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WPB-82301 Point class 


Point class WPB

(United States)

Notes: Mainstays of the US Coast Guard for much of the 20th century, the Point class patrol boats were sturdy, versatile, and efficient to operate. They had steel hulls with aluminum superstructures, and were equipped to handle light repairs on other vessels. They could tow ships many times larger than themselves. A seaboat (later RHIB) was carried for law enforcement missions. Besides being used for almost every imaginable patrol and SAR mission, they often found themselves useful in strange roles, for example USCGC Point Barrow was pressed into service as a San Francisco fireboat on 3 June 1970, to put out a fire at the famous Alcatraz prison. USCGC Point Highland served as an escort for Soviet warships visiting Naval Station Norfolk, VA in 1990.

The final unit in USCG service, USCGC Point Brower, decommissioned in 2003. As they decommissioned, they were eagerly snapped up by foreign navies and other users in the US Government: USCGC Point Glass and USCGC Point Monroe transferred to NOAA in 2000-2001. USCGC Point Roberts was renamed Lake Explorer on 1 February 1992 and given to the Environmental Protection Agency. USCGC Point Divide, USCGC Point Brown, and USCGC Point Charles were donated to various universities. USCGC Point Harris was to be scrapped but was in good enough condition that the scrapper refurbished her and sold her to a private owner. USCGC Point Lookout, USCGC Point Thatcher, and USCGC Point Whitethorn were scuttled as artificial reefs. USCGC Point Arena and USCGC Point Swift were placed into long-term mothballs at Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay, MD and will likely be sold abroad or used as reefs.

Operation Market Time

Many of the USCG’s units served in Vietnam, some seeing combat. USCGC Point Cypress (10 May 1966), USCGC Point Gammon (1 January 1967), and USCGC Point Marone (1 March 1968) each sank North Vietnamese sampans, and USCGC Point Grey sank two SL class freighters while USCGC Point Welcome sank one. USCGC Point Slocum sank a North Vietnamese gunboat on 20 June 1966. USCGC Point Welcome was severely damaged by USAF jets in a 11 August 1966 friendly fire incident. The cutter’s CO was killed and the burning vessel had to be grounded to save itself. Many of the Point class cutters were donated to South Vietnam when their tours were up, in lieu of returning back to the USA.

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(Left: for Operation Market Time, a dual 81mm mortar was fitted to the forward gun. A HE shell was available for use against ships or shore, or a WP shell for use against shore targets. Right: The Mekong Delta experienced severe tidal shifts and the Point class units were often stranded for a few hours, as USCGC Point Cypress is here. This did not harm the tough cutters.)

Operation Wagon Wheel

The Point class units were key elements of the 1980s anti-narcotics program. USCGC Point Countess boarded the merchant M/V Eagle 1 on 18 January 1986 and siezed 447 tons of cocaine (more than five times the cutter’s entire displacement) and towed the ship to port. This was, at the time, the largest seaborne drug bust ever. USCGC Point Barnes engaged in a running gun battle with drug smugglers on 16 June 1986, damaging them.

Displacement: 60t standard, 69t full Dimensions: 82’10”x17’7”x5’11” Machinery: Diesel-direct: 2 diesels (original diesels varied, usually a Cummins model. During the 1990s all remaining USCG units were re-engined with Caterpillar 3412 diesels), 2 shafts w/non-CP props (note: USCGC Point Thatcher was powered by 2 Saturn 1.1KH gas turbines and two Solar Aircraft CP props) Max speed: 17kts sprint, 14 ½ kts sustained Range: 2442NM @ 10 ½ kts Complement: 10 (2 officers, 8 enlisted)

WEAPONS-Guns

(Varied, packages included: x2 .50cal + x1 20mm; x3 .50cal + 81mm mortar; x2 7.62mm MG + x1 .50cal; or combinations of the above)

SENSORS-Radar

(Varied, AN/SPN-11 or AN/SPS-64 surface search, some also had a CR-103 I-band navigation radar)

 

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

Name

No.

Xfer

Decom.

Fate

Hermitage (ex-USCGC Point Steele)

P-03 (ex-WPB-83259)

28 Mar 2003

-

In Service

Notes: Antigua & Barbuda’s military is one of the smallest on Earth. Hermitage is their largest-ever warship.

ARGENTINA

Name

No.

Xfer

Decom.

Fate

Punta Mogotes (ex-USCGC Point Hobart)

P-65 (ex-WPB-82377)

13 July 1999

-

In Service

Rio Santiago (ex-USCGC Point Carrew)

P-66 (ex-WPB-83274)

22 Aug 2000

-

In Service

Notes: As coast guard vessels, these ships are not prefixed with “ARA”.

AZERBAIJAN

Name

No.

Xfer

Decom.

Fate

- (ex-USCGC Point Brower)

S-14 (ex-S-201, ex-WPB-82372)

28 Mar 2003

-

In Service

Notes: This ship (main photo at top of page) is home ported at Baku. Crew has been reduced to 8 total.

COLOMBIA

Name

No.

Xfer

Decom.

Fate

Cabo Correntes (ex-USCGC Point Warde)

GC-141 (ex-WPB-82368)

29 June 2000

-

In Service

Cabo Mangalares (ex-USCGC Point Wells)

GC-142 (ex-WPB-82343)

13 Oct 2000

-

In Service

Cabo Tiburon (ex-USCGC Point Estero)

GC-143 (ex-WPB-82344)

8 Feb 2001

-

In Service

Cabo de la Vela (ex-USCGC Point Sal)

GC-144 (ex-WPB-82345)

29 May 2001

-

In Service

Notes: Active with the Colombian coast guard.

COSTA RICA

Name

No.

Xfer

Decom.

Fate

Col. Alfonso Monje (ex-USCGC Point Hope)

P-82-1 (ex-WPB-82302)

3 May 1991

-

In Service

Santa Maria (ex-USCGC Point Camden)

P-82-2 (ex-WPB-82373)

15 Dec 1999

-

In Service

Juan Rafael Mora (ex-USCGC Point Chico)

P-82-3 (ex-WPB-82339)

24 June 2001

-

In Service

Pancho Carrasco (ex-USCGC Point Bridge)

P-82-4 (ex-WPB-82338)

19 Sep 2001

-

In Service

Notes: Split between the Atlantic and Pacific fleets.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Name

No.

Xfer

Decom.

Fate

Aries (ex-USCGC Point Martin)

P-101 (ex-WPB-82379)

1 Oct 1999

-

In Service

Antares (ex-USCGC Point Batan)

P-105 (ex-WPB-82340)

22 Sep 1999

-

In Service

Sirius (ex-USCGC Point Spencer)

P-110 (ex-WPB-82349)

12 Dec 2000

-

In Service

Notes: These ships replaced several craft of WWII vintage.

ECUADOR

Name

No.

Xfer

Decom.

Fate

24 de Mayo (ex-USCGC Point Richmond)

- (ex-WPB-82370)

30 Sep 1997

-

In Service

Notes: In service with the Ecuador coast guard. More transfers were expected but never happened.

EL SALVADOR

Name

No.

Xfer

Decom.

Fate

- (ex-USCGC Point Stewart)

PM-12 (ex-WPB-82358)

27 Apr 2001

-

In Service

Notes: In service with the El Salvador navy.

GEORGIA

Name

No.

Xfer

Decom.

Fate

Tsonte Dadiani (ex-USCGC Point Countess)

P-210 (ex-WPB-82335)

29 June 2000

19 Aug 2008

War Loss 8/19/08

General Mazhiashivilli (ex-USCGC Point Baker)

P-211 (ex-WPB-82343)

6 Feb 2002

19 Aug 2008

War Loss 8/19/08

Notes: Donated as part of an increasingly close military friendship between the USA and Georgia. During the early 2000s they squared off several times against Abkhazian naval smallcraft. Loss: Both ships were in port undergoing maintenance when the South Ossetia war began. During the evening of 18 August 2008, a Russian army unit (including at least three T-72 tanks) drove south out of Abkhazia, reaching Poti the next morning. Later that day, Russian troops sank both Point-class ships (along with various other Georgian warships) pierside with demolition charges.

JAMAICA

Name

No.

Xfer

Decom.

Fate

Savanna Point (ex-USCGC Point Nowell)

(ex-WPB-82363)

15 Oct 1999

?

Inactive?

- (ex-USCGC Point Barnes)

(ex-WPB-82371)

12 Jan 2000

?

Inactive?

Notes: It does not appear that these ships are in use; they have not been seen at sea for some time and are not listed on the Jamaica Defense Force website.

MEXICO

Name

No.

Xfer

Decom.

Fate

ARM Mastun (ex-USCGC Point Verde)

PC-282 (ex-WPB-82311)

18 July 1991

-

In Service

ARM Morro (ex-USCGC Point Herron)

PC-281 (ex-WPB-82318)

27 July 1991

-

In Service

Notes: Transferred to assist in anti-narcotics patrols.

PANAMA

Name

No.

Xfer

Decom.

Fate

3 de Noviembre (ex-USCGC Point Barrow)

P-204 (ex-WPB-82348)

7 June 1991

-

In Service

28 de Noviembre (ex-USCGC Point Huron)

P-206 (ex-WPB-82357)

12 Apr 1999

-

In Service

10 de Noviembre (ex-USCGC Point Francis)

P-207 (ex-WPB-82356)

21 Apr 1999

-

In Service

4 de Noviembre (ex-USCGC Point Winslow)

P-208 (ex-WPB-82360)

22 Sep 2000

-

In Service

5 de Noviembre (ex-USCGC Point Hannon)

P-209 (ex-WPB-82355)

11 Jan 2001

-

In Service

Notes: Because the Panamanian constitution now forbids a standing military, these ships are officially listed as “public service vessels” during peacetime.

PHILIPPINES

Name

No.

Xfer

Decom.

Fate

BRP Emilio Aguinaldo (ex-USCGC Point Doran)

PG-140 (ex-WPB-82375)

22 Mar 2000

-

In Service

BRP Antonio Luna (ex-USCGC Point Evans)

PG-141 (ex-WPB-82354)

1 Dec 1999

-

In Service

Notes: The ships transferred out of order that they recommissioned. Both are still active.

SOUTH VIETNAM/VIETNAM

Name

No.

Xfer

Decom.

Fate

Le Phuoc Duc (ex-USCGC Point League)

HQ-700 (ex-WPB-82304)

16 May 1969

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Le Van Nga (ex-USS Point Garnett)

HQ-701 (ex-WPB-82310)

16 May 1969

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Haynh Van Duc (ex-USCGC Point Clear)

HQ-702 (ex-WPB-82315)

15 Sep 1969

19 May 1976

Scrapped (Subic Bay, Philippines)

1976

Nguyen Dao (ex-USCGC Point Gammon)

HQ-703 (ex-WPB-82328)

11 Nov 1969

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Dao Thuc (ex-USCGC Point Comfort)

HQ-704 (ex-WPB-

17 Nov 1969

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Le Ngoc Than (ex-USCGC Point Ellis)

HQ-705 (ex-82330)

6 Dec 1969

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Nguyen Ngog Thach (ex-USCGC Point Slocum)

HQ-706 (ex-WPB-82313)

11 Dec 1969

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Dang Van Hoan (ex-USCGC Point Hudson)

HQ-707 (ex-WPB-

11 Dec 1969

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Le Dinh Hung (ex-USCGC Point White)

HQ-708 (ex-WPB-82308)

12 Jan 1970

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Trong Truyen (ex-USCGC Point Dume)

HQ-709 (ex-WPB-82325)

14 Feb 1970

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Pham Ngoc Chau (ex-USCGC Point Arden)

HQ-710 (ex-WPB-82309)

14 Feb 1970

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Dao Van Dang (ex-USCGC Point Glover)

HQ-711 (ex-WPB-82307)

14 Feb 1970

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Le Dgoc Ann (ex-USCGC Point Jefferson)

HQ-712 (ex-WPB-82306)

21 Feb 1970

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Huynh Van Ngan (ex-USCGC Point Kennedy)

HQ-713 (ex-WPB-82330)

16 Mar 1970

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Tran Lo (ex-USCGC Point Young)

HQ-714 (ex-WPB-82303)

16 Mar 1970

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Bui Viet Thanh (ex-USCGC Point Partridge)

HQ-715 (ex-WPB-82305)

27 Mar 1970

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Nguyen An (ex-USCGC Point Caution)

HQ-716 (ex-WPB-82301)

29 Apr 1970

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Nguyen Han (ex-USCGC Point Welcome)

HQ-717 (ex-WPB-82329)

29 Apr 1970

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Ngo Van Quyen (ex-USCGC Point Lomas)

HQ-718 (ex-WPB-82321)

26 May 1970

1979

Scrapped (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) 1987

Van Dien (ex-USCGC Point Banks)

HQ-719 (ex-WPB-82327)

26 May 1970

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Ho Dang Lai (ex-USCGC Point Grace)

HQ-720 (ex-WPB-82323)

15 June 1970

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Dam Thai (ex-USCGC Point Mast)

HQ-721 (ex-WPB-82316)

15 June 1970

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Hnuyh Bo (ex-USCGC Point Grey)

HQ-723 (ex-WPB-82324)

14 July 1970

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Ho Duy (ex-USCGC Point Cypress)

HQ-724 (ex-WPB-

11 Nov 1970

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Trougn Ba (ex-USCGC Point Marone)

HQ-725 (ex-WPB-82331)

15 Aug 1970

30 Apr 1975

Scrapped

Notes: A large number of these ships were transferred from the USCG to the South Vietnamese navy under the USCG‘s SCATTOR (Smallcraft Assets: Training/Turnover Of Resources) programme; numerically they made up the largest class of South Vietnam‘s navy. They were used extremely heavily in the harsh tropical climate and by 1972, most were in poor condition and mothballed due to lack of fuel and spares. Ngo Van Quyen was still active and in good condition when South Vietnam fell in 1975, she was absorbed into the unified Vietnamese navy and served for many more years. A few other Point-class ships reportedly also participated in a final defense of Saigon, firing at North Vietnamese troops from the Saigon River in April 1975. Some may have been damaged or sunk in action. Haynh Van Duc made a rendezvous with other surviving South Vietnamese warships off Son Island and fled to the Philippines however the USCG did not want the decrepit ship back and she was scrapped there. The rest of the former South Vietnamese fleet was presumably scrapped by Vietnam in the early 1980s.

ST. LUCIA

Name

No.

Xfer

Decom.

Fate

Alphonse Reynolds (ex-USCGC Point Turner)

P-05 (ex-WPB-82365)

15 Apr 1998

-

In Service

Notes: This tiny island nation uses the ship for law enforcement and SAR.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Name

No.

Xfer

Decom.

Fate

Corozal Point (ex-USCGC Point Bennett)

CG-7 (ex-WPB-82351)

12 Feb 1999

-

In Service

Crown Point (ex-USCGC Point Heyer)

CG-8 (ex-WPB-82369)

12 Feb 1999

-

In Service

Galera Point (ex-USCGC Point Bonita)

CG-9 (ex-WPB-82347)

14 Nov 2000

-

In Service

Bacolet Point (ex-USCGC Point Highland)

CG-10 (ex-WPB-82333)

20 Sep 2001

-

In Service

Notes: The Trinidad & Tobogo coast guard cooperates closely with the USCG.

TURKMENISTAN

Name

No.

Xfer

Decom.

Fate

Niyazov (?) (ex-USCGC Point Jackson)

- (ex-WPB-82378)

30 May 2000

-

In Service

Notes: The name of the ship is uncertain. Ex-Point Jackson sailed on her own power with a mixed USCG/Turkmen crew from Mayport, FL to Turkmenistan via Turkey; finally arriving in 1 June 2001. Because of Turkmenistan’s strict interpretation of neutrality, the ship rarely exercises with other navies.

VENEZUELA

Name

No.

Xfer

Decom.

Fate

Petrel (ex-USCGC Point Knoll)

PG-31 (ex-WPB-82367)

20 Dec 1991

-

In Service

Alcatraz (ex-USCGC Point Judith)

PG-32 (ex-WPB-83245)

15 Jan 1992

-

In Service

Albatross (ex-USCGC Point Franklin)

PG-33 (ex-WPB-83250)

8 Mar 1999

-

In Service

Pelicano (ex-USCGC Point Ledge)

PG-44 (ex-WPB-82334)

8 Mar 1999

-

In Service

Notes: In service with the Venezuelan coast guard.

 

 

Entry created by: Jason W. Henson
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