PCF 816 Swift Boat

In Honor of those who served. In remembrance of the shared Swift Boat history.

Mark ll Patrol Craft Fast Swift Boat

A Swift Boat at the Maritime Museum of San Diego!

The U.S. Navy officially called them Patrol Craft Fast - PCFs for short, but the men who served on them during Vietnam have always known them as Swift Boat.

In 1971, the US Navy donated two Swift Boats to the newly formed Republic of Malta’s Maritime Squadron. After forty years of coastguard duty, Malta retired these boats from service. In 2011, Malta's Minister of Defense donated a Swift Boat to the Maritime Museum of San Diego with our promise to preserve her history and to pay tribute to all Swift Boat Sailors from both countries.

The Swift Boat Sailors Association brought this Swift Boat to the Maritime Museum of San Diego to be restored and operated on San Diego Bay. Museum visitors will have the opportunity to experience the sound and throbbing vibration from two V12 diesels delivering 980 horsepower for high speed runs through the Bay while retired Swift Boat Sailors and docents talk about what it was like to be a crewman in Vietnam, serving as a Quartermaster, Gunner's Mate, Engineman, Radarman, Bosun's Mate or Skipper.

The Navy first used them on coastal patrol as a part of Operation Market Time to interdict seaborne supplies on their way to the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army in South Vietnam. Later, the boats moved into the rivers and canals of the Mekong Delta and the Ca Mau peninsula to conduct special operations: gunfire support, troop insertion and evacuation, and raids into enemy territory. To the U.S. Navy, Swift Boats were weapons of war. For the officers who commanded them, Swift Boats were a chance at independent duty at a young age - most men were under twenty-five years old. For the sailors who crewed them, Swift Boats were an opportunity to abandon big-ship confusion and bureaucracy for a small combatant, where every man counted and where every man could trust his shipmates and befriend them like family.

Their performance was so successful that the North stopped trying. In 1968 Swift Boats became a part of the Brown Water Navy, joining PBRs (Patrol Boat River) and the Mobile Riverine Force, patrolling rivers and canals of the Mekong Delta. This was Admiral Zumwalt's successful interdiction strategy, called Operation Sea Lords, to disrupt the Viet Cong's mobility and to make villages safe for the South Vietnamese to return to their homes.

To all our Active Duty Personnel and those who served both the US and Malta, THANK YOU.

Saturday & Sundays

Feel the history & power of the twin 12 cylinder Detroit Diesels as you take a behind the scenes tour of San Diego's military history. Enjoy this unique one of a kind adventure aboard our historic Swift Boat, PCF-816. Be a part of history. Tours began Memorial Day 2014.

  • Two tours daily: Saturday, Sunday.
  • Check-in time ends: 10:30 am and 1:00 pm .
  • Tour route heads under Coronado Bay Bridge, Naval Base San Diego, and then Naval Amphibious Base. It then heads back by the aircraft carrier basin and Naval Air Station North Island before returning to the Museum.
  • This is a narrated tour describing PCF 816 's role in the U.S., Malta, Viet Nam, Swift Boat sailors, and the above establishments on the Bay.
  • Tours are $10.00 per person (Or take the 2 for one special, Swift Boat Tour plus Pilot Bay Cruise for only $13.00), plus Maritime Museum of San Diego admission. Tickets are available at the museum and online. Online sales end 24 hours before tour. Walk-up tickets available up to time of boarding.
  • Capacity is 25 guests per tour
To purchase tickets online Click Here

Some of the many generous donors that have given time and money who have made this project possible.

Ken Andersen and Melanie Potter
Capt Keith M. Arndt, USN (RET)
Bill and Jean Avera
E. Elliott Barker, Sr.
Bob Barnett
Jack G. Barthell
John G. Barthell
Christine Berggren and John Weidner - In honor of all the swift boat sailors who served in defense of our nation
Michael and Michele Bernique
Mr. Tim Blake
James B. Bogart
Terry Boone, SBSA - To all our 50 Fallen Swift Boat Comrades Still on Patrol
LCDR David M. Bradley, USN (Ret)
Barbara Summers Brant - In Honor of my husband Tuck Brant, PCF 36,93,96
Robert and Elizabeth Brown
Mead Cain
Jim Carolan – OinC PCF-63 – 1967-68, in memory of LTJG William H Murphy III, COSDIV OinC, KIA 19 November 1967
Susan and Terrence Costello
Matt D'Amico - OinC's/crew members of PCF 37
Donald Da Parma
James W. Deal - SBSA
John and Mary Ann Dooley
David Du
Paul and Diane Eckert
Sue Edwards
Stephen Ellul
Exxon Mobil Foundation
Don and Vickie Farrell
Tommy & Barbara Francis - SBSA
Capt Alfred French III - OinC of PCF9, November 68 to Nov 69, An Thoi, RVN
Mr. Edwin Galea
William C. Garlow
LCDR Neil F. Geis
Charlie Gibson
Tom and Poulet Green
Guy Gugliotta
Ken and Pam Guyer - All those who served courageously in the Brown Water Navy of Vietnam. GMGSN Ken Guyer, Cua Viet/ Dong Ha River Security, 1968-69
A. Robert Hager, Jr. - Swift Boat OIC with Coastal Division 15, Qui Nhon, Viet Nam from September 1966 to November 1967
Oliver G. Halle
Don Hammer
Wayne and Sharon Hanson
Rockne Harmon - To all of my crew, and all Swifties- the best of the best!
Richard Holleran
Mr. Duane Holman
Robert Hunt
Doug and Michelle Jacoby
Lt Stephen Janes, Tuck, Sully, Cappy, Leroy and Nellie - MY Crew - Cat Lo 12/67 to 4/68; Qui Nhon 4/68 to 7/68 - PCFs 102 and 62
Lt W. Homer Jennings - In Honor of Crew Of The "82" 09/05/69
Warren Jenny and Jeanie Haynes - In Memory of Harvey Farha EN3, Cam Rahn Bay, Cua Viet
Richard and Judith Kern
Ted Kenny
Monard and Jerene Kindley
Ernest J. "Bud" Kittle
Oliver P. Lent
Gary K. Liedorff
Allen LoBean and Carol Mastro
John and Bonnie Lorenz
Bill Lupetti, HM3 An-Thoi 1969
Ellen and Charles MacVean
Justin McCarthy
Lt Col Andrew Mallia, AFM
William S. Mann, Jr.
David P. Marion
Walt Maxam
Harry and Mary Ellen McConnell
Capt. Warren B. McDonald, (Ret)
Morgan Stanley
John Miller
Cyrus and Jill Monroe
Tim Mott
Frank and Judith Mueller
Dick Olsen
PCFDIV Qui Nhon '66-'67: Mr. Stuart Jewell, Mr. Charles B. Lindwall, Mr. James Spruance, III, Mr. Donald Tortorice, Mr. Bill Ulrich
Michael Peters
Thomas H. Pope, III
Warren L. Potts
Charles Rabel
Sean Paul Ricard
Gordon Riggle - Served as Officer-in-Charge of a Swift Boat in Coastal Division 15, Qui Nhon, Vietnam from March 1967 until March 1968
Grace Rodriquez
Laurence & Maria Rosato
Jimmy W. Sanford - In honor of all Swiftboat Sailors living and dead.
Rebecca Saikowski
Jack Shamley
Paul and E Louise Shepherd
B Tony and Valerie Snesko
Mike Solhaug
Capt. Reid Sprague - Qui Nhon - 1967-68
Bill Stanard
Tom and Paula Stanford
Stephen Stribling
Dr. Clay Stuckey
Jack Sutphen
Swift Boat Sailors Association, Inc.
Lois and Eldon Thompson
Allan and Paula Tilghman
Charles Till
Daniel Ustick
Capt. and Mrs. Art VanRooy
Diane & Katherine Wallace - Lt. j g RICHARD C. WALLACE killed in action aboard a swiftboat Nov.8, 1968
John E. Walsh and Deborah Ware - 1969 &am; 1970. My swiftboat was PCF-22
LCDR J. Phillip Webb, USN
Royal F. Wertz, Jr.
James M. Will
Tom Wright - PCF 89, Qui Nhon, Feb 68-Oct 69, and
PCF 44, An Thoi, Nov 68-Apr 69.
John W. Yeoman
Robert Yeoman
Ronald L. Zimmerman and Sue Livingston

Crunch to restore Vietnam-era Swift Boat.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego is working to restore a vessel linked to the Vietnam War.

Vietnam veteran Tom Matyn is helping the museum restore a vintage 1968 swift boat, and he said, "There's a long road ahead to get her ready."

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