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
Masden, Norway 1962 as KNM SKREI Torpedo
U.S. Navy PTF 3 1963
80 feet, 4 inches
24 feet, 5 inches
6 feet, 10 inches
(2) Deltics @ 3150bhp ea.
Double planked Honduran Mahogany
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
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
Scout Troop 544 - PTF 3
PO Box 740789
Orange City, FL 32774-0789
ph: (800) 694-7161