Vietnam War Photos - Mobile Riverine Force
The Mobile Riverine Force combined the 2d Brigade of Army’s 9th Infantry Division with the Navy’s Riverine Assault Force (Task Force 117) to conduct combat operations along the waterways of the Mekong Delta. Between February 1967 and mid 1968 Armored Troop Carriers (ATC), protected by Monitor gunboats and Assault Support Patrol Boats (ASPB), transported the Army soldiers to battle against the Viet Cong.
In November 1968 the MRF was integrated with its sister Coastal Surveillance and River Patrol Forces. Under operation Sealords (South East Asia Lake, Ocean, River and Delta Strategy), the newly combined brown water fleet successfully blocked the infiltration of enemy men and supplies from Cambodia and pacified large parts of the Delta region. The armored craft of TF-117 were gradually turned over to the Vietnamese Navy (VNN) from February 1969 until the MRF’s deactivation in the August.