In the Khmer Republic, an eleven-ship convoy taking supplies to the capital, Phnom Penh, came under fire as it tried to make the trip up the Mekong River.
GV Convoy escorted up Mekong
GV Support helicopter passing over ship
LV Supply ship passing village
GV PAN FROM Destroyed ship to another (from other convoys)
GV Supply ship
SV Soldier with radio on ship
LV & CU Helicopters and gunboats firing at Communist (5 shots)
GV Gunboats patrol convoy
Initials BB/1910 JS/AH/BB/1920
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Background: In the Khmer Republic, an eleven-ship convoy taking supplies to the capital, Phnom Penh, came under fire as it tried to make the trip up the Mekong River.
The convoy was the first to attempt the trip for two weeks and one ship -- the tanker Vira I -- was set on fire. It had been carrying aviation fuel.
In the end, ten ships managed to reach the capital although nine of them suffered damage from Communist fire.
The convoy was held up for a while as United States aircraft bombed Communist positions on the bank of the river. It originally consisted of four tankers, four cargo ships and three tugs.