Vietnam has denied that its ships fired on three United States destroyers in the South China Sea on June 20, Radio Hanoi reported.
GV U.S. Naval dockyard in Olongapo (2 shots)
GV U.S. Navy warships along docks (4 shots)
SV Sailors on deck (2 shots)
SV ZOOM INTO CU Hand pointing to (tiny) bullet hole on door inside ship
SV Other U.S. warship (No. 22) arriving (2 shots)
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Background: Vietnam has denied that its ships fired on three United States destroyers in the South China Sea on June 20, Radio Hanoi reported. According to the U.S. State Department, the incident took place in international waters about 110 kilometres off the coast, near the former prison island of Con Son. A State Department statement said the destroyer Turner Joy was hit at about 9.30 pm local time by machine-gun fire from small boats believed to be Vietnamese. There were no casualties. But Radio Hanoi, quoting the Vietnam news agency, said there were no Vietnamese Navy vessels in the area. Vietnam added that fishing boats, which operate near Con Son, did not have the capability to attack warships. At the United States' Subic Naval Base at Olongapo in the Philippines, where the destroyers arrived on June 23, newsmen were allowed to look at the damage - a pea-size bullet hole in the portside of the Turner Joy's officers' quarters. The other ships, guided-missile destroyers Lynde McCormick and Benjamin Stoddert, were not hit.