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Click here to see actual video from Vietnam showing Uniflites in action!!

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Between 1968 and 1972, Uniflite supplied over 1500 fiberglass boats - up to 52 feet long - to the US Navy, more than any other company.

PBR31 (31 foot)  Built by Uniflite for the US Navy. (twin diesel jets)
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Cousins in Quality - The Navy recognized Uniflite's exceptional abilities to build with fiberglass, as the following photo indicates.  At the left is a 31 foot Uniflite cruiser, one the most popular models.  The Navy, in desperate need of a fleet of craft to patrol rivers in Vietnam scoured the country for a suitable hull.  It selected the Uniflite 31 and gave the company a contract to construct several hundred river patrol craft.  The following picture is taken in Bellingham Bay very near the Uniflite site.

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As you can see, the 31' Navy  PBR (right) used the same hull as the 31' Express Cruiser (left)

 


1983 50 foot Navy Utility Boat (photograph taken Feb 1, 2001)

pvrbook (4573 bytes) Brown Water, Black Berets by Thomas J. Cutler
This was an excellent history of the navy in the delta. Closer to a history book than a personal account. A profile of the Vietnam U.S. Navy Brown Water Forces describes their Swift Boats and Armored Personnel Carriers, the high-casualty dangers they faced, and their battles between the Mekong and the China Sea.  Click here to order (Amazon)



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Click here for PBR Forces Veterans Association (excellent!!)

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