Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, La. has launched USS Tornado, the U.S. Navy's newest Patrol Coastal Ship. The 14th of the Cyclone Class constructed by Bollinger, under a sole-source contract with the Navy, the vessel is the first to include design modifications, equipment and armament upgrades as part of the Navy's Pre-Planned Product Improvement Program.
Boasting a new, fully integrated bridge command and control system to increase the vessel's capabilities, Tornado is equipped with a satellite navigation system, forward looking infrared and surface radar with collision avoidance capabilities.
The vessel is based on the Vosper Thornycroft Ramadan class design and modified to meet Navy requirements
. One specific change is the extension of the stern, which includes a ramp for the launch and recovery, while underway, of naval special warfare boats. As a result of this process, Tornado increased in length to 179 ft. from the 170 ft. earlier models.
Featuring hulls and main decks made of steel and aluminum superstructures; Tornado is fully operational through Sea Sate 3 with a 26 ft. beam and a draft of less than 8 ft. It is powered by four Paxman diesel engines developing a total of 13,400-hp, driving four 42 in. diameter propellers through Reintjes gears. Electrical power is provided by two 150 kW Caterpillar generators and the vessel's continuous speed is above 35 knots, and maximum range at 12 knots is more than 2,500 nautical miles.
With a displacement of 360 long tons light ship and a fuel capacity of 15,000 gallons, the vessel is scheduled for a Spring 2000 delivery.
Length: 179 ft.
Beam: 26 ft.
Draft: 8 ft.
Engines: 4 Paxman diesel @13,400-hp
Generators: 2 CAT @150 kW
Speed: 35 knots
Displacement: 360 long tons
Fuel Capacity: 15,000 U.S. gallons