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USS Firebolt (PC 10)

USS FIREBOLT is the tenth CYCLONE - class patrol coastal boat and the first ship in the Navy to bear the name. From November 2001 on, the CYCLONE - class ships were temporarily operated under US Coast Guard control for homeland defense. In February 2003, the FIREBOLT deployed to the Persian Gulf for an 18-month deployment in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. For the deployment, the FIREBOLT temporarily shifted her homeport to Manama, Bahrain. During the deployment, FIREBOLT's crew was swapped out every 6 months. Such a "crew swap" initiative increases the Navy's forward presence by providing an extra 90 days of on-station time per vessel.

General Characteristics:Awarded: July 19, 1991
Keel laid: September 17, 1993
Launched: June 10, 1994
Commissioned: June 10, 1995
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
Homeport: Manama, Bahrain
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 FIREBOLT. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

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Accidents aboard USS FIREBOLT:

February 16, 2004off the coast of Iraq, Persian Gulf
USS FIREBOLT suffers a 3- to 4-inch gash in her hull and experiences minor flooding, after the ship collides with a buoy off the Iraqi coast. Nobody was injured in the accident. Following a Judge Advocate Generalís investigation into the incident, FIREBOLT's Commanding Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Michael T. Sullivan, was relieved of command on April 1.

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