The West German Red Cross hospital-ship Heligoland has been preparing to leave Vietnam on the 21st January after five years service at its Da Nang base.
GV PAN Heligoland at anchor
SV Name on side of ship
CU Red Cross sign on side of ship and reflection (2 shots)
LV & SV Ship being scrubbed by deck hand (2 shots)
CU & SV Baby with severe burns being attended to by nurses (5 shots)
SV & CU Doctor attends patient's scars (4 shots)
GV, SV & CU Operation in progress. (13 shots)
SHIP AT ANCHOR WITH CREW PREPARING IT FOR DEPARTURE: MEDICAL STAFF TREATING PATIENTS: LAST OPERATION BEING PERFORMED.
Initials BB/2312 CM/BOB/BB/0016
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Background: The West German Red Cross hospital-ship Heligoland has been preparing to leave Vietnam on the 21st January after five years service at its Da Nang base.
During its time the ship, which became a well-known Da Nang landmark, was itself a victim of a Viet Cong rocket attack, and during the Tet offensive it was over-run with casualties.
It is to be replaced by a land-based hospital, also sponsored by the West German Government.