Worldwide
Swift Boat History
according to
"Jane's Fighting Ships"

 

These questions have been asked innumerable times ...

              - "What ever happened to all those swift boats?"

              - "Are there any swift boats still out there?"

              - "If any are still in service, where are they?"

 

Well, this page, and the research behind it, will attempt to answer those questions!

For those of you unfamiliar with "Jane's Fighting Ships," it is a yearly publication put
out by Jane's Information Group, of the UK, they research all the navies of the world
and compile that information into one rather scholarly, large, expensive and weighty tome.

 

Each of the links, presented below, will take you to a page detailing one countries
use of the Patrol Craft Fast (PCF) or as we more commonly called them ... a SWIFT BOAT.
These links follow the histories of the various countries involved from the mid 1960s
through to the present. Most are rather long and may present contradictory information,
but in the end the trip is informational and leaves you with the answers you have sought.

Where are these Swift Boats, what types are they and can they be visited?

 

The Mark I Swift Boats

 

PCF 1 is in a memorial display at the Washington Navy Yard, in Washington, DC


PCF-1

PCF 2 is now the RV Matthew F. Maury at Tide Water College, Norfolk, VA

PCF-2


PCF 104 is in a memorial display at the U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, CA

PCF-104


Jane's reports that the Philippines have four Mark I PCFs, DF 300-303

Philippines Swift number DF 303, is quite possibly the USN ex-PCF 36
 

Phillipines DF-303 (?ex-PCF-36?)

 

The Mark II Swift Boats


Jane's reports that Malta has two Mark II PCFs, P23 & P24

Malta Swift number P23 is the ex-PCF 813 & P24 is the ex-PCF 816 

P23g P24-2


Jane's
reports that the Philippines have eight Mark II PCFs, DF 305 & DF 307-313

Philippines Swift number DF 308 is quite possibly the USN ex-PCF 683

DF-308 

 

Jane's reports that the Thailand has two Mark II PCFs, T 21 & T 22

Thailand Swift number T 21 is quite possibly the USN ex-PCF 689

T-26 


The Mark III Swift Boats

 

Jane's reports that the Thailand has seven Mark III PCFs, T 23-29

T26-27

As you can see from the above details, Swift Boats DO still exist,
and they remain a part of active naval services.

Just not in the two places we would associate with them,
the United States Navy and South Vietnam.

You can check out all the information about these swift boats,
and the other long gone ones, by clicking on the links below. 

 

United States of America (US Navy)

Cambodia           Malta          Philippines           South Vietnam           Thailand

Brazil --- South Africa --- South Korea

 

 

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This page was last updated on: December 03, 2010 at 15:07