating with scenarios conducted by ships and aircraft in the Gulf of Thailand during this year’s Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand. The training included knowledge exchanges focused on techniques and tools used in sharing information against maritime threats, as well as legal discussions and tabletop exercises, to prepare for the hands-on portion of the exercise. According to Lt. David Copeland, MDA expert for Destroyer Squadron…

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USS Pioneer and Patriot Visit Puerto Princesa

May 13, 2019 – Avenger-class mine countermeasures ships USS Pioneer (MCM 9) and USS Patriot (MCM 7) arrived in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, for a port visit for resupply and routine maintenance purposes, May 9. Pioneer and Patriot sailors will also have the opportunity to learn about the Filipino culture and engage with the Puerto Princesa community. For many Filipino-American sailors, visiting the Philippines is a chance to reconnect with their heritage. “This isn’t just a chance for us to have fun and relax. We have sailors on board who have…

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