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Posted by: Nick Hunter I'll suggest it would be nice to see a Vanguard on the Patrol air Cushion Vehicle (PACV), armed hovercraft deployed as riverrine patrol craft. They weren't amazingly succesful (basically, too expensive for the firepower they carried and too loud, so the VC effectively only had to engage them if they wanted to) but I think they'd make an interesting subject
Posted on: 02/04/2013 09:41:00

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Posted by: xeneize
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The PACV alone are too small, but alongside all boats and ships of the Riverine operation will be a very interesting topic.
Posted on: 02/04/2013 22:48:00
Posted by: Nick Hunter
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The problem is that they've already done Vietnam Riverine, and the PACV wasn't in in - focus was very much PBRs, swift boats and monitors
Posted on: 03/04/2013 09:23:00
Posted by: shado10
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Joined Date: Sunday, 14 December 2014
Whatever happened to the military hovercraft, it never did become the future of amphibious warfare, too expensive and vulnerable I guess. Even we impoverished Brits had a couple.
Posted on: 06/04/2013 12:25:00
Posted by: Nick Hunter
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The Russians went for them big style - think of the Aist class assault transports - and the USMC have the LCAC hover landing craft, but they're better in specialist roles than as general vehicles. Less than a dozen were used in Vietnam, at a million (1968) dollars each
Posted on: 06/04/2013 18:21:00
Posted by: shado10
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Of course, don't know where my brain is! The Aist class, I recall all those blurry pics we used to get in cold war days, and the US LAC. Thanks for reminding me!
Posted on: 08/04/2013 23:23:00
Posted by: Nick Hunter
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Oddly, I was in St Petersburg, and took one of the tourist cruses on the Neva, with anything military being the last thing on my mind...except that we cruise past the military part of the docks on the way out, right past a pair of Aist-class :-) I'd not seen them except in photos before then.
Posted on: 09/04/2013 09:28:00

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