USS Warrior (MCM-10)

USS Warrior (MCM-10) is an Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship of the United States Navy.

USS Warrior (MCM-10)
United States
Name: USS Warrior
Builder: Peterson Builders, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
Laid down: 15 September 1989
Launched: 8 December 1990
Acquired: 30 December 1992
Commissioned: 7 April 1993
Identification: MCM-10
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship
  • 1,253 tons (light)
  • 1,367 tons (full)
Length: 224 ft (68 m)
Beam: 39 ft (12 m)
Draft: 15 ft (4.6 m)
  • 4 × Isotta Fraschini diesel engines (600 BHP each),
  • 2 × controllable reversible pitch propellers,
  • 2 × rudders,
  • 2 × electric light load propulsion motors
Speed: 13.5 knots (25.0 km/h; 15.5 mph)
Notes: Except for the engines and other equipment, Warrior's hull is made entirely of wood.

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.

Service history

Warrior was laid down on 25 September 1989 at Peterson Builders in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. She was launched on 8 December 1990, and was commissioned on 7 April 1993.

On 7 August 1998, Warrior rescued four men from a sinking boat off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. "We were in the right place at the right time," said Chief Boatswain's Mate (SW) John Valdez.[1]

In June 2005, Warrior, along with four other mine countermeasure ships, participated in a mine warfare exercise off the coast of Florida. The other ships involved were Gladiator, Shrike, Oriole and Cormorant.[2]

On 26 February 2013, 7th Fleet announced that Warrior would be transferred from 5th Fleet in Bahrain to 7th Fleet in Sasebo, Japan to replace Guardian, which had recently been decommissioned after running aground in the Philippines.[3]

Awards and accomplishments

  • Won the 2004 Safety Excellence Award in the Mine Warfare Ship category[4]
  • Reported no personnel injured or dead or property damages during training exercises and scheduled deployment tasks[4]
  • Won Award Battle E for excellence in 1995, 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2017.[5]
  • Received Meritorious Unit Commendation for action in Exercise BLUE HARRIER, 1995[5]

See also


  1. USN: USS Warrior crew aid boating accident victims, retrieved 24 April 2008
  2. Mine warfare exercise sends sailors to Florida, retrieved 24 April 2008
  3. "USS Warrior to replace grounded Guardian".
  4. USS Warrior (MCM-10), retrieved 24 April 2008
  5. US Navy Awards, archived from the original on 15 May 2015, retrieved 18 April 2015


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