• Short Summary

    FOR SEVEN MONTHS UNITED STATES NAVY DESTROYERS HAVE SAILED THE GULF OF TONKIN, OFF THE COAST OF NORTH VIETNAM, FIRING ON EVERY JUNK OR SAMPAN SUSPECTED OF TAKING ARMS OR SUPPLIES TO THE VIET CONG IN SOUTH VIETNAM.

  • Description

    FOR SEVEN MONTHS UNITED STATES NAVY DESTROYERS HAVE SAILED THE GULF OF TONKIN, OFF THE COAST OF NORTH VIETNAM, FIRING ON EVERY JUNK OR SAMPAN SUSPECTED OF TAKING ARMS OR SUPPLIES TO THE VIET CONG IN SOUTH VIETNAM.

    THE OPERATION, CALLED "SEA DRAGON", HAS GREATLY CURTAILED THE NUMBER OF JUNKS SAILING SUPPLIES TO THE VIET CONG. TRAFFIC IS NOW RESTRICTED TO MOONLESS NIGHTS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE WEATHER IS BAD.

    RECENTLY, AS THE JUNKS HAVE BECOME HARDER TO FIND, THE DESTROYERS ARE PRESSING THEIR ATTACKS INTO THE MOUTHS OF THE NUMEROUS NORTH VIETNAMESE RIVERS. IT IS THERE THAT JUNKS AND BARGES HUDDLE AND WAIT TO SAIL SOUTH WITH SUPPLIES FOR THE VIET CONG.

    ON ONE PATROL, TWO SPOTTER PLANES FROM THE SEVENTH FLEET FOUND ELEVEN BARGES IN A RIVERMOUTH NEAR VINH. THE DESTROYERS USS SUMNER AND BERKLEY CLOSED IN ON THE RIVER MOUTH AND OPENED FIRE WITH FIVE INCH GUNS.

    THE USS SUMNER IS ONE OF THE OLDEST DESTROYERS IN THE U.S. FLEET. THE SHIPS GUNS ARE AIMED BY A COMPUTER DESIGNED IN 1913 AND BUILT IN THE 1940'S. IT WORKS WELL DESPITE ITS AGE.

    THE DESTROYERS ON OPERATION "SEA DRAGON" PROWL THE COASTLINE FOR WEEKS AT A TIME, NEVER GIVING THE VIET CONG A CLEAR DAY TO MOVE. THE SHIPS WORK IN PAIRS. ONE FIRES AT VIET CONG VESSELS WHILE THE OTHER AIMS AT SHORE BATTERIES.

    THE DESTROYERS SELDOM SEE THEIR TARGETS OR THE RESULTS OF THEIR WORK BUTY THEY HAVE EVIDENCE OF THE OPERATIONS EFFECTIVENESS. WHEN THE U.S. SHIPS WERE NOT ON STATION, DURING THE NEW YEAR, SPOTTER PLANES COUNTED MORE THAN 1,200 JUNKS AND OTHER SHIPS MOVING SOUTH.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA31DYRQY1L69XPUS2VNWP01LP7
    Media URN:
    VLVA31DYRQY1L69XPUS2VNWP01LP7
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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