USCGC Maui (WPB-1304)

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USCGC Maui (WPB-1304) is a United States Coast Guard Island-class patrol boat homeported in Manama, Bahrain.[1] She is named after the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui.

USCGC Maui (WPB-1304) with MH-60S of HSC-26 off Bahrain in December 2014

Overview[edit]

At 110 feet (34 m), USCGC Maui has excellent range and seakeeping ability, is equipped with advanced electronics and navigation equipment, and supports Coast Guard maritime homeland security, migrant interdiction, drug interdiction, defense readiness, fisheries Enforcement, and search and rescue missions. USCGC Maui is one of six Island class patrol boats currently stationed in Manama, Bahrain as a part of Patrol Forces Southwest Asia to provide the Navy's Fifth Fleet with combat ready assets.

Service History[edit]

CG Patrol Boat Squadron FOUR. Upon commissioning, USCGC MAUI was assigned to Commander, Coast Guard Patrol Boat Squadron ONE (renamed FOUR in 1989), homeported in Miami Beach, Florida. When the expeditionary squadron was decommissioned in 1991, she was reassigned to Commander, Group Miami Beach.[2]

The cutters of Coast Guard Patrol Boat Squadron FOUR upon decommissioning.
The cutters of Coast Guard Patrol Boat Squadron FOUR upon decommissioning.

CG Patrol Forces Southwest Asia. In 2003, USCGC Maui was assigned to Patrol Forces Southwest Asia.

April 15, 2020 Incident

On 15 April 2020, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps navy harassed U.S. Navy and Coast Guard assets in the northern Persian Gulf, to include coming within 10 yards of USCGC Maui.[3]

May 10, 2021 Incident

On 10 May 2021, USCGC Maui made international headlines after firing 30 warning shots at a squadron of 13 Iranian Revolutionary Guard fast attack craft that were harassing a flotilla of six US Navy warships escorting the guided missile submarine USS Georgia.[4] "This group of fast attack boats approached the U.S. formation at high speed, closing in as close as 150 yards," Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby (admiral) said. "After following all the appropriate and established procedures involving ships: horn blast, bridge-to-bridge radio transmissions and other ways of communicating, the [U.S.] Coast Guard Cutter Maui fired approximately 30 warning shots from a 50 caliber Machine gun. After the second round of warning shots, the 13 fast-attack craft from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy broke contact."[5]

Two Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy fast in-shore attack craft, a type of speedboat armed with machine guns, conducted unsafe and unprofessional maneuvers while operating in close proximity to USCGC Maui (WPB 1304) as it transits the Strait of Hormuz with other U.S. naval vessels, May 10, 2021. (U.S. Navy)

On 19 May 2021, President Joe Biden alluded to Iranian fast-attack boat harassment and Maui during his keynote address at the US Coast Guard Academy's 140th Commencement ceremony:

"Based alongside the United States Navy Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, you had to face down harassment of Iranian fast-attack boats in recent weeks.  And in recent weeks, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maui had to fire 30 warning shots to deter such irresponsible and unsafe maneuvers in the region."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Atlantic Area Cutters". www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil.
  2. ^ "Coast Guard Medals and Awards Manual" (PDF).
  3. ^ Megan, Eckstein. "Iranian Attack Boats Harass U.S. Navy, Coast Guard Vessels in Persian Gulf". United States Naval Institute. U.S.N.I. News. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  4. ^ "A US Coast Guard ship fired 30 warning shots from a machine gun during an 'unsafe' encounter with Iranian fast-attack boats". www.msn.com.
  5. ^ "In Strait of Hormuz, U.S. Vessels Exercised Right to Self Defense". U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. Retrieved 2021-05-18.
  6. ^ "Remarks by President Biden at United States Coast Guard Academy's 140th Commencement Exercises". The White House. 2021-05-19. Retrieved 2021-05-20.