USCGC Jarvis (WHEC-725)

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USCGC Jarvis (WHEC-725)
USCGC Jarvis (WHEC-725)
Namesake: Captain David H. Jarvis, U.S. Revenue Cutter Service
Builder: Avondale Shipyards
Cost: US$14,065,811[1]
Laid down: 9 September 1970
Launched: 24 April 1971
Commissioned: 4 August 1972
Recommissioned: December 1992
Decommissioned: 2 October 2012
  • Dedicare ad excellentia
  • (Dedicated to Excellence)
Fate: Transferred to Bangladesh Navy as BNS Somudra Joy on May 23, 2013
Status: Active in Bangladesh Navy
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: High endurance cutter
Displacement: 3,300 tons
Length: 378 ft (115 m)
Beam: 43 ft 8 in (13.31 m)[1]
Draught: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Speed: 29 knots
Range: 16,000 miles
Endurance: 45 days
Complement: 178 personnel (21 officers and 157 enlisted)
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPS-40 air-search radar, MK 92 FCS
Armament: Otobreda 76 mm, Phalanx CIWS

USCGC Jarvis (WHEC-725) was a Hamilton-class cutter of the United States Coast Guard. She was launched on 24 April 1971 and commissioned on 4 August 1971. She served on Ocean Station November until mid 1973 and was later used in fisheries patrols and search and rescue missions in the Bering Sea. Beginning in 1988 Jarvis was homeported at Honolulu, Hawaii and used for law enforcement and search and rescue. She received a FRAM upgrade in 1990-2. Jarvis was decommissioned on 2 October 2012 and in January 2013 the Coast Guard announced that she would be transferred to the Bangladesh Navy late that year. She was commissioned as BNS Somudra Joy (F-28) on 23 December 2013.



The USCGC Jarvis was named for David H. Jarvis, a hero of the United States Revenue Cutter Service. During the harsh winter of 1897–1898, Lieutenant Jarvis of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Bear led the Overland Relief Expedition to bring needed food to 265 whalers whose ships had been stranded in the ice off the northern coast of Alaska.[3] The high endurance cutter was launched 24 April 1971 at Avondale Shipyard near New Orleans, Louisiana and was commissioned 4 August 1972 at Honolulu, Hawaii, where she would be based for the rest of her career. She received a $55 million Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization Program (FRAM) upgrade at Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle, Washington between July 1990 and December 1992. Jarvis completed her final cruise in late September 2012, and was removed from active service the following week.

Transfer to Bangladesh Navy[edit]

In January 2013 Admiral Cecil D. Haney, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, announced that Jarvis would be transferred to Bangladesh in mid-2013.[4] The Bangladeshis hope to convert the BNS Somudra Joy into a guided missile frigate. A team of U.S. Coast Guard personnel visited Bangladesh in February 2013. The first group of Bangladesh Navy personnel, consisting of 7 officers and 13 sailors, left Bangladesh in February to start training aboard Jarvis on 13 March 2013. She was officially handed over to the Bangladesh Navy on 23 May 2013.[5] During her transit to Bangladesh she was diverted to the Philippines to distribute emergency aid for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, arriving there on 29 November 2013.[6] She arrived at her new home Chittagong on 13 December 2013 and was commissioned on 23 December 2013.


  1. ^ a b Scheina, p 2
  2. ^ "378-foot High Endurance Cutter (WHEC)", Aircraft, Boats, and Cutters: Cutters, U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office
  3. ^ King, pp 94–107
  4. ^ "US to continue maritime partnership", News,
  5. ^ "US hands over naval ship", News,
  6. ^ "Bangladesh sends aid to Philippines", Tribune Online Report, Dhaka Tribune
References used

External links[edit]

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