Naval Operations in Vietnam

Beau Charger was a Navy/Marine Corps amphibious operation. This paper describes the operation in some detail. To read it, click here.

MK344 Fleet Introduction provides a snapshot of Carrier operations off the Vietnam Coast in 1971 based on a trip to the fleet made by the author. Read it here.

Operation Pocket Money was an aerial mining campaign aiming to impede or eradicate North Vietnamese military supplies supporting the Easter Offensive. Operation Custom Tailor was a naval cruiser and destroyer strike on Haiphong. Both operations were conducted in May 1972. Read about them here.

Sea Dragon was a Navy operation designed to interdict the flow of contraband materiel from North to South Vietnam above and below the 17th parallel. To read it, click here.

Market Time, a Navy operation, was designed to block seaborne infiltration of materiel from North Vietnam into South Vietnam. You can read the article here.

Operation Game Warden, a joint operation by the U.S. and South Vietnamese Navies, was one of two most successful operations in the war. It aimed to deny North Vietnamese access to resources in the Mekong Delta. You can read the article here.

Mobile Riverine Force details the introduction of electronic sensors into the Vietnam theater and Project Dufflebag, Navy sensor use in Vietnam. Click here.

Here is a look at North Vietnam artillery, some of which was used against Navy aircraft and ships.

Electronic Sensors and the Vietnam War chronicles the use of Electronic Sensors during the Vietnam War.

Part 1. Operations Dye Marker and Igloo White covers events related to sensor use to support Operations Dye Marker and Igloo White. Read the article here.

Part 2 covers sensor use to support Army, Navy, and Marine use of sensors under Duffel Bag. One chapter contains mini-stories on situations that popped up during research. For example, one mini-story details how a tiny Army outpost buried just east of the Cambodian border in an area called the Angel’s Wing came to be named PB Kotrc, and another details the hazards endured by a U.S. radio relay station on the top of Nui Ba Den mountain while everything below the top belonged to the Viet Cong (sort of living on top of an ant hill). Read Part 2 here.

Oriskany_Korea provides details of an ordnance mishap during the Korean War on the USS Oriskany. The story examines the several weapon system shortcomings faced by the carriers while trying to carry out their assigned missions. Read about it here.

Oriskany_Vietnam continues the story of the USS Oriskany. Read it here.

Forrestal_Vietnam examines a disaster on the USS Forrestal in 1967 that began with the inadvertent firing of a ZUNI rocket across the Forrestal flight deck. The rocket hit a fuel tank on a neighboring aircraft, starting a flight deck fire. Read the article here.