Virtual Tour of the PBR
Gamewarden's PBR is a Patrol Boat River, better known as a PBR. These craft supported the mission of Task Force 116 in Vietnam.
In December of 1965, naval leadership determined the need to command the waterways of the Mekong Delta. In pursuit of that goal, Task Force 116 was established. River Patrol Squadron 5 was formed as the principal PBR unit operating under CTF-116. PBR's commenced their first combat patrols under operation code name. "Gamewarden". The PBR's patrolled the Mekong delta checking cargo and the identity of junks and sampans plying the waterways. At night, they set ambushes and supported SEAL and UDT special operations and enforced nighttime curfew restrictions.
Task Force 116 was disestablished in December 1970, and 293 U. S. Navy PBR's were transferred to the South Vietnamese Navy.
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