USS TORNADO was the 14th and final CYCLONE - class patrol coastal boat. From November 2001 on, the CYCLONE - class ships were temporarily operated under US Coast Guard control for homeland defense. On October 1, 2004, the TORNADO was decommissioned and officially transfered to the US Coast Guard where she was recommissioned as USCGC TORNADO (WPC 14). The TORNADO was re-transfered to the Navy on September 30, 2011.
On February 18, USS TORNADO held a decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. On March 4, 2021, the TORNADO was officially decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list. She is now awaiting a possible foreign military sale.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: August 14, 1997|
|Keel laid: August 25, 1998|
|Launched: June 7, 1999|
|Commissioned: June 24, 2000|
|Decommissioned: October 1, 2004|
|Recommissioned: December 6, 2011|
|Decommissioned: March 4, 2021|
|Builder: Bollinger Machine Shop & Shipyard, Lockport, Louisiana|
|Propulsion system:4 Paxman diesels|
|Length: 170 feet (51.8 meters)|
|Beam: 25 feet (7.6 meters)|
|Draft: 7.5 feet (2.3 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 331 tons|
|Speed: 35 knots|
|Armament: 2 25mm |
2 Mk-19 automatic grenade launchers; 6 stinger missiles
|Crew: 4 officers, 24 enlisted and 8 Special Forces personnel|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS TORNADO. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS TORNADO Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning during an open ship event during Fleet Week Maryland at Baltimore, Md., on October 8, 2018.