USCGC Galveston Island (WPB-1349)

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History
United States
Name: USCGC Galveston Island
Namesake: Galveston Island, Texas
Operator: US Coast Guard
Laid down: 1 July 1988[1]
Commissioned: 5 June 1992
Homeport: Honolulu, Hawaii
Status: Active in service
General characteristics
Class & type: Island-class cutter
Displacement: 164 tons
Length: 110 ft (34 m)
Beam: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Draft: 6.5 ft (2.0 m)
Propulsion: Twin Paxman Valenta 16-CM RP-200M
Speed: 30+ knots
Range: 9,900 miles
Endurance: 6 days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
1 - RHI (90 HP outboard engine)
Complement: 22 personnel (3 officers, 19 enlisted)
Armament:
Notes: Communications: VHF and HF

USCGC Galveston Island (WPB 1349) is an Island-class patrol boat used by the United States Coast Guard for law enforcement and search and rescue duties. She was commissioned on 5 June 1992 and was the last of the Island-class patrol boats built. Her original homeport was Apra Harbor, Guam, but later changed to Honolulu, Hawaii, where she is now stationed.

The 110-foot Island-class patrol boat is a Coast Guard modification of the British shipbuilder, Vosper Thornycroft patrol boat design.[2] With range and seakeeping capabilities, the Island class, all named after U.S. islands, replaced the older 95-foot Cape-class cutters. These cutters are equipped with advanced electronics and navigation equipment.[1][3]

Design[edit]

The Island-class patrol boats were constructed in Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana. Galveston Island has an overall length of 110 feet (34 m). It had a beam of 21 feet (6.4 m) and a draft of 7 feet (2.1 m) at the time of construction. The patrol boat has a displacement of 154 tonnes (152 long tons; 170 short tons) at full load and 137 tonnes (135 long tons; 151 short tons) at half load. It is powered two Paxman-Valenta 16 CM diesel engines or two Caterpillar 3516 diesel engines. It has two 99 kilowatts (135 PS; 133 shp) 3304T diesel generators made by Caterpillar; these can serve as motor–generators. Its hull is constructed from highly strong steel, and the superstructure and major deck are constructed from aluminium.[4][5]

The Island-class patrol boats have maximum sustained speeds of 29.5 knots (54.6 km/h; 33.9 mph). It is fitted with one 25 millimetres (0.98 in) machine gun and two 7.62 millimetres (0.300 in) M60 light machine guns; it may also be fitted with two Browning .50 Caliber Machine Guns. It is fitted with satellite navigation systems, collision avoidance systems, surface radar, and a Loran C system. It has a range of 3,330 miles (2,890 nmi; 5,360 km) and an endurance of five days. Its complement is sixteen (two officers and fourteen crew members). Island-class patrol boats are based on Vosper Thornycroft 33 metres (108 ft) patrol boats and have similar dimensions.[4][5]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b "USCGC GALVESTON ISLAND (WPB 1349)" (PDF). US Coast Guard. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Scheina, p 63
  3. ^ "110-foot Patrol Boat (WPB) - Island Class". Aircraft, Boats, and Cutters. US Coast Guard. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "110-foot Island Class Patrol Boat (WPB)" (PDF). United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 24 August 2015.  line feed character in |title= at position 29 (help)
  5. ^ a b "USCG 110' "Island Class" Patrol Boats (WPB)". Bollinger Shipyards. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 

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