|Ordered:||3 August 1990|
|Builder:||Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana|
|Laid down:||15 May 1992|
|Launched:||3 March 1993|
|Acquired:||1 December 1993|
|Commissioned:||12 February 1994|
|Motto:||E Malacia ad Fulmina|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Cyclone-class patrol ship|
|Length:||174 ft (53 m)|
|Beam:||25 ft (7.6 m)|
|Draught:||7.5 ft (2.3 m)|
|Speed:||35 knots (65 km/h; 40 mph)|
|Complement:||4 officers, 24 enlisted|
USS Typhoon (PC-5) is the fifth United States Navy Cyclone-class patrol ship. Typhoon was laid down 15 May 1992 at Bollinger Shipyards, in Lockport, Louisiana and launched 3 March 1993. She was commissioned 12 February 1994 in Tampa, Florida. As of 2008, Typhoon operates in the Persian Gulf, stationed in Manama, Bahrain since 2004 and is permanently manned by a 24-man crew that performs maritime security operations in United States Fifth Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).
Typhoon returned to Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek 9 May 2003 following a deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. Typhoon lost a crewmember when Engineman 2nd Class Douglas Bolles was lost at sea after falling overboard from a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) off Cape Henry on 7 November 2003 and subsequently found to have removed his life vest. Bolles body was recovered 22 November 2003.
Service in the Middle East
At the end of April 2004, Typhoon and USS Sirocco (PC-6) departed Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek for the Persian Gulf to relieve USS Firebolt (PC-10) and USS Chinook (PC-9). The ships were to be deployed for 18 months while crews would be swapped every six months. The ships were escorted by USNS Patuxent (T-AO-201) during the trans-Atlantic portion of the trip. In June 2004, Typhoon and Sirocco arrived in the Persian Gulf to assist in maritime security operations and enforce a 2,000 meter exclusion zone around the Al Basrah (ABOT) and Khawr Al Amaya (KAAOT) oil terminals.
In December 2004, Typhoon responded to a distress call from a dhow and rescued an unconscious fisherman knocked overboard by a winch handle while hauling in fishing nets. The fisherman was transferred to USS Essex (LHD-2).
In April 2006, Typhoon performed maritime security operations with HNLMS Amsterdam and USCGC Wrangell off the Horn of Africa and in the Arabian Sea. Typhoon used her smaller size and faster speed to intercept dhows and other merchant vessels to gather intelligence on maritime activity and prevent piracy and terrorism in the area.
On 7 September 2007, sailors from Typhoon rescued seven mariners adrift on a raft in the Persian Gulf. At the time, Typhoon was based in Bahrain providing security for Iraqi oil platforms in the northern Persian Gulf and participating in Maritime Security Operations.
In March 2016, the commanding officer of the Typhoon, Lieutenant Commander Jeremiah Daley was removed from command after a Navy investigation had found that he had "failed to maintain equipment to the point of exposing 'his crew to unnecessary risk,' interfered with an inquiry into his actions and once slept drunk on a bench at a Dubai port." The 300-page report on the investigation into Daley, which began in February 2016, was compiled by the Navy and acquired by the Associated Press via a Freedom of Information Act request. Daley denied many of the accusations and said he was appealing.
Encounter with Iranian craft
In April 2008, the Typhoon fired a flare at a small Iranian vessel in the Persian Gulf; U.S. Navy officials said that Iranian ship had come within about 180 meters (200 yards) of the American vessel. The flare was fired after the U.S. ship has unsuccessfully tried to contact the Iranian ship by radio. The Typhoon then proceeded on its way without further incident; Iranian officials said that the encounter was "normal" and "routine" and denied "any new confrontation" in the Gulf.
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