The Seventh Fleet Arrives
In the early 1960s, the Seventh Fleet moved into Vietnamese waters to counter Communist operations in South Vietnam and Laos. It quickly earned the nickname “Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club” since most operations were based there. Ships cruised along the coast to record transmissions and identify North Vietnamese radar installations. Naval advisors in Da Nang maintained patrol craft and trained Vietnamese commandos to conduct raids and destroy enemy vessels and installations.