MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- USS Scout (MCM 8), an Avenger-class mine countermeasure ship, arrived in Bahrain on Feb. 18.
The 1,300-ton, 224-foot Scout replaces a recently decommissioned minesweeper. Scout's arrival maintains the current U.S. Navy presence of four mine countermeasure ships in the region.
Scout joins USS Gladiator (MCM 11), USS Dextrous (MCM 13) and USS Ardent (MCM 12) in support of ongoing maritime security operations (MSO). Mine countermeasure ships provide the ability to protect ships and their crews from seemingly invisible threats in the water. Additionally, seaborne mine countermeasure ships contribute to MSO by conducting waterborne security missions and protecting oil platforms. The ships also perform escort duties, direct liaison and joint operations with coalition patrol forces and combatants.
MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. These operations deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.
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