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CHAPTER NINE

WATERBORNE OPERATIONS

91. GENERAL. The availability of readymade bridges is not only uncertain, but is highly unlikely.  Therefore, it may become necessary for the patrol to employ expedient stream and water crossing techniques.

92. ORGANIZATION OF RIVER CROSSING TEAM.

a. Number 1 man: Lead safety swimmer and far side lifeguard.

b. Number 2 man: Rope puller, swims water obstacle pulling 150foot rope, ties off rope on far side anchor point.

c. Number 3 man: Near side lifeguard is the last man to cross water obstacle.

d. Number 4 man: Bridge Team Commander (BTC).

e. Number 5 and 6 men: Rope Tighteners.

93. ONE ROPE BRIDGE (WET CROSSING).

a. Special Equipment:

(1) Two snaplinks per piece of heavy equipment.

(2) Two snaplinks for every 120 feet of rope.

(3) One 14foot utility rope per person.

(4) Two snaplinks per person.

(5) One waterproof bag per RATELO.

(6) Three B7 life preservers.

(7) Three floatation work vests.

(8) Two 150foot nylon ropes.

b. Planning. A stream crossing annex is prepared in conjunction with the unit's operation order. Special organization is accomplished at this time. For a platoon size patrol, a squad is normally given the task of providing the bridge team, with the squad leader as the Bridge Team Commander (see Chapter 2, page 2-6 e).

c. Rehearsals and inspections:

(1) The stream crossing team always rehearses.

(2) Rehearse the entire stream crossing emphasizing:

(a) Security and actions on enemy contact.

(b) Actual construction of the rope bridge within EIGHT minutes on dry land.

(c) Individual preparation.

(d) Order of crossing.

(e) All signals and control measures.

(f) Reorganization.

(3) Conduct rehearsals as realistically as possible.

(4) Ensure personnel are proficient in the mechanics of a stream crossing operation.

(5) Inspect for equipment completeness, correct rigging and preparation, personnel knowledge and understanding of the operation.

(6) Actions of the #4 man (Bridge Team Commander(BTC) during the preparation phase.

(a) Rehearse the bridge team.

(b) Accounts for all equipment in the bridge kit.

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