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Brown Water Navy patrol boat getting repairs at Patriots Point

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U.S. Navy riverboat deploying napalm during the Vietnam War.  (Source: Wikipedia) U.S. Navy riverboat deploying napalm during the Vietnam War. (Source: Wikipedia)

By BRUCE SMITH
Associated Press

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) - 1 of the last remaining river patrol boats used by America's so-called Brown Water Navy during the Vietnam War is heading to dry dock.

A mammoth crane lifted the river patrol boat onto a flatbed truck at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant on Tuesday.

The boat is being taken to a boat yard in North Charleston from the Patriots Point display of a Vietnam river support base. Officials at Patriots Point say the MK1 River Patrol boat is 1 of only two that are known to survive.

A second generation of the patrol boats, the MK2, was also used in Vietnam. About a dozen of those are thought to still be around.

Renovating the Patriots Point boat will take about a month and cost $30,000.

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