|PBR (Patrol Boat Riverine)
|United States Navy United States Army Republic of Vietnam Navy
Are there any original PBR boats left?
The PBR is the U.S. Navy designation for a small, rigid-hulled patrol boat that was used in the Vietnam War from March 1966 until the end of 1971. The boats were deployed in a force that grew to a peak of 250 vessels. Today, only 36 PBRs exist in the United States. About six of them are seaworthy.
How big is a PBR boat?
The PBR was manufactured in two versions, the first with 31 foot length and 10 foot, 7 inch beam. The Mark II version 32 feet (9.8 m) long and one foot wider beam had improved drives to reduce fouling and aluminum gunwales to resist wear.
What happened to all the PBR boats?
Most of the 418 Mark II PBRs constructed by Uniflite went to Vietnam. A number of the boats were also sold to foreign navies, including the Philippines navy, or to domestic police forces. A Philippines navy PBR appeared as a U.S. Navy PBR in the 1979 film Apocalypse Now.