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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 334-95
June 20, 1995

LAST VIETNAM-ERA SWIFT PATROL BOATS

TO BE TRANSFERRED FROM ACTIVE SERVICE

The last two operational Vietnam-era U.S. Navy swift patrol boats will be transferred from active service in a ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 17, 1995, at the Washington Navy Yard. One of the boats will be donated to the Navy Museum for permanent display, while the other boat will be transferred to the Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Virginia, to be used as a research vessel.

Former Vietnam swift patrol boat commanders Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts and Representative Jim Kolbe of Arizona, as well as former Chief of Naval Operations and former Commander, U.S. Naval Forces in Vietnam, retired Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, Jr., will attend the ceremony. Many other swift boat veterans are also expected to attend.

Senator Kerry will be the ceremony's principal speaker.

At 51 feet in length and a draft of only four feet, swift patrol boats operated in the shallow, confined waterways of southeast Asia during the Vietnam conflict, delivering and extracting combat forces in hostile areas. A recent Congressional bill authorized the preservation and public display of the two remaining boats, one in Washington, and the other in Norfolk, Virginia.

The ceremony will be open to the public. On Friday, June 16, 1995, media are invited to embark the boats at the Washington Navy Yard for a short transit on the Anacostia River. For further information, contact LT Karl Johnson, Naval District Washington Public Affairs, at (202) 433-2218.