USCGC Ocracoke (WPB-1307)

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USCG Okracoke, Guantanamo.jpg
USCGC Ocracoke, leaving Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, May 12, 2008.
History
United States
Name: USCGC Ocracoke
Namesake: Ocracoke Island
Status: Active in service
General characteristics
Class and type: Island class patrol boat
Displacement: 168 tons
Length: 110 feet
Beam: 21 feet
Propulsion: 2 diesel engines
Speed: 28 knots
Complement: 2 officers, 15 enlisted
Armament: 25 mm Mk 38 machine gun, 2 .50 cal M2 machine guns

USCGC Ocracoke (WPB-1307) is an Island Class Cutter of the United States Coast Guard.[1] She is homeported in Maine, where she patrols international and territorial waters as a humanitarian, law enforcement, and Homeland Security asset. Her primary missions are Search and Rescue, Counter-Smuggling Activities, and Homeland Security.[2]

As of 2014 she was working out of Portland, Maine.

On March 31, 2015, together with other USCG elements, she assisted the distressed Canadian sailing ship Liana's Ransom, when she lost engine power during a storm off Gloucester, Massachusetts.[3]

Design[edit]

The Island-class patrol boats were constructed in Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana. Ocracoke 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]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Army Pfc. Eric Liesse (2008-06-06). "Migrant Ops keep safety at sea paramount" (PDF). The Wire (Guantanamo). pp. 4, 9. Retrieved 2008-06-10. [dead link]
  2. ^ "U.S. Coast Guard repatriates 39 Dominican migrants to La Romana". United States Coast Guard. February 9, 2006. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  3. ^ Peter Ziobrowski (2015-03-31). "Former halifax tour boat Liana's Ransom in trouble, crew rescued". Halifax Shipping News. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-31. 
  4. ^ a b "110-foot Island Class Patrol Boat (WPB)" (PDF). United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "USCG 110' "Island Class" Patrol Boats (WPB)". Bollinger Shipyards. Retrieved 24 August 2015.