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Subject: Modern USN PT Boats
hist_ed    4/2/2009 11:47:00 PM
Does the US military have any small (under 100 foot) gun boats? If so what are their usual complement and weapons? Thanks
 
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kensohaski       6/13/2009 12:13:49 PM
I am not really the perfect source,
 
However if you google "Nasty and Swift" you will find that the US does employ a modern version of PT boats.  Useful to say the least.  I think that our SOF uses them.
 
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ens. jack    Swcc's   6/15/2009 3:24:41 PM
Aye, the seals and swcc's use a 33 foot boat for inland and coastal work. Has two 7.62 mm chain guns, 2 40mm grenade launchers, and a .50 cal machine gun. Capable of around 80 knots, and a 180 degree turn in under two boat lengths.
 
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benellim4       6/15/2009 6:25:33 PM
Are you looking for a modern PT boat or a craft designed to carry special operations forces.
 
Remember the PT boats of WWI were ~80ft in length and carried four torpedoes, capable of sinking or at least mission killing ships much larger than the PT boat itself. There is no equivalent in the modern USN. The closest was probably the PHM class.
 
There are MkVs in Naval Special Warfare. They are 85ft long, IIRC, and can carry several crew served weapons, .50cals, M240s/M60s, Mk19s that sort of thing. But their real purpose is to go in and deliver SEALs.
 
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benellim4       6/15/2009 6:38:39 PM
WWII not WWI.
 
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