The Patrol Torpedo (PT) Boat of World War II fame has a place in today’s Navy. This is not a nostalgic or romantic notion but a practical solution to a very serious and vexing problem. The current Navy relies on multi-billion-dollar destroyers to contest and gain sea control, but destroyers don’t need to be the first, or only, choice for every mission. The Navy needs an alternative platform, in large numbers and at a much more affordable cost, to contribute to the battle for sea control. A fast attack craft would complement and balance the current fleet of capital ships, and the PT boat is a proven model.
Fifty Tons of Fury: Bring Back the Patrol Torpedo Boat
By Captain Edmund B. Hernandez, U.S. Navy