Magazine article Sea Classics

Seal Special Warfare Ships: The Cyclone-Class

Magazine article Sea Classics

Seal Special Warfare Ships: The Cyclone-Class

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A new breed of fast, stealthy coastal patrol ships provide SEAL teams with state-of-the-art technology as they carry out new global missions.

The ability of Naval Special Warfare forces to perform their wide-ranging operations is largely dependent on efficient forms of transportation to deploy them where needed. As SEAL are dedicated maritime warriors wit missions demanding speed and steal they are provided with specialized s boats, craft and submersibles suited the tactics necessary for success.


The largest of all vessels assigned to Naval Special Warfare are the 170-foot Cyclone-class Patrol Coastal Ships built by Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., of Lockport, Louisiana. There are 14 PCs and the last example was recently launched. They serve with Special Boat Squadron One (SBR-1) from the Naval Amphibious Base at Coronado, California, and with Special Boat Squadron Two (SBR-2) from the Naval Amphibious Base at Little Creek, Virginia.

Fast and able, the PCs sail to support MSW personnel in training and actual operations. Multi-mission capability includes coastal patrol and surveillance, escort, foreign internal defense, forward presence, intelligence gathering, long-range insertion and extraction of SEALs and other Special Operations Forces, maritime interdiction, noncombatant evacuation, operational deception, reconnaissance, and tactical swimmer operations.

Each ship is constructed with a steel hull and an aluminum superstructure and is powered by four Paxman diesel engines of 3,600-- horsepower each which provide a flank speed of 35-plus knots. Maximum range at a cruising speed of 12 knots is over 3,000 miles.

Armament consists of a Mark 38 25mm rapid fire gun, a Mark 96 25mm rapid fire gun, 50-caliber machine guns, M60 machine guns, Mark 19 grenade launchers, and Stinger antiaircraft missiles. …

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