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|712k||Original photo: Running at high speed in Cheaspeake Bay with PT-811 off her port quarter
Photo from the July 1952 edition of Bureau of Ships Journal
Replacement photo: PT-809 (foreground) and PT-811 are shown underway on early test runs in Chesapeake Bay. Both were designed to carry torpedoes (note spaces marked on the deck of PT-809), but neither ever did. The 81mm mortar on deck (to port) opposite the twin 20mm Oerlikon, failed its operational tests in 1952 but was resurrected for Vietnam
Photo from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman
|Original photo: Jim Swank
Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
|241k||PT-809, PT-810 and PT-811 in formation
From the collection of Steven Ribiero and LCDR Robert Beveridge, USN, Ret.
|Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.|
|48k||16 July 1969
Yachts Honey Fitz and Sequoia with escort vessel Guardian cruise Potomac river.
|169k||Washington Navy Yard, District of Columbia. View looking northwards from over the Anacostia River, March 1970. The Presidential Yacht Sequoia and her Secret Service protective craft, Guardian (formerly PT-809), are alongside the finger pier in the center. The bathyscaphe Trieste is on display in the parking lot immediately above and between those two vessels.
U.S. Navy photo KN-19277 by PHC Tommy Cobb
|Naval History and Heritage Command|
PT-809 (q. v.) was under the Potomac River Naval Command in November 1959 as a Civil Defense boat and as escort to the Presidential Yacht Barbara Ann, later Honey Fitz. The name Guardian was assigned to her at the request of Captain [Evan P.] Aurand, Naval Aide to President Eisenhower, but her official designation remains PT-809.
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