yes another go-round mixing riverine and coastal units, will the USN never learn?
IRT to the new Mk VI PB, I call it the "Super Swift" because that is what it is like. It's a big PB with better weapons and more room for a VBSS team than on the original Swifts. It is meant to operate in hihger sea conditions which is good. But in the end it mission is mainly expanded force protection for amphibs with a little ship boarding added.
At $6 mil per boat it is a "little" more than our old Mk 1 and 2 PBRs?~~
Notice that the Mk V SOC is not mentioned in the prerel or the pdf since that is an NSW boat.
SBU-26 did a fair job operating as a mixed unit. Ten again, those were different times and the funding came from a source outside of SOCOM or the USN for Riverine operations at the time.
I think I get what LEESEA means though. It's easier for the Fleet to wrap it's head around Coastal ops but not Riverine ops. In fact, If you look at the old SBU set up, the Riverine units 11 and 22 were Reserve Units. The only active ones for years was 26 and it predeccesor, HPU/CCD.