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Navy Moves More Patrol Craft to 5th Fleet

Navy Moves More Patrol Craft to 5th Fleet

Cyclone-class coastal patrol ship USS Hurricane (PC-3) in 2012. US Navy Photo

Cyclone-class coastal patrol ship USS Hurricane (PC-3) in 2012. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy has sent two additional Cyclone-class patrol craft (PC) to U.S. 5th Fleet to increase U.S. naval presence in the Persian Gulf, U.S. Fleet Forces announced late Wednesday.

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U.S. Navy Trading Destroyers for PCs in 5th Fleet

U.S. Navy Trading Destroyers for PCs in 5th Fleet

Three Cyclone-class patrol ships arrive in Bahrain July 3, 2013. US Navy Photo

Three Cyclone-class patrol ships arrive in Bahrain July 3, 2013. US Navy Photo

The Navy is trading high-dollar warships for smaller Cyclone-class patrol craft (PC) to keep the peace in the Arabian Gulf, service officials told USNI News Wednesday in a conference call with reporters.

In an era of tightening budgets and with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, the need for as many large ships, like Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyers (DDG-51), in the Navy’s 5th Fleet is less, said Destroyer Squadron 50 and Combined Task Force 55 (DESRON50/CTF-55) commander Capt. Joseph Naman. Read More