Today, a US Navy patrol boat, the USS Thunderbold, fired shots toward an Iranian naval ship during a training exercise. According to reports, the Iranian boat came within 150 yards of the USS Thunderbolt, when the Thunderbolt set off warning shots.
So how much does the USS Thunderbolt cost?
The USS Thunderbolt is a Cyclone class patrol boat. It is one of 14 ships that are commanded by the US Naval Special Warfare Command.
The project was started in the 1980s, and was originally designed to replace the PB Mk III class, which transported Navy Seals.
Here’s the description from the military of the Cyclone class:
The primary mission of Cyclone Class patrol craft were to serve as a platform for conducting maritime special operations. Their small size, stealthy construction and high speed were tailored to performing long-range Special Operations Forces (SOF) insertion and extraction as well as other SOF support duties as needed. Operationally, the Cyclone-class vessels were capable of accelerating from stop to 35 knots (65 km/h) in under three minutes, then move from full ahead to 15 knots (28 km/h) astern in 60 seconds. Bollinger modified the craft by adding a stern launch small boat ramp, extending the hull from 170-feet to 179-feet.
So how much does the USS Thunderbolt cost? How much do Cyclone class battleships cost? The prices can range, but generally the USS Thunderbolt and its peers cost around $30 million each.