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USS Tempest (PC 2)
ex-USCGC Tempest (WPC 2)
ex-USS Tempest (PC-2)



Call sign:
November - Tango - Alpha - Charlie


Tempest served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard.


Cyclone Class Coastal Patrol Ship:

  • The third Tempest was laid down 30 September 1991 at Bollinger Machine Shop and Shipyard, Lockport, LA
  • Launched 4 April 1992
  • Commissioned USS Tempest (PC-2), 28 August 1993
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 1 October 2004 and commissioned USCGC Tempest (WPC 2)
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody 22 August 2008.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 328.5 t.(lt), 331 t.(fl)
  • Length 170'
  • Beam 25'
  • Draft less than 8'
  • Speed 35 kts.
  • Complement 28, eight Special Warfare/USCG det.
  • Armament: Two Mk38 25mm mounts; two .50 cal. machine guns, six Stinger missiles, two Mk19 automatic grenade launcher and one Mk52 Mod 0 chaff launcher
  • Propulsion: Four 3,350shp Paxman diesel engines, four shafts.
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    Tempest
    Tempest 195k 1 April 1993
    Lockport, LA
    Tempest is moored to a pier while undergoing construction at the Bollinger Machine Shop and Shipyards
    Defense Visual Information Center photo DN-SC-93-04170 by OS2 John Bouvia
    Bill Gonyo
    USS Tempest (PC 2)
    Tempest 45k Photo by EN1(SW) Tommy Beard, USN Jack Spratt, LT, USNR
    Tempest 40k
    Tempest 128k - .
    Tempest 60k 28 Oct 1993.
    A starboard bow view of Tempest moored next to the museum ship Barry (DD-933) at the Washington Navy Yard. Tempest is assigned to Special Boat Squadron 2 at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va., and is under the operational control of Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command
    Defense Visual Information Center photo
    Fred Weiss
    Tempest 404k 29 July 1994
    A starboard bow view of Tempest preparing for a refueling rendezvous with a U.S. warship off the coast of Haiti during the United Nations sponsored embargo.
    Defense Visual Information Center photo
    Original photo: Fred Weiss
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    Tempest 803k 29 July 1994
    Haiti
    A view looking down on Tempest as the vessel comes alongside the destroyer USS Spruance (DD 963) for refueling off the coast of Haiti.
    U.S. Navy photo DN-SC-96-00063 by PH2 John Sokolowski
    Robert M. Cieri
    Tempest 210k 12 September 1998
    Guayaquil, Ecuador
    Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton visits with the crew and embarked SEAL squad aboard Tempest that was training with the Ecuadorian Navy and Coast Guard on a variety of
    maritime skills.
    U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Senior Chief Terry A. Cosgrove, USN
    Bill Gonyo
    Tempest 352k c. 2000
    Welcme Aboard pamphlet
    Jim Sanderson
    Tempest 491k
    Tempest 221k 23 January 2002
    Off Onslow Beach, NC
    Tempest is driving off USCG Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB) playing terrorists. Photo taken from USS Hue City (CG 66)
    LT Steve Dundas, CHC, USNR
    Tempest 109k 9 February 2002
    Off Onslow Beach, NC
    Tempest is driving off USCG RHIBs playing terrorists. Photo taken from USS Hue City (CG 66)
    Tempest 304k 15 June 2002
    Bucksport, ME.
    Tempest passing Fort Knox, a civil war era granite fort that protects the entrance to Bucksport, ME. She is also passing under the US Rte 1, Waldo/Hancock bridge, a suspension bridge built in the early 1900's.
    David L. Milan
    Tempest 323k 15 June 2002
    Arriving in Bucksport. She had been updated and now has a ramp installed on the stern for launching/retrieving the RHIBs.
    Tempest 671k 10 July 2003
    Norfolk, VA
    Tempest escorts the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as Truman departs Naval Station Norfolk to begin conducting Carrier Qualifications (CQ) and an ammo off load in the Atlantic Ocean.
    U.S. Navy photo 030710-N-4953E-041 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Danny Ewing, Jr.
    Robert M. Cieri
    USCGC Tempest (WPC 2)
    Tempest 272k 22 August 2008
    Virginia Beach, VA
    USS Monsoon (PC 4) and Tempest are moored at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek during an Inter-Service Transfer Ceremony. The Monsoon and Tempest returned to Naval service after being on loan to the U.S. Coast Guard.
    U.S. Navy photo 080822-N-5033P-005 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Derek Poole
    Robert M. Cieri
    Tempest 314k 22 August 2008
    Virginia Beach, VA
    USS Monsoon (PC 4) and Tempest are moored at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek during an Inter-Service Transfer Ceremony. The Monsoon and Tempest returned to Naval service after being on loan to the U.S. Coast Guard
    U.S. Navy photo 080822-N-5033P-048 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Derek Poole
    Original photo: Robert M. Cieri
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    USS Tempest (PC 2)
    Tempest 487k 26 May 2010
    New York
    Tempest, left, and USS Monsoon (PC 4) make their way down the Hudson River en route to Fleet Week New York 2010
    U.S. Navy photo 100526-N-5244H-002 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Monique K. Hilley
    Original photo: Ron Reeves
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    Tempest 151k 3 July 2013
    Patrol coastal ship (from left) USS Squall (PC 7), USS Thunderbolt (PC 12), and Tempest prepare to float off the motor transport vessel M/V Eide Transporter. The PC arrival brings the total number to eight PCs here to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility
    U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Danielle A. Brandt
    Robert Hurst
    Tempest 82k 3 July 2013
    Bahrain
    Tempest being moved to a pier
    U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Danielle A. Brandt
    Tempest 215k 7 October 2013
    Underway off Bahrain with Manama, the capital city in the background. Patrol coastal ships support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility
    U.S. Navy photo 131007-N-QL471-106 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Henry Clayton Smith, USN - USNA Class of 198321 August 1993 - 23 September 1994
    02LT Shawn Michele Cali, USN23 September 1994 - August 1996
    03LT Vincent Derrick McBeth, USNAugust 1996 - June 1998
    04LT Thomas Lamb Dearborn, USNJune 1998 - February 2000
    05LT Richard John Dromerhauser, USN - USNA Class of 1990February 2000 - 7 September 2001
    06LT Jeffrey Scott Miller, USN7 September 2001 - 22 May 2003
    07LT Raymond Galen (Ray) Hartman, USN22 May 2003 - December 2003
    08LCDR Christopher Micha Senenko, USN - USNA Class of 1994December 2003 - 1 July 2004
    09LT Raymond Galen (Ray) Hartman, USN1 July 2004 - 29 November 2004
    10LCDR Bradley L. Stallings, USN29 November 2004 - 2004
    11LT David G. Zook, USN2004 - 30 September 2005
    12LT David P. Wroe, USN22 August 2008 - 2009
    13LCDR William McCormick Harkin, USN - USNA Class of 1999
    Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Award, and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals
    (Crew Bravo) 2009 - October 2009
    14LT Kelley T. Jones, USNOctober 2009 - April 2010
    15LT Matthew W. Foster, USNApril 2010 - October 2010
    16LCDR Richard Alan Robbins, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1999January 2011
    17LCDR Steven Lawrence Schmidt, USN - Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals(Crew Mike) 2011
    ??LCDR Christopher J. Schwarz, USN
    ??LCDR Nathan P. "Nate" Diaz, USN
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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