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Squall (PC-7)


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.

Squall (PC-7) 1994-040617-N-1079E-001
A port side view of Squall, wearing a camouflage pattern reminiscent of a World War II measure, as she patrols the Pacific Northwest, published on 18 June 2004. (Unattributed or dated U.S. Navy Photograph 040617-N-1079E-001, Navy NewsStand)

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

Published: Wed Jul 15 09:37:19 EDT 2015