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USS Ardent (MCM-12)
USS Ardent MCM-12
USS Ardent at sea in the Persian Gulf, July 2005
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Ordered: 12 December 1989
Laid down: 22 October 1990
Launched: 16 November 1991
Christened: 20 August 1993
Commissioned: 18 February 1994
Homeport: Manama, Bahrain
Status: in active service, as of 2019
Badge: USS Ardent MCM-12 Crest
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 Bahrain and is part of the U.S. 5th 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.

See alsoEdit

Mine neutralization vehicle MNV

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.


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