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USS Squall (PC-7)

Coastal Patrol Ship

United States | 1994

"USS Squall PC-7 serves the USN in the coastal patrol role and has seen recent ongoing service in Persian Gulf waters."

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USS Squall (PC-7) is the seventh of the fourteen active Cyclone-class coastal patrol boats of the United States Navy (USN). Sixteen of the group were originally planned. The first saw commissioning in 1993 and this small fleet is used beyond their general patrolling roles - also called on to support interdiction missions, amphibious operations and special forces missions (namely the Navy SEALs).

USS Squall was ordered on August 3rd, 1990 and saw her keel laid down on February 17th, 1993 by Bollinger Machine Shop & Shipyard at the Puget Sound NSY in Bremerton, Washington (as part of program PMS470). She was launched to sea on August 28th of that year and was delivered to the USN on May 9th, 1994 before being formally commissioned for service on July 4th of that year. She makes her homeport out of the Naval Support Activity Bahrain (Manama) USN base in the Kingdom of Bahrain as part of the United States Fifth Fleet (U.S. Atlantic Fleet).

The vessel displaces 330-335 tons and has a length of 174 feet with a beam measuring 25 feet and a draught down to 7.5 feet. The latter quality is what gives her the ability to operate close-to-shore and take part in littoral combat operations and exercises. Installed power is from 4 x Paxman diesel engines developing 3,350 horsepower to 4 x shafts under stern driving the vessel to speeds of 35 knots. Range is out to 2,500 nautical miles depending on load out. Aboard are four officer-level personnel and twenty-four enlisted.

Installed armament centers on 2 x 25mm Mk 38 automatic cannons, one fitted fore and the other aft. The warship also carries 2 x 40mm Mk 19 automatic grenade launchers as well as up to 4 x 0.50 caliber heavy machine guns. For short-ranged air defense, the crew has access to 6 x FIM-92 "Stinger" shoulder-fired missile launchers. The AGM-176 "Griffon" precision-guided, surface-to-surface munition is also a part of the Squall's armament suite.

All this promotes the Squall as a close-to-medium-range combatant. She can use her speed to intercept or run down offending vessels and her armament allows her to engage in both an offensive and defensive way.

The profile of USS Squall is typical of the series. The bridge sits over the central superstructure. One of the 25mm gun emplacements is fitted over the forecastle. The main mast sits atop and aft of the bridge deck. Various sensors and communications systems adorn the mast as well as the middle-aft superstructure area. The Squall is too compact to support an aviation section but can operate the smaller class of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) supported by the USN service. Her hull is constructed of steel with the superstructure built primarily from aluminum.

Recently, USS Squall has been actively operating in Persian Gulf waters and has clashed with elements of the Iranian Navy several times. Despite her age (over twenty-three years now), the vessel is, and should remain, in active USN service for the foreseeable future.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for USS Squall (PC-7).
4 x Paxman marine diesel engines developing 14,400 horsepower to 4 x Shafts.
35.0 kts
40.3 mph
Surface Speed
2,298 nm
2,645 miles | 4,257 km
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of USS Squall (PC-7).
175.0 ft
53.34 meters
O/A Length
25.0 ft
7.62 meters
7.5 ft
2.29 meters
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of USS Squall (PC-7).
1 x 25mm Mk 96 cannon with integrated 1 x 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL).
1 x 25mm Mk 38 Bushmaster chaingun
4 x 40mm Mk 19 grenade launchers OR 12.7mm machine guns
6 x FIM-92 "Stinger" man-portable, shoulder-fired short-range Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs) (as carried).
Ships-in-Class (14)
Notable series variants as part of the USS Squall (PC-7) family line as relating to the Cyclone-class group.
USS Cyclone (PC-1); USS Tempest (PC-2); USS Hurricane (PC-3); USS Monsoon (PC-4); USS Typhoon (PC-5); USS Sirocco (PC-6); USS Squall (PC-7); USS Zephyr (PC-8); USS Chinook (PC-9); USS Firebolt (PC-10); USS Whirlwind (PC-11); USS Thunderbolt (PC-12); USS Shaml (PC-13); USS Tornado (PC-14)
Global operator(s) of the USS Squall (PC-7). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.
National flag of the United States

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Image of the USS Squall (PC-7)
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Mission Roles
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