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1971-1978 - Coastal River Squadrons

Coastal River Squadron -1

Coastal River Squadron ONE Coronado Calif.

In 1971 Boat Support Unit One became Coastal River Squadron One. It would be the Headquarters unit and administrative control for its THREE Coastal River Divisions, CRD 11,12, 13. and its overseas Detachment MST-3, and ARGs. CRS-1's responsibilities included, answering to its Parent Command NSWG-1, It was responsible for Administration and Directives, Operations, Training, Maintenance and Future Craft developments, and meeting the Operational requirements of Naval Special Warfare and the Fleet in CONUS and Overseas. All Units were required to train in Coastal Riverine and SEAL Support operations. In 1978 it would become Special Boat Squadron One.
 

These ORDERS Show The Change from Boat Support Unit One to Coastal River Squadron One.

     

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In May 1976, Coastal River Squadron ONE received the first of the 65' MK III Sea Specter Class Patrol Boats, which remained the primary coastal patrol and interdiction craft until last year. The first delivery of the Special Warfare Craft, Light (SWCL) Seafox class craft was made in June 1982 to support SEAL unique tasking. Vietnam-era Patrol Boat Riverine (PBR) and Mini-Armored Troop Carrier (MATC) craft continue to provide required riverine patrol and interdiction support. Capitalizing on the lessons learned during OPERATION EARNEST WILL, several initiatives were launched in 19R9 with regards to Special Operations Craft (SOC). These efforts with High-Speed Boats (HSB) and 24/ 30-foot Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIB) paid impressive dividends in Exercise EASTERN DESERT 90, which laid the foundation for the Squadron's successful participation in Operation DESERT SHIELD/STORM.


Coastal River Squadron One - Commanding Officer list.


Organization Chart


Ron Roades - I couldn't believe the web page about the three boats I was on during the early 70's at CRS-1 in Coronado. Coming out of Viet Nam on Minesweepers, I received orders for CRS and I ended up on PTF 21 in Subic Bay PI getting a complete overhaul. When I was there several Nasty Class PTF's (3 and 5) and Osprey Class (24 and 26) were also being overhauled. More Here. (This is a link to www.ptfnasty.com)
Jack H. Duncan - Just to touch base.  I laid claim to being the only WWII PT Boaters to serve on Nasty and Osprey boats, but in between, I went through UDT School at Fort Pierce, FL.  No one argued, so I'll stake that claim once more. I enlisted on 8/14/42 and retired on 6/26/85.  With five recalls to active duty, I remained a Reservist the entire time, with more than 17 years of active duty.  More Here. (This is a link to www.ptfnasty.com)
01-15-02 - Kearney Bennett  I was OIC of the 22 from 1972/3 to 1974. The 22 ("Deposit 22") was returned to San Diego from overhaul and Subic in late 1973. I took a boat crew to Long Beach where she had been deck-loaded on an amphib, arranged for a crane to put her in the water, then spent a couple of days getting her ready and making the transit to Coronado.  More Here. (This is a link to www.ptfnasty.com) 

5/17/02 Bryan Herring  email I'm the former OIC PTF-26 and MST-3, SUBIC BAY. I spent 2 years active and 8 years reserve in the boat units. That's me sitting on the Ammo box. More Here. (This is a link to www.ptfnasty.com)

Robert E. "Bob" Nowlin  I WAS WITH BSU-1 FROM 12 AUG 69 TO 6 MAY 71. WAS IN NAM AT SON ONG DOC AND AT SEAFLOAT FROM 18 DEC 69 TO 17 JUN 70 WITH MST 2 DET "C".  ATTACHED IS A PICTURE OF PTF-22 TAKEN IN MARCH OR APRIL OF 71 AT THE PIER AT THE AMPHIB BASE.  GOD ONLY KNOWS WHO MOST ARE. THE ONLY ONES I DO KNOW ARE BY THE 50/81mm MOUNT (LYNCH [GMG 1], ME, HOWARD LORTON [RD 2]. More Here. (This is a link to www.ptfnasty.com)

12/20/01- Paul Simpson   I was the Coastal River Squadron One Ops Officer from mid-76 to mid-78. During that time Skip Kohler was OIC of PTF 24, Bill Snyder was OIC of PTF 26 and Jerry Warren was OIC of PTF 21. Unfortunately, I can't remember a whole lot of other names. Operating the boats out of Coronado was probably the best job a Lt. could get if you weren't too worried about long term career impact. I would still be a happy, old Lt. if I could have kept that job!   More Here. (This is a link to www.ptfnasty.com)

 (02-17-09) Sheldon Campbell, EM1(11/70-2/81)   I was at CRS-1 from 74-78 (sorry, I don't remember the exact month I arrived, but left right around Christmas of '78). During that time, I served aboard PTF-26, and ran MSSC's, then went to ASDV-1 as chief engineer, under BM-1 Marvin Ballard. I relieved Marv as Craftmaster, and was later relieved by QMC Jerry VanAntwerp, when I transferred to PB-751. I went to Subic with MST-3 Det (Foxtrot, I think, but I'm not sure), with Lt. Dave Thompson and HTC Joe Sampley.   Read More Here

Procedure and Qualification Documents

PTF-24 Deck Log, 02/01/78

PTF Training Program Standard Gunnery Commands

Gunshoot Procedure Page 1

Gunshoot Procedure Page 2

PTF Conning Officer Qualifications Sheet

Seamanship

Gunnery

Navigation/Electronics

Engineering Mechanical

Engineering    Electrical



Shiphandling Page 1  Shiphandling Page 2 PTF - Trumpy Damage Control PTF - Osprey Damage Control PTF Conning Officer Designation
Beneficial Schools Small Boat Qual Sheet Instructions Qual for MSSC Engineer Qual for LCPL Engineer Sample Letter of Designation

 
Adding Penguin missiles to PB MKIII Replacement program for PG's and PTFs. Seafox procurement note.  

   
1975 Point Paper   CRS-1 Craft to be Replaced  

(Added 10-12-2011) Document credit Louis Ruzicka


CRS-1 Medium SEAL Support Craft (MSSC) tied to pier. These Boats served in Vietnam at wars end, they and all the NSW Boats returned to the U.S. unlike most of the Brown Water Navy which turned its boats over to the South Vietnamese.
 


The CRS-1 Mobile Repair Truck a leftover from the Viet Nam days. a brand new PBMKIII pulling into the CRS-1 Piers, The first of a new generation of Boats would replace the boats already tied to the pier. CRS-I MSSC practices inserting SEALs at Silver Strand. The SEALs and CRS-1 boat detachment would deploy to the P.I.
 
The First West Coast PBMKIII showing off all her armament Trumpy PTF-20 on step CRS-1 at one time had 3 Trumpys, PTFs 20, 21, 22

CRS-1 had two Osprey PTFs, This is PTf-26 on step.
 
The LCPL MK11 also part of CRS-1, they provided local Swimmer support. Two Ospreys tied to Pier. Workday at CRS-1 and freshwater wash down on PTF-26 CRS-1 Flagstaff with 152mm gun mount on the bow
 

     

Trumpy PTF

A composite Photos of the CRS-1 Trumpy PTFs      

Mike Klapka CRS-1 PBMKIII Photos
       

( 07-31-2010) Ronald Martin - I just happened across your site yesterday and was reading about PTF 22.  I was the training officer at CRS 1 at the time she went aground.  Just happened to have some photos that you might be interested in.  Hope you and the others enjoy. Sorry to say that I don't have much memory of the incident.  It has been a few years and I wasn't directly involved in the case.   I wish that I could help more. Seems that I remember that the cause of the initial flooding of the engine room was due to a cooling hose that either broke or became disconnected.

About me briefly,  I came to CRS 1 I think in late 1975 and was assigned to RIVDIV 12.  Was ONC of a Nasty class PTF (Loved it)  and also PB 736.  I have several slides of that boat when we took it off the truck ( it was delivered overland by truck from the manufacturer) at NS  San Diego.  It was a fun a capable boat, but my heart is with the nasty.  Just a quick speed note on the Nasty,  One night coming back in from our normal week long gun fire support ops at San Clemente Island, she decided to runs very well.  I caught a wave and surfed that was from about two miles south of the island to abreast SD 1 in just under an hour.  I'll let you figure out how fast we were going.  Let's just say that it wasn't 50 kts/hr. 

Later, when we commissioned the special boat units, LT Erickson acted as CO of the units and I the XO until LCDR Adler could join us and assume command.  He was laid up in a hospital after a needed surgery.  I then became Training Officer of both 12 and 13.  I will look thru my stuff and see what else I can come up with.  As far as the PB 736 slides go, if I can figure out how to scan them, I'll send them along. 


PTF-22 on the Rocks

       

(added 02-01-2011)    
  The CRS-1 Watch Tower at NAB Coronado   Small arms and ordnance that the CRS Boatguy was well familiar with.    

(Added 10-12-2011) Tom Beck photos
Tom Beck at helm        
   

(added 10-29-2012) Tim Komounicky 1977-1979 for CRS-1htm
PTFs and Coronado Bridge Pier 14 Combat Craft Division Lt Hunt Div O Combat Craft Div in Zumwalt whites Ops on PL Ops on PBR

 


(added 08-31-2012) Mike Sigsworth Here is a copy of the CRS-1 Welcome Aboard handout page 1 page 2

(Added 01-22-2013)        
Robert Bickford ID Card SERE Cert   Training Cert  

(added 04-22-2013)    
 

MST-3 Subic bay LCPL doing  cast and recovery ops

Jim Gray shooting M-79 SCI off a new PBMKIII    

 

 


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