The purpose of this group is to provide a venue in which individuals with a scholarly interest in small combatants can
share information and expand the knowledge base on these craft. This is a moderated, academically-oriented group, so participants
are expected to display solid research methodology, provide citations, and make (and take) challenges to comments in a collegial
Discussions on the technical and operational aspects of any type and nationality of small combatant are welcome,
although the primary focus should be powered vessels from about 1860 to the present. As a general rule, discussions should
be limited to vessels commonly associated with the term "coastal forces". Broadly defined, this group ranges from the spar
torpedo boats of the 1860s through the current generation of patrol craft such as the CYCLONE class PC, the SAAR Vs, etc.