Patrol Torpedo Fast 3 Restoration Project

Launched in 1962, as a Norwegian Navy Tjeld/Nasty Class PT Boat, the 80 Ft. long mahogany hull PT boat was part of a join U.S./Norway Fast Boat program. Acquired by the Kennedy Administration, the boat was designated as a U.S. Navy Nasty Class, Patrol Torpedo Fast Boat, hull #3. The first of 20 Nasty Class boats, PTF 3, was named 'FAST AND NASTY', and commissioned in May 1963 at Little Creek, VA. Stationed in DaNang, South Vietnam in late 1963 as a MAC V SOG, Special Ops boat, PTF 3 was used to raid and insert Special Ops Teams into North Vietnam. It was during a series of raids by PTF Boats in August 1964 that generated the sea battle known as the Tonkin Gulf Incident, which involved U.S. Navy Destroyers and North Vietnamese torpedo boats. This action escalated a small civil war in southeast Asia into the Vietnam War, 1964-1975. The PTF special operation boats served for the duration of the war on hundreds of covert missions inserting SEAL teams and South Vietnamese Commandos into North Vietnam. Returned to the States in the 1970's, PTF 3 served as a dive boat for the U.S. Navy technical dive school at Key West, FL until she was retired in 1977.

SPECIFICATIONS:
Built:
Masden, Norway 1962 as KNM SKREI Torpedo
Commissioned:
U.S. Navy PTF 3 1963
 
Length:
80 feet, 4 inches
Beam:
24 feet, 5 inches
Draft:
6 feet, 10 inches
Power:
(2) Deltics @ 3150bhp ea.
Speed:
43.5 knots
Weight, Full:
75 tons
Range:
1000 miles
Construction:
Double planked Honduran Mahogany
Armament:
40 mm BOFORS (1)
.50 cal M2 / 81mm (1)
20 mm Mark 3 (2)
7.62 mm M60 MG (4)
5.56 mm M16 rifles
recoilless rifle
redeye rockets
122 mm rockets

PTF 3 was sold for scrap in 1978, the boat was never used for any purpose and set idle for almost 25 years in south Florida. In December of 2001, PTF 3 was donated to Boy Scout Troop 544 of Orange City, Florida. After a couple of false starts, PTF 3 was pushed 250 miles by a tugboat up the coast of Florida in May 2003, then lifted onto a steel beam trailer. On July 25, 2003, PTF 3, 'Fast and Nasty' was moved overland 43 miles to her new home at the DeLand Naval Air Museum for a complete restoration. Assisted by The National Vietnam War Museum, Vietnam Veterans of Central Florida, City of DeLand, FL, and the City of Sanford, FL, PTF 3 has a bright future. It is the mission of Boy Scout Troop 544 to return this historic PT Boat to service as a BSA Sea Scout/U.S. Navy Sea Cadet Training Vessel and living History Museum that will honor the service of all veterans. Please help us make this possible with your donation. For Donations send to:

Boy Scout Troop 544 - PTF 3
PO Box 740789
Orange City, FL 32774-0789
ph: (800) 694-7161
www.scout544ptf.com

 

 

 


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