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*** First reference to a United States PCF "Swift" in "Jane’s Fighting Ships" 1966-67

Page 416 U.S.A.

FAST PATROL CRAFT (PCF)
104 "Swift"

Dimensions: 50 x 15 x 4 feet
Guns: 1-3:2 inch mortar, 3-50 cal. M.G. (twin 50 cal. M.G. in tub over pilot house, combined over and under mount aft of 50 cal. M.G. and 81 mm. Mortar)
Machinery: 2 G.M. V12 diesels, 2 shafts. B.H.P.: 960=28 kts.
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men). Three crews for every two boats, one relieved after every patrol.

 

General:   “Swift” boats, 50 original plus 54 additional from Sewart Seacraft Inc., Berwick, La. Built in 1965-66 for use in patrol operations along the Vietnamese coast. Aluminum hull. PCF 4 was mined and sunk off South Vietnam on 14 Feb. 1966. Another PCF was sunk off Vietnam on 22 May 1966.

 

*** Second reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1967-68

Page 439 USA

FAST PATROL CRAFT (PCF)
95 “Swifts” (PCF 1-104 Series)

Displacement, tons: 22
Dimensions: 50 x 15 x 4 feet
Guns: 1-3:2 inch mortar, 3-50 cal MG (twin 50 cal MG in tub over pilot house, combined over and under mount aft of 50 cal MG and 81 mm mortar)
Machinery: 2 G.M. V12 diesels, 2 shafts. B.H.P.: 960=28 kts.
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men). Three crews for every two boats, one relieved after every patrol.

“Swift” boats. 50 original plus 54 additional from Sewart Seacraft Inc., Berwick, La. Built in 1965-66 for use in patrol operations along the Vietnamese coast. Aluminum hull. PCF 4 was mined and sunk off South Vietnam on 14 Feb. 1966. PCF 41 was sunk off Vietnam on 22 May 1966. PCF 77 swamped and sunk off South Vietnam in Nov 1966. PCF 33, 34, 83, 24, 85, 86 were transferred to Philippines in 1966.

Note: There is no mention of the PCFs transferred to the Philippines in the Philippines section of the 1967-68 edition of Jane’s Fighting Ships.

 

*** Third reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1968-69

Page 431 United States

FAST PATROL CRAFT (PCF)
PCF 1-104 series

Displacement, tons: 22
Dimensions: 50oa x 13 x 3.5
Guns: 1-81 mm mortar, 3-50 cal MG (twin 50 MG mount atop pilot house, and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors); 960 shp; 2 shafts = approx 25 knots
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men). Three crews are provided for every two boats when deployed in Southeast Asia

The swift design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Original order of 50 boats followed by additional 54 of “Swift” Mk 1 (above) and eight similar Mk II; six Mk I and all Mk II for transfer to Allied forces (south Vietnam and Philippines). All Mk I boats built by  Sewart Seacraft Inc, Berwick, Louisiana 1965-66. PCF 4, PCF 41, and PCF 97 lost to enemy action off South Vietnam; PCF 77 lost in heavy weather off South Vietnam in November 1966; PCF 24, 33, 34, 83, 85, 86 transferred to Philippines in 1966. PCF 19 sunk off South Vietnam on 16 June 1968 in accidental attack by US aircraft.

Note: No mention of the PCFs transferred to the Philippines or South Vietnam in the appropriate sections of the 1968-69 edition of Jane’s Fighting Ships.

 

*** Fourth reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1970-70

Page 478 United States

       FAST PATROL CRAFT (PCF): “SWIFT” type
       PCF 1-104 series

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load
Dimensions: 50oa x 13 x 3.5
Guns: 1-81 mm mortar, 3-50 cal MG (twin 50 MG mount atop pilot house, and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors); 960 shp; 2 shafts = 28 knots (maximum)
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men). Three crews are provided for every two boats when deployed in Southeast Asia

The swift design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Original order of 50 boats followed by additional 54 of “Swift” Mk 1 (above) and eight similar Mk II; All Mk I boats built by  Sewart Seacraft Inc, Berwick, Louisiana 1965-1966.

LOSSES: PCF 4, PCF 41, and PCF 97 lost to enemy action off South Vietnam; PCF 77 lost in heavy weather off South Vietnam in November 1966; PCFs 14 and 76 lost in heavy weather off South Vietnam in Oct 1967; PCF 19 sunk off South Vietnam on 16 June 1968 in accidental attack by US Air Force aircraft.

TRANSFERS: PCF 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. In addition 18 PCFs were transferred to South Vietnam 1968-69.

NEW CONSTRUCTION: Thirteen additional PCFs for the US Navy are being built with Fiscal Year 1970 Funds.

Note: There is no mention of the PCFs transferred to South Korea, South Vietnam or Thailand in the appropriate sections of the 1970-70 edition of Jane’s Fighting Ships.

 

*** Fifth reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1970-71                           

Page 503 United States

PATROL, COASTAL AND RIVERINE CRAFT
COASTAL AND RIVERINE CRAFT

During the Vietnamese War the US Navy built and converted more than 500 coastal and riverine craft of a variety of designs and sizes. The larger fast patrol craft (PCF) and river patrol boats (PBR) were adopted from commercial boat designs while the heavily armed and armoured riverine craft primarily were modified landing craft (LCM) with a few specialized designs being developed. As part of the “Vietnamization” of the war, some 400 of these coast and riverine craft have been transferred to the South Vietnamese Navy between June of 1968 and June of 1970.

The US Navy has retained only a few riverine craft of various types in Vietnam and at the Naval Inshore Training Center, Mare Island, California. (Several craft of these types also have been transferred to the Thai, Philippine, and South Korean navies; a number of US Coast Guard patrol craft also have been transferred to South Korea and South Vietnam, and are listed in the US Coast Guard section.)

Page 507 United States 

       FAST PATROL CRAFT (PCF): “SWIFT” type
       PCF 1-104 series (Mark I)
       PCF 105-118 series (Mark II)

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load
Dimensions: 50oa x 13 x 3.5
Guns: 1-81 mm mortar, 3-50 cal MG (twin 50 MG mount atop pilot house, and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors); 960 shp; 2 shafts = 28 knots (maximum)
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men). Three crews are provided for every two boats when deployed in Southeast Asia

The swift design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Original order of 50 boats followed by additional 54 of “Swift” Mk I and 14 similar Mk II. All Mk I boats built by  Sewart Seacraft Inc, Berwick, Louisiana 1965-1966.

LOSSES: PCF 4, PCF 41, and PCF 97 lost to enemy action off South Vietnam; PCF 77 lost in heavy weather off South Vietnam in November 1966; PCFs 14 and 76 lost in heavy weather off South Vietnam in Oct 1967; PCF 19 sunk off South Vietnam on 16 June 1968 in accidental attack by US Air Force aircraft.

TRANSFERS: PCF 33, 34, and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. Many PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-1970.

 

*** Sixth reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1971-72                              

Pages 520-521 United States

       13 INSHORE PATROL CRAFT (PCF): “SWIFT” TYPE
       3 PCF Mark I series
       3 PCF Mark II series
       7 PCF Mark III series

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load
Dimensions: 50oa x 13 x 3.5 (Mark III 51oa x 13.5)
Guns: 1-81 mm mortar, 3-50 cal MG (twin 50 MG mount atop pilot house, and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors); 960 shp; 2 shafts = 28 knots (maximum)
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men)

       The “Swift” design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 125 built since 1965. Mark II has a modified deckhouse; Mark III is slightly larger. Designation changed from Fast Patrol Craft (PCF) to Inshore Patrol Craft on 14 Aug 1968.

LOSSES: PCF 4, PCF 41, and PCF 97 lost to enemy action off South Vietnam; PCF 77 lost in heavy weather off South Vietnam in November 1966; PCFs 14 and 76 lost in heavy weather off South Vietnam in Oct 1967; PCF 19 sunk off South Vietnam on 16 June 1968 in accidental attack by US Air Force aircraft.

TRANSFERS: PCF 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. 104 PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-1970.

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.

 

*** Seventh reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1972-73                  

Pages 513 United States

       13 INSHORE PATROL CRAFT (PCF): “SWIFT” TYPE
       3 PCF Mark I series      3 PCF Mark II series    7 PCF Mark III series

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load
Dimensions: 50oa x 13 x 3.5 (Mark III 51oa x 13.5)
Guns: 1-81 mm mortar, 3-50 cal MG (twin 50 MG mount atop pilot house, and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors); 960 shp; 2 shafts = 28 knots (maximum)
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men)

The “Swift” design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 125 built since 1965. Mark II has a modified deckhouse; Mark III is slightly larger. Designation changed from Fast Patrol Craft (PCF) to Inshore Patrol Craft on 14 Aug 1968.

LOSSES: PCF 4, PCF 41, and PCF 97 lost to enemy action off South Vietnam; PCF 77 lost in heavy weather off South Vietnam in November 1966; PCFs 14 and 76 lost in heavy weather off South Vietnam in Oct 1967; PCF 19 sunk off South Vietnam on 16 June 1968 in accidental attack by US Air Force aircraft.

TRANSFERS: PCF 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. 104 PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-1970.

 

*** Eighth reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1973-74        

Pages 469 United States

       5 INSHORE PATROL CRAFT (PCF): “SWIFT” TYPE
       5 PCF Mark 1 series

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load
Dimensions, feet: 50oa x 13 x 3.5
Guns: 1-81 mm mortar, 3-50 cal MG (twin 50 MG mount atop pilot house, and single MG mounted over mortar)
Main engines: 2 geared diesels (General Motors); 960 shp; 2 shafts = 28 knots
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men)

The “Swift” design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 125 built since 1965. Most transferred to South Vietnam (see below). Designation changed from Fast Patrol Craft (PCF) to Inshore Patrol Craft on 14 Aug 1968.

TRANSFERS: PCF 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. 104 PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-1970.

 

*** Ninth reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1974-75        

Pages 475 United States

       5 INSHORE PATROL CRAFT (PCF): “SWIFT” TYPE
       5 PCF Mark 1 series

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load
Dimensions: 50oa x 13 x 3.5 (Mark III 51oa x 13.5)
Guns: 1-81 mm mortar, 3-50 cal MG (twin 50 MG mount atop pilot house, and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors); 960 shp; 2 shafts = 28 knots (maximum)
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men)

The “Swift” design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 125 built since 1965. Most transferred to South Vietnam (see below). Designation changed from Fast Patrol Craft (PCF) to Inshore Patrol Craft on 14 Aug 1968.

TRANSFERS: PCF 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. 104 PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-1970.

 

*** Tenth reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1975-76

Pages 494 United States

       5 INSHORE PATROL CRAFT (PCF): “SWIFT” TYPE
       5 PCF Mark 1 series

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load
Dimensions: 50oa x 13 x 3.5 (Mark III 51oa x 13.5)
Guns: 1-81 mm mortar, 3-50 cal MG (twin 50 MG mount atop pilot house, and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors); 960 shp; 2 shafts = 28 knots (maximum)
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men)

The “Swift” design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 125 built since 1965. Most transferred to South Vietnam (see below). Designation changed from Fast Patrol Craft (PCF) to Inshore Patrol Craft on 14 Aug 1968.

TRANSFERS: PCF 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. 104 PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-1970.

 

*** Eleventh reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1976-77

Pages 623 United States

       5 PATROL CRAFT (PCF): “SWIFT” TYPE
       5 PCF Mark 1 series

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load
Dimensions, feet (metres) 50.1oa x 13 x 3.5 (15.3 x 4.0 x 1.1)
Guns: 1-81 mm mortar, 3-50 cal MG (twin 50 MG mount atop pilot house, and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors); 960 shp; 2 shafts = 28 knots (maximum)
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men)

The “Swift” design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat which is used to support off-shore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 125 built since 1965. Most transferred to South Vietnam (see below). Designation changed from Fast Patrol Craft (PCF) to Inshore Patrol Craft on 14 Aug 1968.

TRANSFERS: PCF 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series; 104 PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-1970.

 

*** Twelfth reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1977-78

                              

Pages 622 United States

       5 PATROL CRAFT (PCF): “SWIFT” TYPE
       5 PCF Mark I series

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load
Dimensions, feet (metres) 50.1oa x 13 x 3.5 (15.3 x 4.0 x 1.1)
Guns: 1-81 mm mortar, 3-50 cal MG (twin 50 MG mount atop pilot house, and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors); 960 shp; 2 shafts = 28 knots (maximum)
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men)

The “Swift” design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat which is used to support off-shore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 125 built since 1965. Designation changed from Fast Patrol Craft (PCF) to Inshore Patrol Craft on 14 Aug 1968.

TRANSFERS: PCF 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series; 104 PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-1970.

 

*** Thirteenth reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1978-79

Pages 684 USA

       COASTAL PATROL AND INTERDICTION CRAFT (CPIC)
       5 INSHORE PATROL CRAFT (PCF) Mk I and II series

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load
Dimensions, feet (metres) 50.1oa x 13 x 3.5 (15.3 x 4.0 x 1.1)
Guns: 1-81 mm mortar, 3-50 cal MG (twin 50 MG mount atop pilot house, and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors); 960 shp; 2 shafts = 28 knots (maximum)
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men)

The PCF design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 125 built since 1965. Most transferred to South Vietnam (see below). Designation changed from Fast Patrol Craft (PCF) to Inshore Patrol Craft on 14 Aug 1968.

TRANSFERS: PCF 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. 104 PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-70.

 

*** Fourteenth reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1979-80

Pages 711 USA / Light forces

       COASTAL PATROL AND INTERDICTION CRAFT (CPIC)
       5 INSHORE PATROL CRAFT Mk I and II series (PCF)

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load
Dimensions, feet (metres) 50.1oa x 13 x 3.5 (15.3 x 4.0 x 1.1)
Guns: 1-81 mm mortar, 3-50 cal MG (twin 50 MG mount atop pilot house, and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors); 960 shp; 2 shafts = 28 knots (maximum)
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men)

The PCF design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 125 built since 1965. Designation changed from Fast Patrol Craft (PCF) to Inshore Patrol Craft on 14 Aug 1968.

TRANSFERS: PCF 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. 104 PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-70.

 

*** Fifteenth reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1980-81                              

Pages 665 USA / Light forces

        5 INSHORE PATROL CRAFT Mk I and II series (PCF)

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load
Dimensions, feet (metres) 50.1oa x 13 x 3.5 (15.3 x 4.0 x 1.1)
Guns: 3-50 cal MGs (twin MG mount atop pilot house and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors); 960 shp; 2 shafts = 28 knots (maximum)
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men)

The PCF design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 125 built since 1965. Designation changed from Fast Patrol Craft (PCF) to Inshore Patrol Craft on 14 Aug 1968.

TRANSFERS: PCF 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. 104 PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-70. During Vietnam war this class was known as “Swift” class.

 

*** Sixteenth reference to a US Navy PCF "Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1981-82             

Pages 666 USA (NAVY) / Light forces

                            5 INSHORE PATROL CRAFT Mk I (3) and II (2) series (PCF)

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load
Dimensions, feet (metres) 50.1oa x 13 x 3.5 (15.3 x 4.0 x 1.1)
Guns: 3-50 cal MGs (twin MG mount atop pilot house and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors); 960 shp; 2 shafts = 28 knots (maximum)
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men)

The PCF design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 125 built since 1965. Designation changed from Fast Patrol Craft (PCF) to Inshore Patrol Craft on 14 Aug 1968.

TRANSFERS: PCF 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. 104 PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-70. During Vietnam war this class was known as “Swift” class.

 

*** Seventeenth reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1982-83                              

Pages 649 USA (NAVY) / Light forces

       5 INSHORE PATROL CRAFT Mk I (3) and II (2) Series (PCF)

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load; 24.5 (Mk II)
Dimensions, feet (metres) 50.1oa x 13 x 3.5 (15.3 x 4.0 x 1.1)
Guns: 3-50 cal MGs (twin MG mount atop pilot house and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors); 960 shp; 2 shafts = 28 knots (Mk II) 24.5 (Mk I)
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men)

The PCF design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 125 built since 1965. Designation changed from Fast Patrol Craft (PCF) to Inshore Patrol Craft on 14 Aug 1968.

TRANSFERS: PCF 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. 104 PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-70. During Vietnam war this class was also known as “Swift” class.

 

*** Eighteenth reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1983-84                              

Pages 686 USA (NAVY) / Light forces

       5 INSHORE PATROL CRAFT Mk I (3) and II (2) Series (PCF)

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load; 24.5 (Mk II)
Dimensions, feet (metres) 50.1oa x 13 x 3.5 (15.3 x 4.0 x 1.1)
Guns: 3-50 cal MGs (twin MG mount atop pilot house and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors) 12V 71; 850 shp; 2 shafts = 28 knots (Mk II) 24.5 (Mk I)
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men)

The PCF design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 125 built since 1965. Designation changed from Fast Patrol Craft (PCF) to Inshore Patrol Craft on 14 Aug 1968.

TRANSFERS: PCF 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. 104 PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-70. During Vietnam war this class was also known as “Swift” class.

 

*** Nineteenth reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1984-85                              

Pages 700 USA (NAVY) / Light forces

       5 INSHORE PATROL CRAFT Mk I (3) and II (2) Series (PCF)

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load; 24.5 (Mk II)
Dimensions, feet (metres) 50.1oa x 13 x 3.5 (15.3 x 4.0 x 1.1)
Guns: 3-50 cal MGs (twin MG mount atop pilot house and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors) 12V 71; 850 shp; 2 shafts = 28 knots (Mk II) 24.5 (Mk I)
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men)

The PCF design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 125 built since 1965. Designation changed from Fast Patrol Craft (PCF) to Inshore Patrol Craft on 14 Aug 1968.

TRANSFERS: PCF 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. 104 PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-70. During Vietnam war this class was also known as “Swift” class.

 

*** Twentieth reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1985-86                    

Pages 735 USA (NAVY) / Light forces

       5 INSHORE PATROL CRAFT Mk I (3) and II (2) Series (PCF)

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load; 24.5 (Mk II)
Dimensions, feet (metres) 50.1oa x 13 x 3.5 (15.3 x 4.0 x 1.1)
Guns: 3-50 cal MGs (twin MG mount atop pilot house and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors) 12V 71; 850 shp; 2 shafts = 28 knots (Mk II) 24.5 (Mk I)
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men)

The PCF design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 125 built since 1965. Designation changed from Fast Patrol Craft (PCF) to Inshore Patrol Craft on 14 Aug 1968.

TRANSFERS: PCF 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. 104 PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-70. During Vietnam war this class was also known as “Swift” class.

 

*** Twenty First reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1986-87

                              

Pages 758 USA (NAVY) / Light forces – Auxiliary ships

       5 INSHORE PATROL CRAFT Mk I (3) and II (2) Series (PCF)

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load; 24.5 (Mk II)
Dimensions, feet (metres) 50.1oa x 13 x 3.5 (15.3 x 4.0 x 1.1)
Guns: 3-50 cal MGs (twin MG mount atop pilot house and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors) 12V 71; 850 shp; 2 shafts = 28 knots (Mk II) 24.5 (Mk I)
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men)

The PCF design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 125 built since 1965. Designation changed from Fast Patrol Craft (PCF) to Inshore Patrol Craft on 14 Aug 1968.

TRANSFERS: PCF 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. 104 PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-70. During Vietnam war this class was also known as “Swift” class.

 

*** Twenty Second reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1987-88                              

Pages 771 USA (NAVY) / Light forces

       5 INSHORE PATROL CRAFT Mk I (3) and II (2) Series (PCF)

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load; 24.5 (Mk II)
Dimensions, feet (metres) 50.1oa x 13 x 3.5 (15.3 x 4.0 x 1.1)
Guns: 3-50 cal MGs (twin MG mount atop pilot house and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors) 12V 71; 850 shp; 2 shafts = 28 knots (Mk II) 24.5 (Mk I)
Complement: 6 (1 officer, 5 men)

The PCF design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 125 built since 1965. Designation changed from Fast Patrol Craft (PCF) to Inshore Patrol Craft on 14 Aug 1968.

TRANSFERS: PCF 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. 104 PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-70. During Vietnam war this class was also known as “Swift” class.

 

*** Twenty Third reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1988-89                              

Pages 755 USA (NAVY) / Light forces

       5 UTILITY CRAFT (NS)

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load; 24.5 (Mk II)
Dimensions, feet (metres) 50.1oa x 13 x 3.5 (15.3 x 4.0 x 1.1)
Guns: 1-81 mm mortar; 3-12.7 mm MGs (twin MG mount atop pilot house and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors) 12V 71; 850 shp; 2 shafts
Speed: 28 knots; 24.5 (Mk I)
Complement: 6 (1 officer)

The design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 125 built since 1965. Numbers 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. 104 PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-1970. During Vietnam war this class was also known as “Swift” class.

 

*** Twenty Fourth reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1989-90                        

Pages 753 USA (NAVY) / Light forces

       5 UTILITY CRAFT (NS)

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load; 24.5 (Mk II)
Dimensions, feet (metres) 50.1oa x 13 x 3.5 (15.3 x 4.0 x 1.1)
Guns: 1-81 mm mortar; 3-12.7 mm MGs (twin MG mount atop pilot house and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 General Motors 12V 71; 850 shp; 2 shafts
Speed: 28 knots; 24.5 (Mk I)
Complement: 6 (1 officer)

The design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 125 built since 1965. Numbers 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. 104 PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-1970. During Vietnam war this class was also known as “Swift” class. Now used for Reserve Training by the Special Boat section.

 

*** Twenty Fifth reference to a US Navy PCF “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1990-91                              

Pages 773 USA (NAVY) / Light forces

       5 UTILITY CRAFT (NS)

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load; 24.5 (Mk II)
Dimensions, feet (metres) 50.1oa x 13 x 3.5 (15.3 x 4.0 x 1.1)
Guns: 1-81 mm mortar; 3-12.7 mm MGs (twin MG mount atop pilot house and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors) 12V 71; 850 shp; 2 shafts
Speed: 28 knots; 24.5 (Mk I)
Complement: 6 (1 officer)

The design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 125 built since 1965. Numbers 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. 104 PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-1970. During Vietnam war this class was also known as “Swift” class. Now used for Reserve Training.

 

*** Twenty Sixth and LAST reference to a US Navy PCF  “Swift” in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” 1991-92                              

Pages 773 USA (NAVY) / Light forces

       5 UTILITY CRAFT (NS) (ex-PCF Mk I and II)

Displacement, tons: 22.5 full load; 24.5 (Mk II)
Dimensions, feet (metres) 50.1oa x 13 x 3.5 (15.3 x 4.0 x 1.1)
Guns: 1-81 mm mortar; 3-12.7 mm MGs (twin MG mount atop pilot house and single MG mounted over mortar)
Machinery: 2 geared diesels (General Motors) 12V 71; 850 shp; 2 shafts
Speed: 28 knots; 24.5 (Mk I)
Complement: 6 (1 officer)

The design is adapted from the all-metal crew boat, which is used to support offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 125 built since 1965. Numbers 33, 34 and 83-86 transferred to the Philippines in 1966. Additional PCFs of this type constructed specifically for transfer to Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea; not assigned US hull numbers in the PCF series. 104 PCFs formerly manned by US Navy personnel transferred to South Vietnam in 1968-1970. During Vietnam war this class was also known as “Swift” class. Now used for Reserve Training of Special Boat section at New Orleans.

NOTE: There is no further mention of United States (US Navy) PCFs or Swift Boats in any later editions of Jane’s Fighting Ships!

 

 

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