From Dolphins to Destroyers: The ScanEagle UAV

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During their transit the PCFs fired continuous. These were the first four boats, of an eventual 24, scheduled for out-of-country overhaul because of serious hull corrosion in the main cabin bilges. All PCF's scheduled for this program were to exit from and return to country from a centralized point at Cam Ranh Bay. PCF's going through the out-of-country overhauls were programmed to receive design improvements, in addition to the refurbishing of the existing equipment.

Some of the more significant improvements to be implemented included a more reliable 24 volt electrical system, a higher capacity drainage system and installation of a more powerful AC generator. In the attempt to stop, or at least slow down the rate of hull corrosion in the remaining 62 PCF's not scheduled for these overhauls, a program was initiated involving the application of special anti-corrosive paint and placement of magnesium anodes throughout the bilges.

Landing parties from PCFs 23 and 94 discovered fresh spider holes and much brass in the area as PCF 43 provided cover from the river. After EOD personnel destroyed two bunkers the landing parties were re-embarked for another probe three miles further up the river. Heavy small arms fire was met as the planned landing area was neared. With 30 troops on board each craft the three "Swift" boats responded immediately by turning toward and beaching opposite the enemy positions. As the action moved up river PCFs 23 and 43 followed and again came under hostile fire.

Again the enemy positions were charged with PCF 93 joining in the action. During this phase of the action one Viet Cong was killed and his still loaded rocket launcher captured.

There were no friendly casualties and the "Swift" boats received only minor damage. PCFs 23 and 94 took MSF troops up river, where they were landed without incident and began moving to the west. At the same time PCFs 43 and 51 stood by to provide cover. Following these probes light small arms fire was received from the beach and was immediately suppressed.

The three Swifts then headed up the Cai Nhap Canal where two of three water mines detonated, one throwing up a foot column of mud and water. Heavy enemy fire was taken from both canal banks and could not be suppressed. The enemy positions were taken under mortar and artillery fire and air support was called in.

They were taken by PCFs 43 and 94 up river to where a sweep lasting one hour sighted nine Viet Cong and detained one female suspect. Other results included five structures, 14 sampans and a large junk destroyed. Three of the PCFs received minor damage and one crewman was slightly wounded. The PCFs were numbers 11, 23, 42, 44, 47, 57, 58, 66, 67, 68, 91 and There is a second PCF on the extreme right side of the picture with three numbers visible on its stern, numerals "", the last number is hidden behind a post Keith Arlan Devault, EN2 keithdevault bellsouth.

Kerry Wallace Thames, QM3 kerrythames comcast. No enemy interference was encountered. There were no friendly casualties and enemy losses were unknown.

A second hit was received 30 seconds later, as the PCF was speeding up to clear the area. PCF 24 ran aground, on a sandbar, where the fires were put out and damage evaluated. PCF 99 immediately ran through the ambush zone to assist the stricken craft, taking several small arms hits.

It was soon discovered that the shallow water precluded a hand passed tow line. While under continuing small arms fire, a crewman from PCF 99 then swam a tow line to PCF 24, allowing the "Swift" boat to be pulled free.

It was then lashed the to port side of PCF 99, and together they transited, through the still active enemy firing positions towards CG 14, arriving some one hour later and with no casualties to either crew.

Artillery and air strikes were placed on the enemy positions. Of note was the fact that all three evading enemy swimmers were all hit by.

One 82mm recoilless rifle round penetrated the engine compartment of PCF 79 causing minor damage and both craft were hit by numerous small caliber rounds. Three navy men suffered minor wounds and one Viet Cong was killed by return fire from the patrol craft. The wreckage was located at the reported position and was identified as a UH-1H helicopter, tail number Divers on board the PCF were immediately sent over the side in an attempt to recover the bodies trapped in the wreckage.

A floating body spotted by an Army Americal Division helo was recovered by the scuba divers along with one M rifle, one M machine gun and one survival kit. Following the insertion the "Swift" boats acted as a blocking force.

Two OVs provided overhead cover and took designated targets under fire resulting in five large secondary explosions. The PCF's destroyed five motorized sampans, and then troops destroyed one large weapons cache. There was one US sailor slightly wounded and enemy casualties are unknown. Of the 22 persons who had been on board, 18 were rescued, one body was recovered and three were missing and presumed drowned.

The survivors were taken to the Coastal Group 31 base. The disadvantages of restricting the movement of the. When the sampan was illuminated, three persons jumped over the side and were taken under fire.

One US sailor fell overboard while throwing concussion grenades and was recovered after the strong current had carried him approximately yards. Sunshine Coast Dragon Boat and Outrigger Canoe Club's goal is to create a fun environment for paddlers of this age group. Want to stay fit? This is the sport for you.

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The USAF was called in to bomb the remains. The unit was called StabRon 20 and operated on the upper Mekong River. Operationally, they were part of TF Gamewardens. The Gamewardens site is www. All the contact information is on the site, including John Woody's e-mail. They were not built on the standard Boston Whaler hull because it was too narrow for moving people fore and aft on the boat efficiently.

I think John Woody now president of Gamewardens of Vietnam told me that he brought three of the boats over along with six of their special hp silenced outboard engines. He wasn't clear as to whether he was counting the outboards as the ones installed on the boats or if the six were additional spares for those already on the boats. He called his insurance agency and told them that a boat had landed on top of his car and they would not believe him.

I was not at the Team at the time of this memorable event. I'll give him a phone call after RITA blows over. I traded places with one of my Det Officers. I carried two 7. There was a MST3 over in the area of Saigon. They did not mind the firepower we carried, but the transit times were long, especially going home.

I conducted about 45 missions with Marcinko and about 15 missions independently. This was during and just after TET We did this through a canal from the Bassac to the coast. This was the first trip by any Allied military on this canal during the war. It was placed in overhaul at the Ninth Inf. I was the PTF training officer doing missions and training of the Vietnamese boat crews. They had two HP Evinrudes for each. The Guys mounted a recoiless 3.

The could carry a 2-thousand pound payload. We trained with them down in St. Just thought you ought to know. NORM, I cant be sure but i believe only two. I will always remember visiting him in the VN. Watching that almost made me sick. I was home on leave when Bill Garnett called me and told me about it. We were sling-testing it for an Army sling lab at Ft.

Eustis as I remember , and the pelican hook straightened out. The sling was fine, though! The account of the sailor telling his insurance company what happened is the truth. So says my fading memory Craft , as somebody mentioned.

Tuesday, October 04, Jack Macione who had previously worked with fiberglass car bodies showed Melochik and Brozak how to mount the center mount 50 cal tripod on valve lifter springs to absorb recoil, which worked well. The center mount could support the 5. Rick Trani and his platoon paid me a visit before he bought the farm. They used that configuration with some success.

I was Patrol Officer, boat line maint. Chief at the time. We all cracked up except for the jarhead, he stomped out and did not show his face for a while. Say Doc, on another note, I'm wondering if my patrols ever took you personally out on ops.

Here's where I was and when: Our crew PBR was on the bottom floor I think the 2nd room from the corner. Anyway, I was there that morning My crew threw two mattresses between my rack an the outer wall and took off. I got up a few minutes later and ended up riding shotgun for the crew shuttle driver. I didn't pull river patrols that first week A lot of them knew my family in Manila I'm American-born because they were in the entertainment business.

I had a lot of great home-cooked Filipino dishes during my tour! We were operating off the beach with our guns trained down a straight and wide creek. We had laid down a lot of suppressing fire for the ARVN and later in the day I was not only running low on ammo forward tub , but my barrels were becoming worn. Rounds were going out and going wherever they wanted so rather than risk having a round hit our cover boat, I just loaded my forward tub with blooker ammo and all the small arms.

Two boats were coming toward us with resupply and new barrels and to save time, we turned to meet them. While we were closing range, the rear gunner spotted movement starting to cross the creek so Pops called PBR alongside and he shifted to that boat. They turned and went back into the fray When closed in to about 20 yards off the beach, with LT Moir's boats about 30 years behind them, they took heavy fire and Pops took a round in his head just under his lid.

He was a damn good patrol officer I ended up meeting his family in Salt Lake City during a Kiwanis convention in The next year our convention was in Nashville and I realized that the Florida panhandle was not that far away. I drove down to DeFuniak Springs and met his mom and spent July 4th with them. We may very well have run across each other in the mess hall Anyways, are you going to the Gamewarden reunion in Denver this August?

If not, how far are you from San Antonio? Our Kiwanis International convention will take place in San Antonio next year and maybe we can hook up with some other Gamewardens. Ruth' ; 'Jim Gray' ; 'james s. Saturday, February 10, 8: As I understand it, the first boat took the direct hit with a mortar round that messed-up a bunch of people, but it seems to have dropped off the radar with the arrival of your purpose-designed and built craft.

It could be that the damage on the ST-1 improvised boat was so bad that it had to be surveyed. Whatever details on the Nha Be boat will have to be filled-in by those who operated there. Friday, February 09, 9: We moved the Binh Thuy boat to Me Tho to keep it from being used by Capt Gray who was using our craft for his initial canal incursions.

MST 3 was at Nha Be. Alpha, at Nha Be. It has photos of the Nha Be boat that is quite different in layout from the photo I got from Don Crawford that shows the Binh Thuy boat. The storm punched one or more bar armor supports through the side of the hull. The boat flooded and sank. No records appear to have survived about these craft -- that is, whether they were scrapped or given over to the South Vietnamese Navy as part of AcToV. Here's what I've gotten so far.

I have not found out what happened to it. It may have been scrapped in-country. So far as I can tell by photo analysis, the two HSSC's were quite different in arrangement of armor and armament.

The conn did not have a cover over it at first, but the well deck had a fabric cover. Note the upgrades in the second photo: The well deck was soon covered over. First by a plate with sandbags and later beefed up to hold a chopper. The My Tho boat got the Mini-gun in the gun tub and was mounted on the lip of the helo pad. Next to final version of My Tho boat with gun tub and recoilless, but no bar armor.

The My Tho boat initially mounted its mm recoilless over the conn and when the helo pad was installed, it was moved there. The My Tho boat mounted its mm recoilless behind the Mini-gun tub.

The boat at Nha Be had a different arrangement of the side mounted armament and the spaced armor around the conn was much larger and more box-shaped. The Nha Be boat had a box-shaped conn and spaced armor around the engine room.

Note forward mounted mm recoilless and no gun tub in this photo. The Nha Be boat had a gun tub ahead of the helo pad and mounted a twin.

Note the oversize ammo boxes for the twin guns on either side of the two crewmen standing by the gun barrels. Both boats used the Mk 2 Mod 0 81mm mortar initially. I have no idea what happened to the Nha Be boat. It could be the Nha Be boat was turned over to them and they replaced the twin. The layout is that of the Nha Be boat. This email was cleaned by emailStripper, available for free from http: The second Sealion SS Emory Land; and commissioned on 8 March , Lt. Furthertraining occupied the next three weeks; and, on 8June, she headed west on her first war patrol.

Sailing with Tang SS , she stopped off at Midway on the 12th; glanced off a whale on the 15th; and, on the 22d, transited Tokara Strait to enter the East China Sea.

On the 23d, she and Tang took up stations in the Osumi Gunto, an island group to the south of Kyushu. That afternoon, Sealion unsuccessfully conducted her first attack; then underwent her first depth charging. On the 24th, Tinosa SS joined the two submarines; and the group moved northward to patrol the approaches to Sasebo.

Patrolling in adjacent lanes, the submarines contacted a convoy on the 25th, but Sealion lost depth control on reaching attack position and was unable to fire. From the Sasebo area, the submarines moved toward the Korean peninsula. On the 28th, Sealion caught and sank a Japanese naval transport, Snasei Maru, in the Tsushima Island area; then continued on into the Korean archipelago. On the 30th, she used her deck guns to sink a sampan; and, with the new month, July, she moved closer to the China coast to patrol the approaches to Shanghai.

On the morning of 6 July, Sealion intercepted a convoy south of the Four Sisters Islands and, at , commenced firing torpedoes at two cargomen in the formation. Within minutes, the 1,tpn Setsuzan Maru sank, and the convoy scattered. Sealion retired to the northeast to evade the convoy's escort, a destroyer,as it began its search for the submarine.

At , the destroyer closed Sealion; and the submarine fired four torpedoes at the warship. An hour later,enemy aircraft joined the search which was continued until mid-afternoon. Three days later, Sealion moved northward again and commenced hunting between the Shantung peninsula and Korea.

Dense fog blanketed the area and left her blind while her radar was out of commission. By midnight on the night of 10 and 11 July, however, her radar was back in partial operation; and, on the morning of the 11th, she conducted several attacks, sinkingtwo freighters, Tsukushi Maru No. The running surface chase with the second freighter involved three attacks over a period of almost seven hours.

On the third attack, at , Sealion fired her last torpedo; then, after debris from the explosion had flown over the submarine, she moved down the port quarter of the target, pouring 20mm. At , the freighter disappeared; and Sealion headed south of Tokara Strait. On the 13th, she cleared that strait; and, on the 21st, she arrived at Midway.

During the pre-dawn hours of the 31st, she conducted a night sur face attack against a Japanese convoy and heavily damaged a tanker. As Rikko Maru bellowed black smoke, other Japanese ships took Sealion under fire with deck guns. The submarine moved out of the area and ahead of the convoy. At , she again attacked the convoy. Within minutes, Shirataka, a minelayer, went down; enemy planes begin circling the area; and the convoy's surface escorts began their search.

Sealion went deep and headed south. Later that day, she closed another target with a merchant ship ap pearance; but, as she reached firing position, the target was made out to be an antisubmarine vessel. Three torpedoes were fired, but were spotted by the target's bow lookout. The target swerved, and the hunter became the hunted. Depth charging followed without damage to the submarine; but Sealion, low on fuel and torpedoes, headed for Saipan.

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