MALTA

Coastal Patrol Force

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Note: Although Jane's never recognizes this fact until 1974, - On 16 January 1971, PCFs 813 and 816 (both Mark II PCFs), were loaded aboard the USS Wood County LST-1178 at Little Creek, VA, departing on 19 January, 1971 for Malta. The Wood County arrived in Valletta's Grand Harbour on 6 February 1971 and discharged the two Swiftboats now referred to as C-6823 (PCF 813) and C-6824 (PCF 816). Their designations were changed to C23 and C24  during the official handover ceremony on 5 April 1971 and then were later changed to P23 and P24. They are now located at Haywharf, Floriana and serve as part of the Malta Maritime Squadron.

*** First reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1974-75

Page 228 MALTA

A Coastal patrol force of small craft was formed in 1973. It is manned by the Maltese regiment and primarily employed as a coastguard.

2 Ex-USN "SWIFT" CLASS (these are ex-US Navy training boats, from Coronado/Mare Island, CA, #s 813 & 816, both Mark II PCFs)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 3.5
Guns: 3 MG
Main engines: 2 diesels = 28 knots
Complement: 6

 

*** Second reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1975-76

Page 238 MALTA

A Coastal patrol force of small craft was formed in 1973. It is manned by the Maltese regiment and primarily employed as a coastguard.

2 Ex-US "SWIFT" CLASS

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 3.5
Guns: 3 MG
Main engines: 2 diesels = 28 knots
Complement: 6

Transferred Feb. 1971.

 

*** Third reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1976-77

Page 319 MALTA

A Coastal patrol force of small craft was formed in 1973. It is manned by the Maltese Regiment and primarily employed as a coastguard.

2 Ex-US "SWIFT" CLASS

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 3.5 (15.6 x 4 x 1.2)
Guns: 3  - 12.7 cal MG
Main engines: 2 Gray diesels = 25 knots
Endurance: 24 hours
Complement: 6

Built in 1967. Bought in Jan 1971.

*** Fourth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1977-78

Page 321 MALTA

A Coastal patrol force of small craft was formed in 1973. It is manned by the Maltese Regiment and primarily employed as a coastguard.

2 Ex-US "SWIFT" CLASS

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 3.5 (15.6 x 4 x 1.2)
Guns: 3  - 12.7 cal MG
Main engines: 2 Gray diesels = 25 knots
Endurance: 24 hours
Complement: 6

Built in 1967. Bought in Feb1971.

 

*** Fifth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1978-79

Page 329 MALTA

A Coastal patrol force of small craft was formed in 1973. It is manned by the Maltese regiment and primarily employed as a Coast Guard.

2 Ex-US "SWIFT" CLASS

C 23 (ex-US C 6823) C 24 (ex-US C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Guns: 3-.50 Browning M2 MGs; 81mm mortars
Main engines: 2 GM 12V-71N diesels = 25 knots
Endurance: 24 hours
Complement: 6

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought in Feb 1971.

 

*** Sixth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1979-80

Page 341 MALTA

A Coastal patrol force of small craft was formed in 1973. It is manned by the Maltese regiment and primarily employed as a Coast Guard. It is reported that two of the Libyan "Susa" class are to be handed over to Malta.

2 Ex-US "SWIFT" CLASS

C 23 (ex-US C 6823) C 24 (ex-US C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Guns: 3-.50 Browning M2 MGs; 81mm mortars
Main engines: 2 General Motors 12V-71N diesels = 25 knots
Endurance: 24 hours
Complement: 6

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought in February 1971.

 

*** Seventh reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1980-81

Page 316 MALTA

A Coastal patrol force of small craft was formed in 1973. It is manned by the Maltese regiment and primarily employed as a Coast Guard.

2 Ex-US "SWIFT" CLASS

C 23 (ex-US C 6823) C 24 (ex-US C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Guns: 3-.50 Browning M2 MGs; 81mm mortars
Main engines: 2 General Motors 12V-71N diesels = 25 knots
Endurance: 24 hours
Complement: 6

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought in February 1971.

 

*** Eighth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1981-82

Page 319 MALTA

A Coastal patrol force of small craft was formed in 1973. It is manned by the Maltese regiment and primarily employed as a Coast Guard.

2 Ex-US "SWIFT" CLASS

C 23 (ex-US C 6823) C 24 (ex-US C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Guns: 3-.50 Browning M2 MGs; 81mm mortars
Main engines: 2 General Motors 12V-71N diesels = 25 knots
Endurance: 24 hours
Complement: 6

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought in February 1971.

 

*** Ninth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1982-83

Page 303 MALTA

A Coastal patrol force of small craft was formed in 1973. It is manned by the Maltese regiment and primarily employed as a Coast Guard.

2 Ex-US "SWIFT" CLASS

C 23 (ex-US C 6823) C 24 (ex-US C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Guns: 3-.50 Browning M2 MGs; 81mm mortars
Main engines: 2 General Motors 12V-71N diesels = 25 knots
Endurance: 24 hours
Complement: 6

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought in February 1971.

 

*** Tenth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1983-84

Page 323 MALTA

A Coastal patrol force of small craft was formed in 1973. It is manned by the Maltese regiment and primarily employed as a Coast Guard.

2 Ex-US "SWIFT" CLASS

C 23 (ex-US C 6823) C 24 (ex-US C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Guns: 3-.50 Browning M2 MGs; 81mm mortars
Main engines: 2 General Motors 12V-71N diesels = 25 knots
Endurance: 24 hours
Complement: 6

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought in February 1971.

 

*** Eleventh reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1984-85

Page 331 MALTA

2 Ex-US "SWIFT" CLASS

C 23 (ex-US C 6823) C 24 (ex-US C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Guns: 3-.50 Browning M2 MGs; 81mm mortars
Main engines: 2 General Motors 12V-71N diesels = 25 knots
Endurance: 24 hours
Complement: 6

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought in February 1971.

 

*** Twelfth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1985-86

Page 337 MALTA

2 Ex-US "SWIFT" CLASS

C 23 (ex-US C 6823) C 24 (ex-US C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Guns: 3-.50 Browning M2 MGs; 81mm mortars
Main engines: 2 General Motors 12V-71N diesels = 25 knots
Endurance: 24 hours
Complement: 6

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought in February 1971.

 

*** Thirteenth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1986-87

Page 353 MALTA

2 Ex-US "SWIFT" CLASS

C 23 (ex-US C 6823) C 24 (ex-US C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Guns: 3-.50 Browning M2 MGs; 81mm mortars
Main engines: 2 General Motors 12V-71N diesels = 25 knots
Endurance: 24 hours
Complement: 6

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought in February 1971.

 

*** Fourteenth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1987-88

Page 356 MALTA

2 Ex-US "SWIFT" CLASS

C 23 (ex-US C 6823) C 24 (ex-US C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Guns: 3-.50 Browning M2 MGs; 81mm mortars
Main engines: 2 General Motors 12V-71N diesels = 25 knots
Endurance: 24 hours
Complement: 6

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought in February 1971.

 

*** Fifteenth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1988-89

Page 363 MALTA

2 Ex-US "SWIFT" CLASS

C 23 (ex-US C 6823) C 24 (ex-US C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 General Motors 12V-71N diesels; 960 hp; 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Endurance: 24 hours
Complement: 6
Guns: 3-12.7 mm Browning M2 MGs; 1-81mm mortar

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought in February 1971. Has an operational endurance of about 24 hours.

*** Sixteenth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1989-90

Page 372 MALTA

2 Ex-US "SWIFT" CLASS

C 23 (ex-US C 6823) C 24 (ex-US C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 General Motors 12V-71N diesels; 960 hp; 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Complement: 6
Guns: 3-12.7 mm Browning M2 MGs; 1-81mm mortar

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours. These are the only craft in good condition.

 

*** Seventeenth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1990-91

Page 385 MALTA

2 Ex-US "SWIFT" CLASS

C 23 (ex-US C 6823) C 24 (ex-US C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 General Motors 12V-71N diesels; 860 hp; 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Complement: 6
Guns: 3-12.7 mm Browning M2 MGs; 1-81mm mortar

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours. These are the only craft in good condition.

 

*** Eighteenth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1991-92

Page 379 MALTA

2 Ex-US "SWIFT" CLASS

C 23 (ex-US C 6823) C 24 (ex-US C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 General Motors 12V-71N diesels; 860 hp; 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Complement: 6
Guns: 3-12.7 mm Browning M2 MGs; 1-81mm mortar

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours. These are the only craft in good condition.

 

*** Nineteenth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1992-93

Page 392 MALTA

2 Ex-US "SWIFT" CLASS

C 23 (ex-US C 6823) C 24 (ex-US C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 General Motors 12V-71N diesels; 680 hp (507 kW); 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Complement: 6
Guns: 3-12.7 mm Browning M2 MGs (1 twin, 1 single); 1-81mm mortar

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours.

 

*** Twentieth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1993-94

Page 412 MALTA

2 Ex-US "SWIFT" CLASS

P 23 (ex-C 6823) P 24 (ex-C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 General Motors 12V-71N diesels; 680 hp (507 kW); 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Complement: 6
Guns: 3-12.7 mm Browning M2 MGs (1 twin, 1 single); 1-81mm mortar
Radars: Surface search; I band

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours.

 

*** Twenty First reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1994-95

Page 420 MALTA

2 Ex-US "SWIFT" CLASS

P 23 (ex-C 6823) P 24 (ex-C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 General Motors 12V-71N diesels; 680 hp (507 kW); 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Complement: 6
Guns: 3-12.7 mm Browning M2 MGs (1 twin, 1 single); 1-81mm mortar
Radars: Surface search; I band

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought from the US in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours.

 

*** Twenty Second reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1995-96

Page 436 MALTA

2 SWIFT CLASS (HARBOUR PATROL CRAFT) (PB)

P 23 (ex-C 6823) P 24 (ex-C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 General Motors 12V-71N diesels; 680 hp (507 kW); 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Complement: 6
Guns: 3-12.7 mm Browning M2 MGs (1 twin, 1 single); 1-81mm mortar
Radars: Surface search; I band

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought from the US in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours.

 

*** Twenty Third reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1996-97

Page 436 MALTA

2 SWIFT CLASS (HARBOUR PATROL CRAFT) (PB)

P 23 (ex-US C 6823) P 24 (ex-US C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 GM 12V-71N diesels; 680 hp (507 kW) sustained; 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Range, miles: 400 at 18 kts
Complement: 6
Guns: 3-12.7 mm Browning M2 MGs (1 twin, 1 single); 1-81mm mortar
Radars: Surface search; LN66; I band

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought from the USA in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours.

 

*** Twenty Fourth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1997-98

Page 434 MALTA

2 SWIFT CLASS (HARBOUR PATROL CRAFT) (PB)

P 23 (ex-C 6823) P 24 (ex-C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 GM 12V-71N diesels; 680 hp (507 kW) sustained; 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Range, miles: 400 at 18 kts
Complement: 6
Guns: 3-12.7 mm Browning M2 MGs (1 twin, 1 single); 1-81mm mortar
Radars: Surface search; LN66; I band

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought from the USA in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours.

 

*** Twenty Fifth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1998-99

Page 440 MALTA

2 SWIFT CLASS (HARBOUR PATROL CRAFT) (PB)

P 23 (ex-C 6823) P 24 (ex-C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 GM 12V-71N diesels; 680 hp (507 kW) sustained; 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Range, miles: 400 at 18 kts
Complement: 6
Guns: 3-12.7 mm Browning M2 MGs (1 twin, 1 single); 1-81mm mortar
Radars: Surface search; Kelvin Hughes 903; I band

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought from USA in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours.

 

*** Twenty Sixth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1999-2000

Page 450 MALTA

2 SWIFT CLASS (HARBOUR PATROL CRAFT) (PB)

P 23 (ex-C 6823) P 24 (ex-C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 GM 12V-71N diesels; 680 hp (507 kW) sustained; 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Range, miles: 400 at 18 kts
Complement: 6
Guns: 1-12.7 mm Browning
Radars: Surface search; Kelvin Hughes 903; I band

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Bought from the USA in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours.

 

*** Twenty Seventh reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 2000-01

Page 443 MALTA

2 SWIFT CLASS (HARBOUR PATROL CRAFT) (PB)

P 23 (ex-C 6823) P 24 (ex-C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 GM 12V-71N diesels; 680 hp (507 kW) sustained; 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Range, miles: 400 at 18 kts
Complement: 6
Guns: 3-12.7 mm MGs (1 twin, 1 single)
Radars: Surface search; Furuno 1040; I band

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Transferred from the USA in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours. Modernized in Malta in 1998/99, including the fitting of a twin 12.7 mm MG in both craft in early 2000.

 

*** Twenty Eighth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 2001-02

Page 448 MALTA

2 SWIFT CLASS (HARBOUR PATROL CRAFT) (PB)

P 23 (ex-C 6823) P 24 (ex-C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 GM 12V-71N diesels; 680 hp (507 kW) sustained; 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Range, miles: 400 at 18 kts
Complement: 6
Guns: 3-12.7 mm MGs (1 twin, 1 single)
Radars: Surface search; Furuno 1040; I band

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Transferred from the USA in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours. Modernized in Malta in 1998/99, including the fitting of a twin 12.7 mm MG in both craft in early 2000.

 

*** Twenty Ninth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 2002-03

Page 456 MALTA

2 SWIFT CLASS (HARBOUR PATROL CRAFT) (PB)

P 23 (ex-C 6823) P 24 (ex-C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 GM 12V-71N diesels; 680 hp (507 kW) sustained; 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Range, miles: 400 at 18 kts
Complement: 6
Guns: 3-12.7 mm MGs (1 twin, 1 single)
Radars: Surface search; Furuno 1040; I band

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Transferred from the US in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours. Modernized in Malta in 1998/99, including the fitting of a twin 12.7 mm MG in both craft in early 2000.

 

*** Thirtieth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 2003-04

Page 458 MALTA

2 SWIFT CLASS (HARBOUR PATROL CRAFT) (YP)

P 23 (ex-C 6823) P 24 (ex-C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 GM 12V-71N diesels; 680 hp (507 kW) sustained; 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Range, miles: 400 at 18 kts
Complement: 6
Guns: 3-12.7 mm MGs (1 twin, 1 single)
Radars: Surface search; Furuno 1040; I band

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Transferred from the US in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours. Modernized in Malta in 1998/99, including the fitting of a twin 12.7 mm MG in both craft in early 2000.

 

*** Thirty First reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 2004-05

Page 465 MALTA

2 SWIFT CLASS (HARBOUR PATROL CRAFT) (YP)

P 23 (ex-C 6823) P 24 (ex-C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 GM 12V-71N diesels; 680 hp (507 kW) sustained; 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Range, miles: 400 at 18 kts
Complement: 6
Guns: 3-12.7 mm MGs (1 twin, 1 single)
Radars: Surface search; Furuno 1040; I band

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Transferred from the US in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours. Modernized in Malta in 1998/99, including the fitting of a twin 12.7 mm MG in both craft in early 2000.

 

*** Thirty Second reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 2005-06

Page 476 MALTA

2 SWIFT CLASS (HARBOUR PATROL CRAFT) (YP)

P 23 (ex-C 6823) P 24 (ex-C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 GM 12V-71N diesels; 680 hp (507 kW) sustained; 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Range, miles: 400 at 18 kts
Complement: 6
Guns: 3-12.7 mm MGs (1 twin, 1 single)
Radars: Surface search; Furuno 1040; I band

Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Transferred from the US in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours. Modernized in Malta in 1998/99.

 

*** Thirty Third reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 2006-07

Page 485 MALTA

2 SWIFT CLASS (HARBOUR PATROL CRAFT) (YP)

P 23 (ex-C 6823) P 24 (ex-C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 GM 12V-71 diesels; 680 hp (507 kW) sustained; 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Range, n miles: 400 at 18 kt
Complement: 6
Guns: 1-12.7 mm MG
Radars: Surface search; Furuno 1040; I-band

Comment:   Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Transferred from the US in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours. Modernized in Malta in 1998/99.

 

*** Thirty Fourth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 2007-08

Page 484 MALTA

2 SWIFT CLASS (HARBOUR PATROL CRAFT) (YP)

P 23 (ex-C 6823) P 24 (ex-C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 GM 12V-71 diesels; 680 hp (507 kW) sustained; 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Range, n miles: 400 at 18 kt
Complement: 6
Guns: 1-12.7 mm MG
Radars: Surface search Furuno 1040; I-band

Comment:   Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Transferred from the US in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours. Modernized in Malta in 1998/99.

*** Thirty Fifth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 2008-09

Page 496 MALTA

2 SWIFT CLASS (HARBOUR PATROL CRAFT) (YP)

P 23 (ex-C 6823) P 24 (ex-C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 GM 12V-71 diesels; 680 hp (507 kW) sustained; 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Range, n miles: 400 at 18 kt
Complement: 6
Guns: 1-12.7 mm MG
Radars: Surface search Furuno 1040; I-band

Comment:   Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Transferred from the US in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours. Modernized in Malta in 1998/99.

*** Thirty Sixth reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 2009-10

Page 508 MALTA

2 SWIFT CLASS (HARBOUR PATROL CRAFT) (YP)

P 23 (ex-C 6823) P 24 (ex-C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 GM 12V-71 diesels; 680 hp (507 kW) sustained; 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Range, n miles: 400 at 18 kt
Complement: 6
Guns: 1-12.7 mm MG
Radars: Surface search Furuno 1040; I-band

Comment:   Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Transferred from the US in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours. Modernized in Malta in 1998/99.

*** Thirty Seventh reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 2010-11

2 SWIFT CLASS (HARBOUR PATROL CRAFT) (YP)

P 23 (ex-C 6823) P 24 (ex-C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 GM 12V-71 diesels; 680 hp (507 kW) sustained; 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Range, n miles: 400 at 18 kt
Complement: 6
Guns: 1-12.7 mm MG
Radars: Surface search Furuno 1040; I-band

Comment:   Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Transferred from the US in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours. Modernized in Malta in 1998/99. Both craft to be replaced by new Austal craft by mid-2010.

 

*** Thirty Eighth and LAST reference to a Malta PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 2011-12 - Current as of 2/21/2011

2 SWIFT CLASS (HARBOUR PATROL CRAFT) (YP)

P 23 (ex-C 6823) P 24 (ex-C 6824)

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load
Dimensions, feet (metres): 50 x 13 x 4.9 (15.6 x 4 x 1.5)
Main machinery: 2 GM 12V-71 diesels; 680 hp (507 kW) sustained; 2 shafts
Speed, knots: 25
Range, n miles: 400 at 18 kt
Complement: 6
Guns: 1-12.7 mm MG
Radars: Surface search Furuno 1040; I-band

Comment:   Built by Sewart Seacraft Ltd in 1967. Transferred from the US in February 1971. Have an operational endurance of about 24 hours. Modernized in Malta in 1998/99. Both craft were replaced by new Austal craft in mid-2010.

 

ADDENDUM

Both P23 and P24 were decommissioned on 18 April 2010 with the arrival of four brand new AUSTRAL class patrol craft.

P23 has become part of a monument at the AFM Maritime Squadron's Haywharf Base as a constant tribute to Swift Boat Sailors who have served and died in the line of service.

P24 has been transferred back to the United States, for inclusion in the San Diego, CA Maritime Museum.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 16:19

Veteran patrol boat to head back to the US

 

One of two patrol boats donated to Malta when George Borg Olivier was still Prime Minister, is about to head back to the US to become a memorial.

P-24, along with P-23, was donated to the then Malta Land Force by the US government in 1971.

The two small inshore patrol boats became the work horses of the Maritime Squadron and were only retired once four new Austal patrol boats were commissioned last year.

The Swifts were built at the time of the Vietnam war, with the two vessels used in Malta having started their life as training vessels.

Vietnam veterans, members of the American Swift Boat Sailors' Association, visited Malta two years ago and said the Malta Swifts were the last two still in service, out of hundreds that were built.

P-24 is expected to be exhibited at San Diego Maritime Museum in California. It will be shipped on a US Navy vessel. 

The AFM will retain P-23 as a memorial to the seven soldiers and policemen killed in a fireworks explosion aboard more than 25 years ago.

 

"Theirs is a commendable monument meant as a tribute to a legend that happened because there were daring men who made it happen: Lest We Forget!"

Major Ivan M. Consiglio, AFM (Retired)

 

Malta Swift number P 23 (Mk II) 

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Malta P24

Malta Swift number P 24 (Mk II)

 

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