August 24, 2004
Navy to transfer five Cyclone class ships to Coast Guard
he U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard signed a Memorandum of Agreement recently that will transfer the custody and operational control of four 169-foot Cyclone-class coastal patrol ships to the Coast Guard on or about Oct. 1. A fifth will be transferred at a later date.
Though designated for naval special operations and special warfare since 2001, Navy patrol coastal ships with Coast Guard law enforcement detachments aboard have patrolled U.S. and foreign coastal waters in support of Operations Noble Eagle and Iraqi Freedom.
"In light of these considerations," says the Navy, "it was deemed appropriate to transfer five of the Navys 13 Cyclone-class ships to the Coast Guard for use in carrying out the maritime homeland defense mission."