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It is beyond the scope of the publication to discuss the tactical use of PTs, yet such an important phase of PTs mission cannot be overlooked. The interested reader, that it, those who are supposed to know this phase of PT operation are referred to the excellent publication, MTB Current Tactical Orders and Doctrine, 1945, U. S. F. (Confidential).
The ability of your boat is amazing. This versatility has gained for it an important part in the fleet. To know what is expected of PTs and what you will be doing with them, do not fail to gain all the dope that’s necessary to the operation of your boat. Get it from your O. N. I. officer.
Remember it’s the simple, common sense things that are important. Plenty will depend on your spunk and nerve. It always helps to note that your boat is far superior to anything near its size. You have the best equipment available. With this knowledge should come the confidence that you with your boat can outgun, outmaneuver, outrun, outfight, any comparable enemy and often a much larger enemy. PT men need not be urged to fight, it’s their routine. That’s why they are in PTs because they can fight and want to.
One last word about combat: Know your recognition procedure. This is important knowledge for everyone on the boat. Study our planes and ships and those of the enemy. Check all intelligence dope before you go out on patrol. You may be able to sneak up on a Jap barge but don’t try it with one of Uncle Sammie’s Dreadnaughts. Know your enemy and your friends.