INFORMATION ON THE CYCLONE CLASS PCs AND
Cyclone-Class Patrol Coastal
||4 Paxman Diesels (3350
4 Fixed Pitch Propellers
2 Caterpillar Generators (155 KW)
||2,000 nautical miles
||4 Officers, 24 Enlisted,
plus 9 SPECWAR/LAW Detach
||2* Mk.38 25mm cannons
a Stinger missel station and
4 pintles that can hold either
machine guns or grenade launchers.
*The Navy is replacing one Mk.38 with a new Mk.96
that combines the same gun with a grenade launcher, all on a stabilized
CYCLONE-CLASS PC HISTORY
In 1990, the Navy awarded a contract to Bollinger Machine Shop
and Shipyard of Lockport, LA for construction of eight Patrol Coastal
(PC) ships based on the Vosper Thornycroft Patrol Craft hull design.
A follow-on contract for five additional ships was executed in July
1991. In October 1997, Bollinger was awarded a contract to build
a fourteenth Patrol Coastal ship. Plans called for the keel to be
laid in June 1998 with delivery in April 2000.
Construction of the ships was funded by the United States Special
Operations Command (USSOCOM). The ships are manned by Naval personnel
and are assigned to the Naval Special Warfare Command under the
cognizance of Special Boat Squadron ONE (Coronado, CA) and Special
Boat Squadron TWO (Little Creek, VA).
The mission of the Patrol Coastal ships is to conduct Maritime
Special Operations, to include: maritime interdiction operations,
forward presence, escort operations, noncombatant evacuation, foreign
internal defense, long-range Special Operations Forces (SOF) insertion/extraction,
tactical swimmer operations, reconnaissance, intelligence collection,
operational deception and SOF support as required.
The ship's operational capabilities are designed to meet the unique
requirements of their Special Warfare missions. Operationally, the
PC's are capable of accelerating from stop to 35 knots in under
three minutes, then move from full ahead to 15 knots astern in 60
seconds. In high-speed, hard-over turns, the ship barely heels as
the automatic stabilizers engage.
The PCs are named for global weather phenomena with the first ship
in the class being USS CYCLONE.
City and State
Home Port *
||Decomissioned 28 Feb, 2000, transferred to U.S. Coast Guard
||Sold to the Philippine Navy March 2003
||21 August 1993
||Little Creek, VA
||15 October 1993
||22 January 1994
||San Diego, CA
||12 February 1994
||11 June 1994
||4 July 1994
||St. Louis, MO
||15 October 1994
||Corpus Christie, TX
||28 January 1995
||St. Augustine, FL
||10 June 1995
||1 July 1995
||7 October 1995
||27 January 1996
||Baton Rouge, LA
||24 June 2000
*PC 8, based in San Diego, CA; is manned by the Coast Guard br>
PCs 13 and 14, based in NS Pascagoula, MS; are manned by the Coast Guard br>
*PCs at Little Creek are attached to Naval Surface Force, Atlantic
The PCs of Special Boat Squadron ONE have been deployed to South
American countries with operations in the South-eastern Pacific,
South Atlantic and the Caribbean. On a deployment to Ecuador in
1996, HURRICANE and MONSOON navigated 42 nautical
miles up-river to Guayaquil, proving the PC ability to operate in
a riverine environment. In 1997, SQUALL and ZEPHYR
completed a six-montb deployment in support of Exercise UNITAS 38-97,
including the circumnavigation of the South American continent and
operations with twelve nations. During this exercise, the ships
covered 22,000 nautical miles and visited over 30 ports while carrying
out operations in support of Maritime Special Operations, Coastal
Patrol and Interdiction and amphibious events. In1998, HURRICANE
and MONSOON conducted the first deployment of PCs to the
Western Pacific (Wes Pac) since World War II. Accompanied by USS
SIdes (FFG 14) the PCs logged over 22,500 nautical miles and visited
Hawaii, Okinawa, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysa, Singapore,
Thailand and Guam.
Special Boat Squadron TWO PCs have been deployed to Europe and
Africa, participating in Sixth Fleet operations in the Mediterranean
and Persian Gulf and joint operations with allied Navies in the
Mediterranean, South Atlantic, North Atlantic and Baltic Sea. In
1996, TYPHOON and SIROCCO visited eleven European
nations, working with the Navies of Albania, Denmark, Finland, Germany,
Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain
and Sweden. The ships called on 18 foreign ports including the first
ever U. S. Navy ships to visit St. Petersburg, Russia. The PCs of
Boat Squadron TWO have shown the flag from Dakar, Senegal to St.
Petersburg, Russia. On October 1, 2002 the 9 East Coast PCs were
transferred to the Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic Fleet
(SURFLANT) and the 4 PCs on the West Coast transferred to the Naval
Surface, Pacific (SURFPAC). All 13 PCs are currently deployed with
the U.S. Coast Guard in support of Operation Noble Eagle, homeland
security of our coastline, harbors and ports.
Following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the
Penatgaon on 11 September 2001, the PCs were assigned to operate
with the U.S. Coast Guard on Homeland Defense duties. The ships
are manned and maintained by the Navy but are under Coast Guard
In January 2003, USS Chinook (PC 9) and USS Firebolt (PC 10) along
with their Maintenance Support Team, were deployed to the Persian
Gulf and operated in the region during the Iraq war. They were relieved
in mid-2004 by USS Typhoon (PC 5) and Sirocco (PC 6) along with
their respective Maintenance Support Team. The Typhoon and Sirocco
are presently on station in the Persian Gulf with their crews rotated
under the Navy's experimental Sea Swap Program.
The concept of the Sea Swap Program is that it is cost effective
and less time consuming to swap out the entire crew, from Captain
to Seaman, of a forward deployed ship than to bring the ship back
on rotation. The plan calls for the ships to remain on station for
up the 18 months, with the crews rotated on six-month intervals.
On 30 September 2004, five PCs, USS Tempest (PC 2), USS Monsoon,
(PC 4), USS Zephyr, (PC 8), USS Shamal, (PC 13), USS Tornada, (PC
14) were decommissioned and transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard,
on loan for four years. The Navy will retain ownership of the PCs
and be responsible for all life-cycle management maintenance, depot
management and corrective services through fiscal 2008.
The remaining eight Navy PCs, six stationed at NAB Little Creek,
VA and two at NAB Coronado, CA will continue to operate with the
Coast Guard on Homeland Defense duties. NAB Little Creek will provide
the ships for Persian Gulf deployment and crews from both NAB Little
Creek and NAB Coronado will be supporting the Sea Swap Program.
USS MONSOON (PC-4) on deployment to Hawaii
U. S. COAST GUARD PATROL COASTALS (WPCs)
On 1 October 2004, the five Patol Coastals
transferred from the Navy were recommisioned in the Coast Guard and
designated as Coast Guard Cutters. Their names and hull numbers remained
the same with the ships now designated as WPCs.
In August 2008, Patrol Coastals Tempest (PC 2) and Monsoon (PC 4) were transferred
back to the U.S. Navy and are now based at the Patrol Coastal Training
Facility at NAB Little Creek, Virginia
In 2011, CGC Tempest WPC-2, and CGC Monsoon WPC-4 were decommissioned and
returned to the Navy. CGCs Zephyr, Shamal and Tornado remain in active
service by the Coast Guard.
CG Station San Diego, CA
Naval Station, Pascagoula, MS
Naval Station, Pascagoula, MS
WPCs IN ACTION
On 13 February 2005, CGC Shamal (WPC 13) returned to Pascagoula
after a five-week patrol in the Caribbean Sea. It was Shamal's first
operational patrol as a Coast Guard cutter since being transferred
from the Navy. While on patrol with the Dominican Republic frigate
Altair, Shamal seized more than 2,000 pounds of cocaine and 2,000
pounds of maijuana from two different drug seizures and arrested
several suspects for drug trafficking.
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