USS Zephyr

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USS Zephyr (PC 8) returns to Mayport from a deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations. (50616636538) (cropped).jpg
USS Zephyr (PC-8) at Naval Station Mayport in 2020
Flag of the United States.svgEnsign of the United States Coast Guard.svgUnited States
Namesake Zephyr
Ordered3 August 1990
Builder Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana
Laid down6 March 1993
Launched3 December 1993
Acquired16 August 1994
Commissioned15 October 1994
Decommissioned1 October 2004
Recommissioned30 September 2011
Decommissioned17 February 2021
Stricken27 February 2021
MottoLeading The Charge
Nickname(s)The Eight Ballers (USN), Rear Pier (USCG)
StatusAwaiting scrapping
  • USS Zephyr PC-8 Crest.png
  • USCGC Zephyr WPC-8 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type Cyclone-class patrol ship
Displacement331 tons
Length179 ft (55 m)
Beam25 ft (7.6 m)
Draught7.5 ft (2.3 m)
Speed35 knots (65 km/h; 40 mph)
Range2,000 nmi (3,700 km; 2,300 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement4 officers, 28 men
  • 2 x Mk38 mod 3 guns with 7.62 mm co-axial guns [1]
  • 2 x Mk19 grenade launchers
  • 2 x .50 (12.7 mm) machine guns

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. [2]

Zephyr was transferred back to the Navy on 30 September 2011, and is once again designated PC-8. [3]

Zephyr was decommissioned on 17 February 2021. [4] [5]

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  1. "USS Zephyr (PC 8) Counters Illicit Trafficking in Caribbean". Retrieved 2 November 2017. 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.
  2. "Deepwater Horizon Joint Investigation Transcript" (PDF). USCG/MMS MARINE BOARD OF INVESTIGATION. U.S. Coast Guard/U.S. Mineral Management Service. p. 43. Archived from the original on 29 December 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  3. "USS Zephyr (PC 8)". U.S. Navy. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  4. "USS Zephyr was decommissioned today after 26 years of service".
  5. "USS Zephyr NVR".

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.