Wow, never seen anything like that. Did not know that the US Navy had patrol boats on the Rhine. Nice that this one has been saved, and restored to its USN colours. Looks really smart. Personally, I'd love a "Pibber"!
Liverpool Echo - Monday 29 October 1956
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ROYAL NAVY KEEPS WATCH ON RHINE
Flagship Once Belonged To Marshal Goering
PATROL COVERS 75 MILES
BY A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
THE Royal Navy is starting the second decade of its watch on the Rhine. which began as an occupation task in 1946, and is now part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's detence system.
Twelve launches and five landing craft make up the present strength of the British Rhine Squadron, based on the industrial riverside city of. Krefeld. They patrol about 75 miles of the Rhine, from north of Cologne to the Dutch frontier.
Belgian,French and United States squadrons patrol a further 360 miles south to the Swiss border.
GIVEN BY HAMBURG
The flagship of the British squadron. a trim 90-foot motor launch which will do 13 knots, was once the gift of the city of Hamburg to Hitler's air force chief, Marshal Goering. She was named Karin 11, after his first Swedish wife.
The duck-shooting seat on the vessel's forecastle took account of Goering's proportions: it is , well over a yard wide.
A new brass plate In the wheelhouse gives the boat's official British title: Motor Launch 6021. But the launch has been unofficially re-named Prince Charles.
The Prince Charles, which Captain E. Hugh Cartwright, R.N.. the squadron's commanding officer, uses as a floating, manoeuvre headquarters, has a German crew, including several, holders of the iron Cross and a polite and efficient steward who used to serve in the Waffen S.S.. Hitler's elite corps.
Captain Cartwright, who comes from Looe, Cornwall. is one of the few Royal Navy men in his own squadron. The deck crews of the remaining launches, also former German vessels. and the British landing craft, are all Royal Marines. though seamen man the enginerooms and do most of the shore base duties.
Marines man the squadron because of its role in N.A.T.O. defences — to provide patrol and assault craft for army operations.
The squadron also included a Royal Marine special boat section, who man two-man canoes and are also trained parachutists and underwater swimmers.
National Service officers aged 19 or 20, are given command of some of the launches, each with a crew of six.
One Royal Marine officer now learning the tricks of Rhine navigation Is twenty seven-year-old Lieutenant P. H. P. Gumm. of Three Legged Cross. Wimborne. Dorset. who recently took command of Panther, an 80-foot diesel powered boat built in Denmark for the Germans in 1940. Lieutenant Gumm, a Regular. said he found his new job very interesting after service in larger ships.
One of his crew. Sergeant David King, whose wife and small daughter live in Melrose Avenue. Pennycross. Plymouth. talked enthusiastically about his job. Like many of the men he finds the great river fascinating, and takes a pride in his ship.
Royal Marines serving in Germany. I was always taught that they werent allowed to serve there, it was to do with them being Commandos which are classified as "stormtroopers" and Germany arent allowed them.