USS Monsoon (PC-4)

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USS Monsoon (PC-4)
USS Monsoon (PC-4)
USS Monsoon (PC-4) sailing up the Hudson River in May 2010.
Career (U.S.)
Name: USS Monsoon (PC-4)
USCGC Monsoon (WPC-4)
Namesake: Monsoon
Ordered: 3 August 1990
Builder: Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana
Laid down: 15 February 1992
Launched: 10 October 1992
Acquired: 20 September 1993
Commissioned: 22 January 1994
Homeport: Manama, Bahrain
Motto: Strike with fury.
Status: in active service, as of 2015
Badge: USS Monsoon Crest.jpg
General characteristics
Class and type: Cyclone-class patrol ship
Displacement: 331 tons
Length: 174 ft (53 m)
Beam: 25 ft (7.6 m)
Draft: 7.5 ft (2.3 m)
Propulsion: 4 Paxman Vallenta 1600 MPDE
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h; 40 mph)
Boats and landing
craft carried:
Complement: 4 officers, 24 men, 8 Special Forces
Armament: (USN) 2 M242 Bushmaster MK38 Mod 2 chain guns
2 Mk19 grenade launchers
2 .50 (12.7 mm) machine guns
8 AGM-176 Griffins

USS Monsoon (PC-4) is the fourth Cyclone class patrol (coastal) ship. Monsoon was laid down by Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana on 15 February 1992 and launched 10 October 1992. She was commissioned 22 January 1994 by the United States Navy. She was decommissioned 1 October 2004 and loaned to the United States Coast Guard as USCGC Monsoon (WPC-4). She was returned to the U.S. Navy on 22 August 2008.[1]


U.S. Coast Guard[edit]

Francisco Javier Arellano Felix Escorted off USCGC Monsoon by DEA agents.

During her time as a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, Monsoon, along with USCGC Boutwell helped with the arrest of Mexican drug kingpin Francisco Javier Arellano Félix while he was deep-sea fishing off the Baja Peninsula. The crew of Monsoon took him into custody and his U.S. registered fishing boat, Dock Holiday was towed back to San Diego from international waters by an unknown Coast Guard 87 foot patrol boat.[2]


  1. ^ NavSource Online: Patrol Craft Coastal Photo Archive. "USS Monsoon (PC-4), ex-USCGC Monsoon (WPC 4)". Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  2. ^ Alfano, Sean; "Feds Land A Big Fish", CBS News
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