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USCGC Cyclone (WPC 1)
ex-USS Cyclone (PC 1)

Call sign:
November - Yankee - Oscar - Echo

Courtesy of Mike Smolinski

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

Cyclone served the Navies of the United States and the Philippines

Cyclone Class Coastal Patrol Ship:

  • Laid down 22 June 1991 by Bollinger Machine Shop and Shipyard, Lockport, LA.
  • Launched, 1 February 1992
  • Commissioned USS Cyclone (PC-1), 7 August 1993
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register 28 February 2000
  • Transferred to the U. S. Coast Guard, 29 February 2000 and reclassified USCGC Cyclone (WPC 1)
  • Transferred to the Philippines 8 March 2004 and renamed BRP General Mariano Álvarez (PS 38)
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 328.5 t.(lt), 331 t.(fl)
  • Length 170' (Lenghtened by 9 feet to incorporate a stern boat launch and recovery ramp)
  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    Cyclone 145k

    A cyclone is an area of closed, circular fluid motion characterized by inwardly spiraling winds

    Tommy Trampp
    Cyclone 654k Office of the Curator of Navy Ship Models, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock, Bethesda, MD
    Photos by Dan Treadwell
    Dan Treadwell
    Cyclone 225k
    USS Cyclone (PC 1)
    Cyclone 61k Russ Padden
    Cyclone 162k Bollinger
    via E. J. Comeau (PC553/1228)
    Cyclone 78k U.S. Navy photo International Hydofoil Society website
    Cyclone 91k Original photo: Gunter Krebs
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    Cyclone 60k U.S. Navy photo Robert Hurst
    Cyclone 43k 1 August 1993
    Chesapeake Bay
    A starboard quarter view of the coastal patrol ship Cyclone
    Defense Visual Information Center photo
    Fred Weiss
    Cyclone 56k 7 August 1993
    Annapolis, Maryland
    A port bow view of the coastal patrol boat Cyclone as the ship prepares to moor pier side at the U.S. Naval Academy prior to commissioning
    Defense Visual Information Center photo
    Cyclone 49k 1 July 1994
    A port bow view of the coastal patrol ship Cyclone homeported at Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA, operates off the coast of Haiti
    Defense Visual Information Center photo
    Cyclone 115k c. December 2003
    New Orleans, LA. Cyclone being loaded aboard a heavy lift ship for transfer to the Philippines
    U.S. Navy photo from the March 2004 edition of Naval Institute Proceedings
    Joe Radigan
    RPS General Mariano Álvarez (PS 38)
    Cyclone 21k

    Mariano Álvarez: March 15, 1818 – August 25, 1924) was a Filipino revolutionary and statesman

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 6 September 2020
    Cyclone 135k The BRP General Mariano Álvarez (PS 38), is docked at Manila, Philippines during a turnover ceremony. The United States donated the Cyclone Class patrol ship to the Philippine Navy, including a two-year supply of parts, to enhance the Philippine Navy's coastal and counter-terrorism capabilities
    Department of Defense photo
    Joe Radigan
    Cyclone 224k 13 January 2010
    With BRP Dagupan City (LC-551) at pier of Philippine Navy HQ on Roxas Blvd., Manila, Philippines
    Photo by ManilaBoy40
    Robert Hurst
    Cyclone 117k 16 January 2010
    Passing the breakwater
    Photo by Filipinos40
    Cyclone 473k 14 September 2011
    From the collection of Mike Baylon
    Edison Sy

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Randall Lee Johnson, USN7 August 1993 - 7 July 1994
    02LCDR Mark Stanley Young, USN7 July 1994 - 3 July 1996
    03LCDR Curtis James Gilbert, USN3 July 1996 - 29 June 1998
    04LCDR Calvin D. Slocumb, USN29 June 1998 - 28 February 2000
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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