Puddle Pirates in SW Asia

141219-N-DX365-258   BAHRAIN (Dec. 19, 2014) Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26, Det. 1, conducts a vertical onboard delivery with the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maui (WPB 1304). HSC-26 is a forward deployed naval force asset attached to Commander, Task Force 53 to provide combat logistics and search and rescue capability throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joan E. Jennings/Released)

141219-N-DX365-258
BAHRAIN (Dec. 19, 2014) Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26, Det. 1, conducts a vertical onboard delivery with the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maui (WPB 1304). HSC-26 is a forward deployed naval force asset attached to Commander, Task Force 53 to provide combat logistics and search and rescue capability throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joan E. Jennings/Released)

Just an unusual photo–and a reminder of where some of our people are.

6 thoughts on “Puddle Pirates in SW Asia

      • A SeaRam would fit nicely there……

        Man, when you see how heavily the USCG is being used in overseas deployments you start to understand the design of the LCS and see what the operational concept is with the class.

        That’s a great pic of the VREP.

      • In the 80s, when we had the “Tanker Wars,” and tankers from several nations were being attacked by Iranian small boats and many were being hit by cruise missiles, I sat in on a meeting when we discussed the possibility of deploying WPBs to the Gulf to escort tankers.

        So, the thought has occurred to me, that if we had a similar situation, putting a SeaRAM launcher on the Webber class, would allow them to provide a useful escort, effectively giving the escorted ship a SeaRAM and 25mm Mk38 mod2.

      • Please pardon my ignorance in most thing nautical, but why didn’t the Webber class have the bridge (and the mast structure) forward and the clear / work area aft? Is it a center-of-gravity / center-of-motion issue? Wouldn’t an aft clear / work area offer better protection from the elements?

      • All the Damen StanPatrol series are built like this. I think it is because it is near the center of pitch, so there is less vertical motion there. It also reduces the impact of green water coming over the bow. I doubt if the VERTREP area was much of a consideration in the original design. Most of the Navies and Coast Guards that have bought this and the more numerous but smaller StanPatrol 4207 don’t do VERTREP.

        Incidentally ours is a StanPatrol 4708 which refers a length of 47 meters and beam of 8 meters.

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