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USS Shamal (PC 13)
ex-USCGC Shamal (WPC 13)

Contributed by Jack Treutle

ex-USS Shamal (PC-13)

Call sign:
November - Sierra - Hotel - Alpha

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

Cyclone Class Coastal Patrol Ship:

  • Laid down 23 September 1994 at Bollinger Machine Shop and Shipyard, Lockport, LA
  • Launched 3 March 1995
  • Commissioned USS Shamal (PC 13), 27 January 1996
  • Decommissioned and transferred to the Coast Guard 29 September 2004 at San Diego, CA
  • Commissioned USCGC Shamal (WPC 13), 6 December 2004 at Pascagoula, MS
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody 30 September 2011
  • Decommissioned 16 February 2021 at Naval Station Mayport, FL
  • Scheduled to be dismantled beginning 25 February 2021.


  • Displacement 328.5 t. (lt), 331 t. (fl)
  • Length 170'
  • Beam 25'
  • Draft less than 8'
  • Speed 35 kts.
  • Complement 28 and 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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    Shamal (PC 13)
    Shamal 80k

    Shamal - A hot, dry northwesterly wind blowing across the Arabian Gulf in summer, typically causing sandstorms

    Tommy Trampp
    Shamal 51k Being moved from "Dry Dock"
    Shamal 51k 3 March 1995
    Lockport, LA
    Brian Clough
    Shamal 67k After launch
    Shamal 62k View of four propellers
    USS Shamal (PC 13)
    Shamal 718k Welcome aboard pamphlet
    USCGC Shamal (WPC 13)
    Shamal 76k U.S. Coast Guard photo .
    Shamal 101k
    Shamal 151k 6 November 2004
    Patrolling the Potomac River near the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, VA
    U.S. Coast Guard Visual Information Gallery photo 011106-C-8732C-003 by Joseph P. Cirone, USCG Auxiliary
    Robert Hurst
    Shamal 115k 17 February 2006
    U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Shamal.
    Bill Gonyo
    USS Shamal (PC 13)
    Shamal 84k Arriving at Mayport, FL
    U.S. Navy photo
    Lee Wahler
    Shamal 103k . Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Shamal 121k
    Shamal 147k
    Shamal 112k
    Shamal 300k 7 March 2015
    North Charleston, SC
    At Waterfront Park during the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Naval Reserve. The ship, whose homeport is Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida was opened for tours and was part of the celebration sponsored by the City of North Charleston, the Navy Operational Support Center Charleston and the Navy League of Charleston
    U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jared Trimarchi
    Bill Gonyo
    Shamal 533k 2 March 2016
    Off the coast of Northern Florida
    U.S. Navy News Stand photo 160302-N-WA189-588 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam Henderson
    Robert Hurst
    Shamal 238k 2 August 2016
    Shamal returns to homeport U.S. Naval Station Mayport after a 62 day deployment to the 4th Fleet area of responsibility where they conducted counter illicit trafficking operations in support of Operation Martillo. Operation Martillo is a joint international law enforcement and military operation involving U.S., European and Western Hemisphere partner nations, targeting illicit trafficking routes in the waters off Central America
    U.S. Navy photo 160729-N-PQ607-043 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Hendricks
    Ron Reeves

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Paul Edward Flood, USN27 January 1996 - October 1997
    02LT Michael Francis Ott, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1988October 1997 - June 1999
    03LCDR Frederic J. Sheehy, USNJune 1999 - 2001
    04LT John Joseph Zuhowski, USN - USNA Class of 19912001 - 11 July 2003
    05LT Richard D. Butler, USN11 July 2003 - January 2004
    06LT John Joseph Zuhowski, USNJanuary 2004 - 2004
    07LCDR James Paul (Jim) Lowell, USN - USNA Class of 19932004 - 30 September 2004
    08LCDR Michael W. (Joe) Raymond, USCG6 December 2004
    09LCDR Lee Petty, USCG2007
    10LCDR Frank James Azzarello, USN - Awarded four Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals and two Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals(Crew Kilo) January 2013 - 11 September 2013
    11LT Gillian Medina, USN - Awarded three Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals and six Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals11 September 2013 - January 2015
    12LCDR Alisha E. Hamilton, USN - USNA Class of 2003January 2015 - 18 August 2015
    13LCDR David J. Catteral, USN18 August 2015
    14LCDR Michael Robert Chesnut, USN2016
    15LCDR Daniel J. O'Neill, USN11 October 2019
    ??LCDR Ryan Tiberius Easterday, USN - USNA Class of 2001
    Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals and two Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals
    (Crew Lima)
    ??LCDR Matthew D. Arndt USN - Awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, eight Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals and six Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Joe Radigan and Bill Gonyo

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