US Navy Riverine Command Boats

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A boat team, assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.7.4, Coastal Riverine Squadron 4, conducts a patrol aboard a Riverine Command Boat. Riverine squadrons patrol and secure waterways, ensuring the safety of friendly forces and denying access and lines of communication to hostiles. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Lewis/Released)

SAFE Boats

Riverine Command Boat (experimental) (RCB-X), assigned to Naval Sea Systems Command, will operate a blend of 50 percent algae-based and 50 percent NATO F-76 ship fuel at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Oct. 22. The demonstration is part of a series of events to test and evaluate alternative fuels for shipboard use, supporting the Secretary of the Navy’s efforts to reduce the fleet’s reliance on fossil fuels.

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MINA SALMAN PIER, Bahrain (Dec. 7, 2011) Sailors assigned to Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 2 prepare to launch one of the riverine command boats into the Arabian Gulf for the first time. The boats provide riverine forces with the new capability of operating in littoral waters, as well as the traditional river, or brown water environment. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Krishna M. Jackson/Released)

 

A Riverine Command Boat, assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.7.4, Coastal Riverine Squadron 4, conducts a patrol. Riverine squadrons patrol and secure waterways, ensuring the safety of friendly forces and denying access and lines of communication to hostiles. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Lewis/Released)
A Riverine Command Boat, assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.7.4, Coastal Riverine Squadron 4, conducts a patrol. Riverine squadrons patrol and secure waterways, ensuring the safety of friendly forces and denying access and lines of communication to hostiles. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Lewis)

 

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