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USS Zephyr (PC 8)
ex-USCGC Zephyr (WPC 8)

Right patch courtesy of Mike Smolinski

ex-USS Zephyr (PC-8)

Call sign:
November - Zulu - Echo - Papa

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

Cyclone Class Coastal Patrol Ship:

  • Laid down 6 March 1993 at Bollinger Machine Shop and Shipyard, Lockport, LA
  • Launched 3 December 1993
  • Commissioned USS Zephyr (PC-8), 15 October 1994
  • Decommissioned 1 October 2004 at San Diego, CA
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard in September 2004
  • Commissioned USCGC Zephyr (WPC-8), 8 October 2004
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody 30 September 2011.


  • 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 Mk19 automatic grenade launcher and one Mk 52 Mod 0 chaff launcher
  • Propulsion: Four Paxman diesel engines, four shafts.

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    USS Zephyr (PC 8)
    Zephyr 85k 10 February 1996
    NAS North Island CA.
    Change of Command Ceremony
    E. J. Comeau PC-553/1228
    Hurricane 121k U.S. Navy patrol craft Hurricane (PC 3) (foreground), Zephyr (left) and Squall (PC 7) from Special Boat Squadron 1, Special Boat Unit 12, Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, Ca, cruise information off the coast of San Diego.
    U.S. Navy photos 970513-N-3149V-007 and 970513-N-3149V-008 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jeffrey S. Viano
    Bill Gonyo
    Hurricane 151k
    Zephyr 43k 8 July 2003
    South shore of Griffin Bay, San Juan Island, Northern Puget Sound.
    Zephyr 64k
    USCGC Zephyr (WPC 8)
    Zephyr 186k 13 April 2005
    Puget Sound
    Providing homeland security for the Naval Submarine Base at Bangor, Washington
    Defence Visual Information Center photo DN-SD-07-01138 by Ray F. Longaker, Jr.
    Robert Hurst
    Zephyr 133k 28 January 2007
    Transitting San Francisco Bay outbound
    CAPT Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG, Ret.
    Zephyr 233k 30 September 2011
    Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, VA
    Coast Guard Cutter's Zephyr, astern of Tornado are moored to a pier during a transfer ceremony. The Coast Guard Cutter's Shamal (WPC 13), Zephyr and Tornado were transferred after seven year's with the service to the Navy. The USNS Apache (T-ATF 172) is in the background
    U.S. Coast Guard photo 110930-G-RT555-375-USCG by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn
    Bill Gonyo
    USS Zephyr (PC 8)
    Zephyr 263k 8 June 2012
    Taking part in OPSAIL (Harborfest) parade in Hampton Roads, Norfolk, VA
    Maureen G. McKnight
    Zephyr 169k 30 October 2013
    Arriving at Mayport, FL
    Photo by Lee Whaler
    Lee Whaler
    Zephyr 282k 31 October 2013
    Tornado outboard of Zephyr after arriving at Mayport, FL
    Photo by Lee Whaler

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Robert Allen J. Stubblefield, USN15 October 1994 - 10 February 1996
    02LT Tim Jacoby, USN10 February 1996 - 30 September 1997
    03LT Anthony James Parisi, USN30 September 1997 - 8 March 1999
    04LCDR Derek B. Granger, USNSeptember 2000 - June 2002
    05LT William James Parker, III, USN2001 - 26 June 2002
    06LT Thomas Charles Kait, Jr., USN26 June 2002 - 30 September 2004
    ??LCDR Tim Kerze, USCG2009
    ??LCDR Tony Russell, USCGJuly 2010 - May 2011
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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