MOTOR TORPEDO BOAT SQUADRONS

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MTB RON 16
Commissioned: 26,February 1943 - LCDR Russell H. Smith
Decommissioned: 26,November 1945 - LT John V. McElroy USNR
PT Boats: Higgins 78' PT's 71,72,213-224,235,241,242,295-301
Assigned To: Aleutians and Southwest Pacific
Postscript: The squadron saw action in Dutch New Guinea, Philippines and Borneo waters. Squadron 16 was awarded the Navy Commendation for action at Mindoro from Dec 15 to 19, 1944.

MTB RON 17
Commissioned: 29,March 1943 - LCDR Russell B. Allen
Decommissioned: 19,November 1945 - LT James F. Hill USNR
PT Boats: Higgins 78' PT's 71,72, 225-234
Assigned To: Hawaii, the Marshalls and then Southwest Pacific
Postscript: The squadron was first assigned to the Hawaiian Sea Frontier, then transferred to the Southwest Pacific were it saw action in the Philippine waters. PT's 227 and 230 of Squadron 13 was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for action at Mindoro from Dec 15 to 19, 1944.

MTB RON 18
Commissioned: 27,March 1943 - LCDR Henry M.S.Swift USNR
Decommissioned: 1,November 1945 - LT Raymond S. Patton USNR
PT Boats: ELco 80' PT's 103-105,147,148,362-367, Canadian Power Boat 70' PT's 368-371.
Assigned To: Southwest Pacific
Postscript: The squadron was originally scheduled to be four boat squadron for the Caribbean Sea Frontier, utilizing the four 70' "Scott-Paine" designed boats built in Canada. These boats were obtain by reverse lend-lease from the Dutch Government, and converted to Elco fittings. Also PT's 362-367 were fabricated by Elco but assembled by Harbor Boat Building in California, they were identical to the Elco 80'. While operating in the Southwest Pacific, the squadron saw action in the New Guinea, Admiralties and Halmaheras waters.

MTB RON 19
Commissioned: 22,April 1943 - LCDR Russell H. Smith
Decommissioned: 15,May 1944 - LCDR Glenn R. Van Ness USNR
PT Boats: Higgins 78' PT's 235-244
Assigned To: South Pacific
Postscript: The squadron was assigned to the South Pacific and saw action at Vella Lavella, Treasury, and Green. The squadron was later decommissioned and its boats distributed to replenish other squadrons.

MTB RON 20
Commissioned: 3,June 1943 - LCDR Glenn R. Van Ness USNR
Decommissioned: 24,November 1945 LT Edward A. Green Jr. USNR
PT Boats: Higgins 78' PT's 235-254
Assigned To: South and Southwest Pacific
Postscript: The squadron saw action at Treasury, Bougainville and Philippines.






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