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Press Release 27-14
July 9, 2014

Navy Forward Deploys Final PCs to Bahrain

By U.S. Fleet Forces Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. - Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) forward deployed two coastal patrol (PC) ships to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), Manama, Bahrain. USS Hurricane (PC 3) and USS Monsoon (PC 4) departed Naval Station (NS) Norfolk, July 9.

Eight PCs provide dedicated coastal patrol capability to the Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet area of responsibility (AOR). USS Tempest (PC 2), USS Squall (PC 7) and USS Thunderbolt (PC 12) arrived last year, as well as the staff of Commander, Patrol Coastal Squadron ONE (PCRON 1) and PC maintenance support team.

With the arrival of Hurricane and Monsoon, a total of ten PCs will be permanently stationed in Bahrain. Three PCs will remain stationed in the continental U.S.

PCs provide the U.S. Navy with a fast, reliable platform that can respond to emergent requirements in a shallow water environment. The primary mission of these ships is coastal patrol and interdiction surveillance, an important aspect of littoral operations outlined in the Navy's maritime strategy. In support of this mission, both Hurricane and Monsoon recently completed a maintenance availability to upgrade their hull strength and extend their service life.

Sailors currently forwarded deployed to Bahrain are either on one or two-year orders. The forward deployment resulted in the decision to shift from six-month rotational crews to permanent crews stationed in Bahrain allowing families to accompany their Sailors to Bahrain. The shift alleviates the significant strain placed on the crews and their families while ensuring capacity and capability.

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