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Hampton Roads Naval Museum

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Caption: Lieutenant Tylor Field, U.S. Navy, advisor to Junk Division 33, and Ensign Le Quy Dang, Vietnamese Navy, look for suspicious fishing boats while Lieutenant Junior Grade Phu, Commanding Officer, communicates with other units of his division during a patrol. (Naval History and Heritage Command)

 

Naval Advisors in Vietnam

Beginning in 1950, military advisors helped the South Vietnamese resist North Vietnamese intervention. Naval advisors taught gunnery and navigation, accompanied South Vietnamese on combat patrols, organized specialized units, and created shore establishments such as naval stations and supply centers. Despite their limited numbers, lanuage barriers, and other obstacles, advisors helped transform South Vietnam's navy from a small collection of vessels into a modern service capable of fighting on the rivers and at sea.