early 1962 the Research Analysis Corporation (RAND) completed a study
on the growing North Vietnam Army Viet Cong activities
in the waterways of South Vietnam.Read this article on the real historyof the PBR presented by Bellingham historian and author:
Todd Warger printed in the June 2014 issue of
The Sea Chest, the
Journal of the Puget Sound Maritime
hull number tells us the creation date of the boat. It is 31RP7210. That
indicates it was 31 feet long and the 10th boat built in 1972.
It was sold to the Navy and put into
operation at Special Boat Unit XI at Mare Island, CA.Over the course of time the hull was getting
water logged and weakened from so much training use.
Special Boat Unit - 11
How did this project get started?
Special Boat Unit ELEVEN,
located at Mare Island, California was established on 1 October 1978,
and was charged with maintaining the Navy's and U.S. Special Operations
Command's expertise in riverine warfare especially the PBRs.
I was ready for a PBR project and purchased the PBR722. Unfortunately it
sat at the Port of Everett (Wa) holding yard for a year while I was
having a knee and shoulder replaced.BIM
had decided to move out of the . . . . .