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USS Monsoon (PC-4)
ex-USCGC Monsoon (WPC 4)
ex-USS Monsoon (PC 4)



Call sign:
November - Mike - Sierra - November


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


Cyclone Class Coastal Patrol Ship:

  • Laid down 15 February 1992 at Bollinger Machine Shop and Shipyard, Lockport, LA
  • Launched 10 October 1992
  • Commissioned USS Monsoon (PC-4), 22 January 1994
  • Decommissioned 30 September 2004 at San Diego, CA
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 1 October 2004 and commissioned USCGC Monsoon (WPC 4)
  • 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 Det./USCG Det.
  • Armament: Two Mk 38 25mm mounts; two .50 cal. machine guns, six Stinger missiles, two Mk 19 automatic grenade launcher and one Mk 52 Mod 0 chaff launcher
  • Propulsion: Four 3,350shp Paxman diesel engines, four shafts.
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    USS Monsoon (PC 4)
    Monsoon 126k 22 January 1994
    Commissioning ceremony
    Photo by Phil Musick (PC-1134)
    E. J. Comeau (PC553/1228)
    Monsoon 172k
    Monsoon 159k
    Monsoon 89k Hawaii
    U.S. Navy photo
    Bill Gonyo
    Hurricane 151k 13 May 1997
    U.S. Navy Patrol Craft (front to back) Hurricane (PC 3), USS Squall (PC 7), USS Zephyr (PC 8) and Monsoon of Special Boat Squadron One, Special Boat Unit 12, Naval Base San Diego, cruise in formation off the coast of San Diego.
    U.S. Navy photos 970513-N-3149V-008 and 970513-N-3149V-009 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jeffrey S. Viano
    Monsoon 150k
    Monsoon 261k 9 August 1998
    Apra Harbor, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands
    After completion of a Coordination Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Exercise, while executing the first trans-Pacific cruise of a Patrol Forces boat
    Defense Visual Information Center photo DN-SD-06-10440/980809-N-0000C-001 by CAPT Roger L. Crossland, USN
    Robert Hurst
    Monsoon 177k Lieutenant Commander John C. Howard attended the Prospective Commanding Officer course and reported as Commanding Officer of Monsoon in April 2001. Monsoon successfully completed a deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of operations, three deployments in support of Operations Neptune Shield and Noble Eagle for maritime homeland defense, and a deployment in support of Operation Native Atlas providing security for amphibious combat operations. Bill Gonyo
    USCGC Monsoon (WPC 4)
    Monsoon 149k 26 May 2005
    Outbound, approaching the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay
    CAPT Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG, Ret.
    Monsoon 164k 2 March 2007
    Transiting San Francisco Bay outbound
    USS Monsoon (PC 4)
    Tempest 272k 22 August 2008
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Monsoon and USS Tempest (PC 2) 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
    Monsoon 273k 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-081 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Derek Poole
    Robert M. Cieri
    Monsoon 271k 5 September 2008
    Little Creek, VA
    Lt. Cmdr. Chris Brown, commanding officer of the coastal patrol boat USS Monsoon (PC 4), briefs Vice Adm. Mel Williams Jr., commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet, during his visit to the ship.
    U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Moises M. Medel
    Bill Gonyo
    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

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Adam Shawn Levitt, USN22 January 1994 - 23 April 1995
    02LT John G. Esary, USN23 April 1995 - September 1996
    03LT Johnny Lawrence Schultz, USNSeptember 1996 - April 1998
    04LT Shan Michael Byrne, USNApril 1998 - 17 September 1999
    05LT Edwin D. Kaiser, USN17 September 1999 - April 2001
    06LT John Colby Howard, USNApril 2001 - 2003
    07LT Joseph F. Cahill, USN2003 - 30 September 2004
    08LCDR Troy Hosmer, USCGOctober 2004 - ?
    09LT Allen L. Maxwell, USN22 August 2008 - ?
    10LT Kurt Braekel, USN? - ?
    11LCDR Christopher R. Brown, USN2008 - ?
    12LCDR Nathan P. Diaz, USN2010 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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