Three and a half years ago I asked "where" - and there was none. A lot of people asked the same question, spread the word - and more importantly a lot of hard work by a lot of people running over the back of Big Navy (who is still fighting a rear guard action against the RIVRONs) - and it happened.
The Navy decided to reclaim some of its battlespace and do its historical job. RIVRON 1, RIVRON 2, and now RIVRON 3 are doing a job we should all be proud of.
The Small Unit Riverine Craft pulls alongside a tiny fishing boat. Well-maintained and bristling with weapons, it makes the raggedy canoe look like a cheap toy. Fishermen lift up their shirts and pat themselves down to show they have no weapons before reaching for their identification and handing it to the Iraqi police who patrol Lake Qadisiyah alongside the Navy’s Riverine Squadron 3.BZ guys.
They chat with the police for a few minutes before the SURC pushes off to continue on its patrol. It’s those little chats, say members of the U.S. unit RIVRON 3, which have led to caches of explosives, weapons and insurgents.