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Two Final U.S. Navy Patrol Ships Arrive in Middle East

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USS Hurricane (PC 3) and USS Monsoon (PC 4) arrive to their new homeport at Naval Support Activity, Bahrain on Aug. 13, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Hurricane (PC 3) and USS Monsoon (PC 4) arrive to their new homeport at Naval Support Activity, Bahrain on Aug. 13, 2014. US Navy Photo

The two final Cyclone-class patrol ships (PC) arrived in Bahrain this week, bringing the total PC count in U.S. 5th Fleet to ten, the service announced on Wednesday.
USS Hurricane (PC-3) and USS Monsoon (PC-4) were off-loaded in Bahrain as part of a plus up in the smaller ships to ease the stress of the U.S. Navy’s larger warships — like the service’s Arleigh Burke destroyer (DDG-51) fleet.

The Navy has operated the PCs in 5th Fleet — largely focused on the Persian Gulf and operating as far as the Gulf of Oman — since 2003.

“This class of ship is ideal for working in this area,” said Capt. Brendan McLane, commander, Destroyer Squadron 50, in a 5th Fleet statement.
“Having two additional assets will greatly increase our ability for continued maritime security operations and theater security cooperation in the Fifth Fleet.”

The ships are, “used to escort larger ships, provide maritime security, protect infrastructure, as well as participate in exercises with allies and regional partners,” read the statement.

Three PCs arrived in 5th Fleet last year as part of the Cyclone plus-up.

“Our numbers of DDGs we have out here have declined over the past year. [PCs] are picking up a lot of the missions they were doing, ” Destroyer Squadron 50 and Combined Task Force 55 (DESRON50/CTF-55) then- commander Capt. Joseph Naman told USNI News last year.
“It doesn’t mean we are going to do away with the DDG. They still have a mission here.”

The Navy has a regular ballistic missile defense (BMD) patrol with BMD capable destroyers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=510759556 Jim Dolbow

    I remember when the Navy could not get rid of these ships fast enough

    • OLD GUY

      Hard to make flag heading a squadron of PHMs. Ask CPT Horn.

  • Salvatore Mercogliano

    What is amazing is how much discussion has been focused on SSBN and CVN funding, but no where is any money set aside for new PCs. These ships, along with six Coast Guard PBs, and a score of MCMs have provided great service and we should be focusing on building new versions to supplement the fleet.

  • Peter

    The U.S. Navy now has the Mark VI patrol boat by Safeboats. Six are going to be built with about the same armament as the PCs (and there’s the option to build up to 48). I don’t think the Mk VI has the RIB ramp or mounts for Stinger SAM and Griffin missiles though although those probably could be added.

  • Sam Riddle

    Don’t know much about PC’s but from their appearance this is an old design since US Naval Architecture has been so aggressive on radar signature. These PC’s look like they could be taken out quickly by radar guided ordnance? They must carry a small crew too, like a minesweeper? Somebody want to help me out on this? Are they diesel or gas turbine?

  • OLD GUY

    Let’s hope that we never get hit with a monsoon or cyclone any more powerful or faster than these 2 armored yacht classes. They were sent to counter “SWARM” tactics, but are only good as targets, when the opposition attacks with hundreds of KOMAR AND OSA craft. We have got to wake up to the critical need for a 60 kt, highly maneuverable class like the PHM (Pegasus) class. Swarm craft operating in a modified “Thatch Weave” maneuver can exact the same kind of defeat that we suffered against the Barbary pirates DHOWs, 200 years ago.

    • silencedogoodreturns

      Hundreds of OSAs exist no where in the world.

      • OLD GUY

        Count Komkars in reserve and new Iranian small craft,.

        • silencedogoodreturns

          no komars either. I’m not really nitpicking, it’ just clear you really ARE an “old guy.” “Thatch weave?”: Really?!

    • Secundius

      @ OLD GUY.

      Unless I’m missing something here. The “Thatch Weave” maneuver, was introduced into the US. Navy, by then Lieutenant Commander John Smith “Jimmy” Thatch of Fighting Squadron VF-3, in 4 June 1942 CE.

  • silencedogoodreturns

    what is a “plus up?” You mean an “increase?” Please…this is 2014. Can we stop using the childish language of the 1990s now?

  • Secundius

    If the Cyclone class is going to be replaced. Replace with the Swedish VISBY class Corvette’s, Their Fast, Maneuverable, Intermediate Gunned (e.i. Bofor 2.24-inch 57mm/70-caliber) Deck Gun Autocannon, (8) Anti-Shipping Missiles and a Flight Deck, for refueling and rearming Sikorsky MH-60R/S Helicopters.).

  • OLD GUY

    Nice, 35 kt yacht, but no competition for a swarm. Terrestrial radar “stealth” is irrelevant as long as satellites fly and wakes persist. Only hydrofoils or full planing hulls can evade missiles. Swarm attack assumes losses, which a Visby would undoubtedly cause before it is sunk. It is a heck of a problem. I repeat, study the Barbary engagement.

    • Secundius

      @ OLD GUY.

      Put something, just below the surface of the water. And a hydrofoil’s forward foil hits it, at least 25% to 30% of your crew with Dead, Dying, and/or Injured by “Blunt Force Trauma” by bouncing off the bulkheads.

  • Secundius

    The problem with Hydrofoils is. There Blue Water Ships, not Green and/or Brown Water Ships. Its unlikely you going to run into obstacles out on the Blue Water Ocean with the possibility of a occasional fish. In the Green Water Shallow and the Brown Water Rivers. The chances of you hitting something major go up between 100%, in the shallows and 1000%, in the rivers.

  • OLD GUY

    Sorry, I have done 25 kts in PEGASUS, in less than 5′ under the keel, with foils raised. You are, obviously, and correctly, referring to non-retractable, surface piercing foils. PHM has a very efficient, planing hull for “Brown” water. However, my friends at Roriquez run surface piercing foils in 7′. The Russian, fixed foil “Rocketa” boats operate at 35 kts. in the Volga with 10-12′.What is the most amusing is that the “Blue water” Navy’s old objection was that PHM couldn’t handle open ocean conditions (which it continuously did.). I always felt that the real objection was that all the PHM flotilla commodores were retired as captains. (Wrong Ticket Punch).

    • Secundius

      @ OLD GUY.

      I thing it would operate far better in the Blue’s and Green’s, then in the Brown’s.

      • Secundius

        @ OLD GUY.

        I read somewhere that on one of her Speed Runs, they actually had the AGEH-1, USS. Plainview, with a Vmo of 70-plus knots. Any truth to the story, or was it just a typo error.

  • Secundius

    If your going to use Patrol Boats, as Gunboats. At least give them bigger teeth.

  • Secundius

    They should replace the Cyclone class with the Ambassador III or IV class PBM’s. Their teeth are MUCH Bigger.