Douglas Pike Photograph Collection
Sixty-four boat task force for SVN Navy: ; ; A task-force of 64 armed assault landing craft was transferred to the South Vietnamese Navy in Saigon June 25. The ceremony was an important transition in the accelerated American effort to shift a larger share of the military war effort to the Vietnamese Armed Forces. This transfer of equipment, valued at more than 18 million, climated several months of planning and is the largest single turnover of military equipment of the war. Since June, 1967, a total of 167 American Naval craft have been given to the Republic of Vietnam Navy. The assault craft are now designated as Task Force 211. Operating as six individual divisions the boats' missions are the landing and support and communications. They also maintain security and regulate river traffic in the Mekong Delta. Each of the 1,200 Vietnamese sailors manning Task Force 211 received six-weeks special training including actual combat operations with US naval personnel. The American crews they have relieve
Photograph VA002524, 1969, Douglas Pike Photograph Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Accessed 19 Sep. 2014. <http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/items.php?item=VA002524>.
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VA002524, Douglas Pike Photograph Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University
Added: 30 Aug 2001[Updated: 30 Jul 2002]