Along the coast of North Vietnam, U.S. Navy ships in "Operation SEA DRAGON" patrol in?
Along the coast of North Vietnam, U.S. Navy ships in "Operation SEA DRAGON" patrol in search of waterborne logistic craft trying to slip war materials into South Vietnam. The Navy vessels also carry out gun-fire missions against communist surface-to-air missile sites, anti-aircraft sites, and military supply facilities.
One ship participating in this activity is the USS BERKLEY (DDG-15), a guided missile destroyer. Just a few miles from shore, the BERKLEY'S five-inch guns bombard enemy shore batteries. In the ship's Combat Information Center, target plotters receive information from an air-borne spotter, from radar and from visual lookouts. Target coordinates are plotted and fed into computer in the fire control room below decks. The guns are automatically zeroed in on their targets, remotely by the computers. However, should the automatic gunfire system fail, fire control technicians in the gun fire director instantly take over.
The major challenge to officers and crew is keeping alert while serving many days and nights with little of no sleep. Destroyermen along the coast of north Vietnam must stand many watches at battle stations, perform a full load of routine work, plus turn to for underway replenishment of fuel, ammunition, and supplies from circuit-sailing supply ships.