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Training for Swift Boats began in 1965 at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, CA. In the first year, some of the men went next to the US Naval Base in Subic Bay, Philippines to ready the Swift Boats for service. The remaining men went on to Vietnam. After arriving in Vietnam, the men dispersed to one of the following bases: An Thoi, Cam Ranh Bay, Cat Lo, Chu Lai, DaNang or Qui Nhon.
Swift Boat crews consisted mainly of six (6) individuals including an Officer in Charge (an LTJG, LT or ENS), Quartermaster, Radarman, Gunners' Mate, Engineman and Boatswains' Mate. The crew of enlisted personnel ranged in pay grade from E3 (Seaman) to E6 (Petty Officer First Class). In earlier crews, a Radioman took the place of a Radarman. In certain circumstances, you could find other ratings among the crewmembers including Firecontrolman, Hospital Corpsman, Machinery Repairman, Mineman, Radarman, Signalman, Sonarman, Torpedoman and a single Yeoman.