USS Tempest (PC-2)

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USS Tempest (PC-2)
United States
Ordered: 3 August 1990
Builder: Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana
Laid down: 30 September 1991
Launched: 4 April 1992
Commissioned: 21 August 1993
Recommissioned: 23 August 2008
Decommissioned: 30 September 2005
Reclassified: 1 October 2005
Homeport: Naval Support Activity Bahrain
Fate: Recommissioned active USN
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Tempest PC-2 Crest.png
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)
Installed power: 2 x Caterpillar 3306
Propulsion: 4 × Paxman Valenta Diesels, 3600 bhp
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
1 Volvo diesel powered RHIB
Complement: (USN)4 officers, 24 men, 8 Special Forces, (USCG)2 officers, 28 men

USS Tempest (PC-2) is the second Cyclone-class patrol (coastal) ship, decommissioned 30 September 2005 and transferred to the United States Coast Guard as USCGC Tempest (WPC-2). She was placed in 'Commission Special' status until December 2005, when she was formally commissioned as a Coast Guard cutter. She was returned to the US Navy on 22 August 2008.

In 2013, Tempest shifted homeport to Naval Support Activity Bahrain. While deployed to the Persian Gulf on 24 August 2016, USS Squall fired three warning shots from a .50 cal (12.7 mm) machine gun at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Navy fast attack craft that approached within 200 yards of Tempest. The fast attack craft had ignored radio calls to veer off as well as warning flares.[1]

USS Tempest, July 2003


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