South Vietnam's Navy: Well Equipped, Well Trained Fighting Force: ; ; Eighty river patrol boats were recently turned over to the Republic of Vietnam Navy at their Saigon Naval Shipyard, in the largest single switch of naval equipment to date. South Vietnam's Chief of Naval Operations, Commodore Tran Van Chon, says the 26,500-man Republic of Vietnam Navy and its force of 1,000 vessels and armed-junks are assuming a greater share of the combat-responsibility. They have high morale, good training, are enthusiastic and feel strong. ; Vietnamese sailors receive nine-weeks of basic training. Three training centers are located at Saigon, Cam Ranh Bay, and at Nha Trang, which is the site of the Vietnamese Naval Academy for cadet officers. Training is available by Vietnamese instructors in a variety of technical skills. Some student-seamen attend naval schools in the US. Before assignment to the river patrol boats, which maintain the security of the Mekong Delta's myriad waterways, protect shipping, and ope
Photograph VA002495, 1969, Douglas Pike Photograph Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Accessed 19 Apr. 2014. <http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/items.php?item=VA002495>.
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VA002495, Douglas Pike Photograph Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University