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Kelley's Heroes (US Riverine Army Deal) (VUSBX11)
A River Assault Force, including a company HQ, a Rifle Platoon (Riverine) 3 Rifle Squads, 1 Weapons Squad and an ATC(H), a Monitor, and an ASPB boat.

Designed by Evan Allen
Infantry painted by Mark Hazell & Steve London
Riverine boats painted by Aaron Mathie

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Brown Water Navy
The waterways of the Mekong Delta are busy with sampans, merchants, villages, and farming communities. They are the life blood of South Vietnam, through which over half of the entire country’s rice flows. It is remote with few roads accessing the interior’s rice fields and jungles. The Việt Cộng have launched their liberation movement from within this formidable fortress.

However, the US Army and Navy have come together to create the Mobile Riverine Force, a joint operation of infantry and assault boats. They are reinforced with helicopter gunships, devastating Skyraider aircraft and more. This new force is ready to take the fight upriver.

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Brown Water Navy
Thomas Kelley served in Vietnam as a lieutenant in command of River Assault Division 152, part of the Mobile Riverine Force. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on June 15, 1969, when he led a mission to extract a US Army infantry company from the bank of the Ong Muong Canal in Kien Hoa Province.
Tomas Kelley's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
 Navy Medal of Honor

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in the afternoon while serving as commander of River Assault Division 152 during combat operations against enemy aggressor forces. Lt. Comdr. (then Lt.) Kelley was in charge of a column of 8 river assault craft which were extracting 1 company of U.S. Army infantry troops on the east bank of the Ong Muong Canal in Kien Hoa province, when 1 of the armored troop carriers reported a mechanical failure of a loading ramp. At approximately the same time, Viet Cong forces opened fire from the opposite bank of the canal. After issuing orders for the crippled troop carrier to raise its ramp manually, and for the remaining boats to form a protective cordon around the disabled craft, Lt. Comdr. Kelley realizing the extreme danger to his column and its inability to clear the ambush site until the crippled unit was repaired, boldly maneuvered the monitor in which he was embarked to the exposed side of the protective cordon n direct line with the enemy's fire, and ordered the monitor to commence firing. Suddenly, an enemy rocket scored a direct hit on the coxswain's flat, the shell penetrating the thick armor plate, and the explosion spraying shrapnel in all directions. Sustaining serious head wounds from the blast, which hurled him to the deck of the monitor, Lt. Cmdr. Kelley disregarded his severe injuries and attempted to continue directing the other boats. Although unable to move from the deck or to speak clearly into the radio, he succeeded in relaying his commands through 1 of his men until the enemy attack was silenced and the boats were able to move to an area of safety. Lt. Comdr. Kelley's brilliant leadership, bold initiative, and resolute determination served to inspire his men and provide the impetus needed to carry out the mission after he was medically evacuated by helicopter. His extraordinary courage under fire, and his selfless devotion to duty sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service."
 

 
Kelley's Heroes (US Riverine Army Deal) (VUSBX11)

The 2nd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, was assigned to the Mobile Riverine Force. Known as the “Grunts” by Navy personnel (who were in turn referred to as “Squids” by Army troops), the foot soldiers were the MRF’s assault force, with the boats supporting from the riverside.

The force’s ATCs, or “Tango boats”, found their landing site and bunched together to disembark their troops. This put all of the men on the shore with a high concentration of firepower from both their platoon weapons and those of the ATCs. Once disembarked, they worked together to search out and destroy the enemy.

The River Assault Force HQ
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The Rifle Platoon (Riverine)
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The M16 Rifle Team in Flames Of War Vietnam
Team
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
M16 Rifle team
12"/30cm 2
1
6 Add one die in Defensive Fire.
Firing M72 LAW rocket launcher 12"/30cm 1 11 5+  Tank Assault 5
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The M60 LMG in Brown Water Navy
Team
Mobility Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
M60 LMG
Man-packed
16"/40cm
5
2
6
ROF 2 when Pinned Down or moving.
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  The ATC (H) ATC(H) (VUSBX14)
 

Length:

56’ 1” (17m)
Beam: 17’ 6” (5.3m)
Draft: 3’ 6” (1m)
Displacement: 155,000lb (70 tonnes)
Speed: 8.5 knots (16km/h)
Crew: 7

The Armored Troop Carrier (ATC) was a rebuilt LCT-6(M). The ATC served as the MRF’s primary transport and support boat. It could carry a full rifle platoon, a single artillery piece, or a single transport, such as an M113 tracked vehicle.

Known as a Tango boat due to the T-designation on their hull numbers, a river division had up to 13 ATCs available to move a battalions of infantry upriver. Some ATCs were fitted with a helipad over the troop compartment to serve as a medevac boat. Designated ATC(H) (Helicopter), these “Aid Boats” had a surge     on on board. Other ATC(H)s were equipped with massive tanks filled with aviation fuel and ammunition to resupply gunships. The helipad also served as overhead protection against mortars and falling debris. The ATC(H) was known as the world’s smallest aircraft carrier.

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The ATC(H) in Brown Water Navy

 

 

 

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ATC(H)

Slow Tank

1

1

2

Assault Boat, Bar-armour, Helipad, Self-defence MG.

Two M2 .50cal MG 16" / 40cm
3(each) 4 5+ Deck turret.
Mk 16 20mm gun  16" / 40cm 4 5 5+ 360-degree turret.
with Mk 19 40mm Grenade MG 16" / 40cm 4 3 4+ Deck turret.
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ATC Passengers
The ATC was designed to not only deliver infantry onto the river bank, but also to support them with firepower.


ATC and ATC(H) boats are Tank teams. However, each boat can carry up to 15 Infantry and Man-packed Gun teams as Passengers as if it was a Transport team.

If the ATC and ATC(H) boats are Pinned Down, their Passenger teams are also Pinned Down.

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Helipad
The ATC(H)’s helipad allows helicopter support to resupply the troops and evacuate the wounded during battle.

The flight deck of an ATC(H) counts as an Landing Zone Objective that can hold up to one helicopter team.

A team that is in contact with an ATC(H) is also in contact with a Medevac Slick landed on that ATC(H)’s helipad.

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  The Monitor Monitor
 

Length:

61’ (18.5m)
Beam: 17’ 6” (5.3m)
Draft: 3’ 6” (1m)
Displacement: 169,000lb (76 tonnes)
Speed: 8.5 knots (16km/h)
Crew: 11
The Monitor was based on the ATC, but the boat’s ramp was replaced with a blunt-shaped bow and the forecastle extended. Known as the MRF’s “battleship”, it could carry a large number of weapons. A river division had up to three available for operations to provide serious firepower to patrols. 
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The Monitor in Brown Water Navy

 

 

 

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Monitor

Slow Tank

0

0

2

Assault Boat, Bar-armour, Self-defence MG.

Two Mk 16 20mm gun 16" / 40cm
4(each) 5 5+ Deck turret.
Mk 16 20mm gun  16" / 40cm 4 5 5+ 360-degree turret.
Mk 2 81mm mortar 24" / 60cm 2 2 3+ Deck turret, Smoke.
Mk 3 40mm gun 24" / 60cm 4 6 3+ Deck turret.
with Mk 19 40mm Grenade MG 16" / 40cm 2 2 3+ Deck turret.
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In case you want to give your HQ their own boat, the Monitor also includes the parts to make it a CCB Monitor.
The CCB Monitor in Brown Water Navy

 

 

 

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CCB Monitor

Slow Tank

0

0

2

Assault boat, Bar-armour, Artillery  observer, Self-defence MG.

Two Mk 16 20mm gun 16" / 40cm
4(each) 5 5+ Deck turret.
Mk 16 20mm gun  16" / 40cm 4 5 5+ 360-degree turret.
Mk 3 40mm gun 24" / 60cm 4 6 3+ Deck turret.
with Mk 19 40mm Grenade MG 16" / 40cm 2 2 3+ Deck turret.
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CCB Observer
The Command and Control Boat is the operational headquarters for the river force column.


A CCB Monitor boat can act as a Spotting team without any penalties for any US Artillery Bombardments, even if the CCB Monitor has moved in the Movement Step.

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In case you want extra firepower, the Monitor includes parts to make it a flame-thrower armed ATC(F) Zippo.
The Zippo Monitor in Brown Water Navy

 

 

 

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Zippo Monitor

Slow Tank

0

0

2

Assault Boat, Bar-armour, Self-defence MG.

Two Mk 16 20mm gun 16" / 40cm
4(each) 5 5+ Deck turret.
Mk 16 20mm gun  16" / 40cm 4 5 5+ 360-degree turret.
Two M10-9 flame-thrower 6" / 15cm 3(each) - 5+ Flame-thrower, Side-mounted.
Mk 3 40mm gun 24" / 60cm 4 6 3+ Deck turret.
with Mk 19 40mm Grenade MG 16" / 40cm 2 2 3+ Deck turret.
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Sunday Special
The Zippo’s main job, nicknamed “Sunday Special”, was to burn away foliage and hidden bunkers ahead of the main assault. They had enough fuel to burn for 225 seconds. With that expended, there was a refueller boat nearby to top them up and get them back into action quickly.


Unlike normal flame vehicles, Zippo Monitor boats ignore the One-use Weapon rule (page 198 of the rulebook).

  The ASPB ASPB
 

Length:

50’ 1” (15m)
Beam: 15’ 2” (4.6m)
Draft: 3’ 6” (1m)
Displacement: 58,500lb (26.5 tonnes)
Speed: 16 knots (30km/h)
Crew: 6
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The ASPB in Brown Water Navy

 

 

 

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ASPB

Standard Tank

1

1

2

Assult Boat, Minesweeper, Self-defence MG.

Twin M2 .50cal MG 16" / 40cm
5 4 5+ Deck turret.
Mk 16 20mm gun  16" / 40cm 4 5 5+ 360-degree turret.
Mk 2.81mm mortar 16" / 40cm 2 2 3+ Deck turret, Smoke.
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Minesweeper
The ASPB’s position was at the head of the force, minesweeping and defusing booby traps.


Booby Traps cannot be placed under other friendly boats within 12”/30cm of the stern (rear) an ASPB. However, they may be placed under an ASPB instead. An ASPB may gap a Minefield (see page 225 of the rulebook) placed in river terrain as though it were a Pioneer team.

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Last Updated On Friday, May 8, 2015 by James at Battlefront