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Title: PB-333 - Swift Mk.III
Post by: adroth on October 19, 2017, 01:00:21 AM

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.


Photo credit to owner

Title: Re: DF-333 - Swift Mk.III
Post by: adroth on February 18, 2019, 05:48:38 AM
Parent Category: NOTAM    Published: 14 February 2019

Notice is hereby given to all mariners and other parties concerned that:

1. Reference: Philippine Navy Radio Message Cite NOCB-0219-044.

2.The following Philippine Navy vessels PB333, PB341, PB349 and PB352 will conduct 1st quarter test firing of naval guns on dates and maritime areas bounded by the following coordinates:

PB333     20 MARCH 2019     9 NM SE OFF BONBON PT., SIATON, NEGROS ORIENTAL     PT A – LAT 08°56.21’ N

         LONG 123°12.35’ E

   PT B – LAT 08°56.21’ N

         LONG 123°14.40’ E

   PT C – LAT 08°54.21’ N

               LONG 123°14.40’ E

   PT D – LAT 08°54.21’ N

         LONG 123°12.35’ E
PB341     20 MARCH 2019     9 NM SE OFF PANGUMBUCAN PT., CAMOTES ISLAND, CEBU        PT A – LAT 10°32.00’ N

         LONG 124°15.00’ E

   PT B – LAT 10°32.00’ N

         LONG 124°25.00’ E

   PT C – LAT 10°22.00’ N

               LONG 124°25.00’ E

   PT D – LAT 10°22.00’ N

         LONG 124°15.00’ E
PB349     20 MARCH 2019     10.5 NM NE OFF OGTON PT,. GUINTACAN ISLAND, CEBU        PT A – LAT 11°34.00’N

        LONG 123°52.00’ E

   PT B – LAT 11°34.00’N

        LONG 123°57.00’ E

   PT C – LAT 11°29.00’N

               LONG 123°52.00’ E

   PT D – LAT 11°29.00’N

         LONG 123°57.00’ E

 3. In this connection, all ships/watercrafts transiting the vicinity of the abovementioned areas on the said date are advised to take note of the information and take necessary precautionary measures at all times.

4. The cooperation of all concerned in effecting widest dissemination of this information is requested.
Title: Re: PB-333 - Swift Mk.III
Post by: adroth on December 21, 2020, 11:37:38 AM

Sangley Point, Cavite City - The Philippine Navy through the Philippine Fleet decommissioned BRP Lake Caliraya (AO81), BRP Bonny Serrano (PC111), Navy Helicopter 423 and deactivated 16 Patrol Boats namely: PB321, PB350, PB323, PB348, PB349, PB352, PB340, PB343, PB333, PB336, PB322, PB351, PB317, PB320, PB354 and PB341  after years of their honorable service to our maritime nation at Captain Salvo Pier, Naval Base Heracleo Alano in a joint ceremony presided by the Flag Officer In Command, PN, Vice Adm. Giovanni Carlo J. Bacordo PN with the Commander, Philippine Fleet, Rear Adm. Loumer P Bernabe PN today, December 17, 2020.

The ceremony was attended by the Philippine Fleet Command team, HPN Staff,  and  former skippers and pilots of the vessels and aircraft.

The decommissioning of legacy ships and aircraft will pave way for the arrival of new platforms as part of the PN’s Phase In, Phase Out Program. This is in support to the PN's capability and development program aimed towards the acquisition of modern platforms with state of the art equipment and combat management systems.

In his message, the Commander, Philippine Fleet expressed his gratitude and utmost respect to the officers and crew of these legacy vessels and aircraft.  “During the service of these vessels and aircraft, they had encountered circumstances that had challenged their capabilities, various weather conditions and limitations, and different derangements incurred. But through the concerted efforts of the officers and crew of the respective vessels and aircraft, they had successfully accomplished each and every mission. They had even participated in various naval exercises, and had received numerous awards and recognitions,” Rear Adm. Bernabe said.

The decommissioning of these vessels and aircraft will serve as the initial way going to a modernizing Navy. It is the primary key in becoming a strong and credible organization that will fulfill our mandate in protecting the people, upholding our sovereignty and preserving our territorial integrity.

The Philippine Fleet and the Philippine Navy will continually remember all the success and contributions of these vessels and aircraft. The achievements they had brought to the Philippine Navy, country and to our people will always be upheld and remembered by those who once served aboard and most especially by those who benefited from these lengthy services.

In the FOIC, PN's message, "The Philippine Navy is compelled and ready to proceed to the next stages of our modernization process. And to me, in as much as we are modernizing our naval assets and weaponries, modernizing the Navy personnel’s mindsets is an important professional obligation. We need to be able to imbibe a new and better normal way of thinking within the Philippine Navy. And to be able to do this, we must learn to let go of these aging vessels and aircraft. One by one, little by little, we will strip ourselves with the old cloak that made us feel comfortable with performing with the bare minimum. With the closure of these old platforms comes new and better-equipped platforms. " Vice Adm. Bacordo said.

This activity was conducted under the new normal situation with strict adherence to health and biosafety protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19.