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 Author  Topic: Newly found PT658 PT659 and PT660 at Huyneme and PT Mugu pictures
  Jerry Gilmartin


Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jerry Gilmartin   Send Email To Jerry Gilmartin Posted on: Mar 23, 2012 - 3:31pm
Hi everyone,
One of our group, Bill Weaver went down to California and met with the museum curator of the Port Huyneme Ca museum, and found several photos of the ex PT Boats still in use as PT Mugu missile range patrol boats and target towing boats from 1949 to the 1970's. Here they are. The first one is really neat since it shows RCT13 RCT14 and RCT15 in their nearly "as delivered" condition. RCT= Remote Control Target (guess) The twin gun tubs are still on there as are the original radar masts, also the foundation platforms for the 40mm on the stern and for the 37mm on the bow. (keystone shaped wooden pedestals on deck) Note the TV cameras on the forward mast of the boat in the foreground, it must have been for filming the missiles as they hit the target? I thought you guys may enjoy seeing these recently found pictures!

Port Huyneme Nov 1949

Aerial View Port Huyneme 1960's

Another aerial view later on in 1960'd (Chip Marshall picture)

PT659 at Long Beach 1970's I dont know what "IUW" means

PT659 as IUW01 at Long Beach 1970s bow view

PT659 Photo mosaic shows several views 1970's Long Beach

PT659 in 1960's at Port Huyneme

PT660 patrolling PT Mugu test range in 1960's

PT660 stern view of unusual crane

The demise of PT660

Closer view of burning boat

Jerry Gilmartin

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Jeff D


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You sure post some interesting pictures Jerry, thanks once again.

IUW might stand for Inshore Undersea Warfare according to this site:

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Donald Shannon

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Hi Gerry:

Great photos could you please email me a high resolution of the first image on your post of RCT 14 15 and 13 docked along side each other.
Titled: Port Huyneme Nov 1949
And the
PT 659 Photo mosaic (Just interested in the close up of the helm area.)

Donald Shannon

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Don and Jeff;
IUW stands for Inshore Undersea Warfare Group One, they were responsible for habor security and sent many detachments to Vietnam, they were the higher command for west coast MIUW units, and have evolved into todays SECDET's(security detachments.
take care,

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