A sudden violent gust of wind or a localized storm, especially one bringing rain, snow, or sleet. The first U.S. Navy ship named Squall.
(PC-7: 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)
Squall (PC-7) was laid down on 17 February 1993 at Lockport, La., by Bollinger Machine Shop and Shipyard; launched on 28 August 1993; sponsored by Mrs. Lee A. Edwards, wife of Representative Thomas C. Edwards of Texas; and commissioned on 4 July 1994 at St. Louis, Mo., Lt. Christopher J. McDonald in command.
Hurricane (PC-3) and Squall, together with Patrol Craft crews Juliet, Lima, Kilo, and Mike, shifted their home port from Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., to Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va., from 1 November–15 December 2005, a move made as part of a reorganization to better fight the global war on terrorism. The Navy intended to forward deploy five of the eight Cyclone (PC-1)-class ships at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, and the remaining three at Little Creek.
Detailed history under construction.
Mark L. Evans
14 July 2015