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Market Time: Stopping Infiltration by Sea

In march 1965, shortly after the discovery of a Communist ship unloading munitions at Vung Ro, a bay in central Vietnam, the Navy established the Coastal Surveillance Force. In Operation Market Time, the American and South Vietnamese navies sank or turned back all but two of the 50 trawlers North Vietnam sent on supply missions to the south during the war.

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USCG Wachusett (WHEC 44):  Vessels like the USS Wachusett routinely operated far out in the South China Sea to intercept North Vietnamese vessels attempting to deliver munitions to Communist forces in South Vietnam.

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