USCGC WRANGELL (WPB-1332)
Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA), Baharain
The U.S. Coast Guard has a worldwide presence. Since 2003, Bahrain has been a forward-deployed home for the USCG, and is currently home to six Island-class patrol boats (WPB): USCGC ADAK (WPB-1333), USCGC AQUIDNECK (WPB-1309), USCGC BARANOF (WPB 1318), USCGC MAUI (WPB-1304), USCGC MONOMOY (WPB-1326), and USCGC WRANGELL (WPB-1332).
These versatile vessels serve along aside U.S. Navy Patrol Coastal Ships (PC), and are interchangeable in their mission capability. WPBs are a highly-maneuverable craft with a shallow draft and can patrol in the Arabian Gulf’s shallower waters while maintaining lengthy at-sea capabilities; their ability to replenish at sea further extends their sustainability. WPBs are 110 feet in length and have a crew complement of 22 (3 Officers, 19 enlisted). The cutter boasts a wide variety of crew-served weapons systems and can reach speeds approaching 30 knots.
The role and mission of the WPBs is to support U.S. Central Command and U.S. Naval Forces Central Command objectives in the Arabian Gulf. They support maritime security and infrastructure protection by enforcing security zones and clearing restricted areas. WPBs are also valuable to mine countermeasures missions by supporting short-range defense and serving as escorts for high-value assets.