• Short Summary

    THE UNITED STATES NAVY PUT TWO BRITISH-DEVELOPED HOVERCRAFT ON TRIAL IN SOUTH VIETNAM ON FRIDAY AT A NAVAL BASE IN CAT LO NEAR VUNG TAU, ABOUT 40 MILES SOUTH-EAST OF SAIGON.

  • Description

    THE UNITED STATES NAVY PUT TWO BRITISH-DEVELOPED HOVERCRAFT ON TRIAL IN SOUTH VIETNAM ON FRIDAY AT A NAVAL BASE IN CAT LO NEAR VUNG TAU, ABOUT 40 MILES SOUTH-EAST OF SAIGON. HOVERCRAFT HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY BEEN GIVEN A MILITARY ROLE IN THE VIETNAM CONFLICT.

    A VEIL OF SECRECY SURROUNDED THE ARRIVAL OF THE HOVERCRAFT LAST WEEK AT VUNG TAU NAVAL BASE. THEY ARE EXPECTED TO START PATROLLING THE WATER-LOGGED MEKONG DELTA STRETCHING SOUTH OF SAIGON SHORTLY.

    THE HOVERCRAFT WILL BE USED TO SCOUR THE VAST MEKONG DELTA'S THOUSANDS OF WATERWAYS FOR VIET CONG BOATS CARRYING MEN, ARMS AND SUPPLIES. THEY WILL BE ABLE TO SEEK OUT AND, IF NECESSARY, CHASE THE BOATS INTO SHALLOWS AND CANALS WHERE ORDINARY PATROL BOATS CANNOT GO.

    THE HOVERCRAFT ARE MODIFICATIONS OF THE BRITISH SR.N5 MADE BY WESTLAND AIRCRAFT. CAPABLE OF SKIMMING OVER LAND OR WATER ON CUSHION OF AIR AT SPEEDS OF UP TO 80 MILES-AN-HOUR, EACH HOVERCRAFT IS MOUNTED WITH A HEAVY-CALIBRE MACHINES GUN AND HAS A FOUR-MAN CREW -- ALL ARMED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8VM8FJOL484CYUFMOCH8Q7N33
    Media URN:
    VLVA8VM8FJOL484CYUFMOCH8Q7N33
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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