Tip of the Spear: Navy Riverines RPB Firepower

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NOTE: THIS VIDEO HAS BEEN UPDATED. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO WATCH THE UPDATED VERSION. In this first episode from Tip of the Spear's visit with the US Navy's Riverine Squadron 3, we get a guided tour of the Riverine Patrol Boat and the intense weapons they carry onboard.

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  1. shep854
    shep854 Jul 13, 2011

    One quibble; the Riverine Squadrons of Vietnam used the PBR (Patrol Boat, Riverine) for the "up the creek" boat. It was basically a speedboat with twin .50s and 7.62 MGs

  2. 27695360
    27695360 Jul 19, 2011

    The RIVER PATROL BOATS of Vietnam are the precursors of Inshore and Inland Operations! WE led the way and INVENTED very successful tactics. Saved a lot of lives and made history while Incountry.

  3. 27695360
    27695360 Jul 19, 2011

    River Patrol Boats (P.B.R.'s in MY day) were constantly under fire and the targets of many ambushes. Gallant men fought back and were very successful in hindering enemy forces' supply lines, and troop movements. We did it with a single mount .50 aft, M60 & M18 machine gun and grenade launchers and twin .50's up front, on the bow.

  4. 27695360
    27695360 Jul 19, 2011

    You guys got one thing wrong...RIVER PATROL BOATS in Vietnam (NOT Swift Boats) were the "Tip of the Spear" for today's Riverine Operations! At least you guys at History and Military Channel got ONE thing right - - - stay out of the way of the Gunners!

  5. PBR110
    PBR110 Jul 19, 2011

    The US Navy Riverines of today had their origin in the Vietnam-era River Patrol Force T.F. 116, Operation Game Warden and T.F. Clear Water which were made up of the PBR (Patrol Boat River) of PBR River Sections/Divisions, Mine Counter Measures Units, Seawolves (HAl 3), Black Ponies (VAL 4), STAABs, SEAL Teams, SEAL Support Units, LST Units and Support Bases - NOT the Swift Boats of T.F.-115. We Patrolled the inland waterways of the Mekong Delta in IV Corps and up near Hue in I Corps. T.F.-116 and T.F. Clearwater were in deed the "Point of the Spear" and developed tactics that are in use today. We old PBR Sailors of the River Patrol Force had a great deal to do with writing the PQS of the modern day Riverines.

  6. takimno1
    takimno1 Jul 19, 2011

    we of the seawolves and the pbr'ers set a precidence that will be examples of teamwork and brotherhood along with the seals that todays militarty and tommorrows will be learning from for a long long time,,, love you guys michal hal-3 69-79 det 3

  7. takimno1
    takimno1 Jul 19, 2011

    oops sorry fat fingers,,, 69-70

  8. 6326161
    6326161 Jul 23, 2011

    john kerry who served in vietnam commanded a swift boat. hope he was better at it than as a senator and president wananbe.

  9. 6326161
    6326161 Jul 23, 2011

    the pbr's in nam are also proud of one of thier own buried in florence national cemetary for the MOH he was awarded. can any of you name him. Last name elliot.

  10. GaryRG
    GaryRG Aug 11, 2011

    Origin from Swift Boat teams? - Doubt it - how about some homework on TF116 and TF117! / MRF-ASPB sailor

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