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USS Zephyr (PC-8)

USS Zephyr (PC-8)
United States
Ordered: 3 August 1990
Builder: Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana
Laid down: 6 March 1993
Launched: 3 December 1993
Acquired: 16 August 1994
Commissioned: 15 October 1994
Decommissioned: 1 October 2004
Homeport: Norfolk, Virginia
Motto: Leading The Charge
Nickname(s): The Eight Ballers
Status: in active service, as of 2016. Loaned to the United States Coast Guard 2004-2011, transferred back to the U.S Navy late 2011
General characteristics
Class & type: Cyclone-class patrol ship
Displacement: 331 tons
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)
Range: 2,000 nmi (3,700 km; 2,300 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 4 officers, 28 men
  • (USN) 2 Mk38 chain guns
  • 2 Mk19 grenade launchers
  • 2 .50 (12.7 mm) machine guns

USS Zephyr (PC-8) is a Cyclone class patrol coastal ship in the United States Navy.

Zephyr is the eighth ship of thirteen in the Cyclone-class. All ships in this class are named after weather elements. Zephyr is the first Navy vessel to bear the name. She was laid down 6 March 1993, by Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana and launched 3 December 1993. She was commissioned on 14 October 1994 and decommissioned 1 October 2004 and transferred to the United States Coast Guard as USCGC Zephyr (WPC-8).

The CGC Zephyr was the first cutter deployed to respond to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig fire.[1]

Zephyr was transferred back to the Navy on 30 September 2011, and is once again designated PC-8.[2][3]

Zephyr is currently undergoing repairs at Colonas Shipyards in Norfolk, Virginia.


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  2. ^ "Patrol Coastal Ships - PC". U.S. Navy. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "USS Zephyr (PC 8)". U.S. Navy. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.

External links

  • (WPC-8) USCGC
  • Federation of American Scientists, Cyclone class ship characteristics

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