Coastal Patrol Ships Conduct Griffin Missile Shoot

September 19, 2018 – U.S. 5th Fleet’s Combined Task Force (CTF) 55 conducted missile and naval gun exercises against high speed maneuvering targets during a Griffin Missile System (GMS) fleet firing Sept. 16-18. Coastal patrol ships USS Firebolt (PC 10), USS Monsoon (PC 4), USS Thunderbolt (PC 12), USS Hurricane (PC 3), and USS Sirocco (PC 6) participated in the event, which was designed to enhance their ability to defend minesweepers and other coastal patrol ships from potential threats. This fleet firing event was a great opportunity for CTF 55 patrol…

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Bahrain Surface Force Staffs Merge, Provides Better Support to 14 Ships

Rear Adm. Jesse A. Wilson, Jr., commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT), participated in a ceremony to recognize the establishment of commander, Naval Surface Squadron (CNSS) 5 at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Oct. 1. Patrol Coastal Squadron (PCRON) 1 was renamed to reflect the expanded responsibilities and mission of the squadron. Since 2013, PCRON 1 has exercised administrative and operational control of 10 Cyclone-class coastal patrol (PC) ships forward-deployed to Bahrain. [smartslider3 slider=14] In an initiative to execute administrative control over forces assigned to oversee the Title 10 “man, train,…

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