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HomeUS NavyUS Navy smartphone Riverine ForceU.S. Naval Bases & tư vấn Activities VietnamCan Tho U.S. Naval tư vấn Activity 1966-1972


Can Tho, situated in the center of South Vietnam’s economically & military vital Mekong Delta, was the hub of U.S. Naval operations in that region. The site was chosen because of its location on the Bassac River, making Can Tho ideal as a base from which naval forces could operate against Viet Cong supply traffic on surrounding waterways. Another attractive feature was the city’s accessibility to lớn logistic vessels deployed in the South china Sea. In addition, an existing Vietnamese Navy installation could partially accommodate the first increment of the U.S. River Patrol Force scheduled to deploy there. & in Can Tho the largest city west of Saigon, were concentrated the headquarters of key Vietnamese naval và military commands.

As a result, in May 1966 a ten-boat section of River Division 51 deployed to lớn Can Tho to lớn inaugurate the game Warden river interdiction operation in that area. Although the Vietnamese River Assault Group base possessed a marine railway & a number of storage buildings, at first logistic tư vấn for the Americans was austere. Quartering was a special problem, necessitating the acquisition of facilities in the city. However, when the Naval support Activity, Saigon, Detachment Can Tho, was established that August, conditions soon improved. Seabees installed portable fuel bladders and connected a number of pontoons to khung a small pier for the (PBRs) unit. In October, YRBM-9 a repair, berthing, & messing barge arrived at Can Tho, easing tư vấn problems enough to lớn allow the deployment from Saigon of Commander River Patrol Force and his staff.

At the same time the Naval tư vấn Activity oversaw the deployment of a major base complex at nearby Binh Thuy, & by mid summer 1967 this facility was prepared to lớn receive tenants.

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In July 1967 the Headquarters of the River Patrol Force was moved lớn Binh Thuy, và shortly afterward the Naval tư vấn Activity Saigon, detachment Can Tho, was redesignated Detachment Binh Thuy. Another headquarters took shape in the area when the Deputy Commander Naval Forces, Vietnam, was charged in late 1968 with implementing the Sea Lords strategy, which sought khổng lồ interdict the infiltration of communist troops and supplies from Cambodia.

To enhance tư vấn from Binh Thuy of naval combat units throughout the delta, a great effort was made during 1968 lớn improve the airstrip at Can Tho & to complete a 1,500 foot airstrip, hangers, aircraft repair shops, and berthing & messing facilities at Binh Thuy. As a result, in 1969 major components of Helicopter Attack (light) Squadron 3, the Seawolves, and Light Attack Squadron 4, the “Black Ponies” the Navy’s only combat air support unit based in South Vietnam, were established there.

Even as Sea Lords operations got under way, steps were taken, under the Vietnamization Program, lớn diminish the Navy’s role in the Delta & to enhance that of the Vietnamese Navy. Between 1969 và 1972 American naval personnel trained their Vietnamese counterparts, turned over to them river craft, equipment, and installations, and conducted the U.S. Withdrawal. The turnover of the Bin Thuy Logistic tư vấn Base & the disestablishment of the Naval Air Squadron and the Naval support Activity, Saigon, Detachment Binh Thuy, in April 1972, concluded the major U.S. Naval presence in the Can Tho–Binh Thuy area.