P24 Republic of Malta
Class: PCF, Patrol Craft Fast
Length: 50 feet, 1.5 inches
The Patrol Craft Fast (PCF), or "Swift Boat" as it was known began service in 1965. Adapted from offshore oil service vessels, they were used to patrol the coastline and inland waterways of Vietnam from 1968-1975. PCF training was based at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado on San Diego bay.
In 1971, PCF-816 she was donated by the US Navy to the Republic of Malta and renamed P24. She was used for coast guard duty, interdicting smugglers, harbor security, and search & rescue. She served for 40 years and finally decommissioned in 2011. She was one of the last two PCF's to be in service.
Unidentified PCFs of the same type in Vietnam.
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