NAVAL AMPHIBIOUS BASE LITTLE CREEK, Va. (NNS) -- Patrol Coastal ships USS Typhoon (PC 5) and USS Sirocco (PC 6) are set to deploy from Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek April 30.
The two ships will relieve USS Firebolt (PC 10) and USS Chinook (PC 9), which are currently serving in the Persian Gulf.
Typhoon and Sirocco will be forward deployed for approximately 18 months to conduct U.S. 5th Fleet operations in support of the global war on terrorism.
The crews will be on a six-month crew swapping rotation. The crew swap initiative increases the Navy's forward presence. By deploying ships to a theater of operations for 18 months and swapping crews at six-month intervals, the Navy gains an additional 90 days of on-station time per vessel.
These ships have a crew of 24 enlisted and four officers and due to their shallow draft, agility and quick speed, the PCs are a perfect choice for duty in the Persian Gulf theater.
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