Principal swift boat bases in Vietnam were located at Da Nang, Chu Lai, Cam Ranh Bay, Qui Nhon, Cat Lo, and An Thoi. Originally employed almost exclusively in offshore waters, the SEALORDS strategy of Vice Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., sent them increasingly into the rivers and canals of South Vietnam in the 1968–70 period on barrier patrols designed to interdict enemy supplies crossing from Cambodia.
During the course of the war, some 125 swift boats were built. Of these, 104 were transferred to the South Vietnamese Navy as U.S. Navy combat operations in the war were phased out.
[See also Navy, U.S.: Since 1946; Vietnam War, U.S. Naval Operations in the.]
Thomas J. Cutler , Brown Water, Black Berets, 1980.
R. L. Schreadley , From the Rivers to the Sea, 1992.
R. L. Schreadley
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