USS Zephyr (PC-8) at Naval Station Mayport in 2020
|Ordered||3 August 1990|
|Builder||Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana|
|Laid down||6 March 1993|
|Launched||3 December 1993|
|Acquired||16 August 1994|
|Commissioned||15 October 1994|
|Decommissioned||1 October 2004|
|Recommissioned||30 September 2011|
|Decommissioned||17 February 2021|
|Stricken||27 February 2021|
|Motto||Leading The Charge|
|Nickname(s)||The Eight Ballers (USN), Rear Pier (USCG)|
|Class and type||Cyclone-class patrol ship|
|Length||179 ft (55 m)|
|Beam||25 ft (7.6 m)|
|Draught||7.5 ft (2.3 m)|
|Speed||35 knots (65 km/h; 40 mph)|
|Range||2,000 nmi (3,700 km; 2,300 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
|Complement||4 officers, 28 men|
USS Zephyr (PC-8) is a Cyclone-class patrol coastal ship in the United States Navy.
Zephyr is the eighth ship of thirteen in the Cyclone class. All ships in this class are named after weather elements. Zephyr is the first Navy vessel to bear the name. She was laid down 6 March 1993, by Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana and launched 3 December 1993. She was commissioned on 14 October 1994 and decommissioned 1 October 2004 and transferred to the United States Coast Guard as USCGC Zephyr (WPC-8).
Zephyr was the first Coast Guard cutter deployed to respond to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig fire.
Zephyr was transferred back to the Navy on 30 September 2011, and is once again designated PC-8.
Zephyr was decommissioned on 17 February 2021.
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We have also recently been outfitted with the Mk 38 Mod 3 25mm Gun Weapon System with a 7.62 co-axial gun – the first in the fleet.
This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register , which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.The entry can be found here.