2015 Visiting Ship - USS Shamal (PC 13)

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Patrol Coastal USS Shamal (PC 13) made the homeport shift from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Virginia to Naval Station Mayport on Saturday, bringing with her a crew of 30 to join the Florida installation.

Shamal is the first of three Patrol Coastal ships to join the Mayport basin, soon to be followed by USS Tornado (PC 14) and USS Zephyr (PC 8).

Shamal was the 13th Cyclone-class Patrol Coastal built by Bollinger Shipyard of Lockport, La., for the U.S. Navy to support Naval Special Operations.

The Patrol Coastals are based, in part, on the Vosper-Thornycroft “Ramadan” class and are named for weather phenomena. Shamal is the Arabic name for a violent wind and sand storm that originates at the point where the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers come together and travel south to the Arabian Gulf.

Shamal was commissioned as the USS Shamal (PC13) on Jan. 27, 1996, in Baton Rouge, La. Her first operational deployment was to the U.S. Southern Command for a 6-month deployment. In 1999, Shamal underwent two shipyard periods resulting in a hull-strengthening modification and the first Patrol Coastal stern ramp and Combat Craft Retrieval System (CCRS) modification. Shamal’s second 6-month deployment was to the U.S. Central Command in the Arabian Gulf in 2000.

From November 2001 until her transfer, Shamal was operationally assigned to the Coast Guard to assist with maritime homeland security patrols.

In her first year in commission as a Coast Guard cutter, Shamal made a significant impact.

In January 2005, Shamal pursued and seized a 45-foot go-fast and recovered 19 bales of marijuana weighing 2,090 pounds.

In February 2005, Shamal located a hidden compartment on a 165-foot coastal freighter containing 35 bales of cocaine weighing 2,030 pounds. Shamal has also intercepted 146 illegal aliens, conducted numerous search and rescue operations, and participated in the Coast Guard’s response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

On Sept. 30, 2011, Shamal was returned to U.S. Navy custody and re-commissioned USS Shamal. In June 2013 Shamal shifted away from the rotational crew concept and was permanently embarked by PC Crew Kilo..

Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Commander Alisha E. Hamilton

Lieutenant Commander Alisha E. Hamilton was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The daughter of LtCol Jack Hamilton, USA (Ret.) and Major Constance Hamilton, USA (Ret.), she grew up in Kentucky, Germany and Georgia. She attended the United States Naval Academy, majoring in History and minoring in French. She also attended the Naval Postgraduate School and received a Master of Arts in National Security Studies (Western Hemisphere).

After commissioning in 2003, she served with the Naval Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Paris before reporting to USS COWPENS (CG 63) in Yokosuka, Japan. Her department head tours included Operations Officer in USS MOMSEN (DDG 92) and Combat Systems Officer in USS COWPENS (CG 63) and USS ANTIETAM (CG 54). Ashore, she attended the Naval Postgraduate School and served as Flag Aide for Commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo.