U.S. Coast Guard Decommissions its Patrol Boat USCGC Edisto after 31 Years of Service

The U.S. Coast Guard decommissioned its Island-class patrol boat, USCGC Edisto (WPB-1313), during a ceremony at Point Loma in San Diego, CA on April 13, 2018.

The vessel has completed 31 years of service with the Coast Guard, and now will be made available for Foreign Military Sales (FMS).

The Island-class patrol boat is a class of cutters built by the Bollinger Shipyards for the United States Coast Guard. 49 cutters of the class were built with hull numbers from WPB-1301 through WPB-1349, many of which are decommissioned.

The Coast Guard awarded the first contract in August 1984, to Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. An option for a sixteenth boat was approved in May 1985. On February 11, 1987, the United States Navy awarded a contract for twenty-one cutters, after securing the Island Class license from Bollinger. During the construction phase of the second contract, the U.S. Navy exercised options for twelve additional boats, bringing the total number of Island Class cutters to forty-nine.

The cutters of the Island Class are capable of enduring unsupported operations for five days. The accommodations onboard are for two officers and sixteen enlisted personnel. The propulsion plant consists of two Paxman-Valenta 16 CM engines for “A” and “B” Class and two Caterpillar 3516 for “C” Class. The electricity aboard is supplied by two 99 KW Caterpillar 3304T diesel generators capable of parallel operation. Armament aboard “A” and “B” Class WPB’s is one 25mm machine gun and two M60 (7.62mm) light machine guns. The “C” Class cutters are armed with one 25mm machine gun, two 50 caliber machine guns and two M60 (7.62mm) light machine guns.

The Island Class is fitted with the latest in navigation and communication systems available including satellite navigation, Loran C and surface search radar with collision avoidance capabilities.

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