Operations of U.S. Navy Riverine patrol boats and Seawolf UH-1B gunships against the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War
South Vietnam Date:1967, June Duration:10 min 23 sec Sound:Yes
View from a U.S. Riverine patrol boat underway with another in view. Armed crew members on the lookout. A gunner in position with single single M2HB 50 caliber machine gun in the stern. Another gunner at a double M2HB forward machine guns. American flag flying in the breeze. Rounds being fired making splashes in the water nearby. An explosion in the water. The patrol boat carrying the camera makes a 180-degree turn as does the companion boat. Gunners on the patrol boats commence firing toward the shore. Crewman on patrol boat reports to their operations center (aboard the USS Harnett County) informing them of enemy fire. View of sailors there receiving the message. Alarm sounds aboard the ship and members of Light Helicopter Attack Squadron 3 (HAL-3) scramble in response, racing to their Navy Seawolf UH-1B gunships parked on the ship's deck. They don combat gear and prepare for takeoff. Closeups of crew members at their stations in a helicopter and preparing their weapons. The helicopters take off. The patrol boats speed and maneuver as they continue to return fire at the scene of engagement. The helicopters in formation, proceed toward the area and then swoop low over delta terrain. View from helicopter as it passes a patrol boat below, and then as it attacks the shore area identified by the boats. Smoke rising from the target area. Helicopter firing rockets at the target. Pilots discuss location and armament of the Viet Cong elements on the ground. View from inside a chopper as it makes final run on the target. Sailor on patrol boat waves to helicopter as it passes low nearby. Two helicopters in formation as they head to a new target identified by South Vietnamese command center. Helicopter firing rocket at enemy position. Views from inside a helicopter during several strafing and rocket attacks. Bullets striking and rockets exploding. Strafing attack against a wooden boat that explodes when hit. A wrecked Seawolf UH-1B gunship sitting in waist-deep water after being hit by a sniper in a Vietnamese boat. Sailors removing weapons and other items from it. Wounded on litters being taken aboard the LST. One being helped across the deck. Tracer bullets fired during nighttime. Views of sunset.
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