Tiny Fleet Big Job

Daniels, Douglas
August 2005
Naval History;Aug2005, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p50
The article discusses Vietnam War's Operation Market Time. Coastal interdiction in the Vietnam War, performed in large part by U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats, had a significant effect upon Viet Cong waterborne supply and ultimately forced the enemy to rely upon more difficult overland smuggling. Neither the patrol boats nor their crews were ready for deployment to Vietnam. The Coast Guard's most important mission was the interdiction and inspection of the estimated 50,000 junks that sailed the coast of South Vietnam on a daily basis.


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