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    Just what was a Tango, Charlie or a Zippo?

    All coming soon, when I have time and inclination, a quick run down on the Monitors in Vietnam.


    The heavily armed riverine battleships known as Monitors. (the forward turret contained either a 40mm bofars or a 105mm gun.) Behind is a Tango (a troop carrying varient that doesn't look disimilar to a Landing Craft) Behind this monitors forward turret will be a mortar pit, there are up to three turrets on the main super structure with machine guns.


    A Monitor Zippo was armed with a flame thrower to the rear of the large forward turret, on both sides. This was used to fire napalm in order to clear the river sides. This would replace hte mortar pit.

    A Tango was a troop carrying varient (with a ramp and a covered area for up to a platoon of troops), a Charlie the C2 vessel (with a covered area where the mortar pit should be for the C2 elements to plot) and Alfas (?) which were used to lead the riverine convoys and clear booby traps.
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    Not the best picture but I have to get this in.



    A Douche boat (this one named "Irma la Douche"). These vessels carried a water cannon and supported the Zippos in clearing the river banks but not in the way that immediatly springs to mind.

    The water cannon was capable of 3,000 psi and was used to drown tunnels and could literally wash away river side bunkers. Other assets would ensure the area was clear, for the douches entry to the fire fight.

    This may seem a strange weapon, but some of the mud bunkers were capable of withstanding 105mm bombardment with ease, yet all fell before the 3,000 psi water jet of the douche boats.
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    Thanks for the interesting information 1000ydstare.

    Here are some websites that I found relating to this topic.

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    MOBILE RIVERINE FORCES OF VIETNAM
    http://home.tampabay.rr.com/mrf/index/mrf.htm

    BOATS OF THE RIVERINE FORCE
    http://home.tampabay.rr.com/mrf/index/boats.htm

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    Jim Steffes' Vietnam Photo Album
    http://bcres.com/river/steffes.htm

    http://www.bcres.com/river/steffe02.htm
    http://www.bcres.com/river/steffe03.htm
    http://www.bcres.com/river/steffe04.htm
    http://www.bcres.com/river/steffe05.htm
    http://www.bcres.com/river/steffe06.htm
    http://www.bcres.com/river/steffe07.htm
    http://www.bcres.com/river/steffe08.htm
    http://www.bcres.com/river/steflink.htm

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    COASTAL SQUADRON ONE
    Swift Boat Crew Directory
    http://swiftboats.net/

    Boat Background
    http://swiftboats.net/extras/boat_background.htm

    Boat Specifications: Mark I (PCFs 1-104)
    http://swiftboats.net/extras/boat_specifications.htm

    Crew Complement
    http://swiftboats.net/extras/crew_complement.htm

    Command Lists
    http://swiftboats.net/extras/commands.htm

    AND MORE...

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    Swift Boat Sailors Association
    http://www.swiftboats.org/

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    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    http://www.mrfa.org/

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    River Vet
    http://www.rivervet.com/
    Lots and lots of information, photos, maps, histories, etc. Some examples are
    listed below.

    Boats
    http://www.rivervet.com/boats.htm

    Alpha Boat
    The Assault Support Patrol Boat (ASPB), better known as an Alpha Boat
    was the Destroyer/Minesweeper of the fleet
    http://www.rivervet.com/alpha.htm
    http://www.rivervet.com/images/boats/aspb1967.jpg

    Monitor
    http://www.rivervet.com/monitor.htm
    http://www.rivervet.com/images/boats/Monitor1967.jpg

    Zippo Boat
    The flamethrowing converted monitor with bow mounted flamethrowers and
    napalm tanks provided a means of clearing the dense growth near river banks
    where Charlie was prone to ambush our boats or support ships.
    http://www.rivervet.com/zippo.htm

    Armored Troop Carriers (ATC's) - Tango Boat
    http://www.rivervet.com/tango.htm
    http://www.rivervet.com/images/boats/atc1967a.jpg
    http://www.rivervet.com/images/boats/atc1967b.jpg

    Command & Communications Boat or Command Control Boat
    http://www.rivervet.com/ccb.htm
    http://www.rivervet.com/images/boats/ccb1967.jpg

    River Patrol Boat (PBR) Mk I
    http://www.rivervet.com/images/boats/PBRMkI1967.jpg

    River Patrol Boat (PBR) Mk II
    http://www.rivervet.com/images/boats/PBRMkII1967.jpg

    Fast Patrol Craft (Swift Boat) Mk I
    http://www.rivervet.com/images/boats/PCFMkI1967.jpg

    Fast Patrol Craft (Swift Boat) Mk II
    http://www.rivervet.com/images/boats/PBRMkII1967.jpg

    The Patrol Air Cushion Vehicle (PACV)
    http://www.rivervet.com/others.htm

    NAVAL INSHORE OPERATIONAL TRAINING COMMAND
    On Mare Island at Vallejo, California
    BOAT INFORMATION - Photos of the various boats
    Photos courtesy of LT Al Breininger
    http://www.rivervet.com/training_boats.htm

    Designs of 1967 Vietnam Era Boats
    http://www.rivervet.com/designs.htm

    BM3 Johnny Salmi's Photos, T-111-12
    http://www.rivervet.com/salmi_photos.htm

    AND MUCH MUCH MORE...

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    USS Satyr
    the ARL-23 in Vietnam 1968 - 1971
    http://www.usssatyr.com/

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    BROWN WATER LST
    http://www.lst1166.com/

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    Howard Kramer's 9th Infantry MRF Site
    Welcome to my gallery of pictures and memories of a time long ago
    when so many of us were young and innocent. I certainly hope some
    of these images bring back pleasant memories of Vietnam. If you recognize
    anyone on these pictures, please let me know and I'll include your remarks.
    If you wish to post reunions or other info here, I'll be glad to help.
    To all my brethren out there, it was indeed an honor to serve with you!
    http://www.vietnamsniper.com/

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    PBR Forces Veterans Association
    http://www.pbr-fva.org/betasite/

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    Endless Journey
    Join the author, Michael A. Harris, as he takes you from his youth to his
    harrowing experiences with the Navy Mobile Riverine Force in the steamy
    jungles of the Mekong Delta. View his personal Vietnam War Pictures,
    Vietnam War Memorabilia, Military Medals and much more. Hear his stories
    of trips back to Vietnam, Laos, Burma and Cambodia as he continues down
    the path of his Endless Journey.
    http://www.riverinesailor.com/

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    Patrol Boat River/ Section "533"
    http://members.tripod.com/~Yogies/index.html
    http://members.tripod.com/~Yogies/main.html

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    Boat Support Unit One -
    Mobile Support Team Two
    Supporting U.S. Navy SEALs and South Vietnamese
    Navy SEALs from the Rung Sat Secret Zone to the tip of the Mekong Delta.
    March 1967 - December 1971
    http://www.mst2-vietnam.info/
    http://www.mst2-vietnam.info/MobileSupportTeamTwo.htm
    http://www.warboats.org/bsumainpage.htm
    http://www.warboats.org/

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    PTF Patrol Torpedo Fast
    The "Nasty Class" Fighting Boat
    http://www.ptfnasty.com/

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    The Unofficial River Section/Division 531 Home Page
    This page is dedicated to all Veterans everywhere and especially to those
    of the Vietnam War's Brown Water Navy River Patrol Forces, of T.F. 116,
    code named Game Warden
    http://my.eiis.net/cmart/index.html

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    HOME PAGE OF RIVER ASSAULT DIVISION 595 and RIVER ASSAULT DIVISION 153
    http://mcdevitt.robert.tripod.com/

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    U.S. Navy River Division 551-Vietnam
    http://community-2.webtv.net/devil06...551/index.html

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    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    Task Force 115
    http://mrfa.org/tf115a.htm

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    River Division 513
    Photos provided by various veterans.
    http://stevebingham1945.tripod.com/index.htm

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    Joe Muharsky's Swift Boats In Vietnam
    http://www.mwweb.com/ndc/SwiftBoats/Swifthome.htm

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    Rick's Brown Water Navy page
    Riv Div 552
    Tra Cu, Vietnam
    http://www.secondstartotheright.com/.../pbr/tracu.htm

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    WHITTAKER'S BROWN WATER NAVY
    The Story of LST 601 in Vietnam--Places We Went, People We Saw, Things We Did.
    http://community-2.webtv.net/cwlloyd...INE/index.html

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    U-Boat Sailors
    U.S. Naval Support Activity - Da Nang Lighterage Division
    http://www.jackcoker.com/

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    History of The YRBM-20 (Vietnam)
    The YRBM-20 known as the Delta Hilton was a floating Brown Water Navy base
    in Vietnam during 1969 and 1970. YRBM stands for "Yard Repair Berthing and Messing"
    It was not self propelled. A barge tied to the stern had diesel outboards to move the
    YRBM when needed. It was located on a wide spot in the Bassac River, the tributary
    of the Mekong River south of the town of Chou Doc Province and very near the
    Cambodian border. Detachments assigned to the YRBM-20 patrolled the French–built
    border canals nearby. One canal ran between the Bassac River and Ting Binh. Another
    ran to the Mekong River.
    http://www.mrfa.org/yrbm20.htm

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    Patrol Gunboat Reunion Association
    http://www.gunboatriders.com/index_main.html
    The Gunboats: Descriptions and Histories
    http://www.gunboatriders.com/theboats/index.html

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    I was particularly interested in the moniters when I bought The Illustrated Directory Of The United States Navy.



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