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FOREWORD

The enemy in the Delta appeared to be returning to an earlier

stage of guerrilla warfare,

emphasizing

resupply,

regrouping,

and political warfare,

as naval activity continued at a low level

in June.

Three AOs were essentially dormant,

and six AOs made

only mirno-r contact with the enemy.

The lull in Kien Hoa Province,

;.

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",uder TRAN HUNG DAO XIX,

was ended in June.

The status in

the Delta brought about a significant restructuring

of operations,

as TRAN HUNG DAO X was disestablished and the AO added to

TRAN HUNG DAO XVII,

while the support bases at Ca Mau and

Song Ong Doc were disestablished in a concomitant

gesture,

Four

Mekcng convoys reached the beleaguered

Cambodian capital during

the month,

restoring the exhausted POL stocks on each trip.

The mobile

US Navy Seawolf helos,

along with their Black Pc.:.

cohorts,

dominated the combat action in the Delta again during J--n,.

Seawo-ves were credited with most enemy casualties

and enemy

asse+s destroyed in each naval AO.

For example,

in the TRAN

S~HUNG

DAO XIrX AO,

Seawolves accounted for 80 enemy killed tc,

w,_r killed

by ground forces,

while the enemy casualties were

It;

t-

one in

the TRAN HUNG DAO II AO.

Tallies in the other

Delta a, eas also indicated that the helbs had an edge over ground

and water -

- s.

Sampans were almost exclusively helo targets,

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ver:

".00 were destroyed.

Black Pon(is,

rxrg•.ig

over the

trre

periLod.

Dcltt. region,

accournec, fir 2 .5 enemy k.ll.d durtng the sarne

While booby traps perpetually

plagued ground troops,

enemy

sappers also took their toll in June.

In the Cua Viet area,

there,

we:e 12 napper atterupts; and,

with 83 mining uttempti oc¢z•rrfng

there ein-e the firmt of tho year,

the Cua Viet is clearly a sapper

focal point,

with one half of all the miings

in Vietnam occurring

there.

Elsewhere,

the harbor securIty was again revealed to be

unsatisfactory at Qul Nhon when the SS AMERICAN HAWK was

mined and an ARVN ammo dutnp wab dramatically blown up.

S&ppe-.

also struck onCe in Cam

Ranh Bay ;ind ornce on the Cal Nhap irn

the TRAN HUNG DAO IV AO.

Amid d.plon'satic

and press fh-rri's,

un the USNS UPSHUR for repatriatior.

i3 NVA POWs weC7e sent ncrtb

The special operation,

TRAN

HUNG DAO XXI,. was abozted orn 4 June when North V-1etnam

rescinded thei.r agreement to take thbcnz.

IM"e

lcu'"iaSLstics arer.-a of ACTOV,

advances were made with

.hc 'A:'.ver 'f

Irtezrmedi.te Svtppot Base Rach Sol and nitne suppý;rt

craft Li J,

',, The Blhc Water Vietnurriese

Navy received the

Coast

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Cuter BERING STRAIT; the Brown Water Navy receiv-ed

fo-:Lr A~m; .PBRs for harbor security.

Task Fleet 21 began an amxbitico'As

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progaram in the last week of June to overhaul all river craft inQ

'he. Delta by December.

The

June.

U.

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Navy in-country

strength continued to decline In

As of 24 J"Une there were

10, 983 naval personnel ir

Sauth Vietnamn,

a reduction of just less than one thousand

in the course

of the month.

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CURRENT

OPERATIONS

 

VNN Designationsý

USN Designations

TRAN HUNG

DAO

II (TG 214. 1)

GIANT SLINGSHOT

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IV (TG 214.2)

SOLID ANCHOR

 

TRANI

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(TG

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READY

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HUNIG

DAO

VI (TG

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SEARCH TURN

TRAN

HUNG

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SEA TIGER

TRAN HUNG

DAO

VIII (TG 21-7. 1)

NO N`E

TRA N HUNG

DAO0 IX

(TG

2 12. 3)

BARRIER REEF

 

TRAN HUNG

DAO XV (TF 213)

MARKET TRIME

TRAN HUNG DAO XVII (TF 210)

(Inner Barrier) NONE

TRAN HUNG DAO XVIII (TF 218)

 

NONE

TRAN

HUNG

DAO

XIX (TG 2 17. 2)

NONE

TRA14 HUNG

DAO XX

(TG 219. -)NONE

*TRAN HUNG DAC XXIII

 

NONE

 

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Repair and maintenance were again the key words in the plans 01

TF 21,

as an ambitious program to overhaul all rivercraft in the

dt.ta by December of this year was initiated during the last week in

June. This promised to be a job of tremendous magnitude and predictions

;vere that LSBs and ISBs would be taxed to the limit of their endurance

and recources

to accomplish this task.

June saw a great restructuring

as a result of the disestablishment

of the TRAN HUNG DAO XVII AO

of the bases

at Song Ong Doc and

Ca Mau.

With this

action,

the TRAN HUNG

DAO X AO was

disestablished

and

the area added tc TRAN HUNG DAO XVH,

largest AO in the delta.

making it the

Four POL convoys were able to reach the kileaguered

a

-

capital of

Phnom Penh during the month,

encountering

only very l gh

opposition on the rives.

During June,

th,-re were two bright dev/elopments in. the ai'r

warfare portion of ACTOV.

Fizst,

VNAF pilots and aircrewmen

began Integration into Seawolf Detachments

in the inilal steps of

what is

to be a gradual tfrnover of %isetsto the GVN. Secondly,

June

saw the f's,

successful use of the Di Mau Brevity Code in many areas

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of the delta;

it was especially effective

in the TRAN HUNG DAO IV AO

and has also been used in TRAN HUNG DAO V and VIII AOso

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Activity in the TRAN HUNG DAO TI AO was light,

contrasting

with the heavy enemy infiltration reported by intelligence

sources.,h

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There was a general inability for TRAN HUNG DAO II assets to

confront the infiltrators,

the action for the month.

and the mobile Seawolf helos dominated

The Seawolves

of Detachment Four,

based at

Ben Luc,

flew roughly

105 intelligence

and scrambled approximately

16 times.

and opportunity missions,

In only five runs abley accounted

for all of the 42 sampans destroyed in the AO for the month,

and

altogether struck 64 bunkers.

The Seawolf tally of 16 enemy killed

by air rather outshone the figure of one VC killed in action recorded

for the river craft.

Other effective assets

in the area were the

DUFFELBAG teams located at Tra Cu and Tuyen Nhon.

While

the results were generally unknown,

the system provided pinpoint

coordinates for the 105mm and 155mm howitzers to shoot at, which

they did on approximately

77 different occasions

On 4 June,

at .1735H, USN Seals commenced a mission to capture

a VC weapons

cache located five miles northwest of Ben Luc at XS 576

795. Acting or. intelligence

from a Hoi Chanh,

the Seals inserted by

MSSC and patrolled

removed 40 of the rockets and destroyed the rest after a snake was ,

to the cache,

which contained 53 B-40 rockets.

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d5.scuvered

in the bunker.

no casualties.

There was no contact with the enemy arid henice

On 7Jun, a

On 7 juea

on a suspected

105H, 13 three Seawoif missionis placed multiple strikes

VG/NVA

camp area located

10 miles west of Tra

Cu,

around XT 315 025,

and accounted for a formidable tally.

Nineteen

sampans were destroyed

and 11 damaged,

while nine bunkers were

struck.

On the

same

morning,

and close to the first strike~,

at

XS 334 964,

Seawolves sighted a suspicious

sampan and placed machine

gun fire after obtaining

proper clearance,

sinking the craft.

The

Seawolves,

later in the day,

at 17220H,

inserted Seals to search the

sampan and provided air cover during the search.

The Seals

recove.red

five 60mm mortars,

five rifle

grenades,

and

18

B

40

rocket boos-ters,

but were forced to leave

a sizable

cache behind wi-*th the approach of

nidahtfall.

They had expended all their

explcisives on a mi'ssion

earlier that mornling,

and could not exp--,ode wiLh smrall arms fire

the

L~

!

.KA

2u~mero-as

rockets remaining. Visidal reconnal.s-Rnce

flown the next day

d-iscovered

that all the equipment, in the sampan had been unloaded

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by the enemy during the

that the enemny b~aeay

night.

The above Seal contact

Indicaited

uased daylight as well as nighttime

tco move

Tpp.Les

across the Plain of Reeds

into South Vietnam,

faci~ita.-ed by the

mon

-,n !nui;ndat`Ions.

from Tr~ C.

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Intelligence

reports

Hoa had ir.:zreased

noted -that sensor aCtivations

since the end of May,

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the highest number of activations occurring

hours.

in the early

morning,

On 7 June,

at 1505H,

Seawolves placed strikes

on numerous

I

bunkers and sampans located ten miles northwest of Tra Cu at

XT 315 555.

With no return of fire,

12

sampans

and three bunkers were

neatly dispatched,

adding sizeably to the tally for this most eventful

day for the Seawolves.

On 8 June

at 17551,

two PBRs of RPD 64,

while returning to

ATSB Tuyen Nhon from MoBase II, were

ambushed,

receiving

B-40 rocket and automatic weapons fire from the north bank of the

Vain

Co Tay at XS 410 775,

seven miles east of Tuyen Nhon.

The

.

Seawolves were scrambled at 1805H while the PBRs returned fire.

Fifteen minutes later the Seawolves arrived to place a strike,

and

orbited for 20 minutes until an additional PBR arrived.

One PBR

was hit by a B-40 rocket at the onset of the firefight,

resulting

in the death of a Vietnamese

sailor,

the wounding of anothe.%, while

the PBR was only slightly damaged.

Enemy

casualties were undetermined.

During

an axial

reconnaissance mission,

the Long Arn

-•il3ince Senior Advisor on 10 June sighted six sampans beached

at XS 4"5 801

on the Bo Bo Canal.

Two additional sampans were

sighted apprýz:rmateAy

15 kilometers

northwest of the first sighting at

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XS 353 905.

The reconnaissance

aircraft recei~ed 25 rounds of small

arms fire in the area,

and a strike was requested. After two strikes,

 

a USIN Seal team was inserted,

revealing

three sampans destroyed in thV

{

strikes.

There was

no equipment of military interest found in the

 

sampans,

though a rest area was discovered

nearby,

with well used

'trails leading to the area.

Marshy reeds were waist high,

and inr

some places they were over six feet tall.

The destroyed sampans

were out in the open marshy plains and not on one of the small

 

channels in the area.

The level of water in the area was deep

enough to push a loaded sampan across the open terrain,

revealing

 

the ease with which the enemy was able to move men and supplies

 

t-,-

across the

Plain of Reeds from the Parrot's

Beak area of Cambodia

 

into South Vietnam.

 
 

On

7.8 June,

at 1320H,

an LCM-8,

enroute to Tra Cu on a fvei

 
 

and resuppl.y

mission from Ben Luc,

was attacked,

two miles

 

soruheast of Tra Cu in the vicinity of XS 507 964,

teceiving one B-40

 

rocket out of five fired.

Two USN advisors were slightly wounded

(SK2 King and ET !

Leman)'

the LCM suffered rinor damage

and

coritlinlýed to ýperate.

Two ASPBs of RID 44 arrived tro assist,

and Seawoives

,l;,•ed

strikes at 13301H, with unknown results.

The att+ack

oi.ncdided

 

with hXt• -.,nd of a GVN sweep nearby,

 
 

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On 21

June,

at 0825H,

Sea! Team One,

Quebec Platoon,

and LLc

Luong 66's,

acý'ing on aerial photo "intelligence, condt.cted a missior.

12 miles

southeast

of Ben Luc near XS 716 587,

against a VC meeting

area.

hootch,

The Seals were inserted by an MSSC ard p&:rolled to the suspected

which was found to be vacant.

They then searched the area,

detecting a campfire,

patrolled to the site and opened fire 0a six

evading persons,

who returned the fire with heavy automatic weapons.

The Seals then called in Seawolves,

with the final result being fihe

VC killed,

and no friendly casualties

incurred.

On 27 June,

at 2300H,

crewmenioers

on two RID 44 craft in

waterborne ambush heard movement

on the west bank of the Vain

Co Dong,

and opened fire.

and the resulting fi.efights

The enemy retwrned

lasted five in.stes,

inflicted to the VNN,

and nusne known to the VCo

fire with small z-rms,

wih

no damages

On 28 June,

at-2040H,

Detachment Four Seawolves

scrambled for

M

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surrounded at XS 570 795,

six kilometers

northwest of

Ben Luc.

They provided overhead corý"er for the MST 2 Detachment

Alfa unit which extracted the Seals.

CTG L14. 1 commended the

j-1,ement

and skill of the MST dez:ahment in the tight combat sza

on.

A message

25-5• J;- e from the Seni.or Adviso-r of CTG

2:4.

"problems and p-yr sible. solutions to t+he pi obleims c-anh-n:xg -

SCO

dr~a' led the

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The mes-sage

requested a troop airlift capability for TRAN HUNG

DAO 11,

since the ARVN air assets for quick reaction we're nune-x--sten-

Highly trained reconnaissance

personnel could be available on '0

mn~nutes

notice,

with clearances

obtained for

the target area in

10

-

30 minutes.

Air support was available,

and the intelligence

sources were

excellent.

The only factor lacking was the means by

which to transport the assets to the target area.

As it was,

the enexm.y

was movin-g supplies

and troops with relative

impunity.

The Senior

Advisor stated that "River

patrol

craft are unable to effectively

cope with this infiltration due to enemy dispersal short of and

quick transit over river bbu-Baries of the target area 1

In an effort

to increase the utilization of RPD 54,

boats were shifted such thatC -here

were sL%boats each at Tan An,

Ben Keo,

and Ben Luc; with two

eymployed

on random patrol during the day and two employed

it- W3GFs

each night at intelligence

selected locations.

Still,

four large

arm--s

cansdiscovered

near Ben Luc during the month evinced aggress*i

enlemy infi.1-r-tion,

and numerous agents'

reports also mentioned

heavy iniltrat-lor- of traops

-intothe area.

Nevertheless,

the u-pco-minLg

1 g

ffensive-

predicted

in numerous

intelligence reports throughc',r:

:c, month

again failed to maý.erialize,

despite these, movements.

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TRAN HUJ'NG~ DAO

IV

In Malae

andearf Ju~ne,

varlaus

lntellýgence

sources predicted

a. sharp upsurge @f- enem,

acti-Vity

in± scuthezn

An Xuyenl Prro,.ince.

The terrorist activity was .-o occur from

18-ýA>.lCd4n

minimurn

lunar illumination,

and was to feat'ure attacks

on

thetwr. of Nam Ca:ý,

on the National Police at Nam Can

i~r-d on

-ar ios cetpcsts ;-n the a~rea.

These attacks

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did not materialh&e aad,

in fact,

combiat at-1ivt

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the TRAN HUNG DAO IV AO diminAished fcr the fotrxth straight montht.

There were 11 firefights resulting

in f ive friend'ly troops wounded

 

and eight enemyj killed.

There was one apparent mining o'n the Ca;-

 

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Nhap Canal,

but when the ASPB

of RID 46 was salvaged,

evidence

was uncovered that pointed to sa~botage.

 

Seawolf helicopters

attached to HAL-3,

Det-acnment- One,

patrolled

An Xuyen Province and engaged 0h

ennem',

an'24 occasion--is

The

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killed on

eriexny) soliez

and prvbabl-y accau---.ed

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six

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sampans and j-=ks,

26 struct-ires,

and nL-:~ie 1Eunkers

 
 

were destroyed whille s~x b-uzker~i and* '24 smtrswe:e

 

darnaged 0

The waterbo~rne elements

ofs

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Including

A

M~PD 46,

RID 47,

and

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cngýaged i

prd~£.elhs

 

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one resulting

in casualti-ee

Gr daanaýgc-.

 

Two compan

c-.es of ARVN

Rangears

were

2nctdby

he!%copter

 
 

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at WQ 045 542 on 3 June to conduct search and clear operations.

Starting at the insertion point,

direction and ne'ted three VC,

the companies swept in an easterly

two sampan motors,

and five pounds

of documents

captured; 20 bunkers,

12 mines,

and six sampans were

destroyed.

One ARVN soldier was wounded by a mine.

A blocking

force of PCFs on the Rach Duong Keo in support of the operation engaged

in a brief firefight with the fleeing enemy troops.

There were no

casualties incurred by the PCFs and no known enemy casualties.

On" 1 4 June at 0800H the VC attacked watercraft of RID 46 with

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launch bombs on the Cai Nhap Canal at WQ 087 781.

No hits were

scored by the enemy,

and the boats quickly landed two platoons

of ARVN soldiers

to sweep the area,

Results of the sweep were four

launch bombs and six launchers captured.

There were no friendly

casualties,

and enemy casualties were unknown,-

On 17 June,

at 1430H,

the monitor attached to RID 47,

HQ 6543,

hit a previously sunken Alfa boat,

and beached at WQ 081 747 to

preclude sinking.

Water

continued to enter faster than the pumps

co'ld dewater,

:-i-cessitating the prompt dispatch of a portable

pump from Nam Can to avert a disaster.

The craft was repaired and

rez,--Ted to Nam Can under its own power.

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this time from the east bank of the Rach Cai Nhap,

longý4'a

favorite ambush site of the enemy.

Two of the three

B-40 rockets

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launched from WQ 081 750 heavily damaged ASPB HQ 5111l, causing

it to beach.

Three VNN sailors were

seriously waounded!,

and PCFs

were called to medevac the wounded crewmen and to lift VNN EOD and Seal personnel to the sinfk site to provide security.

The Cai Nhap Canal was also the scene of the

next battle between

RID 46 and the VC when,

on 23 June,

at 1023H,

A romeo boat,

HQ 9174,

was hit by one B-40 rocket causing minor damage and

slightly wounding

one VNN sailor.

The attack

occurred at WQ 077

775,

and a rea,:tion force

of Biet Ha' ,wer.e

swiftly landed.

As

a

result of this tactic,

two VC were killed and one AI•-47

capturzed.

Seawolves scrambled, and e~ren with no U.S. advisors present

with the ground forces, placed successful,strikes and coordinated

a medevac flight for the wounded crewmen, usi ng thenew Di Mau

Brevity Code.

The determined

An Xuyen g-uerrillas

struck again on 23 June

at 1830H when'they a*-"Mcked two PCFs on roztine Cua,. Lon patrol

a-;- WQ 220

685,

The VC struck using AK-47 rifles,

but their fi-re

was quickly

suppressed.

There were

no friendly

casualties

and enemy

casualties wef e Liiee-

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Following the now familiar scenario,

the VC ambushed a convc-.

of RID 47 craft from the east bank of the Cai Nhap Canal,

at WQ 083

750.

The attackoccuired at Z130H and was carried out with B-40

rockets.

There were no hits and the boats quickly returned and

suppressed the enemy fire.

Seals of Team One,

Detachment Golf,

Oscar Platoon,

conducted

an operation on 6 June at 0430H.

In conjunction with Seawolf air

assets,

the S-als and Australian Air Service personnel inserted at

WQ 248 779 by Sealord helicopters

They patrolled to the target area,

to destroy an enemy supply cache.

directed air strikes onto the

supplies and,

shortly thereafter,

were extracted by Sealord aircraft

and returned to Nam Can.

pounds of unfinished rice,

The air/ground team destroyed 20, 000

1, 000 pounds

of finished rice,

eight

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structures,

two sampans,

two sewing machines

and four kilos o.

soft goods.

On 18 June at 0650Ian ASPB of RID 46,

HQ 5174,

reported thaL

it had hit a mine and was

sinking at WQ 081 750,

six miles northeast

of Nam Can,

on the Cai Nhap Canal.

'2edevaced

by Seawolf helicopters.

Four wounded Vietnamese were

On 27 June Harbor

Clearance

 

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One

salvaged

the

craft and

could determine

no battle

damage.

 

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sea

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were broken,

however,

and sea valves were wide open°-

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The 20mm bow mounted gun had been removed and no evidence

could

be found of battle damage in this area. The Senior Advisor of CTG

Z14. 2 recommended that the VNN investigate the matter.

In salvage operations

conducted on the Rach Cai Nhap on 20 June,

the unsung salvors of HCU-I,

assisted by RID 47 units and USN UDT

personnel,

raised HQ 5111 at WQ 085 730.

The damaged craft was

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towed back to ISB Nam Can without incident and arrived at 1830H.

"Iron Bottom Canal",

or the Rach Cai Nhap,

as it is more familiarly

known was the scene of another successful salvage operation on 28 and Z9

June.

Using two LCMs,

sunk on 15 April 1971,

the salvage team first lifted the craft,

HO 5142,

and then had to completely demud the vessel

before patching it and returning it to ISB Nam Can on 28 June.

The VC also made their presence felt by harassing local wood cutters

using booby traps.

They caused two minor casualties,

one each on

15 and

16 June; av.d in

another booby trap incident,

one of the cleverly

concealed devices wounded a man,

woman,

and child near the ISBo A

Sealord helicopter

medevaced the trio to Ca Mau but unfortunately,

the man died enroue.

Commander Martin F.

Corcoran,

USN,

and Lieutenr.--

Commander Donald Ayre,

was relieved as CTG

116.

1

USN,

was relieved as Senior

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