Swift Boat Sailors Memorial

Station Assignments

Board and Search Assignments

  • Officer in Charge
    • As discussed above
    • Overall command of evolution
    • Pre boarding coordination with other forces as required
    • Real time realignment of Crew resources as required
    • Appropriate approach
    • Examination of paperwork (along with Vietnamese Navy Petty Officer if available)
    • Assessment of situation
    • Decision to release boarded craft & crew or to detain some or all of the boarded craft & crew; proper handling of any detained craft & crew
    • Post boarding reports
  • Helmsman
    • As discussed above
    • Proper approach (in general: to seaward of craft to be boarded (C2B2) during the day & to landward of C2B2 at night)
    • Maintenance of navigational awareness (using to chart in Pilot House, radar, fathometer & other resources)
    • Monitoring & Guarding radio frequencies as assigned
    • Swapping Conn with after conning station as appropriate
    • Hand-ankle coordination with Look Out/ Machine Gunner
  • Look Out/Machine Gunner
    • As discussed above
    • Armed surveillance of C2B2 with twin fifties on approach … while fifties can bear; then positioning fifties for response in case of ambush
    • Shift to other covering arms … such as M-16, M-60 or Ithaca 12 Gage … when fifties can no longer bear
    • Over watch monitor of board & search operations
    • Continue look out duties
  • After Conn
    • Swap conn with Helmsman as appropriate
    • Approach craft to be boarded; come along side
    • Position Craft to respond to ambush
    • Employ personal weapon(s) as appropriate
    • For C2B2 deemed to be friendly, break off in a friendly manner
  • PCF Boarding Party
    • Handle lines & fenders
    • Maintain boarding protocol (such as lights & lines) … in general … shine lights away from shore … do not allow C2B2 to tie their lines to PCF … be prepared to cast off lines
    • Keep appropriate fire power to bear
    • Assess situation
    • Support embarking of detainees as appropriate
  • C2B2 Boarding Party
    • Board & search C2B2
    • Maintain personal & weapon security
    • Perform in water search as assigned
    • Assess situation
    • Return to PCF.