USCGC Kiska (WPB-1336)

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United States
Name: USCGC Kiska
Namesake: Kiska Island, Alaska
Commissioned: 1990
Homeport: Santa Rita, Guam
Status: Active in service
General characteristics
Class and 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: 18 personnel (2 officers, 16 enlisted)

International radio call sign: NUSF

Communications: VHF and HF

USCGC Kiska (WPB-1336) is an Island class cutter of the United States Coast Guard, named for the island of Kiska, Alaska.


The Island-class patrol boats were constructed in Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana. Kiska 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.[1][2]

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.[1][2]


On March 19, 2002 the Kiska intercepted the Taiwanese fishing vessel Full Means II (富明二號), which had been taken over by its cook, who had murdered the captain and first mate.[3]


  1. ^ a b "110-foot Island Class Patrol Boat (WPB)" (PDF). United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b "USCG 110' "Island Class" Patrol Boats (WPB)". Bollinger Shipyards. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  3. ^ McFadden, Robert D. (2002-03-23). "Tales of Mutiny and Murder Unfold After a Missing Taiwanese Ship Is Found". New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2009.

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