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The Cyclone class ships are assigned to Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and are forward deployed to Manama, Bahrain. These ships provide the U.S. Navy with a fast, reliable platform that can respond to emergent requirements in a shallow water environment.
The USS Cyclone, lead ship of the Navy's Cyclone class of patrol coastal boats, was decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list Feb. 28, 2000, and was transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard the next day and re-commissioned as USCG Cyclone (WPC 1). Serving in this role for another four years, the ship was finally transferred to the Republic of the Philippines March 8, 2004, where the Cyclone entered naval service as BRP Mariano Alvarez (PS 38).
The Navy and Coast Guard signed an agreement in 2004 that allowed five ships to be under the operational command of the Coast Guard beginning in October 2004. Two of five ships were returned to the Navy in 2008. The remaining three were returned in 2011. In 2009, the ships began a sustainment program to update their engineering, navigation, communication, combat and support systems.
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