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Farewell to the PN Swift boats
« on: December 21, 2020, 11:58:01 AM »
One of the largest mass decommissionings of PN Swift boats, in recent years, took place on December 17, 2020. The following were taken off the official list of active vessels.

Swift Mk.III class

PB-354
PB-352
PB-351
PB-350
PB-349
PB-348
PB-341
PB-336



This thread was created in memory of these boats which have served in the Republic for decades.

« Last Edit: December 21, 2020, 12:14:47 PM by adroth »

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Re: Farewell to the PN Swift boats
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2020, 12:16:09 PM »
Background on these boats

From: http://www.warboats.org/mk3.htm

Builders: Marinette Marine, Wisc. and Peterson Builders, Sturgeon Bay, Wisc.

The PB Mk III was developed as a multi-mission inshore warfare craft for U.S. and foreign naval service.  The U.S. craft are operated by the active SBUs.

Classification: These craft are also designated as Special Warfare Craft, Medium (SWCM).  The Naval Systems Command designates these craft as PB Mk 3l however, they are listed as Mk III in the Fleet.

Design:  The Mk III is a modified commercial craft used to support offshore drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.  These craft are of all-aluminum construction with their pilot house offset to starboard to provide maximum deck space for weapons and equipment.  The craft has low radar cross-section and quiet engines for clandestine operations.  Mission duration is up to five days.

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Re: Farewell to the PN Swift boats
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2020, 12:26:02 PM »

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