The patrol coastal ship program never has been particularly embraced by the U.S. Navy. These ships have proven ideal in counterdrug efforts and should be transferred to the Coast Guard to help intercept the go-fasts and other offenders.
The new Cyclone (PC-1)-class patrol coastal (PC) ship program was intended to enhance the U.S. Navy's capability to conduct coastal patrol, surveillance, and interdiction operations as well as to provide support to Navy special warfare forces (SEALs). After commissioning, many questions were raised as to the need for the Navy to operate such vessels. The PC, however, provides an ideal platform for U.S. Coast Guard counterdrug efforts. The Navy should transfer the majority of its PCs to the Coast Guard for use in this role.