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Sirocco (PC-6)

Call sign:
November - Sierra - India - Romeo

Cyclone Class Coastal Patrol Ship:

  • Laid down 20 June 1992 at Bollinger Machine Shop and Shipyard, Lockport, LA
  • Launched 29 May 1993
  • Commissioned 11 June 1994.


  • 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 Paxman diesel engines, four shafts.

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    Sirocco 69k . Mike Connell
    Sirocco 621k 13 June 1994
    Anacostia River, Washington, DC
    Approaching the open draw of the Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge after departing the Washington Navy Yard en route to Norfolk, VA
    U.S. Navy photo DN-SC-94-02205 by Don S. Montgomery, USN
    Robert Hurst
    Sirocco 288k 22 August 1995
    Sirocco returns to its homeport after a four month deployment in the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas where she participated in Multi-National exercises and UN-Sponsored Maritime operations while deployed to Commander Sixth Fleet.
    U.S. Navy photo N0701-DSP-275-95-00006 by Photographer's Mate Second Class Richard Rosser
    Bill Gonyo
    Sirocco 430k 8 October 1995
    Tampa Bay, FL
    A port quarter view of the coastal patrol craft Sirocco moored at Garrison Terminal during a port visit. The ship is in a camouflage scheme known as measure 32 splinter camouflage. Even at close range, it makes the vessel fade into the background structures. This is a test pattern, and the PC-6 is the only U.S. Navy ship in regular service that is presently carrying
    a disruptive
    camouflage scheme
    U.S. Navy photo DN-SC-97-00243 by John Bouvia, USN (Ret)
    Robert M. Cieri
    Sirocco 497k 13 April 2005
    Persian Gulf
    Speeding north to provide support in conjunction with Maritime Security Operations in the Northern Persian Gulf
    U.S. Navy photo 050413-N-5526M-010 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Robert McRill
    Robert Hurst
    Sirocco 88k 8 April 2006
    Conducting exercises with USS Dextrous (MCM 13) in the North Arabian Gulf near the Al-Basrah oil terminal
    DC1(SW/SS) David Johnson, USNR
    MCM Crew Implicit
    Sirocco 95k
    Sirocco 125k
    Sirocco 381k 29 October 2008
    Manama, Bahrain
    Vice Adm. Bill Gortney, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and the crew of Sirocco, which conducts Maritime Security Operations (MSO) as part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 158, in the North Arabian Gulf. CTF 158 is responsible for ensuring the security of Iraq’s Khawr Al Amaya Oil Platform (KAAOT) and Al Basra oil terminals in support of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1790. CTF 158 operates jointly with Iraqi Navy sailors and marines, trained by members of the Navy Transition Team based in nearby Umm Qasr. Over three quarters of Iraq’s GDP is generated from the oil that flows through these terminals.
    U.S. Navy photo 081029-N-0803S-007 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Schaeffer
    Bill Gonyo
    Sirocco 173k 16 December 2018
    Gulf of Oman
    Sirocco patrols the Gulf of Oman. Sirocco is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian ocean and the three strategic choke points
    U.S. Army photo 181216-A-QM520-1133 by PFC Preston Hammon
    Lee Wahler

    Commanding Officers
    01LT David Matthew Caldwell, USN - USNA Class of 198411 June 1994 - 10 April 1995
    02LT Joseph Peter Voboril, USN10 April 1995 - 5 December 1996
    03LT David Wayne Hughes, USN - USNA Class of 19875 December 1996 - 14 August 1998
    04LCDR Stephen W. Froelich, USN14 August 1998 - June 2000
    05LT Thomas Hallingshead, USNJune 2000 - 2002
    06LCDR Mark Alan Olson, USN2002 - 2004
    07LCDR Jennifer Lynn Eaton, USN - Awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, and the Navy Achievement MedalSeptember 2005
    08LT Michael D. Nash, USN2004 - 2005
    09LCDR Bart Lee Denny, USN2005 - April 2006
    10LCDR Brian J. Diebold, USNApril 2006 - October 2006
    11LCDR Keith R. Biando, USNOctober 2006 - 2006
    12LCDR Scott Bowman, USN2006 - 4 March 2007
    13LT William Kyle Gantt, Jr., USN4 March 2007 -28 August 2007
    14LT Mercedes A. "Tony" Then, USN28 August 2007 - 2008
    15LT Emil Oathey, USN2008
    16LT David P. Wroe, USNJune 2009 - November 2009
    17LT Mark T. Hodby, USNNovember 2009
    18LCDR William McCormick Harkin, USN - USNA Class of 1999
    Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Award, and three Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals
    ??LT Mercedes Milciades, USN
    ??LT David W. Walton, Jr., USN
    ??LCDR Matthew P. Lehmann, USN - Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal and three Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals(Crew Hotel)
    ??LCDR Edward A. Rosso, USN - Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, five Navy Commendation Medals and three Navy Achievement Medals(Crew Juliet)
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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