Part of the Vietnamisation of the war in Indo-China, by the United States, is the training of South Vietnamese by the American navy to operate an increasing number of ships being turned over to them.
SV USS Camp at dockside.
LV US Sailors lowing lowering american flag.
LV Admiral Clary saluted.
LV US sailors leave ship (2 shots)
SV Vietnamese sailors
SV Rear Admiral Chon receives telescope in changeover ceremony.
SV Vietnamese officers go aboard.
SV Raising Vietnamese flag.
GV at sea USS Camp.
SV Officer briefing Vietnamese (2 shots)
CU US Officer mapping route.
CU Vietnamese sailor drawing route on board.
SV US Sailor briefs Vietnamese gunner.
SV Vietnamese sailors raising flags.
GV USS Camp.
Top View Vietnamese sailors firing guns (3 shots)
GV USS Camp in open sea.
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Background: Part of the Vietnamisation of the war in Indo-China, by the United States, is the training of South Vietnamese by the American navy to operate an increasing number of ships being turned over to them.
The training is practical, and often takes place on the ship to be taken over from the U.S. navy by the South Vietnamese.
This official U.S. film shows training in progress aboard the destroyer escort U.S.S. 'Camp', which was handed over to the Vietnamese navy on February 13th.
SYNOPSIS: The American destroyer-escort U.S.S. 'Camp' is the latest of an increasing number of vessels to be handed over to the South Vietnamese in Vietnam as part of the Untied states 'Vietnamisation' of the war-effort in Indo-China. The ship gives the South Vietnamese the capability of deep-water patrol. It will replace U.S. ships and help to prevent infiltration of ammunition and supplies by sea. Taking over the 'Camp' at the ceremony was Rear-Admiral Chon of the South Vietnamese navy.
But the ceremonial hand-over could only take place when the South Vietnamese who will run her had been trained. The Untied States pays the most careful attention to training before hand-over, trying to avoid the military disasters which can occur when unskilled allies take over complex weapons of war. To ensure that all goes well, the U.S. navy carries on practical on-the-job training, very often conducted on the ship which the South Vietnamese will take over. The emphasis is on the practical, to reduce language difficulties, and to ensure that both sides have confidence that lessons have been learned. All phases of ship operation are covered, the U.S. instructors carrying out the tasks first, while the South Vietnamese watch. With this system, the time taken to learn is reduced to a minimum, and the South Vietnamese are quick and keen.
When the South Vietnamese took over the U.S.S. 'Camp' on Feb 13th. their instructors were sure that it's new crew was fully competent.