For the first-time ever, the North Vietnamese have permitted the press to cover naval manoeuvres.?
For the first-time ever, the North Vietnamese have permitted the press to cover naval manoeuvres. This film, by the Japanese NDN film agency, does not (for security reasons) specify either locality or date of shooting.
Formed in 1959, the North Vietnamese Navy has 3,250 personnel; four inshore minesweepers; three coastal escorts (ox-Soviet); four fast patrol boats (ex-China); 24 motor gunboats (ax-China); and 15 motor torpedo boats (12 ex-Soviet and 3 ex-China). These statistics are available from the 1970-71 Institute for Strategic Studies of London, publication "The Military Balance".
In this film we see three of the Chinese coastal patrol boats - each of 100 tons - leaving port for at sea manoeuvres. Each is equipped with two 37-mm and four 25-mm anti-aircraft guns. Each boat carries a crew of 20 men - between the ages of 18 and 25.
SYNOPSIS: For the first-time ever, the North Vietnamese authorities have permitted the filming of part of their Naval manoeuvres (PAUSE) Here we see three Chinese-made patrol boats setting out from an unspecified port. Each has a hundred-ton displacement and carries a crew of twenty men between the ages of 18 and 25.
The North Vietnamese Navy was formed in 1959 - and now comprises four of these patrol boats; plus 24 motor gunboats and three torpedo boats - all made in China; three coastal escorts and twelve torpedo boats made in the Soviet Union; and four inshore minesweepers.
The patrol boats - which have often been used in both defensive and offensive action in the Vietnam war - are each equipped with two 37-millimetre and four 25-millimetre anti-aircraft guns. During the periods of heavy U.S. bombing on North Vietnam, the Navy was under the control of the fourth military district.
The latest figures available indicate that the North Vietnamese Navy has a total complement of three thousand, two-hundred and fifty men.