2 February 1969

NAVY NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NAVY "SWIFT" BOAT REPELS TWO ENEMY ATTACKS ON OUTPOSTS

A U.S. Navy "Swift" Boat (PCF-28) helped break up two enemy attacks late Friday and early yesterday on Vietnamese outposts near the mouth of the Ham Luong River in Kien Hoa Province, about 53 miles south of Saigon.

The Swift Boat was on a night time Market Time patrol when it was called in to mortar suspected enemy positions near the outpost along the Bang Cung stream. About 8:30 p.m., the Swift hit one platoon-size enemy force with 81mm mortar fire, silencing the enemy fire. Another platoon-size force attacking from the north was driven back by Vietnamese forces inside the outpost.

A second attack took place about an hour later, some three kilometers away. PCF-28 again mortared the enemy positions, helping suppress their fire.

Enemy sampan traffic in the area was detected several times after the firefights, between midnight and first light yesterday. A spotter aircraft directed mortar fire from PCF-28 into the area, after which no further movement was detected.

There were no Navy casualties during the actions.

In other Operation Sea Lords, Game Warden and Market Time action U.S. naval units killed two enemy soldiers and destroyed or damaged eight sampans, seven structures and one bunker. One Navy man was wounded.

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