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U.S. Naval Forces Vietnam Monthly Historical Summary Apr 1969

U.S. Naval Forces Vietnam Monthly Historical Summary Apr 1969

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DEPARTI-EUT
Of
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S.
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Francisco
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MAY
1969
-
Unclassified
upon
removal
of
enclosures
Froms
Co...nder
U. S.
Naval
Forces,
Vietnaz
Toe
Coi.,nnder
in
Chief,
U.
S.
Pacific
Float
(Code
02H)
SubJt
U.
S.
Naval
Forces,
Vietnam
lMonthly
Z!storical
Swum.jry;
April
1969;submisnion
of
Rotf
(a)
CINCPACFLT
ltr
ser
1/6925
of
2
October1967
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(I?
Operation
SPA&
LORD
Suumry
(
Operation
SPA
LORDS
Statistical
S~zwxy
by
Campaign
(3)
Coastal
Surveillance
Force
SuzaT
(4)
River
Patrol
Force
Sum=ary
ELECT
(5)
Riverine
Assault
Force
Sumrixy
E
(6)
us:;
Statictical
Sumry
JAN
2
4
W8
(7)
Raval
Advisory
Group
Summry
03) Vil/V141.1c
Statistical
Suwnary
(N
Psychological
and
CivicAction
S=iny
0
USII
Civic
Action
Statistical
Suumaz.
__y._.
1.
In
accordance
with
reference(a),
encloue-as
(i)
throu6
(10)
are
submitted.
2.
Due
to
a
change
in
reporting
proceduros,
tho
information
for
the
USI
CivicAction
Statistical
Swmnry
is
not available
for
the
current
month'
s
Historical
Su:ary.
The
CivicAction
Statistl=l
Suary
will
carry
the
figures
for
the
previous
month's
work:
i.e.,
I,--il
Hiat6rical
Su.ary
con-
tains
Narch's
Civic Action
Statistical
Sua-.7.
3.
The
data contained
in
enclosures
(2),
(Q•,
(8),and
(10)
is
based
on
r
nornation
available
this
date.
Any
adjust=e-ts
to
enclosures
(2), (6),
(8)
and
(10)
will
be
reflected
in
April's
Hirtorical
Supplement.
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copy
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U"UNlNOSUENCE
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OPERATIOIN
SEA
LODS
SMAIJ
£
April
1969
Coordinated
efforts
ofunits
from
the
three
rajor
in-country
U.
S.
Iavy
task forcestogether
with
other
U.
S.
andVietnamese
armed
forces
continued
to
maintain
pressure
on
the
aenam
in
each
SEA
LMED
campaign
during
April.
In general
enemy
opposition
declined
duringthe
month
with
the
GIAINT
bLILGSHCT
operations
continuing
to
make
contact
most
frequently.
In
t•is
operation
along
the
Vam
Co
Tay
and
Vam
Co.
Dong
rivers
som
senqm
initiated
activity
was
encountered
daily,
but
there
were
a
number
of
days
with
only
one
minor
incident.
Operations
in
the
other
interdiction
campaigns
of
BARRIER
REM
ThAN
HUNG
DAO,
and
SEARCH
TURtN,
as
well
as
certainrivers
wht
v*
MrhT
TIZ
"Raiders"
operated
on
a
near
daily
basis,
followed
a
general
pattern
wherein
eneiy
initiated
fire
fightactivity
was
not
encountered
for
a
wcek
or
more,
only
to
be followed
by
-
%iseable
engagement
withwell
em-
placed
and
heavily
armed
Viet
Cong
units.
Prompt
reaction
by
fixed
wing
aircraft
and/or
helicopters
providing
air
cover
coupled
withfrequent
insertion
of
reaction
troops
already
embarked
in
the
patrol
craft
and
en-
plo'ment
of
other
supporting
arms
remained
the
best
counterto
these
attack:s.
The
shift
of
night
patrol
tactics
toward
establishing
night
ambush
positions
at
likely
crossing
points
in
lieu
of
random
patrol
con-
tir.u-d
to
show
good
results
in
the
number
of
friendly
initiated
contacts.
GROUP
4
Enclosure
(1)
Doýigraded
at
3
year
intervals
Declassified
after
12
years
 
.4 -
.UKEASSIFIED'
River
patrol
craft,
river
assault
cratft-
ineDOeeping
craft,
and
supportinL
units
from
AF
116
and
TF
117
contlnued
GZJ1,T
£L;.GS!IOT
inter-
diction
operations
along
the
Van
Co
Tayand
Van
Co
Dong
Rivers
as
elemonts,
of
Pr
194.9.
Until
7
April
lSwift
oats
of
TY
115•a•.ried
out
palrols,
on
the
Vaza
Co
River
when
this
segment
of
GUtT
SL1WHOZT
was
taken
over
by
PBR's
in
order
to
allow
increased
"Swift*boat
patrols
on
the
lower
Ham
Luorgand
Co
Chien
rivers
in
the
nor.al
GA;-.
AAhM1'
rea
of
operations.
Also
participatirg
in
this
interdiction
campaign
vere
M!a
River
Assault
and
Into.•dlotion
Divisions
70
and
71
(RAID-70
and
71).
As
i!
prior
monthsnumerous
operations
were
carried
out
in
support
of
friendly
ground
sweeps
and
patrols
of
the
river
banks.
The
amount
of
enemy
opposition
inoreased
sli~htly
during
Aprilwith
the
number
of
cnemy
initiated
hostile
fire
incidents
up
to
74
fron
65
in
•Hroh.
The
focus
of
enemy
attention
f
so
appeared
to
bi
shifting
from
the
Van
Co
Dong
to the
Van
Co
Tay#
possiblyindicating
a
=Jor
ch.ange
in
enomW
infiltration
routes.
Therewere
alsofive
eneLV
attacks
on
GIA•T
SLI.;:G6eUT
bases
and
su.
port
elements
or
nearby
friendly
instaliatiors.
Fri.endly
casua~lties
durinj
Aprif
•ic..e•uded
6
1SW
killed
and
69
wounded.
Cther
forcva
workintj
with
L.
a.
4rry
units
lost
7
killed
and
77
vournec.
Dan•nio
was
received
by
29-
US:i
and
7
r.,,';
wa-tLr
craft
with
5
of
them
dana6ad,
extenzively.
One
incident
resalted
in
tie
los1
of
tWO
UQ,
heli-
copce.'s
and
darage
to
a
sup.ortrLg
U.
b.
Army
helicopter.
Enclosure
(1)
2
1175M1

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