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Malta Magnificent Seven


The worst peacetime tragedy suffered by the AFM (Armed Forces of Malta) occurred on September 7, 1984. An explosion onboard the Swift-class patrol boat C23 (later ne-named P23) killed seven people.  P23 remained in service until 2010 and the AFM retained the patrol boat as a memorial. A monument was built at Xatt it-Tiben soon after the tragedy, and a new one was unveiled in 2009 on the 25th anniversary. The Maritime Museum of San Diego has another memorial to those killed in the tragedy near P23's (PCF 813) sister ship P24 (PCF 816) which is preserved in the museum.

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PCF 816


PCF 816 was one of ten Swift Boats used to train Swift Boat Sailors at Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, CA.  In February 1971, the U.S. Navy donated PCF 816 (and PCF 813) to the Republic of Malta and renamed P24 (and P23, respectively).  Her duties included coast guard duty, interdicting smugglers, harbor security, and search & rescue. She served for 40 years and finally decommissioned in 2011.  She was one of the last two PCF's to be in service.  The Swift Boat Sailors Association received PCF 816 from the Malta Government in 2012 and she is currently restored, on display, and available for sea tours, at the San Diego Maritime Museum.

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