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USS Tornado (PC 14)

- decommissioned -

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
Propellers: four
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
Aircraft: none
Armament: 2 25mm Mk-38 machine guns; 2 .50 cal machine guns;
2 Mk-19 automatic grenade launchers; 6 stinger missiles
Crew: 4 officers, 24 enlisted and 8 Special Forces personnel

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Crew List:

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.

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The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the decommissioned TORNADO laid up at Philadelphia, Penn., on May 27, 2022.

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