• Short Summary

    ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE FORCES AGAINST THE VIET CONG IN SOUTH VIETNAM'S VITAL MEKONG DELTA IS AN ALL-AMERICAN PATROL BOAT FORCE WHICH OPERATES TWENTY-FOUR HOURS A DAY FROM ITS PARENT SHIP, THE USS TORTUGA.

  • Description

    ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE FORCES AGAINST THE VIET CONG IN SOUTH VIETNAM'S VITAL MEKONG DELTA IS AN ALL-AMERICAN PATROL BOAT FORCE WHICH OPERATES TWENTY-FOUR HOURS A DAY FROM ITS PARENT SHIP, THE USS TORTUGA. IT'S MISSION IS TO TRY AND STOP THE HEAVY FLOW OF ARMS AND AMMUNITION COMING TO GUERILLAS WHO ROAM THE AREA.

    TEAMS OF FAST BOATS AND HEAVILY ARMED HELICOPTERS PROBE THE RIVERS OF THE DELTA SEARCHING CONTINUOUSLY FOR VIET CONG BOATS. FOR THE PAST THREE MONTHS THE SMALL BOATS HAVE AVERAGED ABOUT 2,000 MILES A MONTH. SO FAR THEIR SPEED AND ARMAMENTS HAVE MADE THEM ALMOST INVULNERABLE TO COUNTER-MEASURES BY THE VIET CONG AND THEY HAVE MANAGED TO SEVERELY RESTRICT ARMS TRAFFIC WITHOUT A SINGLE AMERICAN DEATH AND REMARKABLY FEW INJURIES.

    THEIR TASK IS MADE MORE DIFFICULT BY THE INTRICATE LACING OF SLUGGISH STREAMS WHICH PROVIDE COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN VILLAGES IN THE VAST, FLAT AREA, AND WHICH ALSO PROVIDE WATER FOR THE RICE-CROPS WHICH HAVE MADE THE MEKONG DELTA THE RICHEST LAND IN SOUTH VIETNAM.

    MOST PATROLS ARE MONOTONOUS, ROUTINE CHECKS OF SMALL SAMPANS, BUT SOMETIMES THE SMILING PEOPLE ON HARMLESS-LOOKING SAMPANS HAVE THROWN HAND GRENADES AT THE PATROL BOATS WHEN STOPPED, OR HAVE SHOT AT THE BOATS FROM THE SHORE. IN THESE CASES HELICOPTERS ARE CALLED IN SUPPORT.

    THE SUCCESS OF THE TORTUGA AND ITS FLEET OF BOATS HAVE PROVED THE SYSTEM SO WELL THAT OTHER SMALL UNITS ARE BEING ORGANISED AND WILL SOON TAKE THEIR PLACES ALONG THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE COAST.

    THIS FILM WAS TAKEN IN THE BA SOK REGION OF THE DELTA, WHERE PATROL BOATS HAVE INSPECTED ABOUT 8,000 SAMPANS A MONTH IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB8KAET7BIHZPKEJENF0KOC4QY
    Media URN:
    VLVAB8KAET7BIHZPKEJENF0KOC4QY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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