U. S. Naval Forces, Vietnam Monthly Historical Summary for May 1971
NAVAL FORCES VIETNAM FPO SAN FRANCISCO 96626
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Naval actions continued to decrease in May, reaching a near standstill in four AOs and remaining very light in five AOs. However, in the TRAN HUNG DAO VI AO the activity was heavy, with an unprecedented 160 enemy slain in the TRAN HUNG DAO IV AO the number of engagements doubled while the TRAN HUNG DAO XVII AO, the U Minh forest campaign continued to be one of the key combat zones, accounting for 45 enemy casualties. The enemy again took recourse in sapper activity, with a drastic increase to 17 watermining incidents on the Cua Viet, including the sinking of a water taxi which caused the death of 30 civilians. Elsewhere, there were five minings in the U Minah and one on the Upper Saigon River. Enemy sappers succeeded in blowing up six POL tanks at Cam Ranh Bay on 23 May. MARKET TIME operations underwent a revision of the Inner Barrier, shifting from fixed patrol stations to the cloud concept of specially formed task units patrolling in high threat areas. The U.S. Navy in-country strength continued to decline in May. As of 3 June there were 11,310 naval personnel in South Vietnam, a reduction of just less than 1000 men in the course of the month.
- Naval Surface Warfare
- Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare