Navy Renames Squadron to Encompass Expanded Responsibilities
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy in renaming a patrol coastal squadron in U.S. Fifth Fleet to reflect the expansion of its mission areas.
Effective Oct. 1, Patrol Coastal Squadron One, headquartered in Manana, Bahrain, will be renamed Naval Surface Squadron Five, according to a Navy directive, to recognize the inclusion of mine countermeasures ships and eventually littoral combat ships in the squadron.
“The squadron previously exercised administrative and operational control of the Patrol Craft (PC) ships based in Bahrain and now will add control of the Mine Countermeasures forces and ships based in Bahrain and support to the Littoral Combat Squadron units operating from Bahrain to its responsibilities, making a more encompassing name and mission statement appropriate,” the directive said.
U.S. Fifth Fleet includes 10 Cyclone-class PCs and four Avenger-class mine-countermeasures ships (MCMs), as well as other mine-countermeasures units. The fleet eventually will replace the PCs and MCMs with littoral combat ships.