Coast Guard Ships To Be Homeported In Pascagoula

Three of five new cutters being acquired by the U.S. Coast Guard will be homeported at Pascagoula, members of the Mississippi congressional delegation said Thursday.

Naval Station Pascagoula will homeport the USCGC Tempest, Shamal and Toronado. San Diego will homeport the other two newly acquired PC-179 ships.

The action brings the total number of cutters stationed in Pascagoula to four.

The five 180-foot vessels are among 13 patrol craft which belong to the Navy's Special Operations Command. Since November 2001, they have worked jointly with the Coast Guard to protect the nation's coastline, ports, and waterways, said U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.

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