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Chinook II (PC-9)


The second U.S. Navy ship named Chinook, and the first specifically for the warm dry wind that blows down the east of the Rocky Mountains at the end of winter. The first Chinook (S. P. No. 644) served briefly from 1917–1918, but retained the name she carried at the time of her acquisition.

See Chinook (PC-9) for the ship’s Command Operations Reports.


(PC-9: displacement 334; length 178'; beam 25'; draft 8'; speed 32 knots; complement 30; armament 2 25 millimeter, 2 40 millimeter grenade launchers, 2 .50 caliber machine guns, and 2 7.62 millimeter machine guns; class Cyclone)

The second Chinook (PC-9) was laid down on 16 June 1993 at Lockport, La., by Bollinger Machine Shop and Shipyard; launched on 26 February 1994; sponsored by Mrs. Sandra K. Saville; and commissioned on 28 January 1995 at St. Augustine, Fla., Lt. Brian D. Petersen in command.

Chinook II (PC-9) 1995-090325-N-6590M-004
Lights eerily illuminate Chinook as the ship makes her first overnight visit to Umm Qasr, Iraq, 25 March 2009. While in port, Chinook took on fuel and other supplies, and crewmembers participated in friendship-building activities with Iraqi officers. Coast Guard Cutter Aquidneck (WPB-1309) had been the last U.S. man-of-war to visit Umm Qasr when she entered the port on 15 December 2008. (Lt. Owen Morrissey, U.S. Navy Photograph 090325-N-6590M-004, Navy NewsStand)
Chinook II (PC-9) 1995-090325-N-6590M-002
Lt. Allen Maxwell, Chinook’s commanding officer, greets senior Iraqi officers, 25 March 2009. (Lt. Owen Morrissey, U.S. Navy Photograph 090325-N-6590M-002, Navy NewsStand)
Chinook II (PC-9) 1995-090325-N-6590M-001
Chinook pulls away from the pier following her visit, 25 March 2009. (Lt. Owen Morrissey, U.S. Navy Photograph 090325-N-6590M-001, Navy NewsStand)
Chinook II (PC-9) 1995-150128-N-KB426-059
Sailors in a rigid-hull inflatable boat from guided-missile destroyer Dewey (DDG-105) board Chinook, 28 January 2015. The patrol craft casts a low profile silhouetted against a calm sea. Dewey deployed to the Fifth Fleet and took part in Operation Inherent Resolve, strikes against forces of the Islamic State [ISIL] in Iraq and Syria, together with maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Vazquez, U.S. Navy Photograph 150128-N-KB426-059, Navy NewsStand)

Detailed history under construction.

Mark L. Evans

6 August 2015

Published: Mon Aug 10 11:19:50 EDT 2015