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Donald Shannon

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Donald Shannon  Posted on: Mar 22, 2011 - 2:08pm
Hello all I recently found this info on line trying to confirm it's accuracy and learn more. Also would not mind finding an image of this vessel.
Info in question:

One final "torpedo boat" was built for the U.S. Navy - the CPIC or coastal patrol and interdiction craft. This 100-foot craft was built as a prototype successor for the PT/PTF-type small combatant. The Tacoma Boatbuilding firm in the State of Washington launched the craft in 1974. The U.S. Navy carried out extensive trials. Among the CPIC's special features was a modular weapons configuration to permit rapid changeover to guns, rockets, missiles, torpedoes, and mines. Total weapons payload was ten tons (on a full load displacement of about 75 tons). The craft was propelled by two aircraft-type Avco Lycoming gas turbine engines with an auxiliary diesel; maximum speed was in excess of 40 knots.
After U.S. Navy trials, on August 1, 1975, the CPIC was transferred to South Korea. Additional craft of this type were constructed in South Korea. The CPIC was the last U.S. small combatant built with a torpedo capability-the last PT boat. Anti-ship missiles, which could be carried by rela tively small ships as well as large warships, aircraft, and even submarines, had replaced the torpedo.


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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Mar 22, 2011 - 3:47pm
Donald,

I've had this bookmarks for a while now, I hope they help out. I do know much about them

http://www.warboats.org/cpic.htm

http://www.timawa.net/forum/index.php?topic=14875.0

Hope these links work - I learned this linking from Dick's training videos he posted for us.

SH


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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of alross2   Send Email To alross2 Posted on: Mar 22, 2011 - 4:48pm
This is from DATA BOOK FOR BAOTS AND CRAFT OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY (NAVSEA 0900-LP-084-3010). In this configuration, the CPIC is fitted with a twin 30mm Emerlec turret forward and a twin 20mm mount on the superstructure.


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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Mar 23, 2011 - 7:22am
Hey Don,

There is a little information on that boat in Dr. Friedman's US NAVAL SMALL COMBATANTS book with a photo too ... and I THINK a drawing as well, if my memory is accurate.

Just trying to help, my friend ...

I like the looks of that boat ... looks fast ... I wonder if I could trade in my MOXIE II on one of them, haa-haa ...

Garth


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Everyone;
It looks like the Navy was loosing the basic concept here, this CPIC resembles a smaller version of the Ashville class gunboats, which were probably the worst riding "Small Craft" the USN ever had!

http://www.gunboatriders.com/theboats/general_spec.html

Take care,
TED


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Donald Shannon

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Donald Shannon  Posted on: Mar 23, 2011 - 8:48am
Thanks for the info guys.

What I was trying to confirm is if CPIC was the last Motor Torpedo Boat or small attack vessel built and used by the USN to carry torpedoes as stated in the information I lifted from a website and posted at the beginning of this topic.
After reviewing Freidman's book "US Small Combatants" It seems that the CPIC was developed for use by the South Korean Navy

There for were PT 809 - 812 the last true Motor Torpdo Boats built and used by the USN? Even if they never mounted the torpedo tubes on the boats?


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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Mar 23, 2011 - 12:01pm
Don,

I COULD be mistaken, but I don't think I am ...

But, I remember reading or that Chip Marshall telling me that, even though the boats (809-812) had the pads for the racks, they NEVER mounted torpedoes ...

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Donald Shannon

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Donald Shannon  Posted on: Mar 23, 2011 - 1:05pm
You are right Garth I also saw it noted that the 809 - 812 boats never mounted the tubes.
In addition to that I dont recall ever seeing any photos with the tubes mounted on deck.
But due to the fact that they were designed as PT Boats counts for something.

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Mar 24, 2011 - 10:39am
Don,

Weren't they also approved as PT boat hulls in a 1945 budget? So, weren't they be PTs anyway?

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The hulk of the CPIC is at the small boat yard at Port Hueneme, California along with the SPTAR target boats used at the Pacific Missile Test Range. She's just sitting there in the yard up on blocks waiting for something. You can see her clearly in Bing Maps, using the oblique/bird's eye view option. The small boat yard is just north of the harbor entrance and west of the port captain's office. Hard to miss with all those small orange boats lying around.

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