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Into the Lion's Den

One night in August 1972, during Operation Lion's Den, cruisers USS Newport News (CA 148) and USS Providence (CLG 6), and destroyers USS Rowan (DD 782) and USS Robison (DDG 12) bombarded targets near Haiphong, and while retiring from the area fought off an attack by three North Vietnamese fast attack craft. The American ships and A-7 Corsair II attack planes dispatched to the scene sank the Communist vessels.

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Click the image below to see a detailed account of Operation Lion's Den. The map details the track of the USS Newport News, identifying when and where specific events took place.

Operation Lion's Den


Click the images below to see insignia patches of the ships and aircraft that participated in this dramatic night battle.
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play videoAdmiral Holloway Interview - Operation Lion's Den:  Admiral James L. Holloway III, USN (Ret) reminisces about the daring 1972 raid into Haiphong Harbor by four U.S. Navy warships. 2012 interview footage courtesy of Aerocinema.

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