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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 319-95
June 09, 1995

COASTAL PATROL SHIP FIREBOLT (PC 10) TO BE

COMMISSIONED AT ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA

The coastal patrol ship Firebolt (PC 10) will be commissioned at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, 1995, at Robinson Terminal, Alexandria, Virginia.

Senator Charles S. Robb of Virginia will be the ceremony's principal speaker. Firebolt's sponsor, Andrea Danzig, wife of Under Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig, who christened the ship in September of 1994, will attend and Secretary Danzig will also speak.

Firebolt is the 10th of 13 Cyclone Class ships authorized by Congress to be built. Named for a weather element, no previous U.S. Navy ships have borne this name. The ship's primary mission is coastal patrol and interdiction surveillance, an important aspect of littoral operations outlined in the Navy's strategy, "Forward ...From the Sea." The ship will also provide full mission support for Navy SEALs and other special operations forces.

Coastal patrol ship's armaments include a Stinger missile station, 40mm grenade launchers, .50 caliber machine guns and 25mm chain guns. Firebolt has a crew of four officers and 24 Sailors, is 170 feet in length, has a beam of 25 feet, and displaces approximately 331 tons fully loaded. Lieutenant Charles F. Williams, USN, a native of Oakton, Virginia, is the ship's commanding officer. Firebolt will be the first U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned in Alexandria.

The ceremony will be open to the public. For futher information contact Lieutenant Karl Johnson, USN, Naval District Washington Public Affairs Office, at (202) 433-2218.